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Enjoy the benefits of Detox…easy as 1~2~3~4~5

Make it a Positive !

Make it a Positive !

Hi Folks,

As summer arrives, so does the idea of cleansing our body from the winter.

Here’s some easy ways you can incorporate one idea a day over the week, or do together.

Detoxifying and cleansing your body can promote weight loss, boost your energy, and help your body heal itself naturally from many symptoms, including digestive problems, acne, and inflammatory issues. Detoxifying isn’t anything new; ancient Eastern medicines have been promoting detoxification for thousands of years.

In order to effectively experience a detoxifying cleanse, you need to relieve, clean, and nourish your body starting from the inside! Once your internal organs have experienced this refreshing break, they can do their jobs more effectively and heal the body naturally.

During a detox, the blood, intestines, and liver are cleansed by using fasting, stimulation, elimination, and nourishment. You can detox for a day or two, or for weeks, depending on your needs and goals. Remember, though, you should check with your doctor before attempting any sort of detox.

We’re surrounded by toxins everywhere; they’re in our air, water, food, health and beauty products, household cleaners and work environment. The body stores the toxins it can’t get rid of and will eventually have symptoms such as infections, fatigue, skin problems, mental fog, or even weight gain.

During any kind of detox, you should avoid coffee, alcohol, refined sugar, smoking, and household poisons. Get plenty of rest and quiet time, and eat light foods. Avoid meat and fatty foods. Here are my favorite types of cleanses, ranging from daily habits to short-term detoxifying practices.

Hot water cleanse

A great way to detox your gut immune system is to do a hot water detox. For 1-2 weeks, simply drink a mug of heated water (plain – no lemon or flavors) every hour or so. The hot water will open up the drainage in your gut and allow toxins to flow out. Repeating this every hour or so for a few weeks will completely boost your immune system naturally!

 

Morning lemon water

When you get up in the morning, drink a large glass of lukewarm water with lemon. This habit will help you rehydrate your body after sleeping and will wake up your digestion so it can perform its work later.

 

Detoxifying foods

Many foods can help your body detox naturally. Raw fruits and vegetables provide the most cleansing, especially greens such as broccoli, kale, Swiss chard, dandelion, turnip, or beet greens. You can also do a 5-day, juice-only fast and consume water and juices of fruits and vegetables only.

 

Herbal cleanse

You may also choose to use an herbal supplement that will promote gentle cleansing and elimination. Be sure to use completely pure herbal cleanse products without fillers, gluten, chemicals, and artificial color or flavor. Look for a product containing psyllium husk, marshmallow and licorice root, bitter gourd, and slippery elm bark.

 

Detoxing the liver

After you complete a digestive cleanse or detox, you may wish to do a liver cleanse as well, especially if you’ve suffered from headaches, mental fog or confusion, or lethargy. The best liver detox products will contain bio-available turmeric and milk thistle.

 

 

Get rid of gluten and processed foods.

Processed foods have been stripped of nutrients, leaving you with mostly artificial stuff left to eat. Most of these, including gluten(the protein of wheat that’s also present in a lot of processed foods), cause a sluggish metabolism and the accumulation of toxins in the body.

 

Have green grapes every day.

Grapes have a lot of detoxifying qualities, and consuming them at this time of the year can help you draw out toxins from your organs and dump them into your intestines for elimination. Grapes are rich in fiber, so drinking a lot of water is a must to help in the detox process.

 

Take a daily detox tea.

Goldenseal, dandelion and neem are some of the best known detox herbal teas on the market today. You can also make tea with turmeric powder, a well-known herb used in many Indian dishes. If you prefer supplements in pill, you can try milk thistle.

 

Avoid sugar like the plague.

Sugar, especially the refined kind, is very hard to digest, and messes around with your blood sugar levels. It will be hard to kick the sugar habit, but try to stay away from refined sugars and artificial sweeteners.

 

Stretch.

Stretching will kick your detox efforts up a notch. As you stretch, you allow oxygenated blood get to all the nooks and crannies of your body, carrying toxins out with it. The gently powerful exercises like Yoga and Tai Chi are great to do. Just as callisthenics is good for the outer body, so to is exercise for the inner body, our bodily organs which provide the life giving energy we need each day to enjoy life.

 

Make teas from herbs in your pantry.

In addition to herbs like turmeric, you can make teas of bitter herbs available in your pantry or your refrigerator. Endive, romaine, mustard green, gentian chamomile and goldenseal are but a few examples of herbs you can create tea concoctions with as they will detoxify, improve circulation and increase your metabolism.

 

Take deep breaths.

Most of us underestimate the cleansing power of breath, and most of us forget to consciously deep breathe . First thing in the morning, take a few minutes to breathe deeply 8-10 times while reaching, stretching, celebrating your alive to enjoy this day that awaits you.. It will be invigorating and cleansing.

 

Make sure you move your bowels regularly

If you remove dirt and debris from your organs but don’t eliminate them properly, your efforts could be futile. In fact, you could be doing more harm than good. Having 2-3 bowels movements each day is key in the cleansing process. If you’re not doing this, you may consider mild herbal supplements like magnesium, triphala or Cascara Sagrada to assist you. And, don’t forget to drink water!

 

 Drink water, lemon, cayenne and vinegar.

Speaking of water, a large glass of filtered water with the juice of ½ a lemon, ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a pinch of cayenne pepper before breakfast will increase your energy and metabolism and will clear mucus and toxins from your vital organs. Drink it every day as long as you like.

 

Sweat it out.

Your skin is your largest organ and one of the primary organs of elimination. Saunas, baths and steams rooms are great detoxification aids, as they’ll help you sweat, thus helping you eliminate up to 20% of toxins and debris from your body through your skin.

Once you decide what type of cleanse or detox you want to try – get to it! Exercise and drink lots of water while you’re on your cleanse and you should get great results!

Some other detox herbs that gently help include honeysuckle or dandelion tea. Another great way to relax while detoxing is soaking in Epsom salts.

Remember……

 

Once you decide what type of cleanse or detox you want to try – get to it! Exercise and drink lots of water while you’re on your cleanse and you should get great results!

Some other detox herbs that gently help include honeysuckle or dandelion tea. Another great way to relax while detoxing is soaking in Epsom salts.

Remember……

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Best 6 natural Doctors

Hope this helps you prepare for a clean start for a Boundrylessly Healthy Summer !  J

You Really CAN get more from doing Less ~ Here’s How….

Enjoy-Life !

Enjoy-Life !

Hi Folks,

Would like to share a great post by one of my very favorite writers….Craig Ballantyne.

Here it is in its entirety…..

Get More From Less

By Craig Ballantyne

Does this sound familiar? You hit the ground running at 6 a.m. (almost literally) and you don’t stop until midnight.

That’s the prototypical busy executive’s schedule these days. And it’s virtually all wrong.

Up at 6 a.m., they drag themselves out of bed to hit the road for an hour of jogging. That’s followed with a rushed breakfast, often full of caffeine, sugar, and other processed foods, and then it’s rush, rush, rush off to a traffic filled commute. Then it’s a full day of back-to-back email sessions, marathon meetings, and of course, more email.

These “warriors” are in for a rude awakening.

Why?

Research shows the non-stop action, no-rest-for-the-wicked lifestyle is going to be their undoing.

Start early. Work late. Go home. Drop dead… literally.

The Japanese have a term for this phenomenon called “karoshi,” which means death caused by overwork.
All in the name of getting more done, I suppose. But as mentioned, research shows this approach is not the optimal path to success.

In fact, it may be one of the worst ways to tackle work, fitness, and almost all other aspects of living.

In health and fitness, the marathon approach to exercise has set back weight loss research and program design by decades, keeping many doctors and trainers stuck in the 1970s with their ineffective long, slow cardio approaches.

Today you’ll see “all night hack-a-thon” business building weekends popping up, which rarely leads to good ideas, but has become a badge of honor for wannabe entrepreneurs. This too is the wrong approach to optimal performance.

Finally, there’s the “no vacation” culture that is infecting America, and other countries around the world. Creating an oversupply of burnt out, frustrated employees that have no chance to recharge, rejuvenate and regenerate.

Short-term results may be achieved this way, but it’s certainly at a cost of long-term progress.

Fortunately, there is a better way.

I first read about this better approach to successful living over a decade ago in the book, “The Power of Full Engagement,” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. The authors proposed something radical (back then), insisting that our workday should be a series of sprints, not a marathon. Within your day there should be recovery periods. These should also occur within your weeks, months, and calendar year. There must be built-in time for rejuvenation, much like an athlete takes rests and has a pre-ordained off-season schedule.

But this book and the several similar theories that have come from other experts have failed to make a dramatic impact on the American culture of work. We’re still a continent of nose-to-the-grindstone and don’t stop until you’re dead employees.

But something’s gotta give. And it will.

Schwartz recently published an excellent article in the “NY Times” about his concept of energy management being more important than the ubiquitous idea of time management. It’s a concept that I’ve followed since 2003, when I first contacted his co-author, Jim Loehr, to review one of my earliest books, “The Executive Lifestyle Manual.”

In his research of corporate employee performance, Schwartz has uncovered startling facts about the common ways companies sabotage their results. In one study, employees sleeping less than six hours per night were found to have the greatest on-the-job burn-out. A Harvard study suggested that this on-going sleep deprivation accumulated by American companies costs the economy over $63 billion in lost productivity each year.

Furthermore, the anti-vacation culture that has seeped into corporate America is also hurting our economy. We mistakenly believe that less vacation time will help us keep our jobs, but Schwartz quotes a 2006 study that found, “for each additional 10 hours of vacation employees took, their year-end performance ratings from supervisors (on a scale of one to five) improved by 8 percent.” Yet our actions in regard to this knowledge border on depressing. Schwartz writes, “a recent survey by Harris Interactive found that Americans left an average of 9.2 vacation days unused in 2012 — up from 6.2 days in 2011.”

All of this might be killing our performance, if not literally killing us at the same time.

“Relax! You’ll be more productive,” Schwartz wrote in the NY Times article. Amongst the techniques Schwartz recommends for improving employee performance and health are “daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office, and longer, more frequent vacations.”

As I mentioned earlier, my workday is only eight hours long, yet to be frank, it feels longer. That’s because it’s interrupted several times by dog walks, a visit to the gym, meals away from the desk, and even short bursts of watching comedy videos from Netflix. These strategically scheduled breaks foster my creativity and enhance my energy, allowing me to get more done while feeling like I’ve done less.

I have been – albeit unwittingly – following the advice from K. Anders Ericsson at Florida State University who suggests that working in 90-minute focused increments is best for enhancing performance. This helps avoid exhaustion while supporting quality work.

While I’ve yet to include an afternoon nap in my schedule (although I do meditate for approximately 20 minutes each day), Schwartz has uncovered research that supports the performance enhancing benefits of a simple 19 minute nap on mental activities. Alas, instead of harnessing the powers of a healthy nap, corporate America employees instead choose to over-caffeinate and prop themselves up throughout the day with other artificial means.

Like taking on too much financial debt, this energy debt becomes a ticking time bomb. At the minimum it likely leaves you sick with bed rest a couple of times each year, while at worst it culminates in a heart attack in your late 40s or 50s. But it doesn’t have to be this way if you’re willing to insert a few research proven, healthy renewal habits in your life that support energy management.

As Schwartz concludes with his secret to success: “When we’re renewing, we’re truly renewing, so when we’re working, we can really work.”

You might not be in a position of strength (yet) to implement these suggestions. But you must change what is in your control. Start with better nutrition – eliminating excessive caffeine and processed foods – and adding short, burst bouts of bodyweight exercise to your day. With the Home Workout Revolution System that I’ve designed, you now have access to 4-minute no-equipment workouts that you can do anytime, anywhere – perfect for an energetic quick-start to the day or mid-day break to enhance your performance.

As you begin to reap the benefits from these healthy habits, work on improving your sleeping schedule, and experiment with the 90-minute blocks of focused work. Slowly yet surely you’ll become more productive – and you might even feel confident enough to start using up more of your vacation time.

Here’s some more information about Craig…..

Craig Ballantyne
Craig Ballantyne is the editor of Early to Rise and the author of Financial Independence Monthly and Turbulence Training. His most recent innovation, the Home Workout Revolution System makes it easy to use only use your body weight to get into great shape with 4-minute workouts. Learn more in the Home Workout Revolution Livecast where Craig will interview nutrition expert Joel Marion and show you how to develop the body you desire.Join the Livecast here.

 

Work LESS ~ Play MORE !!

Work LESS ~ Play MORE!!

Happy Mother’s Day !!

Happy Mother's Day !!

Happy Mother’s Day !!

More Productive in Less Time ~ Enjoy Life More !

Enjoy Living More ~

Enjoy Living More ~

Hi Folks,

Today I want to share some productivity tips that will help you get 8 hours of work done in 4 hours.

If you’re like most people, then you probably only get a few hours of impactful work done in an 8-hour period.

Do you ever spend your day in an unproductive state of constant distractions…

…jumping from one task to another…

…with your email inbox open and constantly interrupting you…

And then, you look up and the day is over.

And you d didn’t even get the most important stuff done.

Have you ever experienced this?

I sure have.

Let’s look at some strategies that have really helped me super-charge my productivity (in addition to the “eating that frog” strategy that I’ve discussed in several lessons).

By using these strategies, I now get more done in 4 hours than I used to get done in 12.

Start using a countdown timer.

Whenever I’m really trying to focus on a critical project, I set a countdown timer for 60 minutes, and then work on that project without any distractions during that period.

I find that using a timer is a very effective strategy…

…because when you see the timer counting down and you have committed to yourself that you are going to focus, you end up accomplishing amazing things during that specific focus period.

Once the timer goes off, you can either take a break, or re-set it for another focused period.

I generally use an egg timer or the timer on my computer (use it to time productivity time  AND exercise time ;).

But there are other types of timers you can use too, such as a timer on your iPhone or mobile device.

You can use whatever type you prefer.

Still….Highly recommend that you give this strategy a try.

Limit your email and voice mail to specific times during the day.

If you keep your email open all day long, you will constantly be distracted with reading and responding to messages.

It is far more productive to just check your email one or two times per day, and to keep it closed during the other times.

This strategy alone has doubled my personal productivity.

 

In addition to limiting the times each day when you check email, you can also use autoresponders to let people know exactly when they should expect to hear from you.

If you are out on vacation, for example, set an autoresponder to let people know that you will not get back to them until the date you return.

You can also use autoresponders to let people know what times of the day you generally respond to emails, so you don’t worry about them thinking you are unresponsive if they haven’t heard from you in an hour or two.

You can even put instructions on ways they can help address their own issue independently of you, such as to call your assistant, visit a certain web site to schedule time on your calendar, etc.

Autoresponders can be a fantastic tool for managing the expectations of people you work with, so you can spend more time being super-productive instead of getting lost in your inbox all day.

Review these 3 productivity tips again.

See which ones you can implement for yourself.

Here’s to being Boundrylessly Productive to Enjoy more of Life

Enjoy More of Life by being Productive Like Me !!

Enjoy More of Life by being Productive Like Me !!

Refresh your Mind and Body Anytime ~

You DID remember to enjoy that refreshing drink today ....Didn't you ~ I did !!!

You DID remember to enjoy that refreshing drink today ….Didn’t you ~ I did !!!

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to share a refreshing way to recharge your body and mind.

We’ve all heard the benefits of warm water with lemon.You’ve probably also heard of the beneficial apple cider vinegar…

So…..enjoy mixing these wonderful healthy ingredients together.

When different foods on my plate taste good, they end up blending together at times.  I’m always intrigued seeing new variations of original tales, so it was only natural for me to try to combine these two health benefits together and see what happened. I call it my Morning Sunshine….since it is as refreshing as the morning sunshine. Hope you enjoy it and let me know of your ideas too !

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 fresh-squeezed lemon (organic if possible)
  • 1 Tbsp. of  unfiltered ACV
  • 1 Tbsp. of honey (local preferably)
  • Warm water

 

Now this is just a general recipe. I always like having one to follow when I’m first trying something out. Feel free to play with the proportions. I personally enjoy having my amount of ACV equal to the lemon juice. Some lemons have more juice than others so I may use a little less vinegar one day than another. Also, I enjoy sweet. The tablespoon of honey is not negotiable for me. You might like less honey and more vinegar. Explore!

A few tips:

1. Don’t drink it hot. This may seem like common sense, but there’s also another reason for it. I find the flavor is a bit more mellow and has less bite when I drink the water warm versus hot.

2. Don’t let it get cold. If you do, you may as well forget it. It’s horrible.

3. Treat it the same way you would regular water and lemon

Here’s to enjoying a Boundrylessly Refreshing Day !