All About Detoxing

I used to think that I knew all about detoxing, it’s not hard is it you just eat lettuce leaves and starve.In fact, I could not have been further from the truth. I was very lucky a friend gave me her detox diet which she had followed for a month and still dropped a dress size even though she had fallen off the wagon a few times.When I looked at what she could eat I was amazed at the range of food that she could eat and also the quantities. I realised that there was no way you were going to be hungry on this detoxification diet. There was a downside for me I had to give up caffeine for a month and that was very hard, but I could have fruit smoothies which were wonderful and after a few days I stopped feeling deprived.

What is detoxing?

Anything harmful in your body is called a toxin. Your body can and will cope with toxins it’s what it is designed to do. However, sometimes the body is overloaded and it cannot flush out the poisons as fast as you are putting them in. When this happens your body reacts by feeling drained of energy your skin and hair become lacklustre and dry rather than growing, and you may bloating or gas.Detoxing is the process of giving your body a helping hand to get rid of the poisons.

What are toxins?

Can be naturally produced within the body, for instance, carbon dioxide enters the body within the air you breathe. They can enter the body as chemicals through your skin such as cleaning products. There are other pollutants such as cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, everyday household chemicals and detergents, toxic metals in the environment such as lead and also sometimes in the air and water. Added to this are the chemicals added to processed foods. If it any wonders that sometimes your body gets overloaded?

How does your body detoxify?.

Your body has many ways OF purifying your system, but the primary organs are the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and that gut.

The liver.

This is your body’s most efficient processing plant its primary function is to make safe all of the harmful substances in our bodies. Once the liver has done this it sends the toxins to the kidneys lungs skin and bowels to eliminate from the body. All of this is done by enzyme function and you have thousands of them. These enzymes don’t work properly without correct nutrients and these must be eaten or taken as supplements

Foods that help your liver work to optimum capacity

All the cruciferous vegetables are brilliant for your liver these include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli and cauliflower an ideal diet will include at least one of these foods every day. Garlic, onions and leeks all contain sulphur which help mop up the toxins. Tomatoes, peppers, blueberries and carrots, as well as lemons, are also great.

Supplements for the liver

milk thistle, artichoke extract, garlic capsules, dandelion and fennel seeds.

All about detoxing

The kidneys

when the body breaks down proteins from your blood sends them in the form of urea to your kidneys which will add it to urine so it’s expelled from your system. Believe it or not every hour the kidney uses 7 L or 12 pints of water another reason why drinking water helps the kidneys to work at their best.

Foods that help your kidneys work to optimum capacity

water, all fruits and vegetables as well as herbal teas and parsley tea.

Supplements to help your kidneys

dandelion, horsetail, goldenrod, cranberry and celery seeds.

The Gut

your intestinal  system processes the toxins itself, but it also helps to push indigestible foods such as soluble fibre which mops up some of the toxins and sends them to the bowel once in the bowel they attacked by good bacteria and eliminated from your body in your faeces.

Foods that help the gut

all fruit and vegetables are good for you but for the got all berries, prunes apples and dried fruit are brilliant as is broccoli, cabbage and carrots. Flaxseeds and linseeds are good as are beans and lentils. Oats are a superfood if you are not gluten intolerant if you then substitute barley.

Supplements that help the gut

fibre supplements include psyllium. Probiotic supplements encourage the growth of new friendly bacteria. Aloe Vera and chlorella are also good.

The skin

the skin plays a huge part in getting rid of toxins it uses both your sweat and skin oils in the form of seben  to get rid of dry skin cells.

Foods that helps the skin function

water, fruit and vegetables and flax seeds., Essential oils Such as flax oil, pumpkin seed oil, walnut oil or blended essential oils.

Supplements to help your skin function as the detoxifying organ.

Ginko Biloba, essential fatty acid supplement such as evening Primrose oil or flaxseed oil, antioxidant supplements and goldenseal root.

Lymphatic circulation

the limb system is the body’s ultimate drainage system because it deals with particles and waste products which are too large to enter the bloodstream pass directly to your lymph nodes to be processed from your cells. Once cleaned up they return to the bloodstream whether taken to the liver complete detoxification.

Food to assist your lymphatic system to work.

Water, Echinacea and sarsaparilla root.

There are no supplements that specifically assist the lymphatic system, but you can have a manual lymphatic drainage massage or dry skin brushing to improve lymphatic circulation. Also Epsom salts in the bath help.

The lungs

the lungs have to deal with all the waste toxic gases left after we have breathed in oxygen.

Foods that help your lungs.

All fruits and vegetables assist you longs to function especially blueberries, apples, blackberries, raspberries and onions.

Supplements to help you lungs


How does a detox diet work?

The ultimate aim of detox is to encourage your body to eliminate old toxins in your system.

Eating the right foods encourages your body’s natural detoxification process

eating organic food is helpful, but eating the right types of foods is more important.

Reducing emotional and physical stress your life

introducing supplements and herbs that support liver function and assist the body to detoxify.

beginning a gentle exercising program

Reducing addictive substance such as nicotine caffeine and alcohol. Cutting out foods and drink add to your toxic overloads such as processed sugar, saturated fats salty foods and chemical additives

do’s and don ts when detoxifying

don’t feel the need to do everything at once, introduced changes gradually. If you smoke and need to stop then deal with that one obstacle first. Cutting out caffeine and alcohol and all the other changes is just too much for your body to take at once and you are setting yourself up for failure. If you can only cope with one thing at a time only attempt to do one thing time.

Before starting any detox diet program you should consult a doctor especially if you have any allergies. If you are pregnant you need to take extra nutrition advice. It goes without saying that if you have any medical condition you should check your health professional before beginning any sort of diet

Digestive health is Important for diabetics.

Digestive health is important for diabetics because they need to be able to extract as many nutrients out of their food as possible because they can’t afford to eat that many wasted calories. Our digestive tract is the largest organ in the human body and it performs many functions which make about optimum health and these include food digestion, nutrient absorption and the removal of waste and toxins if our digested system isn’t functioning properly we will probably have a compromised immune system and a sluggish metabolic system.

If you got isn’t functioning well it’s pretty easy to do a couple of days of detox or a five day cleanse program. However, if you’re gut is not healthy you will not benefit from this. Whatever happens the first thing to achieve in digested health is a fully functioning gut.

Digestive health is Important for diabetics.

Leaky gut syndrome.

Conventional medicine does not always accept a leaky gut syndrome. Many patients have a horrible time with abdominal pains, cramps, bloating and constant acid reflux. Generally all the medical tests come back clear. If you can find a doctor who believes in leaky gut syndrome and is treated in the form of probiotics and other natural substances that got normally heals itself within 2 to 3 months.

What is leaky gut syndrome?.

We need to produce acid in our stomach to break down all our food. Not all food is as easy to digest for instance fruit and vegetables generally the stomach within an hour but pork can remain in the stomach for up to 36 hours. Processed food, fatty food fast foods, fizzy drinks alcohol and caffeine all require more stomach acids then easily digestible alkaline foods. When we produce more stomach acid to break these foods down the excess stomach acid has eroded the delicate lining of the gut. When this happens on digested food particles are not absorbed properly and not excreted correctly. They are actually absorbed into the body which thinks they are foreign particles so they are attacked with white blood cells to kill them and this further damages your intestinal tract. Eventually, this leads to pain bloating and heartburn as a physical symptom. A secondary think symptom is usually tiredness because you’re not absorbing all the nutrients from the food. Unfortunately, this is often accompanied by bloating and swelling and also weight gain.

The usual treatment for a leaky gut is dietary supplements.

Digested enzymes these are normally taken in capsule form with meals to help you digestive food by breaking down peptides, proteins, sugars, fats, lactose and carbohydrates.


This is a spice commonly used in Indian and Sri Lankan food it is very soothing and warming to the gut and help stabilise blood sugars. It is often added to desserts or curries. It comes in powdered form and also dried and rolled up cinnamon bark which looks like a small cigar.

Caprylic acid

This is a fatty acid which is very good at breaking down yeast and candida cells it is normally served with meals in capsule form


This helps support the mucous lining in the gut it helps it to repair.

L – glutamine

This assists small intestine health.

Natural papaya concentrate

papaya is a tropical fruit which  has a very potent enzyme that breaks down proteins so it is often used in Asian food to break down meats in a marinade. These enzymes support bowel function and they have a soothing effect on both the stomach and the digested tract.

Garlic capsules

Garlic capsules contain allicin a sulphur compound it helps to balance the gut.

What are probiotics?

the healthy gut has thousands of good bacteria which incredibly reduce a number of bacteria from our food by aiding the digestions and the absorption of nutrients when food and faecal matter works its way through the digestive system this process is called peristalsis. The probiotics protect the mucous membranes by stimulating the proteins in mucus that lubricate protect the inner delicate issue. By improving the balance of friendly bacteria in the genital areas, they reduce the chance of urinary or vaginal infections. In the bowels, these good bacteria produce essential vitamins B to build up the neurological system and help you feel energised.

Unfortunately, this good bacteria can be easily reduced as a result of stress, smoking, poor diet, alcohol consumption, surgery, medications and also hormonal changes. When this happens a probiotic supplement is very helpful. In fact, these probiotics are considered so helpful that medical research is trying to develop probiotics to prevent dental cavities sore throats and nasal infections.

Although probiotic supplements take many forms most people have heard of them being added to milk yoghurt or kefir products.

Probiotics can help with

colds and flu

because probiotics boost the immune system eating a large amount of natural probiotic foods generally means you have fewer colds and winter infections. The diabetics a daily multivitamin and a probiotic supplement has found to be very helpful in boosting overall health. Recent studies have shown that after taking probiotics for three months, even if you do get a cold the symptoms are very much milder than they would have been normally.

Allergies studies have shown that probiotics help asthma sufferers by reducing the inflammatory response in the intestine. Lower levels of healthy gut flora have been said to be the principal reason allergies are more common these days. Probiotics encourage the growth of new healthy bacteria. Unfortunately, this isn’t a quick fix it situation it often takes about four months for patients to get any real relief.

Bad breath

bad breath is generally caused by rotting teeth, poor digestion and unhealthy gums. The thousands of bacteria in the mouth is bad enough, but they can feed on the constant supply of food that follows it. It is estimated that only 2% of the population have high enough levels protected bacteria in their mouth. Adding live yoghurt to your diet reduces the risk of dental decay and the likelihood of mouth ulcers and other oral infections.


a lot of people feel tired after eating partly because they eat too much food or they are asking their body to digestive many different types of food. For instance eating bread at lunchtime can put a strain on the digested system while eating a salad is very energising. Probiotics help you absorb nutrients which help you feel more energised.

Probiotics also remove waste and toxins from the body these toxins if left in the body would starve cells of oxygen which in turn leads to pain and fatigue. Probiotics are cleansing and help eliminate wastes from the intestine which allows your body to extract more oxygen which in turn makes you feel more energised.

The Essential Basics of Nutritional Healing For Diabetics.

Nutritional Healing For Diabetics.Sometimes the basics of Nutritional Healing For Diabetics  are overlooked in this highly technological age, yet we cannot get away from  the fact that what we put in out mouths has a direct impact on the way we feel, and if we do it for long enough our health. Granted it is too simplistic to say we are what we eat, but what we eat does contribute directly to how we are. If you doubt that statement go to the local park and have a look at five year olds after they have had a massive sugar hit. they are chasing around like the road runner on steroids.

When you cure your diabetes through diet and exercise or just diet then you have allowed your body to heal itself . In doing so you have forced your body to confront the cause of diabetes and not just the symptoms. A side effect of this is the fact that other additional health problems such as high cholesterol, heart disease and the risk of a stroke, all of these diminish in direct proportion. Your doctor should show you a graph where you can see this happening, it is quite something to watch.

As your body undergoes nutritional healing there are other changes happening that perhaps might not be so noticeable or spectacular but non the less indicate an improvement in your overall health. Opportunist infections are diminished as are some of the side effects or complications of diabetes. You overall skin tone improves, your eyes will be brighter and your concentration improves.

It is important to realise that holistic nutritional healing deals with the whole body, you can’t instruct your body to just heal a broken arm, and ignore the massive migraines.  Also everyone is an individual and it is important to realise that you have to listen to your body – there is no one solution fits all in health ever, whatever your medical advisors will tell you. Everyone’s body chemistry is absolutely unique unless of course they are an identical twin, in which case they share it with the twin, this arises from genetic factors and constitution and environment. However, nothing is written in stone. Just because you have a family history of a disease does not mean that you will inherit it even if your twin does.

Incredibly you can as an identical twin share the same genetic makeup and have an identical environment all your life and not have the same health. It is not entirely known why this is, but it can only be a belief system. It may be that one thinks okay it happened to every one of my family, they are all diabetics, but I am going to nourish my body and be well. If you think that chances are you will be right.

As Henry Ford once said

“Whether you think ou can or you can’t chances are you are right !”

Nutritional Healing For Diabetics

Although the treatment may well be different and you will have to listen to your own body and build up a sense of awareness of what is going on in your body, the factors that led you to be diabetic will have had several factors which are in common with most diabetics. No one is born with type 2 diabetes you develop it in the course of your life.

Modern nutritional therapists believe that  most states of ill health are brought about by four main factors, when they have not been caused by accident or trauma.

The Four Main Courses of Nutritional Ill Health

  1. Hypochlorhydria – Insufficient Stomach Acid
    Insufficient Stomach Acid causes more problems than an excess. The stomach needs an acid environment for several reasons. The primary reason is the fact that the stomach needs to be acidic to digest protein. Don’t forget that protein is one of the  building blocks we need  for health and if we don’t digest it, our bodies cannot absorb it. The stomach has to empty properly because if it doesn’t it forces acid back up into the throat, this is a horrible condition called heartburn. An acid  environment is critical for the absorption of micronutrients such as selenium, iron, copper and zinc. Finally acid also acts to sterilize the stomach which kills off all the bacteria and yeast from incompletely digested foods.The stomach requires an acid environment for several reasons. Unfortunately some people produce a low amount of it for reasons which are not properly understood yet, and also as we age our bodies produce less stomach acid.

2. Allergies caused by Poor Gut Health.

           We all know that kids today seem to have far more allergies than kids did fifty years ago. It seems today the world and his dog have a peanut       allergy. Extensive medical research has been carried out on this phenomena and it has been decided that this has to do with a reduction of good bacteria in the gut. This is often governed by family history, but you can improve the situation by eating probiotics or fermented food.

3. Nutrient deficiency caused by poor absorption or eating the wrong food groups.

There are two reasons for this  the first is a condition called leaking gut syndrome which we will talk about tomorrow in depth. It means that it needs a greater discussion because whenever medics calls something as syndrome it means that not everyone agrees in its existence examples are Attention deficit syndrome. “Leaky gut syndrome” is said to be a reaction in the immune system to toxins that have been reabsorbed  into the bloodstream from the gut. Scientists generally agree that this permeability can exist, but not every doctor is convinced it is harmful.


Toxicity occurs when there is too much of a substance in the body for instance sugar  and when the body can’t eliminate it or excrete it through the skin or through the gut it builds up to high levels which cause complications. In the case of diabetes, these complications are eye problems, skin eruptions and kidney failure amongst other things.

The beauty about nutritional healing is the fact that it can be introduced at your own pace. Leo did it all in one go with an all or nothing approach. However there is no reason you have to use this commando approach, you can start by changing your habits by one meal, one day, one week at a time. Medically if you change your diet gradually you have a better chance of it working in the long term. This is not a fad nutritional healing it is something that has to be changed for life.

you don’t have to be a health freak, or a vegetarian to benefit from nutritional healing, but it does by definition involve eating a lot of antioxidants and they are found in fruit and vegetables. That does not mean that you can’t eat meat, in fact, it does not mean that nay food is banned you can have a piece of apple pie, but be prepared for it. Don’t eat it after a heavy carb meal such as pasta eat it after a salad or a meal with very low carbs.

Nutritional Healing For Diabetics is the best way forward for you to lead a new life free of diabetic medicine.





Good Reasons Why Diabetics Should Eat Mackerel

Mackerel is an oily fish best eaten fresh. It is characterised by its bright skin see below and the colours which may be green or blue should be visible. The eyes also should be very clear if the skin looks at and the eyes on bright then the fish is old
Good Reasons Why Diabetics Should Eat Mackerel

Because mackerel is found all over the world, in both tropical and cold waters virtually every cuisine is a method of cooking mackerel. One of the best curries I ever ate was a Goan mackerel curry. Since then I have eaten it in Japanese and Korean restaurants and one of my favourite ways of eating it is simply with a plum sauce and spring greens. The recipe is below

Serving mackerel

you can cook mackerel in a variety of ways, it can be cooked whole which is generally my preference. However, I do understand people who freak out when they find fish has a head on it. You can always ask your fishmonger to fillet it for you!They are pretty easy to fillet yourself with a sharp knife.
I generally either steam the fish or I grill it or sometimes pan fry just with two drops of sesame oil. It is an oily fish does not need to be drowned in olive oil. The plum sauce may sound overly complicated. If you can’t get Japanese plums by plums in natural juices. The balance should be between salty and sweet flavours. If you can’t find rice vinegar then use a simple white wine vinegar. You toast the sesame seeds by putting them in a dry pan for about 40 seconds until they turn brown.

Chinese style mackerel with plum sauce

good reasons to eat mackerel Serves one
2 good-sized mackerel fillets
Himalayan pink salt
freshly ground black pepper
juice of a lemon

Plum dressing

1/2 cucumber
2 preserved plums in vinegar (umeboshi)
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Soy sauce to taste

Pit the plums and mash them. Combine with the rice vinegar and soy sauce, sweeten with honey or sugar if necessary. Slice the cucumber Add the plum sauce and sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over the top.Grill the mackerel fillets skin side first and then turn over when they are crispy.

Baked Mackerel with Vine Tomatoes

This is a more robust way of serving mackerel. Now when I lived in Spain in Andalucia for very nearly 30 years. The Spanish mackerel is not as meaty or as oily as its British counterpart and consequently it didn’t stand up as well to serving on its own grilled. However, this method I used to cook it was fabulous especially when served with last night’s roast vegetables. Baked Mackerel Spanish Style

Serves 2
4 Mackerel Fillets
Juice of 1 lemon
2 large handfuls of orange thyme
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/4 loaf of ciabatta bread, torn
1 red onion, finely sliced
250g of cherry tomatoes
150g of sundried tomatoes
1 tablespoon of aged balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
A good handful of basil, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Put the bread chunks in the roasting tray and drizzle with a generous drizzle of olive oil. Season with sea salt and ground black pepper and then place in the oven until toasted and golden for about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, orange thyme and garlic and then add the onion, cherry tomatoes, sunblush tomatoes, toasted bread and toss until completely coated.

Place the mackerel on a plate and drizzle with a little olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and a handful of lemon thyme and oregano.Grill or fry for three minutes on each side. Add the tomato ingredients and serve with last night’s roasted vegetables.

Good Reasons Why Diabetics Should Eat Mackerel

Mackerel is packed with good healthy fats. It is tasty and filling and best of all it takes lots of other very pungent flavours such as the Japanese wasabi paste or horseradish. This makes it a great supper just horseradish and grill mackerel or even smoked mackerel. Other benefits of eating mackerel is the fact it cooks very quickly in five minutes it is cooked.

As a Diabetic – Do You really know How much are you really eating?

It’s important for everyone to be able to understand the basic concepts of nutrition the question how much are you really eating is very important to diabetics especially in regards to sugars and carbohydrates. It is virtually impossible to overeat a salad, it doesn’t matter how big the bowl is there are not enough sugars for it to be serious. In fact, a salad bowl for two in our house would normally be enough for 10 people in a restaurant.

Even if you think you’re pretty smart about food and nutrition it is a fact that today food manufacturers hide certain foods which make it even more critical that you learn how to read a food label. It’s not just what is in the food in terms of sugar, that carbohydrate content but also portion information. How many others can look at a cream sponge for four people think I can eat that myself? We all fall into the trap of container eating that is weak and soon whatever is in the container. I can’t guarantee that reading a label stop you eating all four pieces of cake, but it will stop you from being unaware what one portion should be. You will also be aware of how many calories you are actually consuming which in itself can sometimes act as a stop measure.

how much are you really eating

Today buy very cheap measuring spoons measuring cups for both wet and dry ingredients and small food scales. It’s always a good idea to use them sometimes it is amazing how little 50 g of dried weight lentils actually is. Historically a lot of diet books used to give you the pictorial guide to how much you’re eating, in other words, a piece of beef should be as big as a deck of cards. The unfortunate thing about that is the fact you don’t usually have a deck of cards in front of you are sure eating. Accurate measurements are a much better way for you to monitor what you are actually eating.

Another great way of self-monitoring what you’re eating is to keep a journal for two or three weeks. Not only does our appetite generally exceed our calorie requirements quite often diabetics have an appetite control mechanism which is broken. A lot of us for various reasons indulge in mindless eating. We may eat and drink whilst we are watching a ballgame on the television. We are so engrossed in the game that we do not realise how big that packet of peanuts was and they have been consumed in minutes without is even noticing it.

Many medical studies have shown that keeping a food diary with an effective weight loss weight loss maintenance mechanism. Recording what, where, when, why and how much we eat is a fantastic way to give us both immediate and delayed feedback. It makes as consciously aware of what we are eating when but also it can give clues as to why. Not everybody eats when they are hungry.

Emotional eating is something we are all guilty of times. When we were growing up we all attached memories to food and most of these were comforting and it is prevalent in adults to revert to comfort heating when we are stressed. Lots of us have a row with our partner, children parents et cetera and decide to eat a packet of cookies. Seeing what you’re putting in your mouth actually written down in front of you makes it harder to fool yourself. Granted it may not stop you wolfing down those cookies every time but it may make you more aware of the triggers that precipitate that behaviour. If you know what triggers you to comfort eat then you can alter your behaviour if necessary. If you write down the contents that are the calorific contents and sugar contents of a package of cookies before you eat them it sometimes makes you think twice before you eat when you’re not hungry.

Do You really know How much are you really eating?

We have all had that delusional experience where we think we would just eat a handful of potato chips from a large packet! You open this massive bag and it seems enormous, you eat mindlessly in 10 or 15 minutes later without you even realising it the bag is empty. If you have to write down every potato chip trust me there is a deterrent factor here! Writing down potato chip may seem ridiculous but it actually does work.

Some people have great success if they weigh themselves at the beginning as general and at the end. Nothing is more likely to make you succeed with some weight loss than to see progress. If you can actually see you are losing weight are more likely to stick to your plan. Incredibly recent research has shown that Wednesday is statistically the day that your weight fluctuates the least. That sounds a nonsense since reading that a couple of months ago I have weighed myself every day and some days there is a difference of 5 kg or 11 pounds. Strange as this seems, there is less fluctuation on Wednesdays.

Leo also wrote down in his food journal is fasting cholesterol, insulin and glucose levels as well. He said actually seeing those reduce was a very powerful motivator to carry on to cure his diabetes. You may also want to know whether other health issues you have been improving. You may find you have more energy or you are mentally sharper or just feel better than when you started. Definitely self-monitoring your progress will help to your diet plan. I tend to think that by enhancing awareness we reduce unconscious eating habits and reinforce better behaviours.How much are you really eating, is not usually a single answer. You learn other reasons why you are eating as well.