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Health | Spring clean your body this new year
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I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebrations.


It’s always over far too quickly for my liking…But at the same time, I am very eager to crack on with the new year! So many exciting things coming up and I feel it’s a great time to cleanse and take the opportunity to treat your body to some real goodness.


Start the new year by spring cleaning your body. One of the things I see a lot of in my clinics are people who are over medicated, or perhaps been taking medication for a long time, and either don’t need it anymore, or it’s just not been reviewed for a while.


I am not at all saying take this matter into your own hands. Of course, you should speak to your GP about it, but it might just be something to consider. Most medication can be toxic and often comes with unwanted side effects. So, if you think you need to re-look at what you are taking then this could be your first port of call for the new year.


Very rarely these days do I see anyone with a blank canvas (meaning they take no medication at all). So, perhaps looking into the possibility of some amazing natural remedies as alternatives could be worth your time and effort.


Medication, of course, has its place and can be lifesaving, but all I am saying is make sure you are on top of what you really need. I see people all the time that just feel tired for no apparent reason.


Sometimes this can be a side effect of a cocktail of medications.


Other times of course, there can be another undetected reason. But either way, cleaning up your diet has got to be a good thing, right? The body is constantly trying to renew and repair each and every cell.


So, if you give it the right fuel, then it stands a better chance of rebalancing and giving you the va-va-voom that you need. For example:


If you have a cold or sore throat – Try echinacea tincture drops, manuka honey, chewing raw ginger, adding more garlic and chilli to your foods, and gargling with saltwater.


Instead of reaching for the antacids when you have heartburn and acid reflux, try baking soda, aloe vera juice, apple cider vinegar, chlorella, sauerkraut and soothing mint or camomile tea.


If you are suffering from anxiety look at introducing meditation into your daily regime. It really only needs to start with five minutes every morning, just to get into a routine. You will be amazed how much this simple exercise reduces feelings of anxiety. Natural treatments that can really help are black cohosh, ginseng, lemon balm, maca root, omega 3 fatty acids, probiotics and St John wart. These all need to be accompanied by a good whole food diet, as the minerals in plant-based food help to balance the body and restore exhaustion and fatigue.


If you have high cholesterol, try changing your diet and seeing the results in just a few weeks. Drinking freshly squeezed orange juice, or coriander seed tea, increasing your omega 3 fatty acids such as flaxseeds, avocados and fish, and including oatmeal, plenty of green vegetables and beans daily can have a dramatically positive impact.


If you suffer from joint pain, arthritis, heart disease, skin issues such as eczema then you need to reduce your inflammation by eating more broccoli, olive oil, blueberries, fish, nuts, (free from salt or roasting) tart cherry juice, kelp, fermented foods, (known as probiotics) papaya and green tea.


Just know that you are in charge of your body. Let this be the year that you become empowered to take control of your mind, your body and your physical strength!


You can do so much to help yourself live pain free and with all the energy that you need!

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