The beginning of Summer is a great time to nourish and alkalise your body before the ‘silly season’ starts with some of these nutrients.
Follow the tips below and lose weight, reduce cellulite, improve energy, have glowing skin, better concentration and overall to just feel amazing!!
1. Wakame & Dulse seaweed:
Wakame seaweed has one of the highest nutrient-to-calorie ratios, from a vegetarian source of the Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid, EPA. Both wakame and dulse are great sources of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, C, E, K, folate and fibre.
Dulse also has some great minerals essential for glowing skin, calming nerves, and for healthy bones. These include potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chromium, iodine and zinc and trace elements.
Have a miso soup with wakame in it once a day in the afternoon, around the time that you really want to reach for a piece of chocolate and see the mood improving effects.
This superfood contains all of the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, amino acids, magnesium, iron, trace minerals, carbohydrates and a higher amount of protein (more than 50%) than meat, per grams of weight. Its high amount of protein makes it a staple for many vegetarians. Chlorella binds to toxins and carries them out of the body.
Chlorella has also been proven effective for:
- Balancing hormones (relieving PMS, regulating the menstrual cycle)
- Treatment of ulcers
- Balancing the digestive system (improving digestion, relieving constipation)
- Increasing the white blood cell count (helps with infections and illnesses)
- Reduces or eliminates body odours
- Balances blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars (preventing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity)
- Reduces the occurrence of asthma attacks and allergies
- Treats fatigue
- Helps boost immunity
- Protects the brain and nervous system
- Supports the elimination of many pollutants, heavy metals and moulds
- Boosts tissue growth, healing and repair
- Detoxifies harmful radiation, protects organs
3. Barley Grass Powder:
At the early stage of its growth, the barley plant is closer in composition to vegetables than grains, hence the name ‘barley grass’. Barley grass powder thus contains very dense nutritional and healing properties in a concentrated form that is easily assimilated by our digestive system.
There are no known toxic effects to consuming barley grass. It also has very strong alkalizing effects on the body.
Barley grass contains very large amounts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and other beneficial nutrients. These include:
- essential and non-essential amino acids
- high amounts of antioxidants
- high amounts of enzymes, including the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase (SOD)
- high amounts of folic acid
- pantothenic acid
- high amounts of carotenoids, including beta carotene-more than 6 times the amount of carotene in spinach
- high amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B6 & B12
- high amounts of vitamin C-nearly 7 times the amount in oranges
- high amounts of calcium-more than 10 times the amount in cows’ milk
- high amounts of iron-almost 5 times the amount found in spinach
- high amounts of organic sodium-more than 25 times the amount in celery
Barley grass is also rich in living chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has the following benefits and effects:
- It is the basis of all plant life, playing a critical role in photosynthesis.
- It is the first product of light, containing more light energy than any other element.
- It is anti-bacterial, stopping the development and growth of harmful bacteria. It can be used inside the body as well as topically as a healing agent.
- It rebuilds the blood. Chlorophyll is very similar in structure to blood hemoglobin.
- Liquid chlorophyll gets into the bodily tissues, rejuvenating and rebuilding them.
- It alleviates blood sugar problems.
- It neutralizes toxins in the body.
- It helps to purify the liver.
- Liquid chlorophyll washes drug deposits from the body.
Ginger is fantastic for circulation. Adding ginger to juices, as a tea or simply chewing in a small sliver has great health benefits for digestion also.
This is a fantastic vegetable to eat fresh as it contains a high amount of potassium, a mineral well known for its ability to reduce belly fat. Approximately 1 cup of fresh asparagus is equivalent to 288 mg of potassium. Also, 1 cup of asparagus has only 40 calories!
Apart from the myriad of phenomenal nutrient and health benefits of avocados, one not well known benefit is that avocados increase nutrient absorption! When eating a salad including avocados, you absorb five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes beta carotene and lycopene).
7. Red Papaya:
Papaya is rich in enzymes called papain and chymopapain which help with digestion, in particularly it breaks down the proteins from the food we eat into amino acids. Amino acids are present in every single cell of our bodies and are necessary for every chemical/enzymatic reaction, as well as for our mental and physical health.
As we age we produce less digestive enzymes in our stomach and pancreas, which leads to ineffective digestion of proteins. As a result we end up with an excess of undigested protein in the gastrointestinal tract which encourages the overgrowth of the bad bacteria, causing bloating and wind.
8. Dry Skin Brushing:
Not only does this quick and easy before shower treatment assist the lymphatic system to work more efficiently, it also helps your skin to feel soft and silky. Just what you desire for summer. After you shower, apply some raw virgin coconut oil to your body to add a dewy glowing look to your skin.
Your skin is your largest organ and many toxins are released through it every day. All you need is around 5 minutes before a shower while the skin is dry. It is even safe to do while pregnant.
By assisting with the detoxification processes, you ease the burden on the liver and kidneys, you boost your body’s natural immunity, skin brushing helps with dispersing cellulite as well as reducing swelling and fluid retention.
Brushing in circular motions from the extremities to your heart in slow soft movements gives the best results.
9. Regular lymphatic massage:
This one is easy-hardly a chore! Lymphatic massage stimulates the flow of lymph in the body, thus removing toxins and cellular waste.
Drink plenty of water after a massage to help flush lactic acid and toxins through the kidneys.
Saunas promote sweating and the elimination of toxins and waste through the skin. They also improve blood circulation, help reduce cellulite, and give your skin a healthy glow
* Try this beauty tip using papaya *
Smash 1-2 tablespoons of papaya flesh and spread it on your face and neck. Leave it on for about 3-5 minutes, or sooner if you feel tingling, and then wash off. Your skin will GLOW! Add a good quality natural moisturiser or raw virgin coconut oil after.
* NUTRIENT DENSE DETOX SALAD * (use organic ingredients where possible)
- 1 ripe avocado, diced
- 1 ripe beefsteak tomato, diced
- 6 Cos lettuce leaves, shredded
- 2 large pinches of wakame, previously soaked and drained
- 1 bunch asparagus, lightly blanched/steamed
- 2 tablespoons tamari
- 1 tablespoon light miso paste
- 1 tablespoon raw dark unfiltered agave nectar
- water added for desired consistency
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix dressing through and enjoy!