THIS DRINK WILL DETOX YOUR KIDNEYS & BODY FAST

Over the last few years, I’ve written about the benefits of detoxing quite a few times and highlighting common health challenges that a detox can remedy. To summarise these are:

• Tiredness
• Bloating
• Insomnia
• Stress
• Depression
• Mental fog
• Moodiness
• Cravings
• Fluid retention
• Bad breath
• Gall bladder issues
• Bad skin
• Weight loss resistance
• Indigestion
• Body odour

Some folks are skeptical and question can a detox really solve all these issues? I get it but equally, if you step back it’s not surprising if you take into consideration the number of toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis in food, water, cleaning products, toiletries etc it’s not uncommon for the average human to be exposed to millions of toxins each and every day. All these toxins interfere with our body and hormones. Then people try to medicate and this adds even more toxins and throws the body even more out of sync. Instead, let’s get back to nature as medicine.

Here’s a simple, fast and delicious detox drink to try. Make sure you use organic ingredients to minimise adding more toxins and chemicals into the body.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 lemons
• ¼ cucumber
• 1 ½ apples
• 2 kale leaves
• 2 celery stalks
• 2 spinach leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

• Place ingredients in juicer/food processor
• Blend until smooth

Let’s do a quick rundown of each of the ingredients and their detoxifying benefits.

LEMONS

Lemons contain citric acid, which aids in the production of digestive juices. It can encourage daily bowel movements, which work to cleanse the colon of any toxins acquired through food. Lemon juice has also been shown to help prevent kidney stones and ensure kidney health due to the high content of natural citrate.

CUCUMBER

Cucumbers work to prevent water retention, which is the excessive build-up of fluid in the circulatory system. This is due to a few compounds cucumbers are rich in including potassium, vitamin C, and folic acid.

APPLES

Apples have been a major part of detox diets for years. Apples contain pectin, a fiber that prevents the build-up of plaque in blood vessels. The cellulose in apples helps the digestive system move waste quickly through the intestinal tract. Apples are also rich in calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium, all of which add to its detoxifying abilities.

KALE

Kale contains over 45 different flavonoids that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

CELERY

Celery alkalises the body and balance its pH. It also hydrates and replaces electrolytes. Celery encourages bowel movements and reduces the risk of harmful calcification in the kidneys.

SPINACH

Glutathione is one of my fav antioxidants. In fact, it’s referred to as the ‘mother of all antioxidants’ due to its potent health benefits. Toxins, poor diet, pollution, and stress can all reduce your body’s natural supply of glutathione. But spinach is loaded with the stuff!
If there’s one take away from all this, its that there’s so much in nature that can significantly improve our health.

In my B-FIT B-FABULOUS 21 DAY PLAN, this is exactly the sort of stuff I help you with. And you don’t just lose nasty toxins but fat too. Make sure you check it out!

Gaynor x

10 TIPS TO SPRING CLEANING YOUR BODY

Spring cleaning doesn’t just mean it’s time to clean the house. After a winter full of hearty foods and being stuck indoors, we can all use a little detox to prep our bodies for the Spring.

As you know I’m a massive advocator of detoxing. In fact, I recommend to all my clients to detox 3-4 times per year for many health reasons.

According to Ayurveda, a Spring detox is the perfect time of year for cleansing. Once it gets a little warmer, the human body is wired to shed off extra winter pounds that kept us warm during the winter and flush out toxins that were accumulated from heavy wintery foods.

So here’s 10 tips to help you get started.

TIP 1 – DRINK WARM WATER WITH LEMON

Start your morning with a glass of hot water and the juice of half a lemon. This will cleanse your digestive tract, release unwanted toxins and hydrate you.

TIP 2 – STAY HYDRATED

Drink at least 2 to 3 liters of fresh water per day, including herbal teas. Some people think this will make them more bloated, but the opposite is true – it helps the body flush out toxins and reduce bloat.

TIP 3 – USE HERBS & SPICES

Using herbs and spices improves digestion and metabolism. Cinnamon, ginger, fennel, and mint are all great options for teas. Also, cook your food with liberal doses of herbs and spices. Use culinary herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano and spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mint, sage, and parsley in generous amounts.

TIP 4 – ELIMINATE ALCOHOL & PROCESSED FOODS

Cutting out alcohol and processed foods during a detox works wonders for fat loss. Alcohol and processed foods are full of additives and toxins. Believe me, you’ll be glad you ditched them. Give it a go, and see the difference to the belly bloat.

TIP 5 – CUT COFFEE

Cutting out caffeine will enable your hormones to get back to normal and for your body to work effectively. We are not supposed to run off coffee and if you need it to get up in the morning, something is wrong. Giving up coffee can be hard for the first couple of days, but the benefits are well worth it plus you’ll find that you sleep better.

TIP 6 – GO ORGANIC

Pesticides and other nasties feature so heavily in our food chain that it’s no wonder our bodies are fighting against toxins. Reduce your exposure to toxins in food by eating whole, fresh organic foods. This will massively benefit your health, reduce toxins in your body and so help fat loss. Also make sure you consume plenty of fibrous green vegetables every day to ensure you get enough vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients into your diet and also to support the detoxification process.

TIP 7 – DRY SKIN BRUSHING

Your skin is an organ of elimination, just like your kidneys, liver, and colon. Dry skin brushing helps keep the pores clear and the skin active to assist the body in this cleansing process. It also helps to increase blood circulation. Dry brushing exfoliates the skins outer layer and stimulates the sweat and oil glands, providing more moisture for the skin.

TIP 8 – MASSAGE

Massage is a great way to help improve circulation, activate the lymphatic system and aid in the detoxification process.

TIP 9 – SAUNAS & STEAMS

To increase the detoxifying effect try a sauna, steam room, hot bath and cardio for induced sweating. Most gyms have sauna and steam rooms that you can use after a workout. If you don’t have access to one, take a hot bath with epsom salts, ginger powder, and baking soda every night before going to sleep. Also, run, do yoga, jump, dance, whatever gets your heart pumping and brings a sweat on.

TIP 10 – BREATH

Seems pretty obvious right?! But in a rushed stressed out society our breath tends to be rushed and shallow. Our lungs rarely get a chance to open up and fill up with fresh air to completely cleanse from all the stale gases. Take a few minutes in the morning to just breathe deeply. Two-to-one breathing is a practice of exhaling twice as long as every inhalation. It’s a great technique for cleansing the lungs and calming the nervous system.

So are you going to jump on board and do a Spring detox with me? I hope so. If you do have any questions don’t be shy, reach out and ask me! Simply email GAYNOR@B-FIT.UK.COM or text/call to 07748 298728.

Love Gaynor x

SICILIAN CHICKEN WITH BLOOD ORANGES

I’m so in love with blood oranges that I set out to find a dish that highlighted their deep citrus flavour and absolutely beautiful colouring.

Blood oranges are in season right now, and I’m a huge advocate of ideally using produce when it’s in season. If for any reason blood oranges are not available then this dish can be made with navel oranges.

This dish is perfect for a dinner party with friends and pairs really well with fresh steamed vegetables, rice and quinoa.

This recipe serves 3-4 people, is gluten and wheat free and only takes 20 mins to prep.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 blood oranges
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1-2 whole cloves
  • 2 red onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Seeds from 3 cardamom pods
  • Pinch grated nutmeg
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig dried thyme
  • 40g green olives pitted
  • Pinch Himalayan salt
  • Ground black peppercorns to season
  • 300ml chicken stock for quick cook or 750ml chicken stock if slow cooking

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Start by grating the zest from half an orange and set aside
  • Juice two oranges (one that you’ve taken the zest from) and set aside
  • Slice the remaining orange (skin on) and set aside
  • If slow cooking, preheat the oven to 150C, 300F, gas mark 2
  • Melt the coconut oil in a deep pan, on a high heat
  • Add the cloves and chicken thighs and brown each side
  • Turn down the heat
  • Add the onion and sauté for 2-3 mins until golden
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute
  • Add the cumin, chilli flakes, cardamom, orange (juice, zest and slices), nutmeg, bay leaves, thyme, olives, seasoning and stock
  • For a quick cook, place the lid on and cook for 15 mins on a medium heat then remove the lid and cook for a further 5-8 mins until the chicken is cooked through and the stock has reduced and thickened
  • For a slow cook, bring to the boil, cover and slow cook in a preheated oven for 2 ½ hrs
  • Serve with steamed veggies, brown rice or quinoa

HOW TO AVOID THE MID AFTERNOON SUGAR CRASH

Does this sound familiar? It’s 3 p.m. Lunch seems like forever ago and your stomach starts to rumble and grumble. You start to lose focus and dinner seems so far away.

Well, you’re not alone – this afternoon dilemma happens to me too. It can be caused by a number of factors and can often be solved by simply having a glass of water.

If you try this and you still feel hungry, then yes, you could probably use a little snack. However, when you reach for that snack, you want to make sure you’re making a choice that will sustain your energy. The best options combine nutrient-rich fruits or veggies that give quick energy and hydration combined with a lean protein or fat for staying power. Do your best to avoid sugary or starchy foods that give you a quick boost, but cause a crash quickly after.

To give you a better idea of what I mean, I’ve listed below some of the best and worst things to reach for if you’re craving a snack.

Avoid these …

  • Granola bars
  • Yogurt with added sugars
  • Diet drinks
  • Vending machine options (mostly packed with added sugars)

All of these include ingredients that will actually make you more tired over time. They’re tricky because whilst they give you a boost of energy straight away, they also cause you to crash.

Indulge in these …

  • Nuts and veggies with 1-2 tbsp hummus, plain yoghurt or guacamole
  • Green smoothie (3:1 ratio of vegetables to fruit)
  • Dry roasted chickpeas or edamame

These options combine protein and good fats, which give you the energy boost you need. Plus, they keep you sustained for longer periods of time, which prevents you from having an energy crash before dinner.

Keep it clean and simple and always listen to your body.

Love Gaynor x