A New Year Detox Plan
This is one of the hardest-working organs in your body and therefore it is continually producing waste products that need to be mopped up by antioxidants. Research has shown that a handful of nuts in the mornings (pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts being the best) helps your brain to function better and provides you with a clear head for the coming day.
For many of us these have been working overtime to filter the excess protein that is stockpiled from tucking into those extra-thick slabs of turkey and ham over the Christmas period. A glass of cranberry juice each day is a well recognised healing tonic- it is filled with quinine, which removes toxic build-ups in the prostate gland, bladder and kidneys. It also helps to increase your levels of good cholesterol and helps to mobilise your fat cells which, in turn, will help to banish those plump tummies.
Toxins don't gather in your eyes but they will hang around below them in dark circles through lack of sleep, which results in poor blood circulation. Get the blood pumping again and those eyes sparkling by eating a handful of pumpkin seeds each day. Research shows that these are a circulation booster and are also rich in vitamins C and E, which are suggested to help prevent age-related cataracts.
Even if you are a non-smoker, air pollution (especially if you travel on the London Underground) causes a build up of toxins in your lungs. According to the Faculty of Medicine in Zagrab, Croatia eating a head of broccoli each day assisted in clearing smokers' lungs. A further study at Duke University, North Carolina, USA, discovered that eating broccoli regularly makes smoking less appealing.
Heart failure kills more people in the UK than any other medical condition, especially around January when people are returning to exercise. Fortunately, one proposed solution is an appetising and simple one – that of eating Mediterranean-style food at least once a day. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found when a group of 605 western men ate as if they were on holiday in the Mediterranaean, they had 70 per cent fewer heart problems. This was attributed the high levels of heart-cleansing antioxidants – vitamins C and E – that were discovered in their blood during the study.
A fork heavy with meat and potatoes can block you up and unfortunately make it somewhat unsavoury for those sitting around you. Infrequent toilet visits means the waste in your intestines can start to grow toxins, which will often then get distributed throughout your body. If you eat at least a cup and a half of the foods richest in fibre each day - Oats, wholemeal bread, brown rice and pasta, these have been proven to assist bowel function and have the added bonus of helping you keep lean.