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|Residents Association MagazineWinter 2002 - 20|
It's the time of the year when our festive over indulgence can make us review our lifestyle. We feel run down, tired and bloated. The press reminds us that it is time to "detox" but the thought of suffering and the denial of food prevents most from taking appropriate action. Little do we know how easy it can be when living in Dorset.
The human body is designed to cope with a certain amount of toxins and has its own natural methods of eliminating these. The way we live today provides us with lots of opportunities for accumulation, and stimulating elimination will leave us feeling great and bursting with energy.
The best time to detoxify is Spring time, however, there is a lot we can do to nudge our bodies in the right direction right now. Anything that supports our elimination can be said to help us detoxify. Doing nothing more than drinking an extra pint of water a day and eating more organic fruits and vegetables will create less congestion and more elimination. The seasonal Dorset vegetables available in January provide a wholesome trolley of colourful vegetables, all with special nutrients that support the body's natural detoxification systems and organs. Dorset has one of the highest concentrations of small family run organic farms, supplying locally and also' to Fresh & Wild- the UK's award winning leading specialist retailer of organic foods and natural remedies. The organic certification ensures we are eating fresh, natural food that has not been covered in chemicals. Furthermore, research by the Soil Association has found fresh organic produce contains up to 50% more vitamins and minerals than intensively farmed produce
Bursting from the ground are parsnips, celeriac, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes, Sun chokes, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, Brussels sprouts, squash and broccoli.
Broccoli and Brussels sprouts are excellent sources of fibre and exceedingly healing and cleansing to the whole digestive tract. They burst with chlorophyll - the green pigment that is an effective detoxifier. Cavalo Nero, a soft black Italian cabbage new to Dorset soil is also a very good source of chlorophyll. Cabbage and onion detoxifies the stomach and upper colon, improve digestion, and stimulate the immune system. Between them they provide the best enhancement of the growth of the good bacteria in the gut - vital for detoxification, elimination and keeping cholesterol levels down. Jerusalem Artichoke and Globe artichoke/Sun chokes both nourish the lungs and eliminate constipation. Sun choke is a tuber which grows underground and bears no resemblance in appearance to an artichoke, however, when cooked is somewhat similar in taste. Both cauliflower and celeriac support the kidneys and together with leeks, help to remove unwanted acid from the body, especially beneficial for arthritis and gout. Squash and parsnip help to remove toxins from the liver and blood, and eating squash seeds helps to expel roundworms and tapeworms.
During detoxification the body's nutrients are used far quicker than normal, and supporting the liver and kidneys is essential. Try Fresh & Wild organic and wild crafted Liver cleanse tincture; Fresh & Wild Ultimate One PR tablets, and Fresh & Wild Milk Thistle capsules. The Detox Cook has over 100 blissful mouth-watering detoxing recipes using all the above mentioned vegetables. Available through Mail Order free phone 0800 0323456.
By just increasing our consumption of locally grown vegetables, we no longer have to tremble at the thought of suffering a detox. Furthermore, we support our local farmers in the process and minimal packaging is involved - so less non-biodegradable material ends up in landfill sites.
Adri Bester, Mail Order Manager, Fresh & Wild 0207 5851488
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