Liz Earle’s Detox Tips

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Giving up certain foods, or existing on fruit alone for 24 hours, is not hard, especially when the benefits are so great.

I now give my system a regular detox boost, even if it is only over the weekend. A short detox programme is a great way to feel more energised and refreshed. It is the perfect way to revitalise the body, renew energy levels and restore glowing skin and when you have finished you will feel far fitter and healthier and motivated not to return to bad habits.

Better Breakfasts

Starting with a healthy breakfast is not only the best way to boost energy levels for the day ahead, but is an easy, positive and delicious daily start to a new you. Refined sugars, found in most breakfast cereals, are the first thing I give up if I’m embarking on a health spring-clean and cutting them out gives me far more sustained energy throughout the day.

My favourites:

• For cold mornings a bowl of porridge made with water and sweetened with honey, complete with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds.
• Chopped fruit and berries with a dollop of natural yoghurt.
• A protein-packed organic boiled egg that also contains useful vitamins A, B-complex and E, as well as minerals such as zinc, served up with toasted wholemeal soldiers and a glass of orange juice (Vitamin C will help increase your uptake of iron from the egg yolk).

Midday Meals

Not only is eating soup (of any kind) a good way to get various vitamins and vegetable fibre in a simple, healthy way, it’s also been proven to help shed a few pounds. This is because when food and water are finely mixed to make soup, they enter the stomach together and stay held in a homogenised state as they pass through our intestines.

The increased volume of water and semi-solid food then stays in our system for longer than if we were eating food and drinking liquid separately, so we feel fuller for longer.

According to researchers at Nottingham University, this means we are much less likely to over-eat. This is especially true of whizzed-up blended soups which reduce hunger-pangs the most due to this homogenisation effect.

Winding Down Liver Wrap

If a little overindulgence has left you feeling a little ‘liverish’, you might like to try a ‘liver wrap’ – a simple but highly effective way to stimulate the detoxification process in the liver.

You will need:

• A hot water bottle, a flannel and a small fluffy towel.
• Wearing just a dressing gown, gather everything together and lie down somewhere comfortable.
• Start by applying the cold damp flannel to the right-hand side of your body just beneath the ribcage to cover the liver area.
• The coldness felt by the skin briefly lowers the temperature of the tissues beneath and your body’s reflexes respond by increasing circulation in that area.
• Next, place a really warm hot water bottle on top of the damp flannel to retain moisture and stimulate the autonomic nervous system.
• This in turn boosts blood flow to the liver and supports its detoxification activity. Cover the hot water bottle with a soft towel and rest on a sofa or go to bed.

This is a useful therapeutic treatment to carry out at bedtime and you can even fall asleep with the hot water bottle in place. Otherwise, simply put your feet up and rest for 30 minutes (the longer the better). Three things to love about the liver wrap – it’s inexpensive, simple and it works.

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Exercise tips

Guest blog by Alison Cullen

Arnica, courtesy of A. Vogel (Bioforce)
Arnica, courtesy of A. Vogel (Bioforce)

Before you head out for a workout make sure you stretch properly before. This will let your body prepare for exercise and will also warm you up which is important to avoid muscle soreness and injury as cold muscles mean tense muscles, which can lead to an increase in muscle tear.
Sore muscles are caused by the filaments in muscle fibres tearing and the breakdown of muscle tissue. Don’t panic though, this may sound scary but it’s perfectly normal, it’s just our body’s way of adapting to exercise.
Injury may come about when you’ve suddenly increased your workouts or mileage, which is a common mistake and stresses the importance of pacing yourself and stretching.

Fuelling up

Taking on enough fuel for your workout is also important. Avoid eating a hefty meal before training, so that you’re not trying to digest and train at the same time. It’s better to eat a few slices of malt loaf and a banana at least an hour before training, to release energy slowly and keep you going.

Pain awareness

Play it safe when working out and listen to your body, keeping an eye on any niggles that crop up. Pain is a signal so find out what it means before carrying on and risking further injury. Always find out what the pain is and why it’s happened so you can take steps to prevent it from happening again.

If you get a stitch while working out the best thing to do is focus on your breathing. Take deep breaths in and out.

Optimum fitness

To reach optimum fitness, target different muscle groups so you’re working your upper and lower body. Use gentle weights or try boxing programmes to work your upper body and do squats and lunges to strengthen your legs and you’ll find this will make a real difference to your fitness.

When you’ve finished your workout make sure you do gentle, long stretches. This will allow your muscles to recover from the shock you’ve just put it through.

 

Refuel afterwards

Make sure you eat well post-workout as this can have major benefits on your fitness performance and can be the difference between getting that personal best and hitting the wall.

Eat plenty of magnesium rich foods like nuts, seeds and wholegrains. They will allow your muscles to work efficiently and recover properly.
If you’ve had an intense workout it’s vital to refuel afterwards with good quality protein. Chicken with vegetables and pasta is a good post-workout meal and a tuna and salad sandwich can help you recover after a lunchtime run.

 

Aching muscles 

If you find your aching muscles are getting you down, pour yourself a warm bath with some bath salts to help soothe your muscles, or book yourself in for a massage.

Rubbing A.Vogel Atrogel into sore muscles can also help relieve aches and pains caused by workouts. It smells pleasant and is quick drying and can be applied up to four times a day so can be a great alternative to reaching for pain killers.

A.Vogel Atrogel contains Arnica, a herb which, when freshly harvested, is full of lactones. The lactones interrupt the inflammatory process right at its inception, preventing the production of inflammatory chemicals. Well known for its relief for bruising Arnica can also soothe muscular aches, pains and stiffness, and sprains.

A. Vogel Atrogel costs £9.65 for 100ml, and £6.35 for 50ml – click here to purchase from the Nutri Centre.

Alison Cullen is a nutritional consultant at Bioforce UK (A. Vogel).

What is yoga?

Guest blog by Richard Kravetz:  A wonderful Indian Swami I had the privilege to meet on my first trip to India talked about happiness and sadness as impermanent states and that we yearn for the former to remain and the latter to end. I believe that when these dips occur a spiritual connection can help to redress the balance and bridge the gap.

Yoga is a way of life and helps to achieve calmness of mind and equanimity. A yoga class can be a place of refuge from the chaos of everyday life, where you can spend quality time in a safe place. It can raise spirits and induce a feeling of well-being.

People are generally hard on themselves and suffer pain, stress, fear, and ailments that are undesirable but both yoga and meditation are powerful antidotes. You owe it to yourself to delve deeper and receive the goodness we deserve and need.

In Sanskrit, the term ‘yoga’ stands for ‘union’. A yogi’s ultimate goal is to be able to attain this ‘union’ with the eternal self with the help of the physical and mental exercises.

In the west yoga is primarily considered to be physical, but there is an increasing trend towards viewing yoga as a preparation for meditation (stillness of mind). Meditation is a wonderful practice where words have no relevance, and being present without distraction is the aim.

Regular meditators talk about experiencing a higher state of consciousness and a movement towards a blissful state or Samadhi – see below. In yoga there is a word “Sankalpa” which means an intention to change something in your life. If you concentrate on this during meditation it helps to sow the seed inside you and strengthen your resolve.

Yoga philosophy is a valid discipline of Indian metaphysics (Brahma Vidya). It is the result of human wisdom and insight into physiology, psychology, ethics and spirituality combined and practised over thousands of years for the wellbeing of human beings.

The knowledge of yoga and its practices was systemised by Mahirishi Patanjali who encapsulated them in his Yoga sutras known as the 8 limbs of Yoga.

  • Yama – eternal Vows, how we can be at peace with ourselves.
  • Niyama – observances, how we interact with the world.
  • Asanas – postures to keep the body strong, flexible and without tension.
  • Pranayama – breathing exercises, and movement of prana.
  • Pratyahara – movement of the senses towards silence.
  • Dharana – concentration and cultivating inner awareness.
  • Dhyana – sustaining awareness for meditation.
  • Samadhi – transformation, blissful state.

The essence of Samadhi is by cleansing the mind and controlling thought processes allows one to return to that primeval state, when the individual self was nothing but a part of the Divine Self. The aim is for the yogi is to be able to perceive the world in its true light and to accept that truth in its entirety.

Richard Kravetz is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher, who runs yoga classes in London for adults, workshops, weekend retreats and special needs classes for children and adults. Contact him at richard@yogaforall-uk.com, 020 8349 9602, or visit: www.yogaforall-uk.com

Richard is running a Special Needs Yoga Workshop on 20-21 April 2013 in North London. Call 020 8968 1900 or email jess@specialyoga.org.uk for information.

Pharmaceutical industry’s octopus tentacles

I had an interesting spat with Tom Chivers of the Daily Telegraph who criticised Jeremy Hunt, the new Secretary of State for Health,  for believing in homeopathy.  I asked him if he’d ever tried it and he said, ‘I’m glad you found it helpful. But the reason I can be sure homeopathy doesn’t work is the same way I can be sure that methicillin does work, even though I’ve never tried that either; because it has been rigorously tested, in randomised controlled trials designed to overcome humans’ cognitive biases.’

Interesting that he has so much faith in conventional medicine particularly in the light of a 900 page book called, a Guide to the 4,000 Useful, Useless or Dangerous Medicines which claims that half of the medicines prescribed in France are considered useless by Professor Philippe Even, director of the Necker Institute,and Bernard Debré (as reported in the Guardian, 15 September 2012). 

they claim that if the ‘superfluous and hazardous drugs’ were removed from the health service it would save up to £8 billion a year and prevent up to 20,000 deaths linked to medication. Apparently 12 per cent of GDP  is spent on prescriptions each year in France, while it’s 9.6 per cent in the UK.

Among the medicines that were considered “completely useless” were statins, prescribed to many people to lower cholesterol, but there were many more claimed as dangerous too.   The quote from Professor Even was colourful:

‘The pharmaceutical industry is the most lucrative, the most cynical and the least ethical of all the industries. It is like an octopus with tentacles that has infiltrated all the decision-making bodies, world health organisations, governments, parliaments, high administrations in health and hospitals and the medical profession.

‘It has done this with the connivance and occasionally the corruption of the medical profession. It is the pharmaceutical industry that now outlines the entire medical landscape in our country.’

9 Therapies: What’s the best emotional release technique?

Guest blog by Dr Lisa Turner
One of the biggest myths portrayed by the media, films and stories is that once you’ve had a traumatic experience, you will be emotionally scarred for life and that the best you can hope for is to learn to live with it, understand it.

However, recent years have brought about a plethora of techniques to release emotions. This list has been put together based on my personal experience of these therapies in my own quest to recover from childhood sexual abuse.

I am walking testament to the fact that emotions CAN be released. Limiting beliefs like “I’m no good / I deserve to be punished” can be released forever.

Here is a list of some of the most popular techniques:

Psychotherapy – Essentially a “talking cure” centring on the client talking through their issues with a therapist. The idea is that talking about your problems and past will give you a better understanding of yourself and raise self-awareness.

Affirmations – Saying positive affirmations might change your state or mood in the short term, but it doesn’t remove limiting beliefs. Also, in order for affirmations to change your state you have to remember to say them.

Psychodrama – This is where you act out painful situations from your past and change them so you can experience something different, like fighting back, feeling more powerful.

EFT – This technique is based on tapping meridians to release the emotion. The tapping points are usually on the face, torso and hands.

EmoTrance – By paying attention to where you feel the emotion in your body, allowing it to soften and flow using attention, the feeling leaves your body and with it, the emotion.

Shamanic Healing – Based on various tribal cultures this uses altered states of consciousness, dream work, energy work and symbolism to change your experience of the physical reality.

NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming and hypnosis – NLP is a collection of techniques that are based on modelling successful therapists and therapies. I found this amazingly successful at enabling me to access more resources and cope with situations that had previously caused me great anxiety. It’s quick and effective.

Timeline Therapy – TLT is phenomenally powerful and as someone who had been haunted by my past daily, was barely able to function normally, and found even the most ordinary situations traumatic and terrifying. TLT was a miracle.

Higher Self Therapy – This technique is even more effective than Time Line Therapy as it is even quicker and removes emotions at an even deeper level. Whereas TLT removes the emotions from the emotional and mental body, Higher Self Therapy also releases it from a soul or karmic level.

These last two are the ones I now teach to my students and are the ones I recommend most highly. If you have had trauma in the past, even if you are not healed yet, please take this one thing from reading this. YOU CAN RECOVER. All you have to do is decide.

If you have decided, get free instant access to how to recover from abuse, go to www.recoverfromabuse.com

 

Lisa is a Trainer of NLP, Time Line therapy, Hypnosis, NLP Coaching, Shamanic healing and other healing processes. If you have been affected by any of the topics mentioned here contact me via lisaturner@psycademy.co.uk  All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.