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Personalized Living

Detoxing the mind

by Martha D'Adamo

Martha D'Adamo

It's been difficult to write about our editorial focus of spring detox under the threat of a major snow storm, winds hitting 50 MPH, and no real end to winter in sight. Yet, I know that nature always prevails, and I am heartened by this... stay strong... spring will come, and along with it, all the glorious flowers, sunshine, cleansing rains, and the overwhelming desire to "clean out."

There's so many aspects to spring cleaning, whether it is the deep cleanse of our homes and our properties, the airing out of our clothing as we transition from the heavy clothes of winter to lighter ones, our physical spring detox and our desire to eat "lighter," as we see the first crops of asparagus and spring peas.

There's another aspect of spring that I particularly love, and it is the symbolism of renewal. Each spring the earth is born anew... the bulbs that lay dormant through the deep freeze of winter come alive with color; the trees, stripped bare by fall, release their buds, that will yield luscious leaves; the lawns transform from brown to a beautiful green. It's a wonderful time of year to create a ritual of renewal of our own, coming out of our metaphorical hibernation of winter.

Along with the clean out of my home, my closets, my car, and the shift in my awareness of my diet, as I move to lighter foods, no longer needing the warm comfort of winter soups and root vegetables, I allocate time for my spring reflection.

This starts in mid-March, as I clip forsythia branches from the yard and place them in a vase in the house to force bloom them. Each day, I spend 15 minutes with the forsythia, as a focus of quiet reflection... what do I want to "bloom" in me this spring? What have I taken on that I can let go of? What needs to be tended in my "inner garden..."

I keep notes in my journal of what I want to serve as a reminder throughout the spring season, as it is easy to let the busy-ness of life crowd out the inner whispers of what I long for, whether it is for more expression, more time, less pressure. Making sure that I honor these inner desires is important, and it can be integrated into my daily life... so just 15 minutes a day, which serves as spiritual detox, to keep letting go of what I don't want and to embrace what I want to bring into my life. What I've found as I do this, it becomes part of my daily routine rather than something I have to fit in, and it is a constant reminder that no matter what season it is, each day I have the opportunity for renewal if I choose it.

Take the time this spring to renew and bring forth new expression in your life... you'll enjoy greater energy and expression, and you'll be able to take time to "smell the flowers."

Happy spring,

Martha

The Detox Dozen: 12 Right For All Types Superfoods

  1. Lemons contain vitamin C that the body needs to make glutathione and the liver uses in its detox process.
  2. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  3. Kale contains a substance that jump-starts the liver's production of cleansing enzymes.
  4. Beets contain phytochemicals that supports detoxification in the liver and blood.
  5. Almonds remove impurities from the bowels.
  6. Flax Oil and flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that the body uses to improve insulin function, which clears sugars from the bloodstream.
  7. Fresh garlic cleanses harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites and other invaders from the bloodstream.
  8. Studies show that seaweed, or kelp, binds to heavy metals and removes them from the body.
  9. Arugula is a natural diuretic that helps to remove excess toxins and water from the blood and supports liver function.
  10. Green tea is a magical elixir loaded with antioxidants. Drink at least two cups of green tea daily.
  11. Ginger speeds food through the intestines thanks to compounds called gingerols and shogaols.
  12. Phytonutrients produced by broccoli can enhance the function of phase 2 liver enzymes that help to remove toxins.

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Detox Soup

When you feel like your body is filled with toxic sludge, make a soup out of these top detox foods! The recipe takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and the taste is just beyond delish. 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • ½ yellow onion, roughly diced
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped small (about ⅔ pound)
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 1 cup fresh arugula
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • ½ lemon

Directions:

  1. In a medium stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and sauté for about two minutes, then, add garlic and sauté another minute.
  2. Add broccoli, arugula, and ginger and sauté about 4 minutes.
  3. Add water and salt.  Bring to a boil.  Once soup boils, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 8 minutes (or until broccoli is tender).
  4. Remove soup from heat and ladle the mixture into a blender (work slowly and in batches - never fill the blender more than ¾ full), puree and return to pot.
  5. Ladle into bowls and squeeze a wedge of fresh lemon over the top and enjoy.

Serves two.

Find this and more delicious, simple to prepare recipes in the Eat Right for Your Type Personalized Cookbooks (they make a great gift at the budget-friendly price of only $15.75 each).

Clean Green - Get your home sparlking clean without toxic chemicals!

Lemon All Purpose Cleaner

Recycle the lemon peels from your detoxifying morning lemon water into a whole-house cleaner.

Items:

  • One glass jar
  • Lemon peels (from about 6 lemons)
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

Directions:
Place the lemon peels into your glass jar and cover with white vinegar, close top and allow the mixture to sit for one week. Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle about halfway and fill the remaining half with water. Discard lemon peels.


Streak Free Glass and Window Cleaner

Items:

  • ¼ cup of 70% rubbing alcohol
  • ¼ cup of corn starch
  • ¼ cup of white vinegar
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • Spray bottle

Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Cleans windows, mirrors, glass tabletops, stainless steel and other surfaces where a streak-free appearance is desired.

All Natural Toilet Cleaner & Deodorizer

Items:

  • Glass jar
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 50 drops of lavender essential oil
  • White vinegar
Directions:
Place the baking soda into a glass bowl and add essential oil and stir to combine. Store cleaner in a container.  When ready to use, sprinkle two tablespoons of the mixture into the toilet bowl and then add two tablespoons of white vinegar directly on top of the baking soda.  A chemical reaction will occur and it will start to fizz and loosen debris - use a toilet brush to scrub. 

Cleaner Cosmetics

This story might make you hesitate before applying your next coat of lipstick.  Scientists at the Center for Science and Environment, a nonprofit public research organization, released a study in January that examined the effects of make-up containing heavy metals - which includes most major brands - and found them to have adverse effects to the body.

Other research by the University of California, Berkeley, found that lipsticks can contain a cocktail of as many as nine different metals. If used twice a day, they provided more than 20 per cent of a person's acceptable daily intake (ADI) for aluminum, cadmium and manganese - and that's just one product! Surveys find that the average woman's daily grooming and make-up routine includes a shocking 515 different synthetic chemicals!

Once these chemicals are absorbed into the skin, the body's largest organ, and enter the bloodstream they can contribute to a host of conditions: acne, hormonal problems, memory loss, migraine headaches, and neurological problems.  Not so pretty.

The good news is that many new lines of organic cosmetics have been popping up and consumers are becoming as label savvy with their make-up as they are with food.  Reading labels and being aware of the ingredients in the products you're using not only makes you a better consumer, but in this case, it will make you healthier and more beautiful as well.

Our Genoma Skin Care line of cosmetics is chemical free and made with only all natural, wild-crafted and organic botanicals.

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