Category Archives: Detox

WHY YOU SHOULD EAT MORE CHLOROPHYLL RICH FOODS

As you know we’re constantly exposed to a wide array of toxins, chemicals, and pollutants. Some are made by our own body as waste, but many are external toxins from our surrounding environment. Whilst our bodies are designed to naturally metabolise, and expel unwanted elements, it’s ability to cope with these challenges can diminish with an ever-increasing overload of toxins.

The good news is there’s a green pigment in plants called Chlorophyll that harnesses the sun’s energy in photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process in which plants absorb light from the sun — along with water and carbon dioxide — and transform it into the food they need for growth. Oxygen, the nutrient that virtually all require to generate energy in their mitochondria, is a byproduct of photosynthesis. Chlorophyll gives plants their green colour. The deeper, darker the green, the more chlorophyll the plant contains.

BENEFITS OF CHLOROPHYLL

  • Binds to carcinogenic chemicals, allowing your body to safely eliminate them
  • Antioxidant effects, decreasing cellular damage caused by carcinogenic chemicals/radiation
  • Helps cleanse and detoxify your bowels, liver, and blood
  • Improves transport of oxygen throughout your body
  • Relieves inflammation and pain
  • Stimulates your immune system
  • Boosts beneficial bacteria in your intestines
  • Improves energy as it allows your body to derive energy from the sun through the consumption of plant chlorophyll

BEST SOURCES OF CHLOROPHYLL

As already mentioned, dark green vegetables are a rich source of chlorophyll. Another excellent source, indeed one of the best, is chlorella, a green algae often recommended to help detoxify the body of heavy metals. Chlorella is particularly good for binding and eliminating mercury, and can therefore be useful when eating a lot of fish. It’s also high in plant-based protein. Spirulina, if you can tolerate the taste, is another algae, which is also incredibly high in chlorophyll.

Here’s a list of the approximate amount of chlorophyll per 10 grams found in various food sources:

  • Spirulina 300mg
  • Chlorella 280mg
  • Barley grass 150mg
  • Wheatgrass 55mg
  • Parsley 15mg
  • Raw spinach 8mg
  • Rocket 4mg
  • Cress 3mg
  • Endive 1mg
  • Leeks 0.5mg

Also, don’t forget NATURE’S SUNSHINE LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL for added chlorophyll support. It’s naturally flavoured with spearmint oil and can be enjoyed as a refreshing drink, leaving the breath minty fresh.

10 TIPS TO HELP BEAT CANCER

A few years ago I sadly lost my beautiful, courageous and strong friend Kate Hamilton to breast cancer. Cancer effects many many people which is why myself, my 2 daughters, some B-Fit clients plus their friends and daughters did a very muddy Race for Life 5K obstacle course in Birkenhead Park to raise money for Cancer Research UK. We’ve raised over £500 which I’m thrilled about.

You can read all about the charity event HERE and of course, I’d be delighted if you could make a donation no matter the amount using this link. It all adds up and every penny makes a huge difference.

It’s a shocking statistic but 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. With that in mind, I wanted to share some key tips to help beat cancer. Now whilst I’m not a doctor, I have dedicated the last decade to researching ways in which health can be drastically improved via our nutrition and lifestyle.

Anyone who has done one of my B-fit courses will know that I’m a huge fan of alkaline eating and have incorporated it into my 7 Step B-Fit B-Fabulous Plan. I’m so passionate about helping my clients become alkaline due to the huge array of health benefits. Making our bodies alkaline is one of the most important things we can do to help prevent disease. You see disease thrives in an acidic environment – everything from cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, digestive problems to skin problems. Going alkaline is also great for weight loss as when the body is acidic it stores fat.

The 1931 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg proved that cancer cells cannot survive where there are high levels of oxygen. Alkalinity helps to increase the body’s oxygen level, which is why alkaline foods can be helpful in fighting cancer. When the blood is alkalized, it is able to contain more oxygen, absorbing up to 100 times more oxygen than a body with a high acid content.

Alkaline Foods Decrease Toxicity

In the book “Hidden Truth of Cancer” by Dr. Keiichi Morishita, head of the International Natural Medicine Association, he speaks about how oxygen levels in cells decrease in the presence of too much acid. This creates a toxic environment, which can create mutations in the cells, potentially leading to cancer. With a greater degree of alkalinity in the body, these toxins decrease.

Here’s 10 top tips to make you more alkaline for optimum health, and to help prevent diseases such as cancer from thriving:

  1. Add ½ tsp bicarb of soda and 2 tsp organic freshly squeezed lemon to a large glass of water. Drink first thing in the morning.
  2. Eat fresh grapefruit every morning before breakfast
  3. Eat 80% alkaline foods e.g. leafy greens, plant protein, and seeds. Eat 20% acidic foods e.g. natural sugars, processed food, wheat, alcohol, all animal produce, and dairy
  4. Eat 70 – 80% raw foods e.g. salads, fruit, and seeds
  5. Drink lots of filtered water and add LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL to help oxygenate the body, make it more alkaline and gently help cleanse out toxins
  6. Drink organic green tea as it’s packed with antioxidants to protect cells and also helps flush out excess toxins
  7. Reduce toxins from processed foods, artificial additives, sweeteners, diet products, and use natural toiletries
  8. Detox 3 -4 times a year with my B-FIT B-FABULOUS 21 DAY WEIGHT LOSS PLAN. This 21-day plan is designed to cleanse and nourish the liver and help rid the body of damaging toxins that make us more acidic and more prone to storing fat around our tummy
  9. Increase good quality omega oils/essential fats to help protect cells from damage e.g. hemp oil, avocados, oily fish, and sunflower seeds. I’m also a huge fan of NATURES SUNSHINE SUPER OMEGA 3
  10. Increase exercise and ensure you try to get your heart rate up over the norm for 20 – 30 mins a day to help increase circulation and flush excess toxins out of the body. If you’re not sure where to start, why not try a free B-Fit Group PT Session this Thursday 5th July at 7 pm in St Stephen’s church hall, Hightown? Simply text/call 07748298728 to book.

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from improving their nutrition and fitness and would like to chat in confidence please contact me on 07748298728 or email GAYNOR@B-FIT.UK.COM

I’d love to help.

Gaynor x

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