Post Holiday Cleanse by Rachel Schwartzman | #WellBeingWednesday

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Do you feel like you need a good Cleanse post-holiday season? I know I do…..

I’ve seen a few patients this holiday season, and even overheard a few women talking in a yoga class, all asking the same thing, How do we cleanse our bodies after the holiday season overindulgence’s? The following tips are all simple, food based ideas that I regularly use in my practice to promote a healthy lifestyle and would be helpful in getting people on track for 2015.

Lemon water first thing in the morning. Take a ¼ of a wedge of lemon and squeeze it into a glass of warm water. The bitter flavour of the lemon stimulates the liver and gallbladder as well as supporting digestion. It’s a simple and healthy habit to start your morning off right.

2 tbsp of ground flax seeds daily. You can add these to cereal, applesauce, yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal or sprinkle it on salad. You can really add them to anything, you just don’t want to heat them. Ground flax seeds are high in fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and a phytochemical called Lignans. Lignans, eliminate xenoestrogens (bad cancer causing estrogens) from the body. I give ground flax seeds two thumbs up.

Eat either an apple or a grapefruit every day. These fruits are high in calcium-d-glucarate, which is another way to promote liver detox pathways. They also decrease the risk of hormone dependent cancers.

1 cup of dark green vegetables daily (feel free to eat more). Think kale, chard, collards, arugula, spinach, bok choy, mustard greens, watercress. You get the point. These greens are rich in phytochemicals, antioxidants, and are nutrient dense. They also promote an alkaline environment, and our bodies like that.

Many people, at this time of year are complaining of bloated bellies. Try 1-2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in a ¼ cup of warm water before dinner. This simple drink supplies your body with enzymes, supports healthy stomach acid, and kills off unwanted yeast. It’s even been noted to have weight loss properties. If you’re not a fan of vinegar, the flavour is something to get used to, but I promise what your taste buds won’t like, your tummy will.

Wishing you all a wonderful and healthy 2015.

Rachel Schwartzman is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Doula and Acupuncturist. She practices in Toronto and can be reached at 416-371-3422. To learn more about Dr. Rachel take a peek at www.rachelschwartzman.com

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