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How Toxic Are You?

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Is your body a toxic waste dump?

This is a simple question guide that will tell us early warning signs for the need of cleansing impurities or toxin build up in our body.

  1. Do you often feel tired or fatigued?
  2. Do you feel dizzy, foggy-headed or having trouble concentrating?
  3. Do you use coffee, cigarettes, candy or soda to get “up”?
  4. Do you eat fast, fatty, processed or fried foods?
  5. Do your bowels move less than twice a day?
  6. Do you experience intestinal gas and bloating or constipation?
  7. Do you experience headaches or yeast difficulties?
  8. Do you live with or near air and water pollution?
  9. Do you experience general aches and pains or arthritis?
  10. Do you have food allergies, or skin problems?
  11. Do you experience frequent back pains or sinus problems?
  12. Are you often exposed to chemicals, sedatives, or stimulants?
  13. Do you rarely exercise or feel sluggish or overweight?
  14. Have you done a cleansing program before?

If you answered “Yes” to three or more of these questions, or “no” to the last question, it would be desirable for you to purify your system of toxins.

Toxic-Body

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Sleep

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Chiropractically correct sleep is when you sleep in a position that does not cause stress to the spine, the muscular system, or nerves. The position that works well for most healthy people is the fetal position. A person lies on either side, with the legs flexed toward the abdomen and the back also slightly flexed. This takes stress off the spine and allows the organs to spread themselves out so there is less intra-abdominal pressure against the diaphragm. A pillow under the head or neck will deflect a lot of weight from the shoulder you are lying on, along with slightly turning your shoulder out underneath.

kitten sleeps on the back like a log

kitten sleeps on the back like a log

Sleeping on the back is also an acceptable position but it is important to place a small pillow under the lower back region in order to support the natural curve in that part of the spine. Failure to do this can result in a restless sleep and a morning backache.

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The average adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep per night.   Some individuals may need more and some may need less.

Everyone has had trouble sleeping, but you can make it easier to get a good night’s sleep.

Cut Caffeine

Caffeine can keep you awake and can stay in your body for up to about 14 hours. Cutting caffeine intake for at least four to six hours before bedtime can help you sleep better. If you had too much caffeine, try eating some carbohydrates to reduce the effects.

People vary in how rapidly their bodies break down caffeine and in how sensitive they are to its effects.

Caffeine can certainly affect a person’s ability to sleep well for four to six hours after consumption. In some people, it can interfere with sleep for eight to 12 hours afterward.

If you have trouble getting a sound sleep, which is important for good health, record the times you have caffeine and how you feel and sleep afterward for a week or more. For most people, the amount of caffeine in a small piece of chocolate doesn’t need to be counted, but you should keep track of coffee, tea and soft drinks with caffeine, as well as any caffeine-containing pain relievers. This record will help you identify the time of day at which you should switch to non-caffeinated products or cut back.

Sleep disoirder

The quality of your mattress and pillow may affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep. When you are uncomfortable, falling asleep is more difficult and can lead to restlessness.

  1. Avoid alcohol as a sleep aid. It may help you fall asleep, but will cause disturbances in sleep.
  2. Relax before bedtime. Stress makes you miserable. Develop some kind of pre-sleep ritual to break the connection between the day’s stress and bedtime. This can be 10 minutes or as long as an hour.
  3. Exercise at the right time for you. Regular exercise can help you get a good night’s sleep. The timing and intensity of exercise can play a key role in its effects on sleep. If you feel energized after exercising, you probably should not exercise in the evening.
  4. Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and comfortable. For some, even the slightest noise or light can disturb sleep. Don’t use the overhead light if you need to get up at night; use a small night-light instead. Ideal room temperatures for sleep are between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Eat right, sleep tight. Try not to go to bed hungry, but avoid heavy meals before bedtime. Foods that help promote sleep include milk, tuna, halibut, pumpkin, artichokes, avocados, almonds, eggs, bok choy, peaches, walnuts, apricots, oats, asparagus, potatoes, buckwheat and bananas.
  6. Restrict nicotine. Having a smoke before bed although it can feel relaxing puts a stimulant into your bloodstream similar to that of caffeine.
  7. Avoid napping. Napping can only make matters worse if you usually have problems falling asleep. If you do nap, keep it short.
  8. Keep pets off the bed. If your pet sleeps with you, this can cause you to wake up during the night, either from allergies or pet movements.
  9. Avoid watching TV, eating and discussing emotional issues in bed. The bed should be used for sleep and sex only. If you associate the bed with distracting activities, it can make it difficult to fall asleep.

Adults (18+ years): Adults require seven to eight hours of sleep each night, yet according to a survey by the National Sleep foundation, many are getting less than seven hours. Adults spend less time in deeper sleep than younger people, and by age 65 many adults experience a significant decrease in the proportion of time spend in delta sleep (the deepest sleep). Although older adults spend less time in deep sleep, average total sleep time increases slightly after age 65. However reports of difficulty falling asleep coincide with the increase in sleep time. As you age, sleep becomes shallower and fragmented – a reason why the elderly wake more frequently than younger adults.

Do you get enough sleep? If any of these doe not help, there might be a problem that is needs more specific help.

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“EAT” more water!

If we have less water in our body the muscles can’t rub over each other and move with ease! We are burning up the water so fast and hence the reason we feel achy in the winter months. Remember our bodies are about 70 percent water no matter what time of the year is it. We should all increase how much water we intake by about 2-3 glasses per day.

Snacking on water- fruits and vegetable

Watermelon and strawberries contain about 92 percent water. Other fruits with high water content include ,cantaloupe with 90 percent, grapefruit with 91 percent and peaches with 88 percent water. Some fruits containing 87 percent water by weight include pineapple, cranberries, orange and raspberries. Apricots hold 86 percent water, while blueberries and plums contain 85 percent water. The water content for apples and pears is 84 percent. Cherries and grapes contain an average of 81 percent water. Also banana’s composition includes 74 percent water.

On top of the vegetables list are cucumber and lettuce, consisting of 96 percent water. Zucchini, radish and celery are comprised of 95 percent water. Ninety-four percent of tomato’s weight is water, and green cabbage is 93 percent water. Vegetables that contain 92 percent water include sweet peppers, cauliflower, eggplant, red cabbage and spinach. Broccoli is 91 percent water by weight. Additional healthy hydrating foods include carrots with 87 percent water and green peas and white potatoes with 79 percent water.

In the end of it all we need water to stay healthy and to help flush our bodies toxins of every day life!

Muscle detox

One old home remedy that works is an Epsom salt soak for sore muscles. The scientific name for Epsom salts is magnesium sulfate. When you soak sore muscles in Epsom salts, your body absorbs the magnesium and the sulfates through your skin. Research supports that an increase in your body’s magnesium levels can improve circulation, ease muscle pain, flush toxins and heavy metals from cells, improve nerve function and relieve stress. Your skin also readily absorbs sulfates through an Epsom salt soak. Sulfates play a role in forming joint proteins and help detoxify your body.