About this time of year, many of my clients’ thoughts turn to detoxification. People’s memories of their recent holiday food-and-drink indulgences are fresh in their minds and also on the scale. Fortunately, so is the optimism that spring is just around the corner. Both are excellent motivators for health-minded people to work with the liver to support the body’s ability to neutralize toxins.
Most environmentally conscious people are aware of the word “ecosystem,” in which every participating element plays a role in the system’s ability to flourish. The human body has one of those ecosystems, too, and it’s located in the gut.
The inhabitants of the human gastrointestinal tract are bacteria – loads of different varieties – and what they do and how many there are play a huge role in defining our health. When this bacterial eco-balance is disrupted – for reasons including taking medication, poor diet, antibiotics or aging – ingesting some “friendly” microorganisms may be beneficial.
Getting back into the school-year groove is a mixed blessing. For both parents and children, the late summer and early fall typically means a return to a predictable routine. But it also often means jammed-packed schedules: after-school activities, keeping up grades and studying for critical exams. School days often lead to school daze, with added stress and pressures for all family members.
“Eat the rainbow!” has become the dietary code of many health-conscious individuals. And because of the large number of delicious red fruits and vegetables – raspberries, strawberries, cherries, watermelon, peppers, beets and tomatoes – this colorful group of vegetation is especially appealing.
Summer and the ocean or seaside are a natural warm-weather fit. But although many of us see the water solely as an environment for relaxation and recreation – with appropriate use of sunscreen, of course! – we forget that nature’s water resources are storehouses of nutrition.
Busy schedules often top the list of excuses for not preparing and eating nutritious, health-supporting meals. Fortunately, many people take multi-vitamins to fill in gaps when it’s impossible to eat right. But did you know that, in addition to providing a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals, many multi-vitamin supplements contain “extras” that might be missing from your diet?
After the cold of winter, sprigs of greenery holding the promise of colorful, cheerful flowers can’t come fast enough. But if your patience is wearing thin, there’s a way to tide you over while you wait for the seasons to fully change —add some “green” supplements to your regimen!
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