Detoxifying Herbs

February 2014 Newsletter- Seaweed for Health & Healing

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Sea plants are gifts from the sea!
In the last three decades, I’ve seen natural therapies spring to the forefront of medicine and face the challenges of today’s health. More and more people are embracing herbs or other natural therapies for their wellness. One in two people use some form of complementary or alternative medicine.

One of Nature’s miracles that I want to share with you is sea vegetables. In the West, we eat land vegetables for our main source of greens, but vegetables from the sea are nutritious foods and powerful healers. Hot seaweed baths, seaweed facial masks, formulas and recipes can all transform your health and beauty. I believe in them so much, I use them every day!

Sea vegetables are tasty. Crush, chop or crumble any mix of dry sea greens you like into soups and sauces, pizzas or focaccias, casseroles, rice and salads. Roast them into anything you cook. If you add sea veggies, no other salt is needed, an advantage for a low salt diet. Sundried, they are convenient to buy, store, and use as needed. If you store them in a moisture proof container, they keep indefinitely.

Bathing in Sea Vegetables Boosts Weight Loss

Remember how good you feel after an ocean walk? Seaweeds purify and balance the ocean—they can do the same for your body. A hot seaweed detox bath is like a wet-steam sauna, only better, because the seaweeds balance body chemistry instead of dehydrating it. The electromagnetic action of the seaweed releases excess body fluids from congested cells, and dissolves fatty wastes through the skin, replacing them with minerals, especially potassium and iodine. Iodine boosts thyroid activity, so food fuels are used before they can turn into fat deposits.

Taking a seaweed detox bath once a week to help keep off excess weight, tone the body and rid your body of toxins.

There are two very effective ways to take a seaweed detox bath: 

1. Draw very hot water in a tub to 1/2 full. Put the seaweed into the tub and steep until it softens and the water is cool enough to enter.

2. Make a strong infusion in a large pot on the stove, simmering the seaweed for 10 – 15 minutes before straining and adding to hot bathwater.

Soak in the deep bath, covering the body as much as possible for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let hot water constantly trickle into the tub to maintain the high temperature. Soak as long as possible to give the body time to absorb the mineral properties. (Rub the body with the seaweed solids during the bath for best results.) If you become overheated or uncomfortable, sit on the edge of the tub for 1 – 2 minutes.

A seaweed detox bath balance the acid-alkaline system, encourages liver activity, cellulite release and fat metabolism. Skin tone, color, and better circulation are almost immediately noticeable. To get the most from a seaweed treatment, dry brush cellulitic skin before your seaweed bath to exfoliate dead skin, and open up pores for waste elimination and blood flow to the affected area. Note: For your convenience, Crystal Star offers prepackaged, organic seaweeds in a Hot Seaweed Bath.

Seaweeds for Detoxification

Seaweeds purify all the world’s oceans- they can do the same for your body. Seaweeds like kelp, dulse and Irish Moss can protect us from a wide range of toxic elements in the environment, including radiation by-products, converting them into harmless salts that our bodies can eliminate.

Natural iodine in seaweeds can reduce by almost 80% radioactive iodine-131 that is absorbed by the thyroid. Seaweeds are so effective that even the former U.S. Atomic Energy Commission recommended that people consume two to three ounces of seaweeds a week (or 2 tbsp. of algin supplements a day) for thyroid protection.

More on Iodine Therapy and Seaweed

Please note that seaweed based products do not contain as high of levels of iodine as phamaceutical grade potassium iodide (K1), but they do help shore up deficiendies and are a good choice to keep your thyroid gland nourished with organic iodine. In the event of radiation poisoning, you will need to work with a qualified medical professional to establish a proper protocol.

Iodine Therapy Dosage

Preventive measures may be taken against iodine deficiency problems by adding just 2 tablespoons of chopped, dried seaweeds to your daily diet.

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.

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: https://www.healthyhealing.com/non-gmo-formulas/

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.