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Februarys Hearty Seasonal Offerings

The start of a New Year can mean new beginnings for many people in their own different ways. A common NY resolution involves some sort of “naughty” food being banished from the cupboards for as long as you can mentally bear it. Others include squeezing in more exercise, cutting down on drinking, and of course the classic – losing weight. Healthy targets such as these are great for your well-being short-term, but it’s the long term changes that really make the difference.

February brings more than just another month – Seasonal produce that you’ll see in most supermarkets will begin to offer some of the best nourishment the winter month has to offer. Below are our top four foods that are guaranteed to add a seasonal flavour to any dish:

Artichokes

Often overlooked by many, the humble artichoke is often left behind due to the daunting preparation methods required. Don’t be put off – once you start peeling back the layers, you’ll realise it’s a lot easier than you think. This vegetable is high in nutritional value, and can be very tasty when prepared properly. Artichoke is packed with antioxidants to help defend against illness, whilst providing cyanic properties to help ward off cholesterol. Serve as a side salad mixed with pesto and a generous squeeze of lemon – delicious!

Cockles

Bare with us on this one – the typical British seaside snack really doesn’t appeal to the majority. The truth is the pocket-sized cockle is rich in Omega 3 which has been proven to help protect the heart. They’re naturally low in calories, whilst being rich in vitamin B12 which literally translates to “brain food” to you and me. Steam them mixed into pasta or use them liberally in your next fish pie.

Kale

The rich deep greens of Kale play into the often spoken rule “if it’s green then it’s good for you.” Kale is a perfect example of a winter super food  sprouting from the cabbage family with an endlist list of benefits. Packed with natural sources of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, Kale is great for your hair, teeth, skin and bones. Serve steamed as a side dish or drop into soups & stews for added nutrients.

Grapefruit

Certainly not a typical addition to a winter list of super foods  the grapefruit isn’t just for those looking to cut out unwanted calories. This juicy fleshed fruit can be found in a variety of colours, naturally low in calories making it a perfect kick starter for your metabolism. Eat it on it’s own or get creative – it works great with a leafy nutty salad!

What superfoods do you look forward to you in the fall of Winter / Sprout of Spring? Tweet us or get in touch! @healthyhideout

 

6 Top Teas – The real wonder drink

Based in Great Britain, all of us here at the Healthy Hideout like a good morning brew or “elevenses” to get us through the morning. Many of us typically associate tea as being a tanned coloured drink, with milk and 2 sugars, but there is more to it than this.

The dictionary describes the noun “Tea” as a black drink consumed extensively in Britain. However, if you’re not a fan of the typical tea drink, remember that there are many different types to choose from. Here are some of the Healthy Hideout’s most beneficial tea favourites:

  • White Tea – The least processed of all teas contains the highest concentration of antioxidants, which have been known to help bodies fight free radicals and even cancer. With a smooth, delicate sweet taste, white tea has also been known to help aid in weight loss.
  • Black Tea – Black tea contains less antioxidants as it is process through fermentation. As the darkest member of the tea family, black tea has the highest levels of polysaccharides – A carbohydrate shown to slow down the absorption of glucose in the body.
  • Green Tea – Kept in the original tea leaf state, the leaves are steamed by freshly boiled water before drinking. This helps to keep antioxidants locked away longer than black tea, making it a useful addition when fighting illness. Green tea extract is also used to reduce inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Oolong Tea – During processing, oolong undergoes a small amount of fermentation making it rich in polyphenol. Some research also suggested that this tea can help with metabolising fat.
  • Camomile Tea – Research suggests that intake of this tea on a regular basis promotes the release of glycine (an amino acid), releasing a slight sedative effect. This makes the tea perfect for individuals suffering from insomia, stress or anxiety.
  • Peppermint Tea – Associated as an effective way to help settle the stomach and aid digestion, whilst alleviating nauseating feelings. Peppermint is also a strong diuretic and can be used as a mild decongestant for illness. Some restaurants even use it as a “amuse-bouche” to cleanse the palate.

Why not try changing your daily tea rituals and see what effects the above have on you. All of us here at the Healthy Hideout have incorporated these wonderful teas in a our daily lives.

We’d love to hear about your tea experience?

A look into Lymphatic massage

As we’ve already looked at some pretty extreme methods of detoxifying in our previous posts The Lemon Detox, and an insight into Colonic Hydrotherapy, we thought we’d finish our detox series with something a little less challenging. Lymphatic Drainage massage may sound a little complicated, but don’t let the name put you off. This non-intrusive treatment consists of a gentle massage which works to encourage the lymphatic system, boosting the elimination of toxins from our body.

How does the lymphatic system work?

Lymph is a clear, white substance found in our bodies that works to carry nutrients, hormones and oxygen to our blood cells, collecting toxins and filtering them out with excess fluids from the blood via our lymph nodes – that’s basically where we sweat including the neck, behind the knees and under the armpits.

Unlike blood which has the heart to help move it around our bodies, our lymphatic system relies on muscle movements and blood vessel pressure to keep lymph moving. Whilst exercise is the most common way to stimulate the lymphatic system, the lymph’s can be stimulated via gentle brushing motions from the feet via the lymph nodes towards the heart. It sounds a little odd at first, but it is now widely available from most health spas around the country.

How does it benefit your body?

Boosting your lymph system can help to reduce water retention and raise your overall metabolic rate. You also look to take advantage of aesthetic benefits such as reduced cellulite, clearer skin and faster healing of small wounds and grazes. Considered as quite the wonder treatment by those that use it regularly, there is no simpler way to start your detox today.

Pick up the phone today, and book yourself in for an unforgettable experience that is the Lymphatic massage. You simply won’t regret it.

An insight into Colonic Hydrotherapy

As we’ve already mentioned one of the hardest detoxes of all can be found in our Lemon Detox article. We thought we’d now take a look at something that sits middle of the range. Although not straight forward, colonic irrigation is seen to be a valuable way to kick start yourself into a full health overhaul, when coupled with a drastic diet change and exercise regime.

What does colonic hydro therapy do?

Keeping a healthy colon is extremely important for general good health and well being, but the delicate balance of the organ can be affected by many contributing factors such as stress, pollution, sugary drinks, processed food, smoking and even certain medicines. Roger Groos, Chairman of the Association & Register of Colon Hydrotherapists explains how there is significant anecdotal evidence that colonic irrigation can improve bowel transit time, alcohol detoxification and help to relieve constipation related headaches.

How do colonic’s work?

Not all of us enjoy the idea or practical issues related to a colonic, but it’s important that you step out of your comfort zone if you want to achieve true results. The basic concept is to pass warm water at a low pressure through the colonic pipes via sterile pipes – bearing in mind our colon is around five feet long! This is then followed by a massage, removing any waste material trapped in the colon. The entire process can last from anything between 30 – 45 minutes depending on how quick you are.

Are colonic’s painful?

The detox creates a sense of “bloatedness” rather than feeling discomfort or pain, and many who’ve already completed the process say that the results are almost immediate. “Those who have had the treatment often comment they feel healthier and lighter, which may be linked to the removal of the leftover waste” states Groos. Of course, the rate of improvement will drastically depend on how much detoxing you’ve done in the past, and how many toxins you’ve got trapped inside you.

If like many of us this is your first true detox, you may be shocked and pleasantly surprised by the results. Will you be heading to your local spa this weekend, or perhaps your local pharmacy for a home kit?

Let us know what your results are!

Sweat: a natural miracle!

We may associate sweating with lengthy workouts at the gyms, meeting a certain work deadline or that desperate dash for the bus as it pulls away. Sweating is in fact an incredible natural reaction that our bodies utilise when our core temperature gets a little too high. Sweating is started by either our sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system. Each system is responsible for different bodily functions – But not all sweating is the same.

Steam Room vs Exercise

It is important to note that our bodies utilise different type of sweating depending on circumstances. For example when we induce sweating through the use of a steam room or sauna, also known as hypothermia therapy, the body can benefit from more detoxification benefits. Dr. Michael Lyon, MD of the Cline Medical Centre Detoxification programs states that “As the kidneys or liver are not used during the process of hyperthermic therapy, sweat is manufactured from lymph and toxins found therein which will exit the body via our skin during sweating”.

A closer look at our Skin

Skin – A true wonder

There are two main types of toxin that can be found when we sweat. The first is endogenous, biological waste from inside the body. The second is exogenous, chemicals and pollutants from outside of the body. During our everyday lives our bodies take in various toxin’s and chemicals including exhaust fumes, pesticides, heavy metals and general pollution to name a few. These toxins build up inside our bodies which over time can eventually lead to illness problems.

So how do we get these toxins out? Our skin of course. The skin is critical in helping our kidneys, liver and other organs control the excretion of toxins from the body through the natural process of sweating. Tissue fluid is a large component of sweat that contains most waste products as a result of cell metabolism. Furthermore, fat stores are also recognises as depositories for toxins. When metabolism increases the body works to break down fatty tissues for energy, thus causing toxins to be released into the bloodstream ready for removal from the body. Regular use of steam rooms or saunas can induce the sweating process, thus helping our bodies keep toxin levels as low as possible.

When was the last time you detoxified?

Source: Lawrence Wilson, M.D. Sauna Therapy for detoxification and Healing, 2006

The importance of Detox

Each day the food that we eat and the air that we breathe causes a build up of toxins inside the body, causing many of us to feel tired, lethargic and unhealthy throughout. Many health experts believe the toxins we take in are a primary cause of many health illnesses, pains and disease.

How do I get started?

Taking the above  into account, many of us are making detoxing part of our regular routines, rather than just an annual event. Founder of BeautifulBreak, a detox food, states “More than ever, people want to cleanse their bodies through detox treatments to prevent obesity, diabetes and even cancer.”

First and foremost, in order to detox you must learn to prevent the build up of toxins. Here are some top tips that must not be ignored:

  • Avoid smoking entirely – This requires no further explanation!
  • Limit the amount of alcoholic units you intake or cut them off completely.
  • Avoid coffee, saturated fats and refined sugary foods!
  • Increase your intake of fruit and vegetables that are high in anti-oxidants and free of pesticides

Why is detoxing so important?

Serious detoxers tend to point towards colonic therapy, helping to expel toxins directly from the inside body. Herbal enemas and fasting with special herbal tea based drinks are also popular methods. In the US, it has been known that 3% -grade hydrogen peroxide ozonated water is popular for extreme detox whilst popular celebrity Beyonce Knowles  turns to a master cleanse diet of hot water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Extreme for some I’m sure!

So why bother with detoxing? In short detoxing helps to keep your body working like a well oiled machine, helping vital organs work more efficiently. Detoxing naturally helps us keep a healthy weight whilst putting life back into dulling skin, hair and nails. The above methods may seem a little extreme, so why not get started with a more gentler approach.

Start your detox today!

Anyone looking for a gentle introduction into detoxification can get started by increasing their cardiovascular exercise, sweating your toxins out using a steam cabin or sauna, or by booking yourself in for a lymph-circulating body massage. It is important to note that these treatments will leave you feeling dehydrated and thirsty, so drink plenty of water during and afterwards.

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at some popular detox methods used around the world so be sure to bookmark us and come back!