Though I love the colors, the designs, and even the heels, I also know my limitations. If I were to wear any one of these cool shoes, I’d better be hanging on tight to someone’s arm or…everyone around me better give me wide berth…because I don’t know how long I’d stay in an upright vertical position.
Not to say I don’t own heels…I do.
But these are mega-heels and I don’t trust myself alone in them.
It would hazardous to my health (namely, my muscles, tendons and bones if I decided to wear these high heels every day.)
Doesn’t matter how pretty they are on the outside…it’s my insides I have to be concerned about. And I am.
Which got me thinking about a book I’m reading by Alejandro Junger, M.D., cardiologist and author of Clean: Remove, Restore, Rejuvenate.
Junger explains the necessity of taking steps every day to detox our bodies so that we’re able to live (and move) in optimal health no matter how young or old we are.
I appreciated his take on detoxing because often other professionals suggest extreme methods to clean the body out…while Junger gives every day people some simple every day recommendations for eating, walking, and breathing better.
I think everyone knows the value of detoxing our bodies…but most people feel uninformed or overwhelmed to tackle it at home.
So here’s some simple steps to take for better health by Junger.
1. Drink More Water. Too often we misinterpret thirst for hunger. Our signal for thirst may cause us to eat as we mistake it for hunger pains. Reach for water first and make sure you are well hydrated before eating any meal throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Where possible make sure to drink your water at least 30 minutes before eating as this will allow time for the water to properly penetrate the cells of your body and hydrate your stomach lining in preparation for proper digestion. I like to add lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to my water or green it up with barley grass powder, wheatgrass powder, spirulina or chlorella.
2. Add A Green Juice To Your Day. Green juices are an amazing way to add life giving and detoxifying plant chlorophyll to your bloodstream. As Jason Vale says in ‘Hungry For Change’, “juicing is the ultimate fast food, it is a 15 minute nutrient express to health“.
Green Juice Recipe Ideas:
- Celery, lemon and pear (or apple)
- Celery, cucumber, lemon (leave the skin on) and pear (or apple)
- Celery, cucumber, kale, lemon and pear (or apple)
- Celery, cucumber, lemon, parsley and pear (or apple)
3. Add More Parsley and Cilantro (Coriander) To Your Diet Parsley and cilantro (coriander) are very powerful natural green plant foods for detoxing heavy metals out of your body. Add these amazing herbs to juices, salads, soups and meals.
Heavy Metal Detox Pesto Recipe:
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup Brazil nuts (selenium source) or macadamia nuts
1/3 cup sunflower seeds (cysteine source)
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium sources)
1 cup fresh cilantro (corriander)
1 cup parsley
2/3 cup cold pressed olive oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice (Vitamin C source)
Big pinch of sea salt and or dulse flakes to flavor
Soak the seeds and nuts over night to release the enzyme exhibitors. Process the parsley, cilantro (corriander) and olive oil in a blender until chopped. Add the garlic, nuts, and seeds, salt / dulse and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste. Store in dark glass jars if possible. It freezes well also if needs be.
4. Breathe Deep Into Your Abdomen Deep breathing, where you fill your belly and expand your diaphragm downwards, is one of the most powerful exercise you can do to activate your lymph system which helps to detoxify your body. Think of your lymph system as your own personal garbage removal system (which most of us will need in full steam after the holiday season). Practise 10 deep slow breaths counting 4 seconds in, 8 seconds hold and 8 seconds out. You can do this exercise watching the TV, walking the dog, during meditation or whilst practising yoga.
According to the ‘Tao of Breathing’ up to 70% of our body’s waste products are eliminated via our lungs and the rest through the urine, skin and feces. When the efficiency of our lungs is reduced due to poor breathing less oxygen is available to our cells, it slows down the flow of blood which carries wastes from the kidneys and lungs. Our lymphatic system which fights off viral and bacterial invaders is weakened along with a slower digestive process.
Incorporating these easy steps into our daily routine will get everyone “stepping lively” all through their days (and nights.)