6831216930_54b6acd3a7While I do believe strongly in the importance of an annual or bi-annual whole body detoxification program in order to maintain optimal health and prevent disease, there are few simple things you can do daily all year round to support your liver and keep your colon healthy.

1) Squeeze 1/4 lemon into 250 ml warm water, add a pinch of cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp maple syrup.  Drink 15 minutes before breakfast to jump start your metabolism, support the liver detoxification pathways and decrease inflammation.

2) Add 2 tbsp of ground flax seed to your morning breakfast.  Ground flax seeds act as bulking agent and assist in removing toxins through your bowel movements.

3) Include 5 tbsp of kefir (a fermented milk source) to your daily diet.  Kefir yields an extremely high amount of probiotic, up to 5 billion per tbsp.  Probiotics are an essential component in maintaining healthy gut flora and are required for effective elimination, immune health and detoxification.

4) Start each day with a nutrient rich smoothie with ingredients like frozen blueberries, banana, almond milk, rice or hemp based protein powders.  For additional benefits include greens like spinach and kale.  This is a great way for you to get powerful antioxidants, fibre as well as assist in the balancing of your blood sugar levels.

5) Finally, practice contrast showering.  This involves cycling through hot and cold temperature changes during your shower, always ending with a cold.  This will stimulate metabolism and promote healthy circulation and lymphatic drainage.

To learn more about daily detoxification practices or to discuss a more extensive and advanced program contact a Naturopathic doctor at Naturally Well who will offer effective and supportive information that is individualized to your needs.

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