January 2014 Newsletter: Healthy Detox & GMO-free Herbs

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Healthy Detox Following a healthy detoxification program a few times a year is one of the best ways to stay well in the modern world. Every day, Americans are exposed to synthetic, often toxic chemicals on an unprecedented scale. Industrial chemicals and their pollutant run-offs in our water, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, drug residues, and environmental hormones are trapped within the human body in greater concentrations than at any other point in history.

More than 25,000 new toxins enter our environment each year. We are all affected by the environmental toxins and stresses present in our world, and we all make unhealthy life choices now and again. Over periods of time, the toxic burden catches up to us. A detox program helps clean out the chemical toxins, drug residues, and collected waste matter trapped in our bodies. A detox program aims to remove the cause of disease before we ever get sick. Today, a regular detox program two or three times a year makes a big difference not only for health, but for the quality of our lives.

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Unsafe Detox Programs to Avoid

1. Water fasts: I don’t recommend them. Leading nutritionists and detoxification experts agree that fresh vegetable and fruit juice cleansing is superior to water fasting. Indeed, juice cleansing is an evolution in detoxification methods. Fresh juices, broths and herb teas help deeply cleanse the body, rejuvenate the tissues and guide you to a faster recovery from health problems than water fasting.

2. Overdoing purgatives and laxatives This is another place where detoxification can go wrong. Using purgatives like magnesium salts, bentonite clay or even large amounts of herbal laxatives for long periods of time (for instance to cleanse the colon) can be too harsh.

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Healing Power of Juice Fasts

Vegetable and fruit juices are alkalizing, so they neutralize uric acid and other inorganic acids, better than water, and increase the healing effects. Juices support better metabolic activity for fasting, too. Metabolic activity slows down during a water fast as the body attempts to conserve dwindling energy resources that further reduce productive cleansing. Juices are very easy on digestion, and easily assimilated into the bloodstream. They don’t disturb the detoxification process.

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IN THE NEWS: Crystal Star now offers certified GMO-free herbs!

You don't want GMO's in your foods, why allow them in your supplements?

Since GMO’s introduction, the use of toxic herbicides has increased 15%!Due to these ongoing concerns, we would like to announce many of our top-selling products are now certified GMO-free.

The GMO Controversy

Today genetically modified foods are everywhere.

In the U.S., as much as 80% of conventional foods contain GMO's. Most of the soy (92%), corn (80%), potatoes, tomatoes, and dairy foods at your market is genetically engineered. Today, very few supplement companies offer GMO-free formulas. Crystal Star is leading the way with top formulas now certified GMO-free through the non-GMO Project.

What are GMO's?

Genetically modified organisms are created though biotechnology. Plant, animal, insect, even bacterial or viral DNA is spliced in to make up GMO foods. This does not occur in nature or traditional crossbreeding.

Did you know: GMO’s are designed to handle application of toxic pesticides and herbicides. This means GMO foods are more likely to be contaminated with the toxic pesticide residues that you want to avoid. One example: The widespread adoption of genetically modified Roundup ready soy in North and South America has led to massive increases in the use of Roundup and other glyphosate herbicides. Roundup and glyphosate have already been detected in air, rain, groundwater, in people’s urine, and even circulating in women’s blood.

Check out all our GMO-free formulas here: http://www.healthyhealing.com/non-gmo

STEP BY STEP LIVER DETOX

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Is a Liver Detox Right for You?

Your liver is your most important organ of detoxification. Your life depends on your liver. To a large extent, the health of your liver determines the health of your entire body. The liver is really a wonderful chemical plant that converts everything we eat, breathe and absorb through the skin into life-sustaining substances.

Body signals that your liver needs some TLC include: • Unexplained fatigue, listlessness, depression or lethargy, lack of energy; numerous allergy reactions • Unexplained weight gain and the appearance of cellulite even if you are thin • A distended stomach even if the rest of the body is thin • Mental confusion, spaciness • Sluggish elimination, general constipation alternating to diarrhea • Food and chemical sensitivities, usually accompanied by poor digestion, and sometimes unexplained nausea • PMS, headaches and other menstrual difficulties; bags under the eyes • A yellowish tint to the skin and/or liver spots on the skin; poor hair texture and slow hair growth; skin itching and irritation. • Anemia and large bruise patches indicate severe liver exhaustion.

Liver Cleanse Nutrition Plan Start with this 3 to 5 day nutrition plan.Don’t forget: 8 glasses of water through the day.

The night before your liver cleanse… Take a cup of miso soup with sea veggies.

For the next 3-5 days...On rising: take 1 lemon squeezed in a glass of water; or 2 tbsp. lemon juice in water; or 2 tbsp. cider vinegar in water with 1 tsp. honey. Breakfast: take a glass of carrot/beet/cucumber juice, or organic apple juice. Add 1 tsp. spirulina to any drink for protein and chlorophyll support. Mid-morning: take a mixed green veggie drink; or take a green superfood powder mixed into water or vegetable juice. Lunch: have a glass of fresh carrot juice or a glass of organic apple juice. Mid-afternoon: have a cup of peppermint tea, pau d’ arco tea, or Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; or another green drink. Dinner: have another carrot juice or a mixed vegetable juice; or have a hot vegetable broth. Before Bed: take another glass of lemon juice or cider vinegar in water. Add 1 tsp. honey or royal jelly; or a pineapple/papaya juice with 1 tsp. royal jelly.

Follow up with a diet of 100% fresh foods for the rest of the week.