Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin which is needed daily through foods and supplements because we cannot manufacture or store this vital nutrient. It is well known as an antioxidant, but did you know that it is also important for the metabolism of other essential nutrients, tissue growth and repair, cardiovascular health, the immune system, collagen production, and for healthy eyes and gums? Without enough vitamin C, you may experience some of the following symptoms: gums that bleed when brushed, catching colds or other bronchial infections easily, joint pains, decreased energy, slow healing time from wounds, a tendency to bruise easily, poor digestion and tooth loss.
THE MOST IMPORTANT ORGAN
One day, the body got together and decided to have a board meeting. Here's what went on behind closed doors. There was intense discussion to determine WHO WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE BODY.
The BRAIN was the first to speak. “Without me, nothing would be accomplished.”
Then the HEART spoke up. “Without me pumping blood to your brain, you could not function.”
The ARMS laughed. “You're both wrong; without me to put food in the mouth, nothing would work.”
The STOMACH said, “Without me, your food would not digest.”
The LUNGS bellowed back, “Without me, you couldn't breathe.”
The EYES blinked, “Without me, you couldn't see.”
The KIDNEYS snorted, “Without me, you could not detoxify and eliminate.”
Then the COLON meekly spoke up. “I am important. You need me to eliminate all of the garbage from your systems.” Everyone laughed and made fun of him. “How can you be as important as we are. You're just a smelly old sewer.”
The poor colon – his feelings were hurt! He turned away, and thought, “I'll show them!”
HE SHUT DOWN! Then he sat back and watched what would happen.
The BRAIN was stupefied.
The HEART'S beat was weak and irregular.
The ARMS were weak and could not move.
The LUNGS – their breathing was shallow.
The EYES became clouded.
The KIDNEYS quit.
Then the COLON looked around and decided it was time to call another meeting. It wasn't too lively this time, but everyone was in total agreement. The COLON WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT ORGAN.
In my last post, I shared about creating lasting healthy habits in just 30 minutes a day. Knowing that anything new can be challenging to keep up with, I wanted to share with you some ways to ensure success over the next 28 days.
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If 30 minutes a day could improve your health, wouldn't it be worth it? These 5 easy steps can not only provide a great start to your day, they can also set you up for better health this year.
Good health is a lifelong journey of daily education and daily practice. It involves the spirit, mind, and body, and all must be feed with the right nutrients. Including these 5 steps in your daily routine will make you mindful of good health every day, create a positive and grateful attitude, and may improve your health and well-being. Together, these will become valuable in your journey to better health!
What comes to mind with Spring Cleansing? For me, its definitely something internal. Cleansing is detoxifying your body. A time to recharge, rejuvenate, and renew your body. Toxins are everywhere in our environment – water, food, air. We absorb lots of toxins on a regular basis. The liver is the organ responsible for eliminating toxins by filtering blood and converting bacteria and other toxins into non-toxic substances for elimination. When the liver gets overloaded, it cannot function as designed and we see an increase in health complaints, constipation and tiredness. However, you don’t have to live with these issues…There is hope and toxins can be eliminated or at the very least, reduced. According to the article, “Spring Cleaning for your Body,” by Dr. Julian Whitiker, the following will help decrease your toxins:
Things to Consider:
Benefits of a Body Cleanse (Dr. Group, Global Healing Center):
God created so many wonderful foods that are full of health benefits. Here are 9 foods that will benefit your liver:
1. Beets and Carrots: Carrots are rich in Glutathione, a protein that helps detoxify the liver. Both are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene. Eating beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function. (Source)(Related CE Article:The Mother of All Antioxidants)
2. Tomatoes: They have abundant amounts of Glutathione (see article above) which again, are a great detoxifier for the liver. As a side effect, Lycopene in tomatoes will protect against breast, skin, and lung cancer. (Source)
3. Grapefruit: Another source of the liver cleansing glutathione. It’s also high in vitamin C and antioxidants, which boost the production of liver detoxification enzymes and increase the natural cleansing process of the liver.
4. Spinach: Raw spinach is also a major source of glutathione, triggering the toxin cleansing enzymes of the liver.
5. Lemons and Limes: These contain very high amounts of vitamin C, which helps stimulate the liver and aids the synthesizing of toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Prime your liver for the day’s digestion by drinking the juice of 1/2 a fresh squeezed lemon or lime in 8 oz of water first thing every morning.
6. Cabbage: The isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from cabbage’s glucosinolates provides liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins. (Source)
7. Turmeric: Turmeric is the liver’s favorite spice and helps boost liver detox. It does this by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens. (Source)
8. Walnuts: Walnuts are a good source of glutathione, omega-3 fatty acids, and the amino acid arginine, which supports normal liver cleansing actions, especially when detoxifying ammonia.
9. Avocados: A nutrient-dense super-food, avocado helps the body produce glutathione.
10. Apples: They are high in pectin and other chemicals essential to cleansing and releasing toxins from the digestive tract. Apples make it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.
11. Brussels sprouts: Brussels sprouts are high in sulfur and glucosinolate, which forces the liver to release enzymes that block damage from environmental or dietary toxins.
12. Garlic: Garlic is loaded with sulfur, which activates liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that also aid in liver cleansing.
13. Dandelion: Dandelion root tea assists the liver in breaking down fats, producing amino acids, and generally ridding it of toxins. (Source)
14. Leafy Green Vegetables: Green veggies are extremely high in chlorophyll that absorb environmental toxins, increase bile production, and neutralize heavy metals, chemicals, and pesticides, which lowers the burden on the liver.
15. Cruciferous Vegetables: Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase production of glucosinolate in your system, which helps flush out carcinogens and other toxins.
16. Asparagus: Asparagus is a great diuretic, helping in the cleansing process and sharing the detox load of the liver and kidneys. (Source)
17. Green Tea: Green tea is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a compound known to assist liver function.
18. Olive Oil: Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp, and flax seed offer great support for the liver, providing the body with a liquid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body.
19. Alternative Grains: Gluten rich grains such as wheat and rye increase the load on the liver’s detox function and enzyme production. Switch to alternative grains like quinoa, millet, and buckwheat.
Now, I want to hear from you! Have you done an internal spring cleansing? What results do you see or feel? Please share with us!
The main cause of constipation can be summarized as follows: bad diet, ignoring the call to eliminate, lack of exercise and physical activity, emotional and mental stress, external poisons, some medications, and inadequate consumption of water.
Bad nutrition is the major factor in constipation. Most American diets are made up of devitalized foods that are low in fiber. Americans on the typical western diet produce 80 to 160 grams of feces a day. Vegetarians have an output of about 225 grams and African villagers effortlessly excrete about 470 grams. High fiber diets increase the size of the stool. When healthy volunteers increased their daily fiber intake from 17 to 46 grams of fiber, their fecal weight increased from 79 to 228 grams per day. While there is no current RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for dietary fiber, the National Cancer Institute has recommended eating 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day as a step toward preventing colon cancer. Currently, most Americans consume about 9 to 15 grams daily. Ignoring the call to eliminate feces or urine can contribute greatly to cellular congestion, auto-intoxication and bi-ventricular disease of the colon.
Inactivity contributes to constipation. In fact, some scientists believe lack of physical exercise, not old age, causes constipation in the elderly. Americans are lazy. This is evidenced by the epidemic of obesity we see today. The lack of physical exercise makes weak and flaccid muscle tone incapable of dealing with the assault of processed junk that we call food. Two-thirds of the foods consumed in this country are processed to some degree. Over 60 percent of the American diet is made up of processed, refined and devitalized food.
Further, emotional and mental stress produce very unfavorable conditions in the digestive system which cause them to be tense and underactive. External poisons such as tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and sugar also have unfavorable effects upon digestion. Many medications are very upsetting to the digestive tract. Antibiotics, such as penicillin and sulfa can destroy the good intestinal flora. This sets the stage for reinfestation of harmful bacteria and viruses.
Next to oxygen, water is the most important substance in the body. Most people do not drink enough water. They stay dehydrated. This causes the body tissues and fluids to become thick and more viscid. The mucous lining in the colon changes consistency, failing to provide a slick lubrication for the movement of feces. The average adult body contains about 45 quarts of water and will lose about 2 to 3 quarts daily in their perspiration, respiration, urine and defecation. The average body temperature is 98.6 and is controlled by water. Water makes up 92 percent of the blood in the body and almost 98 percent of intestinal, gastric, saliva, and pancreatic juices. A person that will not drink water can have a dehydrated look. Their skin is old looking, withered and dry. Their hands are usually very dry and wrinkled. Another sign of dehydration is chronic constipation. Water is a vital factor in all body fluids, tissues, cells, lymph, blood and all glandular secretions. Water holds all nutritive factors in solution and acts as a transportation medium to various parts of the body. Water holds toxins and wastes in solution and again serves as a transport medium to these substances. The mucous membranes need water to keep them soft and free from friction. Liquid is very necessary for the proper break-down and digestion of food. The proper amount and right kind of water is the real key to good health and longevity. People who drink clean water and eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables have better circulation, which is vital to good health and long life. The right kind of water is nature’s beauty and health tonic.
Constipation is a serious menace to health and vitality. The consequences of this common but subtle malady are becoming more and more prevalent in our society. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take that first step towards correcting and protecting your health by adding lots of natural fiber foods to your diet, drink lots of clean water and remember to keep your colon clean.
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