Although a couple of weeks into 2023, most of us will still have hopes and aspirations to improve our lives in some way this year, not least of all our health. But doctors generally advise against doing a ‘detox’ and faddish diets aren’t the way to go. So where does that leave us?
There's absolutely no doubt that a period of ‘cleansing’ is an extremely effective and worthwhile exercise to regain our health after a period of over-consumption. It can help to cleanse the gut and liver, reduce harmful toxins in the body and support weight loss too.
Here are some important objectives for improved health, that look a little wider than just the bathroom scales:
- To provide beneficial nutrients necessary to allow the body and mind to function better
- To help correct imbalances of blood-sugar metabolism
- To reduce toxic build-up, enable the body to absorb essential nutrients more efficiently and remove toxic waste
- To correct imbalances that are causing symptoms of distress and disease
- To strengthen the immune system and remove symptoms of ill health
- To remove harmful acids from the body and pursue a more alkaline-based diet
- To enhance adrenal and lymphatic function
- To increase energy levels
Beneficial nutrients for mind and body
The festive period can be stressful and there is little time to recover before starting back at work. If you are struggling then try:
Karoshil, a foodstate multi-nutrient predominantly containing B vitamins that has been specifically created to help with negative emotional states. Interestingly, this is one of the highest repeat-selling products in the range. Yoga, Pilates and meditation can be very helpful too.
Ashwagandha is the perfect supplement for both mind and body. It has been used to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance mental wellbeing, hormone balance, libido and ease pain and inflammation. It has also been used to treat insomnia.
Rhodiola with Vitamins B5 and B6
Rhodiola is a herb that has been used traditionally to support negative emotional states. Vitamins B5 and B6 are proven to support the nervous system, improve mental health and help prevent tiredness and fatigue.
Multi-Nutrient Products: Our broad spectrum multi-nutrients are designed to provide a bit of everything to promote good health and are excellent value. Try Multi-Vitamin & Mineral, Multi Antioxidant and Joint & Bone Formula.
Correcting blood sugar imbalances
It is difficult to avoid processed sugar because it is hidden in so many foods. But avoid it we should! It is a poison that damages our health in a multitude of ways.
GTF Chromium is a mineral that helps balance blood glucose levels. We add antioxidants to ours that support the immune system. GTF Chromium helps treat and prevent type 2 diabetes.
Reducing toxic build-up
Sadly we are bombarded with toxins daily that generally tend to get stored in the body’s organs, particularly the liver.
Our Multi Antioxidants bind to and remove toxins from the body including heavy metals. I consider this group of nutrients the most important for human health.
Milk Thistle is a herb that helps remove toxins from the liver and has a protective effect over this hard-working organ.
Reducing symptoms of distress and disease
Virtually all disease known to humans has its root cause in nutritional deficiency and despite an abundance of food today, we have significant health pressures caused by depleted farm soils. Where possible, buy organic foods, try growing your own fruit and veg and use farm shops rather than supermarkets. Adopt a more alkaline diet – acidic foods are like disease magnets. And try to consume at least 20% of food in raw form.
Strengthening the immune system
Your body deploys an immune response to anything that could damage it, so having a strong immune system is the difference between good health and poor health – or even life and death. Do you get a cold or flu easily? Do you take a long time to recover from an injury or illness? These are clear signs of a compromised immune system, so try:
Vitamin C, especially in winter, and take plenty. If you sense the start of a cold or flu, take 8 Foodstate Vit C in 1 day then reduce to 4 per day for several days. Vit C is also responsible for repairing connective tissue to really helps speed up recovery from an injury or surgery.
Multi Antioxidant contains several immune boosting nutrients including Vit C, Vit E, Zinc, Selenium and Co-Q10. They also help remove toxins from the body which in itself improves the immune system.
Probiotic E505. A healthy diet is only truly beneficial if the gut is assimilating nutrients efficiently, and poor gut function is rife in our society. Try our Probiotic E505 for improved digestion, improved immunity and a ‘lighter’ feeling.
Removing acids and becoming more alkaline
There are holistic healthcare centres all over the world that treat chronic disease (including cancer) with a total focus on alkaline-forming foods. In general we can say that acidic foods are harmful to our health and alkaline foods are beneficial, although there can be exceptions. What causes an acidic blood pH? Acidic food, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build-up of acids in the cells will occur and poor health will follow. Download an acid/alkaline food chart and stick it to the fridge. Start your day with half a freshly squeezed lemon in warm water, it’s very alkaline-forming and a perfect start to the day.
To enhance adrenal and lymphatic function
Fatigue, anxiety and depression can all be symptoms of tired adrenals. A lack of certain vitamins and minerals can all be associated with adrenal inefficiency, including calcium, zinc, magnesium and vitamins B5, C and E. All of these can be found in our Multi-Vitamin & Mineral, Multi Antioxidant and Joint & Bone Formula. The blood dumps toxins from the gut in to the lymphatic system via the liver. Freshly squeezed lemon juice supports the lymphatic system as do antioxidants that remove toxins.
Increasing Energy Levels
Do you suffer from fatigue, lethargy, nervous exhaustion, slow metabolism? Would you like more energy? A healthy diet is important so eliminate processed and refined foods. The most important nutrients are:
Vitamin B Complex: Nearly all 8 B vitamins are important for energy release and B vitamins are commonly known as a great ‘pick-me-up’.
This is a huge subject, so I have shortlisted the areas that I hope make most sense to you. A lot of it is common sense – eating healthily, avoiding refined sugars and carbs, having a positive mental attitude, improving our digestion and immune systems.
However one thing we can’t influence is our depleted farm soils, the lack of nutrition in modern foods, and the consequences to our health. This is where Foodstate supplements can really help, providing essential nutrients that support every aspect of our health.
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