Detox Tip No.2

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Detox Tip No.2

It was lovely to hear your feedback after my detox post last week. From your responses I know I’m not the only one who is seriously averse to the New Year, New You narrative at this time of year. Today, I’m following up with my second tip for helping the body detoxify itself.

 

Last week I discussed how to support your body by reducing the amount of toxic chemicals it’s exposed to, however, it’s impossible to avoid these completely.

 

Detoxification isn’t just about reducing the harmful substances our body is exposed to from the outside world; it’s also about helping the body to excrete perfectly normal and natural waste – by products of essential bodily functions.

 

So detox tip no.2 is: ensure healthy elimination channels.

 

There are two key things you can do every day to help your body eliminate waste:

 

1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

I know, you’ve heard it a thousand times, but it really is important. Our kidneys are integral in helping to remove waste products from our body and they do this by excreting them via the urine. Drinking enough water is essential for this process.

 

In the winter many of us naturally tend to drink less and that’s ok, but it is still important to drink enough. At this time of year 1.5l per day is enough for most people. Up this if you’re working out. Try swapping cold glasses of water for herbal teas or hot water with slices of root ginger, a wedge of lemon and / or some fresh mint.

 

2. MAKE SURE YOU’RE ‘REGULAR’

It’s not the most glamorous topic of conversation, but regular bowel movements really are important. If you’re not going daily, waste matter can sit in the colon and potentially harmful substances can be reabsorbed through the colon wall into the bloodstream and recirculate in our system. Not a pleasant thought!!

 

 

I know from my clinical experience that constipation is a concern for many people – and it’s an issue that shouldn’t be ignored. Effective ways to promote regular bowel movement include:

 

– Eating plenty of veg. Veggies are a great source of fibre. Artichokes, broccoli, peas, sprouts, parsnips and spinach are all good sources. At this time of year, having a big bowl of home made veg soup is a great way to increase your intake.

– Drinking plenty of water. Dehydration can also have a negative effect on bowel movements so make sure you’re drinking enough.

– Flax seeds. Two tablespoons of ground flax seeds per day, sprinkled on food or mixed into a glass of water, can work wonders for some people.

– Supplements. If you’ve tried the above tips and things still aren’t moving, it’s worth trying a supplement. Senna based products are particularly irritating for the gut and I do not recommend them. Start with a quality magnesium supplement which acts as a mild, non irritating laxative. I like Renew Life’s CleanseMORE which contains magnesium as well as other non irritating natural ingredients which work to hydrate the colon and promote peristalsis.

 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.