You’re getting it wrong. Really wrong.
Spring is upon us! So it’s time to kick all of that stagnant, winter energy out of your life and invite rejuvenation and balance back in.
Not sure where to start? Here are our top 5 tips on how to detox you mind, body and soul – just in time for the warmer weather.
They don’t call it a ‘spring clean’ for no reason! Now is the perfect time to throw away anything that might be weighing you down. Go through your clothes, draws and cabinets, and toss out (or give to charity) anything that you haven’t used or worn in over a year. It’s been said that decluttering invites new energy into your life and clears any blockages.
With the change in season comes a change in produce – and appetite. Ditch the hearty, winter lasagnes and hot pots in favour of fresh, spring salads and grilled proteins. Also, make the most of the lush, seasonal fruits such as honeydew, mango, lychees and apricots. Your body will thank you for it later!
Get some sunshine
With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and soak up some of the sun’s rays. Why not grab a friend, a coffee and a picnic rug and head down to your local park for the afternoon or take a stroll on your lunch break? Experts say that sunshine has a profound effect on people’s mood due to its ability to increase the ‘feel good’ hormone, serotonin. You’ll be surprised at how revitalised and recharged you’ll feel afterwards. Be sure to slip, slop, slap though, ladies!
Drink more water
In winter, our desire to drink water decreases. What you may not realise however, is that h20 helps to flush out any toxins from the body and can also help to speed up your metabolism. Make a conscious effort to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day going into spring. While it might seem tricky at first, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your body will adapt.
They say that our power lies within the present moment, therefore it’s important to remember to bring awareness to it on a daily basis. Practising meditation is a great way to do so, however something as simple as a ten minute body scan can also be effective. Set aside some time in the morning – or on your lunch break – and listen to a guided scan (check out Smiling Mind in the app store). Not only will this help you to relax and de-stress, according to research it promotes a sense of inner balance and self-awareness.
Who else wants to get fit and healthy for summer? Get the body you’ve always wanted by trying some of these natural detox tips to start clean and healthy in August. Do you have your own detox tips? Mention them in the comments below – we would love to hear more!
Take a bath
Did you know that epsom salts can actually help your body detox? Run a warm bath filled with baking soda, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils to relax and unwind. It will also have a positive influence on high stress levels.
Nourish your body from the inside by enjoying a green juice or smoothie. Lemon, cucumber, kale, and spinach are all natural ways to detox the body first thing in the morning. Add some sweet fruits to make the drink taste a little better!
Have a massage
Massages – particularly those such as foot reflexology – can have help to stabilise the entire body. Regular massages have also been proven to boost circulation, ease chronic pain and even detox the body.
Fill up a large water bottle and keep it with you all day long to flush out those bad toxins. It really is as simple as that!
Sometimes sitting around waiting for your body to feel better just doesn’t work. Take a brisk walk in the park, go to a pilates class, or even run it out on the treadmill for 15 minutes. Your body will feel much better and the rush of endorphins is always a good thing.
Incorporate more superfoods into your daily diet since they are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Salmon, tuna, olive oil, flaxseed oil and avocado are just a few main superfoods that are beneficial for good health.
Avoid processed sugars
Get rid of those bad toxins in the body by cutting out processed sugars in your diet. Replace these foods with legumes, protein and lean meats to make your body feel fuller for longer.
Or chamomile teas are a great alternative since they help to relax the body after a long, stressful day. If you find the taste a little sour, a few drops of honey or lemon juice can make it naturally sweeter.
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It seems like having a good body is more important than ever before, and the increasingly popular accounts on Instagram have something do to with it. But when does fitness stop and the obsession of looking good begin to take over?
Recently, Instagram superstars such as Ashy Bines, Kayla Itsines, and Freelee The Banana Girl have shared a large success in regards to fitness tips and workout plans. But to what extent do these have on our longterm health?
The Gold Coast Bulletin recently reported that Ashy Bines was stealing recipes from other websites and selling them as part of her Bikini Body Challenge with retails at $59.95 for a joining fee, and additional costs between $29.95-$39.95. With over 500,000 fans on Facebook and just as much on Instagram, it’s no wonder that these 12 week plans are going through the roof.
Not to mention the large volume of transformation pictures which are posted on all social media accounts. In an age where images can be altered on both the desktop, tablet and even a mobile phone, how can we believe what we see is genuine?
Instagram itself is feeling the shift, just take a look at some of its most popular tags and followed accounts: me, self, healthy, body, food, and the dreaded #instafit. It seems that we’re all interested in having a good body, but are compromising our health to make it all happen – and it’s not all about these Insta-models who have taken advantage of the shift.
Companies have capitalised on this and are creating products which will help to shed those extra kilograms in just a few days, a practice which is not healthy any way you look at it. So maybe it’s time, ladies, to rethink those weight loss teas, shakes, juice detoxes and cleanses, because they could all come at a price – your long-term health and wellbeing.
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Looking for a way to shed off a few of those extra kilograms over Christmas without going overboard?
Rather than sticking to a liquid diet, or even over-exercising, there are a few simple ways to transform your body and lose the bloat. Just remember that a detox isn’t always about fast results; stick with healthy food options and regularly exercise to keep your body working at its best.
Rather than taking your body on a strenuous tea detox which won’t let you leave the house, use an organic blend to help with metabolism. Green tea is one of the best ways to kickstart healthy living, since it is packed with vitamins and antioxidants. If the taste is a little too bitter, add some honey, lemon, or mint leaves to make it sweeter.
Add a slice of lemon to your water each morning to help kickstart your metabolism. Drinking this on an empty stomach helps with digestion, naturally reduces your appetite, and even cleanses the urinary tract. Enjoy a glass or two throughout the day to replenish your body, and bring life to a standard glass of water.
3. Green vegetables
Make sure all of your main meals involve at least one form of green veggies. A diet full of clean, and natural produce will help to de-bloat the tummy, give you more energy, and will help to regulate your entire body. Some detoxifying vegetables include beetroot and cabbage.
Enjoy the occasional green juice if your body needs the nutrients, and is feeling slightly under the weather. If the taste is too strong for your liking, add some pineapple slices to make it sweeter. Green juices are a fantastic way to enjoy a number of vegetables without the bitter taste, so drink-up and enjoy!
Sweat it out at the gym or take a run in the park to work on your cardio. Anything that increases your heart rate or makes you sweat is the best option for detoxifying the entire body from the inside out. Bikram yoga is another fantastic option since it allows you to sweat out all the toxins, and really makes you feel brand new.
What are some of your favourite ways to detox?
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Want to easily shed off those extra winter kilos without physically exerting yourself at the gym? Body wraps are the latest craze, and are also easy enough to make at home (saving you both time and money).
Tone and tighten your body within just 30 minutes, especially if you have problem areas which include a bloated tummy and lower abdominal area. You can also double it up and use this as a cellulite treatment on your arms, legs, and thighs!
2 cups water
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp epsom salt
1 tbsp coffee grounds
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1. Start by boiling 2 cups of hot water, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.
2. In another small bowl, combine the olive oil, coffee grounds, epsom salt, and herbs before leaving it to infuse for 5-10 minutes.
3. Soak bandages for another 3-5 minutes or until they are completely submerged into the mixture.
4. Wrap areas of the skin carefully, making sure there are no open areas of skin exposed.
5. Now use the clear plastic wrap to secure the bandages in place, then wrap with a towel to hold in extra heat, and prevent any of the mixture leaking onto your skin or clothes.
6. Relax for 30-40 minutes; lie down and read a book, watch some television or simply have a relaxing nap. To remove the bandages, rinse your body with warm water and apply a moisturising lotion to lock-in any hydration.
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While the typical Aussie dad is probably not expecting to receive a stay at a health and wellness retreat this Father’s Day, according to Brigid Walsh, general manager of Golden Door Health Retreat and Spa Elysia, giving the men in our lives time out from their busy lives and the tools required to achieve optimal health and wellness, could be the most important gift of all.
“The archetypical Aussie bloke is considered to be strong, independent and resilient, but when it comes to their health, more often than not they only seek help when something goes wrong. The most astounding part is that only 27 per cent of men seek professional help when in despair, which suggests many men are struggling to live a balanced, healthy and fulfilling life that is also sustainable.”
With more alarming statistics supporting men as being in some of the highest “at risk” categories in our country, The Golden Door Australia’s renowned men’s wellness expert David Ball agrees:
“Recent ABS statistics suggest that 70.3 per cent of men are overweight or obese. Not only does this substantially increase their risk of chronic disease but it also negatively impacts on their quality of life and increase their risk of early death.”
Additionally, according to beyondblue, one in eight men will have depression and one in fivemen will experience anxiety at some stage in their lives. As we know, depression is a high risk factor for suicide and men make up 80 per cent of the ‘at risk’ group.
It may be that Australian men’s general reluctance to care for their health properly stems from societies view about what it means to be masculine underpinned by an Australian culture that endorses men to be tough, sporty and independent with a “she’ll be right mate” attitude and “never say die” approach.
“The emphasis on what it means to be a male can often conflict with health maintaining behaviours such as seeking advice about health and wellbeing, utilising health services and taking a break for ‘me-time’ when it is required.
“Further, the culture in which we live which gives us the major framing of our lives as men is derived from the sport we play, the friends we have, the school we go to, to the work choices available to us. We are often seen as the pillars of strength our families can constantly rely upon and in support of this notion, it can seem at times like there is little time left to focus on ourselves as often as we could or should.”
David Ball’s unique men’s wellness retreat is held regularly at The Golden Door Health Rereat & Spa Elysia and focuses on giving men the tools needed to achieve a life balance and become effective leaders of themselves, their work and their families.
Located just two and a half hours north of Sydney in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa, Elysia offers a range of world-class health and wellness programs, led by renowned professionals and developed to motivate change and inspire lasting results. Featuring luxury one, two and three bedroom villas with packages inclusive of a range of informative health and wellness seminars, an extensive program of group fitness activities and relaxation classes, holistic and alternative therapy options, indulgent spa treatments, variety of premier leisure facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court, wellness centre with meditation and yoga studio plus all inclusive nutritious gourmet cuisine. For more information go to http://www.goldendoor.com.au
You’re conscious about your health, so of course, you try to avoid obvious bad habits, like pigging out on junk food and being a couch potato. But according to the health and wellness experts from A Season of Change, the free online 12-week body, self image and lifestyle event kicking off September 1, some of the habits we think are doing us the most good, could actually be hindering us when it comes to achieving our health and wellness goals.
To set the record straight, A Season of Change’s panel of experts have teamed up to reveal six “healthy habits” that may be leading us astray, and share their top tips on how to right those habitual wrongs, and be on the way to better health and increased happiness.
1. Reaching for ‘low-fat’ foods: Opting for foods that are labelled low-fat or fat-free in the pursuit of a healthier option is often a misguided attempt at healthy eating, says A Season of Change’s resident nutritionist, Dane Fuller. “In many cases, these products are loaded with hidden sugars and chemicals, which aside from being unhealthy, are digested much faster, resulting in sugar crashes that leave you reaching for the next snack in no time,” he says. Instead, he suggests passing on ‘low-fat’ foods and eating with nutrition in mind. “Nutritious foods will be more satisfying and will keep you fuller for longer.”
2. Thinking that coffee doesn’t count: While there’s no shame in craving a little caffeine to kick-start your day, Fuller explains that too often, we don’t think of our liquid calories when tallying up our daily food intake. “Remember that a latte is a cup of milk, so if you’re having two or three a day, with sugar added, those calories count just as much as the ones on your plate, especially if you’re trying to lose weight,” he says.
3. Repetition, repetition, repetition: You’re committed to a weekly exercise regime, which is brilliant, but if you’ve been doing the same routine for months, you may not be getting the most out of your efforts according to personal trainer, competitive athlete and one of A Season of Change’s resident fitness experts, Anna Bramley. “Someone who does the same activity all the time is likely to plateau much sooner than someone who varies their workouts. Just as you can get bored by always doing the same exercises, your body can also adapt so that the exercise you’re doing doesn’t offer the same benefits it once did,” she says. Bramley suggests adding variety to your routine by including something different – speed, distance, hills or resistance, or by trying a totally different activity all together. “You should be looking to change your routine at least every 4 to 8 weeks to keep your muscles challenged, your body guessing and the results coming!” says Bramley.
4. Relying on willpower: The most common challenge in achieving health and wellness goals is relying solely on your willpower to make positive health choices in your day to day life. If you are easily tempted, don’t make the mistake of relying on willpower alone, instead take steps to make sure you’re prepared, says Fuller. “It’s important to replace willpower with strategy. Set yourself up for success by cleansing your home and personal work space of all temptation foods and replace them with healthier options. Why make it hard for yourself, you’re only human!” he says.
5. Hitting the gym daily: Exercise is vital to good health and vitality, but if you’re not giving your body any time to recover, you could be putting yourself at risk of injury or illness. “Even Olympic athletes have scheduled rest days in their training plans, in order to allow the body time to recuperate,” says A Season of Change’s lifestyle coach and former professional football player Luke Sniewski. According to Sniewski, what you do on your rest days will depend on your level of fitness. If you’re just starting out, you may want to take a real rest day, in which you do no activity at all, but if you’re a more seasoned athlete, you could still do some really light activity like gentle cardio or a yoga class. “Either way, use your rest day to reflect on how far you’ve already come and to be grateful for your body and dedication!”
6. Falling hard for ‘healthy’ foods: When we set about to eat better, even the healthiest options can lead us away from our goals when we over-indulge, says Fuller. “Foods like nuts, hummus and protein smoothies are all great options, but just because they are healthy doesn’t discount the need for moderation. Focusing on nutritional value and portion size is the best way to keep healthy foods healthy – eating anything in excess is not going to have the desired benefits.”
To help you spring clean your life and develop healthy habits for good, A Season of Change is a free 12 week online program, designed to help women on their path to better health and happiness. Participants will receive free weekly digital TV episodes on their mobile device or computer containing expert advice on nutrition, health and fitness as well as self-image and styling. Registrations are now open, and close on August 31, 2014.
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Spring will be here before we know and there’s no time like the present to kick start some healthy habits so you’re well on your way to a healthier you by the time the warmer weather creeps in. Before embarking on any new healthy habits yourself, resident nutritionist from A Season of Change, Dane Fuller suggests giving your health goals a solid foundation, by giving your kitchen a good old fashioned detox – and here’s how to do it:
Step one: Chuck it!
Before you do anything, Dane suggests you go through your cupboards, fridge and freezer and take out all the foods you think will hinder your long term health and weight goals. “Draw a mental line in the sand by throwing the foods that won’t support your new healthy lifestyle in the bin,” Dane said. “If you can’t quite bring yourself to throw them out then give them away immediately. You have no room for handbrakes on your journey to health,” he added.
Step two: Out of sight, out of mind
While it is best to keep your kitchen free of food that will give your willpower a run for its money, it is important that you don’t deprive yourself entirely, so a little treat here and there is fine. “Make access to these “sometimes” foods inconvenient by storing in them in the freezer, in non transparent containers, up high or in another room out of sight,” Dane suggests. Likewise Dane suggests making healthy snacks like fresh fruit and vegetables highly visible when you walk into the kitchen or open the fridge or pantry.
Step three: Plan ahead
To ensure you don’t reach for the nearest take-away menu, make sure you always have a stash of healthy meals readily available for when you don’t have time to cook. Dane suggests freezing single sized potions of left-overs, or allocating time in the kitchen to making a batch of healthy meals that can also be frozen in single portion sizes for a quick lunch or dinner.
Step four: Be prepared
In addition to having readymade meals on hand, Dane encourages you make sure you also have a supply of frozen, canned or preserved fruit, vegetables or protein available for quick meal ingredients. “Ingredients such as sun dried tomatoes, preserved capsicums, canned corn kerns, canned red beans, canned light fruit, dehydrated mixed vegetables, dried fruit, frozen vegetables, tins of tuna and frozen ready to steam fish are great staples to have on hand so you can whip up a healthy meal, or add bulk to salads,” Dane said.
Step five: Have some R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
Dane insists that you must have respect for your fruit and veggies! “Take time to choose the best produce available,” Dane said. “Picking the right produce is just as important as handling it carefully and storing it correctly, so make sure you’re aware of the best way to lengthen shelf life, preserve nutrients and maximise flavour,” Dane added.
Step six: Cut the calories
So many calories are wasted on high calorie drinks with next to nil nutritional value and Dane points out that you should commit to having only zero calorie fluids (think sparkling mineral water with a twist of your favourite citrus fruit) and low fat milk available at home. “If you’re eating your quota of fruit each day, there is absolutely no need to keep juice in the fridge,” Dane said.
Helping you kick your bad habits to the curb FREE lifestyle transformation event A Season of Change will offer thousands of Aussie women a 360-degree approach to wellbeing, participants will receive free weekly digital TV episodes containing expert advice on nutrition, health and fitness as well as self-image and styling.
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You may not know it but the liver is very important when it comes to losing weight and detoxing. This often overlooked organ acts as a filtering system by cleansing the body of toxins, breaking down hormones and food by products.
When the liver is overworked, toxic residues can build up causing inflammation and the build-up of fat, especially around the middle. Detoxing your liver helps it to function better by relieving the burden on it. A stressed-out liver can’t break down fat as well, so this affects your body’s ability to digest foods, too. The result can be bloating and sluggishness as well as weight gain. Cleansing your body can help your liver to work more effectively.
According to expert nutritionist for USANA Health Sciences, Ravinder Lilly: “Contrary to common belief, it’s not just alcohol that leads to a fatty liver, there are many factors that can compromise it such as a bad diet, and lack of exercise. A liver detox is a great way to improve your overall health and get your body bikini ready.”
As well as regular exercise and sticking to moderate alcohol consumption, Ms Lilly shares her 6 top tips for the ultimate liver spring clean:
1. Get your downward dog on. Everyone knows yoga is great for your health, but most people don’t know it’s particularly good for your liver. So, not only do yoga poses make you fitter and more flexible, they also stimulate the liver and help with the body’s detoxification process. Time to roll out that yoga mat!
2. Go green. We’re not talking green frogs and peppermint chocolate here, but spinach, avocado, kale and broccoli neutralize heavy metals within the body that put a high level of strain on the liver. Increasing the amount of green vegetables you eat is an easy way to detoxify your liver.
3. Wake up and smell the water. Drinking a glass of warm water first thing in the morning helps kick start your liver’s detoxification process. People often limit how much liquid they drink; fearing it will lead to water weight, but water actually has the opposite effect thanks to its cleansing ability. If weight loss is what your main priority is, then drinking water (and lots of it) is the way to go.
4. Try some curry. The Indian spice, turmeric which is a relative of ginger and gives curries their golden glow is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Curcumin, its active ingredient may also protect the liver by helping to expel toxins via phase liver detoxification reactions.
5. Less of the sweet, more of the sour. It may be surprising but the flavour of your food affects your liver function. Try and incorporate bitter foods into your diet every day, ideally at each meal. Foods like lemon, vinegar and olive oil are important for assisting and increasing the bile flow. Sugary foods and drinks are broken down into a type of fat called triglycerides and excess are stored in and around the liver, making liver function sluggish. Cutting out sugar helps the body breaks down the fat in your liver and thus it will work more efficiently.
6. Crack more jokes. Laughter naturally increases the production of an antibody that is responsible for protecting us against infections. It’s a great way to stop yourself from getting sick. So whether you think something is funny or not, best to laugh anyway!
In today’s society, with Internet access available readily at our fingertips, more and more women are turning to the ‘connected lifestyle’ to manage their busy lives. Women are busier than ever, juggling work life and motherhood and with technology developing right before our eyes, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to switch off when the workday has ended. In fact, in a 2013 survey by AVG Australia, 62 per cent of women said mobile devices make it hard to separate home and work life.
The Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa, Elysia are leaders as a destination for guests to not only detox, but also e-tox – that means no laptop, iPad, e-reader or TV. While that may sound scary to some, general manager Brigid Walsh says her team encourages retreat guests to limit their use of technology while e-toxing.
“Guests find it invigorating to escape from being constantly ‘plugged in’ and have quality face-to-face time with fellow guests and staff at the retreat. We encourage guests to enjoy meal times together and without the distractions of technology, allow them enjoy the simplicity of food and life. This reminds guests to slow down and be more present in the moment.”
Set in the peaceful surroundings of the Hunter Valley, just two and a half hours from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa, Elysia is an sanctuary of serenity where guests are encouraged to disconnect from their devices in order to regain some of the passion, energy, creativity and clarity that gets lost in the stresses of everyday life.
“We find our guests relish in the huge range of activities Elysia has on offer and use it as an opportunity to take time to re-connect with themselves without the pressure of technology getting in the way. They are finding it easier to switch-off in the ‘real world’ and less likely to go back to the excessive levels they were use to,” Brigid said.
While Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa, Elysia, encourages guests to disconnect from their devices while e-toxing, there is, of course, no restriction in staying in touch with family and friends via mobile phone from their accommodation.
It’s time now for women to unplug the charger to their laptop and focus on recharging their lives. We all could all benefit from learning to switch off every once in awhile. For more information on programs and packages go to www.goldendoor.com.au
We’ve all heard about the health benefits from drinking warm water with lemon, and how it can kickstart your metabolism especially when consumed first thing in the morning. Lemons are citrus fruits which are extremely rich in vitamin C and work two ways by cleaning the body from the inside out, and giving a healthy glow to skin and overall complexion. But what else can it do?
Mixing lukewarm water with a few drops of lemon juice helps to flush out toxins which have been lurking in the body overnight. Perfect to drink an hour before eating breakfast, the lemon helps the digestive system to easily break down food for the rest of the day.
Vitamins and minerals
Lemons are a natural source of vitamin C which will help the body fight against infection, especially during the winter months when it’s more likely to get sick. Just a few drops of natural lemon juice contains pectin fibre which specifically targets the colon and will help anyone suffering from irregular or inconsistent bowel movements.
When consumed on a regular basis, lemon has the power to reduce acidity in the body especially the amount of uric acid which is found in joints. This helps to fight against some of the main causes of pain and inflammation which many people suffer with age.
Accelerates weight loss
Did you know that pectin fibre which we mentioned earlier, is also the main ingredient to help you lose weight? It specifically targets hunger cravings, and will make you feel fuller for longer throughout the day. Add a few drops of lemon juice in your water at any time of the day to fight off incoming cravings.
Balances pH levels
Although lemons are an acidic fruit, once metabolised the citric acid does not create acidity in the body, which means that they are a perfectly natural alkaline. Drinking warm water with lemon regularly helps to remove any harmful acidity which has made it’s way into the body.
Relieves tooth pain
Warm water with lemon can help to relieve the symptoms of gingivitis and some mild forms of toothaches. Although lemons by nature are very acidic, it is always best to brush your teeth before preparing this drink since it can erode tooth enamel over time.
Fights against viral infections
Next time your throat is sore and tender, prepare warm lemon water before your breakfast to fight off any viral infections which may flare up. The lemon juice will also work to boost your immune system, and help to minimise the infection altogether.
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By Felicia Sapountzis
Healthy hair, skin and nails come from the nutrients we put into our body, which makes everything stronger, thicker and less prone to breakage. With winter approaching, it’s more important than ever to keep your body moisturised; not forgetting to target nails and cuticles as well. Focus on incorporating our five best foods mentioned below, which will leave you with healthier nails before you know it.
Spinach and eggs are full of iron which contribute to healthy skin, nails and hair. People that suffer from an iron deficiency usually have nails which are soft, prone to regular breakage, and brittle. For strong nails, start your day off with eggs and add a side of spinach (or baby spinach), to your lunchtime salad.
Almonds and walnuts
Legumes are loaded with omega-3 essential fats which prevent nails from splitting. Grab a handful of almonds to snack on everyday for strong nails, or sprinkle over yoghurt for a healthy afternoon treat.
Like almonds, flaxseeds are filled with omega-3 fats, as well as protein and fibre which is essential to a balanced diet. They are easy to incorporate into your diet, even if you aren’t the biggest health food fan. Sprinkle a table spoon of flaxseed over your breakfast cereal, you won’t even taste the difference!
Whole grains are essential to a balanced diet since they are filled with iron. Iron promotes nail growth and avoids nasty breakage. Look for wholemeal bread and use this instead of rye or white since there is no added health benefits in the latter. Your nails will thank you for it.
Filled with plenty of antioxidants, berries are a yummy treat which will no doubt help to avoid nail breakage. Blueberries and raspberries are best to snack on, since they are readily available and are proven to also reduce stress.
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By Felicia Sapountzis
If you’ve had a few too many glasses of champagne over the weekend, or pigged out on some chocolates and are looking for a way to detox the body, then listen up. Don’t buy into expensive juice cleanses that require you to stick to a liquid diet, rather clean your body with fresh fruits and vegetables from the pantry instead.
Certain plant based foods will give you enough vitamins and nutrients to detox the body naturally, and avoid living on juices for days on end.
Garlic is right at the top of the list since it’s packed with sulphur which is a very useful mineral to help rid the body of bad toxins. This doesn’t require you to eat it raw to get it’s nutrients (gross!), but add into stir fries and soups for an extra kick. Make sure to cook at a low temperature to really take in the vitamins and minerals.
If you’re suffering from an intense hangover and want to give your body a simple detox, then carrots are the best solution for you. Carrots are rich in glutathione which is a protein that specifically detoxes the liver. Carrot juice, or simply eating it raw will have you feeling brand new, and is full of vitamin C and potassium.
You either love them or you hate them, but beets are a natural way to detox your entire body. They are a high source of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium which are all essential qualities when detoxing. Add beetroot to your sandwich, salad or fruit juice for the added health benefits.
Ever tried adding some lemon to lukewarm water in the morning before breakfast? This amazing fruit has been used to detox the body for hundreds of years, and is definitely something we all have in the kitchen. Lemons release enzymes and convert toxins into water which can easily pass through the body.
5. Green Tea
Is there anything green tea can’t do? Pour yourself a cup of tea if you’re feeling sluggish and want to fasten your metabolism. It’s packed with heaps of antioxidants which help to reboot the liver.
This fruit is rich in an essential protein called glutathione which works wonders at detoxing the liver. Avocados are also a source of good monounsaturated fats; perfect for anyone who wants to lower their cholesterol levels. Just make sure that they’re ripe enough to eat!
Remember to replenish your body and drink at least 1L of water a day to avoid dehydration. The amount of water in a human body ranges from 50-75%, and will start to drop depending on how thirsty you are. Water helps to flush bad toxins out, and will get you mentally and physically back to good health.
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By Felicia Sapountzis
Whether you or someone you know suffers from a skin condition, the best way to get it medically treated is through your local GP. However, if prescribed creams, ointments and treatments aren’t exactly working wonders, there is no shame in trying the natural route. Did you know you could treat your skin with products from the pantry? Read on for our best ways to treat uneven skin tone.
Exfoliating is a great way to remove dry or dead skin cells off the surface for a smoother, radiant appearance. There are many exfoliators from department stores right down to your local supermarket, but you could make a personalised concoction right at home. All you need is brown sugar, baking soda, coffee and oatmeal at the foundation of each scrub. Top off with your choice of honey, avocado and a drop of lemon to invigorate the skin.
The most common source of uneven skin tone is unprotected exposure to the sun. Remember to apply sunscreen on your face and body when heading out in hot temperatures, or wear a foundation with an added SPF. Treat yourself to a fresh aloe vera treatment which not only cleanses the skin, but repairs damage from the sun, and helps with acne.
Fruits and vegetables
Clean your body from the inside out by making a variety of juices with fruits and vegetables. They help to flush the body of harmful toxins, and act as an inexpensive way to detox your immune system. Avocado, broccoli, ginger and lemons are your best friend if you are looking for clearer skin tone. Avoid refined sugars and over-processed foods during this detox.
A consistent skincare routine will help to resolve any uneven skin tone. Cleansing, moisturising and toning the skin on a daily basis will give your skin enough hydration throughout the day, and added moisture throughout the night to avoid breakouts or discolouration. Rose hip oil is an inexpensive ointment and when used consistently will reduce the appearance of ageing, treat uneven skin, dry skin and will help you look youthful and fresh.
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By Felicia Sapountzis
We often talk about detoxing or cleansing our bodies but what about our skin? And, in particular, the skin on our faces that is constantly exposed to the elements. It needs a little love, too. So here are a range of products that you can combine with a night in at home, surrounded by the waft of burning incense and your fave DVD indulgence to detox your skin:
1. Luminesce Youth Restoring Cleanser
This unique facial cleanser with glycolic acid which essentially acts as a mild exfoliant to help detox your complexion by removing impurities from deep within your pores without over-drying your skin. Formulated with carefully chosen ingredients under the expertise of world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Nathan Newman, Luminesce Youth Restoring Cleanser detoxifies your skin without stripping away the essential nutrients or moisture that are needed to support the cell renewal process.
2. Racinne Massaging Facial Cleansing Brush
A cleansing brush for your face? Weird, right? Well, not so. This gem uses 400 movements per minute to get out the gunk that’s trapped deep down in your pores. That build-up not only damages the skin but also keeps skincare products from producing optimal results. The facial cleansing brush removes dead skin cells, impurities and minimises the appearance of visible pores. Just what your skin has been asking for!
3. Ella Baché Detox Aromatique Extra Purifying Corrector Serum
This nifty little product is a part of a powerful new detoxifying and purifying skin care range, by Ella Baché, that combats the harmful toxins in every day life by minimising pores, concealing blemishes and in turn smoothing and clearing skin for a fresh, healthy glow. The shine and sebum-reducing serum soothes and clears blemished skin.
4. Queen B Beauty Queen Tea
Add an internal component to your skin cleanse and detox by drinking a cup of this tea before bed. Its carefully selected ingredients are caffeine-free and antioxidant-rich. These ingredients help eliminate dry skin, whilst aiding in collagen, elastin and scar tissue repair.
We’ll admit, we fell off the health bandwagon last year with too many treats and late nights and not enough exercise, but we’re determined to get back on, starting with this summer detox.
Belinda Reynolds, nutritionist, dietitian and senior educator for BioCeuticals, shows us how to avoid drastic diets and cleanse the body for weight loss and better health. Her summer detox will leave you feeling full, satisfied and jam-packed with energy.
Know your food
Learning to read food packaging is fundamental to knowing exactly what you are ingesting and what effects the foods may have on your body.
Stay away from foods that read fat free or diet, they are often loaded with sugar which turns into fat.
Read the ingredients listed and be wary of ingredients you do not recognise, or those that are represented by a number, as they’re most likely artificial.
The first three ingredients listed are the most predominant, as ingredients are listed in descending order according to their weight. This can be significant, particularly if sugar is listed as the first or second ingredient.
Avoid eating foods with trans fats in them. Trans fats are a product of how fats and oils are processed. Trans fats are not metabolised well and contribute to an imbalance in good and bad cholesterol,, which may cause health issues. They’re found in deep fried and commercial baked goods such as biscuits, pies, pastries, cakes and buns.
You know you are eating too quickly when you’re already preparing your next fork of food while still chewing. If you feel stomach discomfort after eating a meal it may be because you are not chewing your food enough. By chewing your food properly you encourage the release of enzymes which break down the food for effective digestion. A rule of thumb is to try and chew each bite 20 times. This can be harder than it sounds so if you start off with 10 chews per bite you are doing well.
After the silly season we may need to clean up any unwanted toxins. Look out for fermented foods that contain probiotics; these help to secure a healthy gut and restore any imbalances in good vs bad bacteria. You could also opt for a probiotic supplement to complement a balanced diet. Foods like yoghurt, kefir, tempeh, miso, and kimchi contain probiotics and complement a balanced diet.
Try a morning smoothie of kefir, cacao, spirulina and a banana to achieve a good dose of probiotics and antioxidants to start the day.
During the summer months we may forget to compensate sweat lost with an adequate intake of water. It is important to achieve the recommended eight glasses of water per day, and you can also increase your hydration levels with coconut water, a natural source of electrolytes. Coconut water contains B vitamins and essential minerals as well as potassium and sodium.
Focus on achieving 2 fruit and 5 vegetables daily
Plan ahead with snacks of carrot and celery sticks, a stash of strawberries and blueberries, and a packed salad for lunch. This will ensure you consume healthy, nutrient dense food that supports natural detox processes, instead of convenient high sugar fast food alternatives.
Refined sugars induce a spike in our blood sugar levels which means our energy levels quickly drop after a handful of lollies, biscuits, cake or a soft drink. By adopting a diet consisting of low GI foods you can help maintain steady blood sugar levels.
Opt for foods with natural sugars to keep your energy up. Fruits such as cherries, plums and peaches are low GI and are seasonal over the summer time.
Instead of refined sugar in your tea or coffee try stevia. Stevia is a natural sugar replacement, comes from a plant containing low calories and is low GI.
Remember to always consult your healthcare practitioner for advice on what supplements may benefit you. A qualified practitioner is trained to identify any potential deficiencies that may be present due to your current diet and lifestyle, and also based on symptoms you may be experiencing. Your nutritionist, dietitian or naturopath can therefore recommend the right program, including dietary adjustments and supplementation, tailored specifically to your needs.
Have you done a detox? Share your experience in the comments!
Australia was one of the first countries to truly embrace juicing culture, and the craze is only getting stronger. There is now a growing trend towards juicing diets, cleanses and detoxes that offer impressive results; not only in terms of weight loss, but also for their undeniable health and lifestyle benefits.
Juicing is a tasty way to provide your body with the natural nutrients that are often lacking from eating over-processed foods and making unhealthy lifestyle choices – and let’s face it, drinking a juice is much easier than eating a huge bowl of salad.
UK author and motivational speaker Jason Vale, better known as the ‘Juice Master’, is an advocate for the juicing lifestyle, and SheSaid caught up with Jason on his recent visit to Australia to get his insight on the benefits of juicing and his advice for maintain a balanced juicing diet.
What inspired you to get into juicing?
It was my own ill health that led me on this juicy journey. I was covered from head to toe in a skin condition called psoriasis to the point where almost every inch of my body- including my face- was affected. I was badly asthmatic, using an inhaler up to 14 times a day. I was also overweight and suffered terrible hay fever and smoked 40-60 cigarettes a day.
When I started to juice I saw my life and health transformed and I have witnessed tens of thousands of others do the same. I transformed myself by drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices every day, losing 25kg and gaining a new perspective on health.
What are the key benefits of a juice diet?
Juicing allows the perfect liquid fuel to help you improve your general health. Beauty comes from within and once you start to hydrate your body with vegetable and fruit juices everything shines.
When you give up processed foods and replace just one meal a day with a freshly made juice you have changed 1/3 of you diet in one simple step. Your friends will notice the shine in your skin, your hair your nails, your eyes, the whole you. It’s like adding super unleaded instead of diesel to an unleaded car.
Juicing is definitely not a fad.
By fasting you are giving your body a rest from trying to breakdown the processed foods that seems to have taken over our diets. Once we stop eating these foods and give the body a rest, then the body is able to reboot the liver, kidneys, intestines, blood, every organ in the body gets an overhaul. We are always detoxing, yes the body is designed to detox, but sometimes it is too difficult for the body to do its job properly.
I like to compare it to how often do people work hard up until their holiday and then complain for the first week of their holiday they were struck down with the flu. This is the body saying yes, seeing as you have finally slowed down, now I can start doing some cleaning up here.
At my health retreats we have seen the transformation in many people once they have been shown how to make nutritious, tasty juices.
What are your favourite ingredients to juice together?
I always take a couple of apples for juice volume, soluble fibre, and sweetness. I then add celery, spinach, kale, raw beetroot, cucumber, ginger, carrot and lime. This gives a wonderful spectrum of nutrition, plus it tastes stupidly lovely!
The first couple of days on a juice diet can often be quite challenging. What advice would you give for someone just starting out with juicing?
Anyone who starts a juice diet of any kind needs to understand that for the first 72 hours the body is in ‘withdrawal’ mode. People call this ‘detox’, when it is in fact withdrawal like the withdrawal from nicotine. The maximum it lasts is 72 hours, but the vast majority of people only feel it every now and then. The feeling of withdrawal from refined sugar and caffeine is one of ‘hunger’. This ‘false hunger’ will go and by day four you are left flying on a juice high!
What would be your advice for maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle?
Use juicing as a tool, but don’t become too obsessed with food and nutrition. We are all human and a balance is not a bad thing. I would always advise at least one good veggie juice a day and a five or seven day pure juice diet once every three months. When it comes to food I would keep what I eat as unprocessed as possible whilst having the odd blow out remembering that we are human and food is there to be enjoyed.
Coming into summer, what would be your favourite summer juice?
It has to be the homemade Lemon-Aid. This is the healthiest, creamiest and most natural lemonade in the world. You’ll need…
2 x golden delicious apples
1 x 1/3 unwaxed lemon
1 x small handful of ice cubes
Sandwich the lemon (with skin on) between the two apples in the chute of the juicer, and juice the lot. Pour over ice and enjoy.
This is best served with friends. Why not make a pitcher and of this delicious refreshing juice? Using the ratio of two apples and a third of a lemon per person, make a large batch and pour into a jug of crushed ice – perfect for a sizzling summer day.
Together with Juice Master Jason Vale, Philips aims to encourage a healthier lifestyle this summer by making juicing at home even more convenient. With their clever QuickClean design, the easy-to-use Philips QuickClean Juicers can be cleaned and ready to re-use in less than a minute. Maximum juice with minimum fuss. Happy juicing!
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Are you ready? This diet for 3 days is not easy. You won’t be able to drink coffee, tea or alcohol. ARGHHHHH? no morning coffee or afternoon vodka. I can assure you it is worth the 72 hours of pain. You will look positively radiant by the end of it. Plan the first two days of the diet when you are not particularly busy, don’t try to do this when you have parties or stressful deadlines. A long weekend is the perfect answer. If you do suffer from hunger pangs during the three days cling to your juice maker or packets of herbal teas. Twinings have some incredible flavours? such as peppermint and chamomile, ginger or green tea. Increase your water intake to at least 2.5 litres a day? you skin and body will be thanking you.
Do not do this diet if you are pregnant or unwell? always consult your GP before you commence any diet. This diet, as long as it is supervised by a medical professional can in fact help decrease symptoms of some chronic illness. But you have to remember to continue to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle after the three-day detox.
Breakfast: Half a grapefruit, one orange and a large slice of watermelon. A cup of peppermint tea and beetroot and ginger juice.
Lunch: A salad with English spinach leaves, tomato, cucumber, broccoli and snake beans with fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil. A glass of tomato juice
Dinner: Steamed brown rice with steamed vegies, such as bok choy, broccoli, snake beans, spinach dressed with the juice of a lemon and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Make a strawberry, banana and orange juice with ginger.
Grazing: Dried fruit and as much fresh fruit as you like
Breakfast: Two tablespoons fresh lemon juice in a glass of hot water. Have as much fruit as you want. Like four apples/three bananas or two mangoes? you get the idea.Lunch: Repeat Day One but add any new vegies. Have a glass of vegetable juice.
Dinner: Pasta with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and steamed vegies. Cup of herbal tea with large slice of melon
Grazing: A glass of beet-cucumber juice or fresh apple juice.
Breakfast: A fresh fruit salad with a dollop of low-fat plain yoghurt. As much fresh fruit as you like.
Lunch: Repeat Day One but add a new variety of vegetables. Cup of peppermint tea.
Dinner: Bake as many vegetables as you like (not potatoes) drizzle them with extra olive oil and fresh herbs. Glass of fresh orange, strawberry and apple juice.
Grazing: As much fresh fruit as you like or dried fruit.