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5 Minutes Weekly Strawberry Cinnamon Detox

5Occasionally our self-cleaning mechanisms can get sluggish, and need a bit of spring cleansing and fine tuning.  If you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed, unable to sleep, or may find yourself constipated, bloated or fatigued with dark under eye circles and dull skin…..then I your health coach, suggest you to go for a simple five minutes strawberry cinnamon detox to give your liver and kidneys a break and to flush your blood and body of unwanted toxins.5

Digestion Boost with Strawberries

Strawberries, the ruby red fruit, are full of potassium, vitamin C, and folate, as well as ellagic acid (the cancer-fighting compound). Dr.Paul Thornalley and his research team at the Warwick Medical School in the UK, strawberry extract activate Nrf2.1 (a protein) that increases the body’s production of enzymes and antioxidants responsible for lowering blood cholesterol levels and removing toxins from the body.5

Weight Loss Made Easy By Cinnamon

Derived from the bark of the cinnamon tree, cinnamon is not only rich in iron, manganese, and calcium, but may also play a role in weight loss. According to Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, report of 2010, cinnamon may help to prevent the accumulation of stored fat. The study author, fed two groups of rats a diet high in sugar and fat. The authors of the study,  concluded that the groups of rats that were given cinnamon gain less weight, leading them to say that the spice was the key to purge the body fat.

Other research suggests that cinnamon can help:

  • Lower  triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Improve digestion
  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Impart antibacterial and antiviral benefit
  • Decrease inflammation5

Add a Dash of Honey

I would suggest you to add a dash of honey, while preparing this detox drink as research suggests that it may help prevent fat storage. According to the Journal of Food Science, the rats who were given honey lost  weight regardless of the fact that they ate more, in comparison with rats who were given sucrose, or no sugar at all. Researchers concluded that honey helps fat to pass out of the digestive system and prevent fat from storing in the body.

Mix it up

Mix 5 strawberries (cut in half), a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, and a teaspoon of honey with 1 liter of water. Steep the strawberry, cinnamon detox for overnight and enjoy it in the morning for five minutes. I would advise you, to include this detox as a weekly detox program or as an occasional detox treat.

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,

E Clinic

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Cleansing Day Special

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Our bodies and minds are continuously processing thoughts, emotions, food, and drink. In our 100 miles-per-minute world, we can easily feel overwhelmed.

I’d advise you to take one day off every week or month to clear and stop the physical and mental strain.

Here are 5 tips on how to create a spa cleansing day at home:

1) Take a Technology Break

• Make it a low-tech day. Keep your computer, television, and cellphones turned off.
• Get a skipping rope
• Stretch at home
• Attend a yoga class in your neighborhood
• Go for a walk in the park and find a quiet place and try some meditation.

2) Try Tongue Scraping

Begin your cleansing day by scraping your tongue gently. According to Ayurveda, “ama” is tongue coating which reflects metabolic debris. Moreover, these tongue scrapers can be easily bought from a local pharmacy very cheaply and they are best to remove ama toxins and thick tongue coatings.

3) Take Special Care of Your Body

Do exfoliation by using a soft, natural bristle dry brush. It helps to eliminate dead skin and bad toxins via the skin. All you need is to use this brushing technique starting from the feet towards heart and stomach before taking a “contrast shower”.

“Contrast shower” is ideal to boost energy and blood circulation. Take bath with comfortably warm water for “3 minutes” followed by cold water by less than “1 minute”. This hot and cold cycle is repeated in the same sequence. For example:
3 minutes hot, 1 minutes cold, 3 minutes hot, 1 minute cold etc. Finish this bath with cold water.

4) Detox Your Body

• If you are coffee drinker, then simply replace green tea with coffee for that special cleansing day.
• Drink plenty of water.
• Ginger tea is an excellent cleansing tea add the juice of a lemon wedge and you are done especially for winter season.
• Prepare yourself a healthy alkaline cleansing broth to improve enzyme and cellular metabolism, general cleansing, and detox.

Alkaline Cleansing Broth Recipe:

Ingredients:

• 1 zucchini (small in size)
• 2 cups organic potato peels (red-skinned in color, 1 inch thick)
• 3 cups celery stalk
• 2 cups broccoli heads
• 2 cups spinach
• 2 liters distilled water

Instructions:

• Cut all the veggies into small pieces.
• Put them in the water with the cover on and bring to a boil it.
• Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 25 minutes.
• Strain the broth and drink.
• This broth can be kept in fridge for 3 days and you can also make it in bulk and freeze it for later use.

5) Cleanse Your Mind

On your cleansing day, try to take steps to free yourself of the past worries and hurts that continue to live with you. Begin a personal ritual, like writing a letter (you don’t have to mail it!) to get out all your feelings. Or purchase a beautiful journal to give yourself a regular outlet for all your worries, regrets, and emotions. Don’t avoid these emotions. Harness them and move on as a smarter person.

Stay healthy!
Kiran