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To detox or not to detox, that is the question

spite the distaste for celery, I can vouch for it being highly effective at cleansing and healing the body over a consistent period of time. My body always feels calm and hydrated after. Nothing should be eaten 2 hours prior to this celery juice intake and nothing for up to 30 minutes after consuming it, to allow the goodness of the contents to do their work. Full details of its benefits are in all of Anthony Wil- liam’s books.

So, to recap, as we head towards our seasonal change, our focus needs to be on building resilience and immunity rather than taking away, thereby lightening the bur- den on the organs of the body and bringing our energy up to more ef- fectively fight off pathogens and vi- ruses by giving ourselves the best internal environment. Health is our wealth and we have personal responsibility to look after it rath- er than expecting it to be fixed by the already burdened NHS. Many conditions can be healed by changing our diets and increasing movement and exercise allowing the NHS to be freed up to focus on those kinds of conditions that re- quire expert surgical procedures. We owe it to ourselves to be the best version of us that we can be. Caroline Cousins

depending on who you follow but one of the most popular ways that is on the increase is juicing. Substi- tuting one meal a day with a fresh- ly made juice filled with raw fruits and vegetables doesn’t sound as enticing as a cup of tea, scone and jam but it is a wonderful way to get nutrients into the body, support the liver and take the burden off the digestive system. Currently there are two drinks that are taking the world by storm, with thousands of case studies showing significant changes in people’s chronic conditions. They are celery juice and the heavy met- al detox smoothie. Both of these originate from the highly success- ful author and natural health ex- pert, Anthony William, who has five no.1 bestseller books out, his most recent called, Cleanse to Heal, where he discusses in more detail the reason why conditions like obesity and chronic autoim- mune disorders are significantly on the rise. Like all health routines, howev- er, to get the full impact and ben- efit of these drinks requires disci- pline and consistency. He does not advocate cutting everything out, rather replacing known tox- ic foods with fruit and vegetables and decreasing those foods known to contribute to the pathogens in the body and put increased bur- dens on our livers. His advice has produced astonishing success and having followed it myself over the past two to three years and felt the benefits, I can highly recommend his suggestions. The suggestion is that we start the day on an empty stomach with a minimum of 16 fl oz of pure celery juice that has nothing added whatsoever (that includes no wa- ter). It must contain no fibre and may not be able to be tolerated by everyone to begin with, so it’s wise to build up to this amount and then steadily increase to 32 fl oz, according to the body’s toler- ance levels. Many report seeing initial benefits within a week and significantly more over a period of months. Having been on it myself continuously for two years, de- Conventional medicine will tell us we don’t need to detox our bodies as our organs are doing that for us on a daily basis

S oon we will be in Stoptober, where the impetus is largely focused on giving up smoking. However, after several months of lockdown restrictions, it’s fair to say a good deal of us have en- gaged in consuming a little more alcohol, coffee and cake than orig- inally intended, as some form of misguided comfort, and are now seeking to regain control of our bodies through purging ourselves of these unhealthy habits and em- barking on a cleansing routine. Conventional medicine will tell us we don’t need to detox our bod- ies as our organs are doing that for us on a daily basis, but we are not living in the same world and what we put into our bodies now is markedly different to what our ancestors once consumed. We now live in a society that is infused with all kinds of pollution, mass farming methods forcing a variety of pesticides to be utilised, a con-

were now overweight in the UK alone, seeing an increase in hospital admissions of 23% since 2017/2018. Within that figure, 26% of men and 29% of women were clinically obese as well as 20% of children in year 6. (digital. nhs.uk/data-and-information/ p u b l i c a t i o n s / s t a t i s t i c a l / statistics-on-obesity-physical- activity-and-diet/england-2020) These figures are increasing exponentially and can only put a greater burden on our already struggling NHS. It’s not hard to see, then, why so many people have turned to alter- native ways of detoxing as a way of taking back control over their health and debilitating symptoms when conventional medicinal ap- proaches have left little change – and in some cases worsened, their conditions. Managing symptoms through the use of pharmaceuti- cal concoctions is no longer the option for many people, preferring instead to get to the root of their issues through diet, fasting and detoxing. We can’t always control what toxins and pollution we are being subjected to in an increas- ingly unhealthy world, but we can minimise our intake of these stressors and support our bodies in such a way to alleviate the bio- logical burden to maximise our re- silience and immunity. There’s no doubt that our west- ern diets on the whole are filled with little nutritional value to our bodies as our consumption of un- healthy carbohydrates and high fat foods have offered little benefit to our already toxic bodies, despite the thrill of the initial consumption as it passes between our lips. Of course in such uncertain times, people want comfort and who can blame them? The uncertainty of a world filled with negative news reports of daily deaths through Covid-19 has forced many to find comfort through food and drink in order to escape the realities of negative propaganda. So, what is the best way to de- tox our bodies and begin that cleansing process? Well, there are a variety of different approaches

stant array of vaccinations in both animals, for human consumption, and ourselves, not to mention the soil quality reducing in mineral content and fruit and vegetables being flown in from all over the world. On top of that, the phar- maceutical industry holds enor- mous power in supplying drugs for most known conditions, which are regularly put into the body under qualified guidance to mitigate any symptoms of a condition we are experiencing. It is now believed that one in two of us will get some form of cancer in our lifetime – a figure that was almost unheard of a cen- tury ago. Not only that but there is a significant rise in autoimmune conditions as well as ME, Fibromy- algia, Lyme Disease, Alzheimers and asthma. Many people also now experience food intolerances, allergies and dermatological con- ditions are seeing an

increase of two to threefold over recent decades in industrialised countries. It is no wonder then that the de- mand for organic produce over the last decade has soared in grocery stores with global sales thought to have increased to 95 billion dollars in 2018 in contrast to only 18 bil- lion dollars in 2000. Vitamin and Mineral sales are an increasingly booming market and many are turning to health coaches, holistic practitioners and influencers who market the benefits of detoxing, despite the conventional medici- nal stance that there is no need as the body is sophisticated enough to do this for us. To a certain extent, conventional medicine is absolutely correct ex- cept the fact that the body is now at a stage in modern life of being bombarded by daily pathogens, mutating viruses and pollution that just weren’t around decades ago. Not only does it do all the amazing things it does, but the body has to also filter out and fight the daily invaders that take it away from doing its normal job of keep- ing us balanced and healthy. With the increase of chronic and debilitating conditions, including diabetes, it seems only sensible that the focus should be on pro- viding the body with the right en- vironment to thrive and thus build our internal resilience and ener- getic reserves. It’s not just a case of shoving an over the counter multivitamin in our bodies either that is going to make the differ- ence. We have to be prepared to make healthy and long-term changes by increasing the consumption of a variety

The second, somewhat delicious smoothie that can be taken with other foods, is the heavy metal detox smoothie, which is said to safely assist in de- toxing heavy metals from the brain and body and has reportedly reversed many chronic conditions in those who have con- sistently taken it. Again, this should be taken dai- ly and is filling enough to substitute for a breakfast or lunch, if desired. It con- sists of: • a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (or carton bought but not from concentrate), • 2 cups of frozen or fresh wild (not our • 1 cup of fresh coriander, • 1 teaspoon of barley grass juice powder (not barley grass powder), • 1 teaspoon of spirulina, • 1 tablespoon of Atlantic Dulse, • 2 bananas • additional water for the consistency you prefer. This can then be blended in a NutriBullet or similar for a delicious smoothie that the body loves and again, full details of its benefits can be found in any of Anthony William’s books. cultivated ones) blueberries or 2 tablespoons of wild blueberry powder,

of fruit and vegetables and reduce some foods which have led the world to an increasing curve of obe- sity. A study published by the NHS this year, reported that 67% of men and 60% of women

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thriving. Every second, our bodies are working flat out to keep us well. Everything we do, and don’t do, either makes that easier or difficult. We can work with it or against it. The very good news is that making healthy changes today will have an impact. It is not too late, or too early, to start! HERE IS OUR RULE OF 6 FOR BUILDING YOUR LIFE OF DREAMS This is our unique way to remember the key elements of promoting health every day. Each element has numerous options. Here I have highlighted a few to help you build your life of DREAMS.

Your health and well-being is all about what is going on inside your body (including your mind). It is about how you adapt to life and changes over time. How you react to infections. How you cope with the stresses of life. How you build your strength and resilience by taking conscious steps to promote wellbeing. The preservation of health is easier than the cure of disease. I worked as a Medical Researcher for ten years, investigating immunity, the endocrine system (hormones) and the biochemical processes that linked the two. When I completed my PhD, it was assumed by my Professors, that I would then study

medicine. But my interest was in natural, holistic approaches to health. This was sparked in the 8-year- old me, by a visit to a Chiropractor. He impressed on me (in a very direct Australian way!) that living a healthy lifestyle was the key to health. It gives us all the best chance of enjoying a happy, fulfilled life. The ability of your body to heal is much greater than we have been permitted to believe. Your immunity and your health go hand-in-hand, each depends on the other. Your immune system depends on your nervous system. The nervous system controls everything and it is what keeps us all alive and

joints, muscles and discs are not just designed for motion but depend on it to maintain their function and are depleted without it. It really is move it or lose it. ALIGNMENT ADDS ADAPTABILITY Align your spine to stay just fine. Alignment of your spine is key to your posture and to the proper functioning of your brain and nervous system. It is the superhighway that connects everything in your body. MINDSET IS SO POWERFUL Positive thoughts build positive habits. Habits build health. Fear and stress dampen and threaten the immune system and dull nervous system responses. Reducing negativity transforms lives, not easy but possible.

SUPPORT Supplements support superior defences. As we enter the cold and flu season supplement with zinc and vitamins D & C. These are proven essential nutrients for fighting infections; especially respiratory viruses. Call us for more information. At New Milton Chiropractic, we assess how your body is functioning and train your nervous system to build your health and wellbeing. When you are ready for a proactive, natural and holistic approach to your health, please give us a call on 01425 620 222. We are waiting to help you and your whole family.

DRINK WATER You’ve heard that you are what you eat: you are actually far more what you drink! You are 2/3 water... keeping hydrated is one of the easiest and best things you can do for your health. Always have a glass of water in sight. It prompts your brain to drink more. REST IS RE- CREATION Your immune system works best while you are asleep – your body’s reboot and virus scan. If your sleep patterns are disrupted so is your optimum immunity. If there is something disrupting your sleep sort it out now! EXERCISE AND ENERGY Movement is the key to life - avoid your personal “lockdown”. Your nerves,

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Dr Damien T. O’Dwyer (BSc, PGDipSc, MChiro, PhD) is a Researcher, Published Scientist, Doctor of Chiropractic and Wellness Expert. He leads the team in Whitefield Road, to coach people in our community to better health through natural, safe and effective chiropractic care.

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