By Sheri Wittmer- ILS Manager and Health Coach
The human body is one of the most complex and fascinating designs in all the world. With no planning on our part, a multitude of processes are taking place inside us throughout the day and night to cleanse and renew our organs. Wouldn’t we love it if our homes cleaned themselves while we slept? Through brilliantly designed pathways of elimination, the body knows how to systematically take out its own trash. Treat it lovingly, and this living, breathing machine will reward us with vibrant health. However, when the trash load becomes too burdensome and the body cannot dump it fast enough, the result is oftentimes sickness.
There’s plenty of talk out there about doing a “cleanse” or going on a “detox” diet, and there’s some validity to them. Not everyone is up for a week of juicing or drinks made with lemon juice and cayenne pepper. What is far more manageable on a daily basis is simply removing many things that burden the body’s ability to cleanse and heal itself. Why not slow down the conveyor belt of toxic trash going into the body and give it a chance to do what it does best? Heal and restore itself.
“By Intentionally choosing nourishing foods over those laden with chemicals, we can be off to a great start to better health.”
Let’s talk about what goes into the body. Each cell of our body is primarily made up of the food we eat and the quality of water we drink. Why is it then that we we make dietary choices that are known to be damaging to our cells? Think of it this way. If you were building a bridge capable of handling heavy loads, would you choose concrete or Lego blocks? The body is made up of billions of cells or building blocks. Each cell has a certain shelf life before it’s replaced with a new one. That’s the good news. We can start right here today building a new body cell by cell. By intentionally choosing nourishing foods over those laden with chemicals, we can be off to a great start to better health.
Here are a few practical tips we can implement today:
- Add vegetables to your diet each day. The darker the better. (spinach, kale, broccoli, parsley)
- Add fruit to your daily diet. (apples, berries, grapefruit, lemons are perfect for diabetics)
- Start your day with warm lemon water. Lemons are particularly good for detoxing the body.
- Try adding some greens to a fruit smoothie.
- Switch out some of your coffee consumption with green tea.
- Drink this much water per day- half your body weight in ounces. (example; 200 lbs.=100 ounces of water per day)
- 7. Make this amazing recipe. Promise, you won’t regret it!