Healthy Ways to Detox


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Updated: 10/07/2013 4:45 pm Published: 3/26/2013 3:27 pm


You've heard of spring cleaning for your home, but how about for your body? It's the perfect time of year for a cleanse to not only help you feel better, but look better in that tank top and bikini. "Every day we are exposed to chemicals and toxins through polluted air, processed food, toxic cleaning products, and the list goes on, Mary Ann O'Dell, Registered Dietitian at Akin's Natural Foods Market, said. "The constant onslaught of chemicals and pollutants can overwhelm this ability and we have to help our bodies out."
 
Now you might be worinder how this will work with your tight schedule. "No, in fact the detox and cleansing regimens at Akin’s are easy and natural, not harsh or dramatic," she said. "With Akin’s products, just make some simple changes in your daily routine that are easy to implement, and nature takes care of the rest." 

 "During the cleanse, you should maintain your daily routine, but limit exercise to low impact activities such as walking, yoga or swimming," she said. "When it comes to diet, eliminate obvious toxins, like refined foods and excess caffeine. Eat plenty of fresh, preferably organic only fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds & yogurt and, very importantly, drink plenty of pure high pH water – We have several varieties at Akin’s. To cleanse and help eliminate toxins, you need to increase fiber intake with a top quality Fiber supplement. One of the very best on the market is Paragons Plus Smooth Fiber14 which can easily boost fiber intake. And you will be amazed at how it tastes – it’s not gritty or nasty, but smooth and easy to take."

O'Dell said you can do this detox program a few times a year, but the key is to rebuild and maintain the work you've put into it. "Keep eating fresh foods and avoid processed foods, but add a daily greenfoods supplement such as Akin’s Organic Greens," she said. "Greenfoods offer an excellent way to both rebuild and nourish your body. You’ll also want a daily probiotic supplement to help rebuild and maintain good bacteria and digestion. Paragon Plus Dophilus-8 is one of our most popular and works great. When you do a program like this for a couple of weeks 2-3 times per year, it can really make a difference in how you feel."

Akin’s Natural Foods Market with 3 locations in the Tulsa area:
31st & Harvard
51st & Memorial
121st & Memorial in Bixby

Akins has a seminar today entitled "Snooze Away the Pounds." You'll learn the direct connection between sleep and weight loss. It’s FREE at noon or at 7pm at the 51st & Memorial Akin’s. Visit www.akins.com for more information.

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