Do You Really Need that Expensive Cleanse?

Do You Really Need that Expensive Cleanse?

By Lia Threat

Click aqui para español- >¿Realmente necesitas esa limpieza costosa?

With spring approaching, our bodies naturally begin a process of renewal. During this time of the year, many may also consider a whole-body cleanse. Before starting an expensive program, consider these alternative ways to support the body without the price tag.

  1. Eliminate Toxins Sweating is a way in which our bodies expel toxins. Aside from exercise, a few options to detox are to utilize a steam room or sauna. Ask your gym about these amenities!
  2. Control Incoming Toxins Eat organic or consume foods not heavily sprayed with pesticides. Lowering the toxin load on the body can have a tremendous effect on how you feel. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen." These lists of fruits and vegetables are tested yearly to determine the number of pesticides each product contains. Even if some people cannot afford organic, they can avoid heavily sprayed foods listed at the top of the “Dirty Dozen” list and choose foods that are locally grown. Check out www.ewg.org for 2019 listings.
  3. Remove Toxins with Food One way is to add cilantro to your smoothies, salads, or meals. The body releases toxins that may recirculate in the blood unless they bind to something to be carried out. Cilantro is a fantastic herb that acts as a magnet or “binder” to toxins like heavy metals and safely removes them from the body.

As always, consult a medical or health professional before starting a detox or cleanse program.

 

Lia Threat

Writer/Escritora

Wellness

Louisiana

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Publisher's Note

Ready for the outdoors!

Although we do not have very well defined seasons, the weather changes enough to create different vibes in and around the city.

The moderate Spring weather accompanied with sunny clear skies is inviting to get back to the outdoors and be more active. The backyard also gets more use in the form of the very Louisiana tradition of the crawfish boil, which we learn more about in our food section.

Short day-trips are perfect during Spring and the Northshore offers some amazing destinations for nature and food lovers. Just sitting down on the bank of the Tchefuncte River, looking at the boats pass by can be a relaxing change of pace and scenery.

In this edition, we visit the Northshore to explore some of the Latin restaurants in the area. We will be coming back to enjoy the different places and activities that the Northshore has to offer. St. Tammany hosts a vineyard, a safari, strawberry and blueberry patches, breweries, swamp tours, museums, kayaking, and tubing, among so many other interesting things. The Northshore is the perfect destination when you need a little getaway.

But for now, we prepare to get outdoors in New Orleans to enjoy the great music during French Quarter Fest and to see the national and international superstars coming to Jazzfest. See you out there!

AnaMaria