A featured Guest Post by Carolyn Holden
The key to a life filled with more energy and less illness
I’m part of a family that’s concerned about the environment, holistic health, and healthy parenting. When I finally decided to return back to the basics—by raising my family in natural, safe, green environment, I had just returned from a cosmetic dentist in my hometown of Katy, Texas. I was told the surface of my teeth had become tacky and I had a lot of tooth decay and may need a root canal. I left the dentist depressed and dreading returning in 2 weeks to have my mouth invaded. However, I took the next 2-weeks and decided to detox in preparation of my oral health going forward. Low and behold, when I returned to the dentist, my tooth decay had considerably lessened (I still did however need 1 filled) and my tooth enamel appeared stronger and less tacky.
I knew going forward that I had a hard road of opposition ahead of me and my family going organic. Everywhere I turn, the television is shoving another toxic cleaning product or food full of preservatives down my throat. However, it’s my true belief that when it comes to being truly healthy, we need to take a step back to eating organic foods and banishing chemical cleaning products from our homes. As mentioned, I decided to take my family down this road 3 years ago, and there’s hardly been an illness in my home since—even my dog is the picture of health. When it comes to detoxifying your body—either due to indulgence or an illness—going organic is the best method. Look to Mother Nature for the following 6 organic foods that detoxify the body and taste great in various dishes and as quick snacks:
1. Fresh organic fruits
Think about it for a second; fruits like berries, melons and even apples are very high in liquid-content. However, what happens if fruit was sprayed with chemicals to help it grow large and shiny? It has to absorb a lot of those chemicals, right? Well, according to Eating Well Magazine and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) chemical residues do get absorbed into non-organic fruits. That’s why it’s wise to choose fresh organic fruit. The high liquids within help cleanse the body of toxins and infuse it with antioxidants, nutrients, fiber and vitals like vitamin C.
2. Leafy organic greens
Kale, spinach, barley, wheatgrass, spirulina, alfalfa, chard, parsley, arugula and beet tops—not only are leafy greens packed with chlorophyll, which eases the digestive tract and many stomach upsets and digestive ailments, it also helps detox the body and liver of harmful environmental toxins—such as smog, heavy metals, herbicides and cleaning harmful chemicals.
3. Organic citrus fruits
Talk about flushing out the toxins, squeeze a slice of organic lemon or lime into your glass of water first thing in the morning and you are literally jump-starting digestive tract with enzymatic processes. Packed with vitamin C, fresh fruits like grapefruit and oranges also flush out liver toxins and boost the body’s intake of vitamin C, a natural immune booster.
4. Organic garlic
A tiny slice of garlic kick starts liver—encouraging the production of vital detoxification enzymes that aid in the filtering out of toxins from the digestive system. If you don’t like garlic on its own, you can easily cook it into hearty sauces and stews.
5. Green tea
My favorite comfort drink and early morning kick-start, a hot cup of green tea, is jam-packed with antioxidants that detoxify the entire body and increase liver function, according to University of Maryland researchers. Plus, you can brew a pot and put it in the refrigerator with sliced lemons and a squeeze of real honey for a healthy, thirst-quenching summer drink.
6. Homemade organic trail mix
Nuts and seeds, such as walnuts, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, soy nuts and sunflower seeds are excellent for infusing the body with healthy omega-3 oils during a health detox. You can toast them in the oven and add some organic seasonings for a sweet or savory snack. Nuts, seeds, and other heart-healthy foods like hemp, avocado and olive oils aid in detoxifying by lubricating the intestinal walls so that toxins are absorbed by the oil and then quickly eliminated.
Not Looking Back
I’ve never looked back from my decision to switch to organic, fresh food from Mother Nature, and neither has my family. We are living proof that a diet made up of predominantly fresh, plant-based, organic foods will cleanse the body of toxins that would otherwise cause illnesses like the flu, allergies, tooth decay, and even auto immune disease. Our energy and our immune systems have never been stronger simply due to the fact that we’re not exposed to the chemical residue from foods treated with pesticides. I hope this article has been helpful, and happy, healthy eating!
About the Author:
A former kindergarten teacher and now a stay-at-home-mom, Carolyn Holden loves working with and teaching children. Carolyn has gained a lot of mentoring experience over the past 5-years since she decided to home school her 2 children. She is also committed to raising a family in an organic, pesticide free home, and so when she can’t buy organic, you will often find Carolyn rooting in her large garden for the ingredients to make her own soaps, cleaning supplies and nutritious, organic meals and remedies.
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If you are a writer who would like to share your insights into natural living to the BetsyDewey.com community, please contact Betsy Dewey by clicking on Contact Me. I welcome guest posts! I would love for you to contribute to my “natural living” blog. I’d love to know your ideas. I like finding natural ways of doing things that surprise me. I always think I’ve heard it all, and then I find out about something like cloth menstrual pads or reversing tooth decay naturally. Homebirth and homeschool are natural (and ancient) ways of doing things that are made easier with modern technology – as much as I love the old, natural ways, I also love our modern conveniences and how life has evolved to make us so comfortable! I’d like to make a guest blog a monthly happening, so bring it on! And thank you, Carolyn, for sharing your life-enhancing tips with us.