How To Detox

Eliminate toxic dead foods from your diet

Dead foods are classified as nutrient stripped, fiber-less foods such as meat, fish and dairy. Meat and dairy contain animal protein, saturated fat, and, in some cases, carcinogenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which are formed during processing/cooking. Meat also contains hormones, which increase your cancer risk as well as many other chronic diseases.

Meat, dairy products, and eggs all contain high levels of cholesterol and saturated fat and contribute to some of our top killers: heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and various types of cancer. Saturated fat is present in all meat and fish, even chicken and turkey cooked without the bird's skin on. Decades of scientific study have linked dietary cholesterol to cardiovascular disease — our country’s number-one cause of death, killing nearly 2,200 Americans daily. According to a study published by the ADA (American Diabetes Association,) people who eat high amounts of animal protein are 22% more likely to develop diabetes. Saturated fat has even been linked to breast cancer, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive decline.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that 70% of all food poisoning is caused by contaminated animal flesh. Food borne diseases, such as E. Coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, cause an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. These numbers are growing by the second. 

Eating meat puts you at a greater risk for food poisoning because animal products are often tainted with fecal contamination during slaughter or processing. Fecal contamination in chicken, especially, is a major problem we face today. According to a Consumer Reports study, 97 percent of raw chicken in U.S. supermarkets is contaminated with bacteria that could make customers sick. So if you eliminate animal products from your diet, you'll also be eliminating your exposure to the most common carrier of these bacteria. 

Adopt a plant based diet

Consuming a diet centered around natural, whole foods grown from the earth is the most powerful step you can take towards immediate detoxification and cleansing.

Researchers have shown that a more plant-based diet may help prevent, treat, or reverse some of our leading causes of death, including heart diseasetype 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.  Plant-based diet intervention groups have reported greater diet satisfaction than control groups, as well as improved digestion, increased energy, and better sleep, and significant improvement in their physical functioning, general health, vitality, and mental health. Studies have shown plant-based eating can improve not only body weight, blood sugar levels, and ability to control cholesterol, but also emotional states, including depression, anxiety, fatigue, sense of well-being, and daily functioning.

Only one way of eating has ever been proven to reverse heart disease in the majority of patients: a diet centered around whole plant foods. If that’s all a whole-food, plant-based diet could do—reverse our number-one killer—shouldn’t that be the default diet until proven otherwise? The fact it may also be effective in preventing, treating, and arresting other leading killers seems to make the case for plant-based eating simply overwhelming. (NutritionFacts.org)

Eliminate toxic metals

Toxic heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, copper, cadmium, lead, arsenic, nickel, chrome, alloy, and steel are hidden antagonizers that can find their way into our bodies and wreak havoc. If you want to heal from chronic illness and symptoms, removing the heavy metals in your body is an amazing place to start. Signs of heavy metal toxicity include ADHD, ADD, autism, depression, alzheimer’s, memory loss, focus and concentration issues and much more. Some symptoms may include tingling, fatigue, numbness, ringing ears, anxiety, dizziness and vertigo, neck pain, knee pain, foot pain, heart palpitations, pain in the back of the head, as well as other joint aches and pains. In today’s modern world it is somewhat impossible to be completely immune with all the pollution in our air. However it is fairly inexpensive to cleanse your body through certain supplemental foods before they cause any health issues. Below are some of the best supplements to cleanse from the inside. Similar to chelation therapy, a medical procedure that involves the administration of often-synthetic chelating agents that will bond with heavy metals in the body and remove them, these foods also electrically attract and bond with metals, but not the beneficial nutrients, thus helping to eliminate them out of the body.

  • Hawaiian Spirulina- take 2 teaspoons mixed with water, juice, or coconut water

  • Barley Grass Juice Extract powder- Drink 1-2 teaspoons mixed with water, coconut water or juice

  • Wild blueberries are high in antioxidants and help reverse any oxidative damage. Although blueberries are high in antioxidants they lack the metal-drawing capability of wild ones. Wild blueberries can be found in the freezer section of most supermarkets.

  • Garlic is an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic food. Garlic binds heavy metals in the body and helps us to detox.

  • Activated charcoal actually uses a thin film on its outside surface to bind toxins and poisons. The porous surface has a negative electric charge that attracts positively charged toxins and poisons; it binds them, and escorts them out of your body through the elimination process of your intestines.

Clean up your beauty products

What you put on your body goes into your bloodstream. So many “beauty” products on the market contain harmful chemicals that leach into your pores and cause internal issues. Fragrance, formaldehyde, propylene glycol, talc and mineral oil to name a few. Many of these commonly used chemicals are linked to multiple types of cancer, asthma, neurotoxicity, tumors, skin issues, depigmentation, liver damage, and many others.

  • Fragrance or parfum can literally mean anywhere between to 30 to 300 different chemicals

Fragrance can be found in anything with a scent. Look for it in soaps, face cream, lotion, shampoo, and perfumes. Common synthetic fragrances contain hormone disruptors such as phthalates, which have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive problems.

  • Formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are found in the Brazilian Blowout, other hair treatments and some nail polishes

Formaldehyde is a carcinogen that can also cause asthma if inhaled, neurotoxicity and developmental toxicity.

  • Parabens can be found in anything that ends with “paraben” like butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, etc.

Most commonly found in shampoos, lotion, and makeup. These popular preservatives mimic the hormone estrogen and are linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation. They may also increase the risk of breast cancer.

  • Propylene Glycol is found in many cosmetics and food products.

This chemical is another term for antifreeze. It alters our skin structure so other chemicals can penetrate deeper, and it causes reproductive, brain and nervous system harm in animal studies.

  • Coal Tar Dyes are commonly named “CI” followed by multiple digits

These chemicals have been banned in food products due to their cause of cancer and neurotoxicity. However they can be found in hair dyes, lipsticks, and other cosmetic products.

  • Mineral oil or Petroleum

This is a crude oil derived from the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It is a known human carcinogen, and it also causes skin problems. Mineral oil is found in baby lotions, creams, and skin ointments.

Remove toxic pesticides off of food

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Pesticides can be found in literally everything from air, food, and water to breast milk. They are the only toxic substances intentionally released into our environment to kill living organisms such as rodents (rodenticides), insects (insecticides), weeds (herbicides), and fungus (fungicides). High levels of these chemicals are most commonly found in children, whose bodies and developing organs are particularly vulnerable. Children take in pesticides in the womb, at home and daycare, and on schools and playgrounds. Using MRI technology, researchers found that even low levels exposure to the widely used insecticide chlorpyrifos in utero caused irreversible brain damage (Toxic Action Center.) The last place we need these sprays is on our food before it enters our body.

We recently purchased a Kangen machine that produces 2.5 pH (strong acidic) as well as 11.5 pH (strong alkaline) electronically reduced Ionized water that removes pesticides off our food before consumption. Up to 80% removal of pesticides according to a study done by the National Institute of Health (PubMed.gov)

To remove pesticides with Kangen water:

  1. Fill a large bowl, tub, or the entire kitchen sink with 11.5 pH water to remove all oil based pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, etc. from the foods.

  2. Soak all produce for 3-5 minutes.

  3. Rinse the produce off under 2.5 pH water which eliminates dirt or bacteria left behind during the cleaning process.

Avoid all fluorinated and chlorinated drinks

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Our skin is our largest organ, so it is no wonder we absorb more toxic exposure from showering in tap water than we do drinking it.
Fluoride has been added into most drinking waters in the US since 1950. Now, almost all toothpastes, dental creams and drinking water in the US contains dangerous levels of fluoride. Fluoride has been shown to cause calcification of cartilage (the essential tissue for joint health), degenerative osteoarthritis, toxicity to the Thyroid (Fluoride is toxic to thyroid cells; it inhibits function and causes cell death), fertility complications (Higher levels of fluoride correspond to lower fertility rates, particularly with drinking/showering water levels), effects on both male and female hormone levels/hormonal health.

Most water purification machines are not adequate for removing fluoride from water. Many require a separate pre-filter to be used during the process of efficient fluoride removal. We avoid fluoridated drinking water by using an in home water filtration system. I personally love and reccommend pre-filters for our Kangen machine made by a company called "IonFacuet." You can request a free water quality report for your local area below and see what contaminants you should be aware of in your local drinking water. Expect to hear back from them via email in 3-5 bussiness days. 

Chlorine

Chlorine is used to disinfect water used in our pools, pipes and showers. Chlorine’s potential toxicity is not limited to mold and fungus and has been linked to many serious health dangers for humans. Consider this... chlorine is toxic enough to be a chemical weapon and categorized as a “choking agent”. Inhalation of chlorine gas can cause difficulty breathing, chest pains, cough, eye irritation, increased heartbeat, rapid breathing, and death. (GlobalHealingCenter.org)

In order to shower in chlorine-free water we use an ANESPA Shower filtration system that removes 99% of chlorine in our shower water. The ANESPA removes harmful chemicals such as chlorine, as well as dirt, bacteria and mold. It then re-mineralizes our shower water with natural hot spring rocks such as Tufa and powerstone. It simply connects to your regular shower head and re-diverts the water momentarily through the filtration system and mineral rocks before releasing it through your shower head or into your bathtub. A chemical free clean is always best. We purchased this machine with the intention of lessening our chemical exposure and curing my chronic dry skin/eczema. I have already noticed incredible topical changes within only 2 months.

CHLORINE WAS FIRST ADDED INTO OUR WATER IN THE 19TH CENTURY TO COMBAT DISEASE SUCH AS TYPHOID AND CHOLERA.

 AS A RESULT, PEOPLE BEGAN DYING FROM HEART DISEASE, RESPIRATORY DISEASE AND CANCER. 

THE RISK OF DEVELOPING CANCER IS 93% HIGHER IN PEOPLE WHO DRINK (OR ARE OTHERWISE EXPOSED TO) CHLORINATED WATER.

CHLORINE IS A HEALTH HAZARD TO BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS.

YOUR BODY ABSORbS MORE TOXIC EXPOSURE FROM SHOWERING IN TAP WATER THAN YOU DO FROM DRINKING IT.

DURING THE COURSE OF ONE 10 MINUTE LONG SHOWER,  YOU ABSORB MORE CHLORINE THAN YOU WOULD WHEN DRINKING 8 GLASSES OF TAP WATER 


Solo Female Travel Guide

The hardest part about traveling by yourself is booking the ticket

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I took my first solo trip a week after graduating high school. I was 18 years old and had never been to Europe. I spent 5 weeks living from a backpack in a land I had only dreamed of before. Since then, I have enjoyed so many trips by myself. If you want to travel the world but don’t have anyone with the same crazy mind as you, don’t be scared! Be ready to learn about yourself, feel empowered, grow as a human, and elevate to your best version. Traveling solo has opened my mind and eyes and taught me so much about the world around me.

Research and Book in Advance

Research before you go. Make sure to check the weather, local customs, dress codes, proper etiquette, a couple of words from the local language, etc. Make sure you know the basics of what you are getting yourself into before stepping off the plane.

The most important thing to pack is common sense. Stay safe and be prepared the same way you would if you were back home. Always book the first night accommodation so you can have a home base to catch your bearings. I don’t like booking more than 2 nights upon arriving just because I may not like the place once I’m actually there. You’ll find that “cozy” and “close to city center” actually mean loud, small, and not always the cleanest. I made the mistake in Paris when I was “close to the Eiffel Tower” and actually had to catch a 20 minute train ride to the city. Or when I was “in the heart of beautiful Roman architecture” which was a tiny, (we’re talking single person hallway) with a bunk bed and a dirty window. The furniture included a plastic chair and table. Most places do however look exactly like the picture.

For accommodation I use AirBnB or Hostel World. Bookings.com is also a good site if you prefer to stay in a hotel. AirBnB has super cool houses, rooms, or apartments to rent. You can even check out some local tourist experiences and book everything in one spot. Once you know the general lay out of where you want to explore you can use AirBnB’s map view to see where each rental is located to make sure you are located in a good and safe location.

Write down your hotel address in the notes section on your phone.

Before you go anywhere you will need to book some flights. My favorite website for this is Skyscanner. Skyscanner has the best prices and gives you multiple search options for one way, multi-stops or roundtrip. You can check the cheapest dates for each month and even see which countries are on sale for the city you are departing from. The app makes it super easy to find and book from your phone.

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Avoid Overpacking

I don’t know how many trips I have been on where I think the dress I haven’t worn in 2 years is suddenly going to make its appearance at the beach. If you haven’t worn it in the last 6 months, don’t bring it. I promise you the lighter the load the better the experience is on travel days. You don’t want to be lugging around 100 lbs when all you need is 50.

  • Make a checklist. Check the weather beforehand and be prepared.

  • Pack mix and match clothing items that all go together. Use neutral colors that you can wear with multiple outfits.

  • Bring only two to three pairs of shoes. I typically stick with flip flops, workout shoes, and day shoes either tennis shoes or boots depending on the weather.

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Pick the right destinations

Listen to your heart. If you feel like going to Japan even though everyone and their mother is going to Bali then go explore Japan! Follow that voice inside just make sure it’s safe and you know what to expect. Also, make to know yourself and what you can and can’t handle. In Italy I received a lot of “Ciao Bella” from random men on the streets. In London, everyone kept to themselves. Make sure to do some research on “safe” cities for female travelers. Some of the safest destinations I’ve read about are Iceland, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and Amsterdam.

If you can’t stand the cold don’t plan a trip to Iceland in the winter. If you don’t like the heat, surfing, the ocean, or being in water then maybe a tropical destination is not your paradise. Do some research and find your place.

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Staying Healthy & FIT while traveling

Traveling can put a little pause on your normal gym routine and home cooked meals but it doesn’t mean that you are going to gain a bunch of weight and lose all those muscles you built over the previous months. You will walk a lot! I usually average 15-20 miles a day when I backpack Europe.

One of my favorite things to do when experiencing a new city is to wake up early and go for a run before the streets are crowded. It’s a great way to see things you may have normally passed and see how the locals rise and get on with their day. One of my favorite memories from Gamla Stan, Stockholm was smelling all the bakeries prepare delicious treats for “Fika” while I ran the cobblestone streets and watched the sunrise. it gives you a deeper connection and helps you feel grounded in a new environment.

I also like to stick to plant over processed even when traveling. However if I’m in Italy and I see some vegan pizza and pasta then you can bet that’s what I’m eating. Not for every meal, but it’s part of the experience! Food is one of the cultural experiences you don’t want to miss out on when traveling. Don’t hold back but also don’t go overboard just to stick to your calories. Being vegan or plant based is no exception. I found vegan croissants and paella in Spain, vegan fish and chips in London, baguettes in Paris, and vegan cinnamon rolls for Fika in Sweden. Mexico, Italy, and just about every country I’ve visited has plant based options.

Do body weight circuits and high intensity intervals. When I’m running I love to sprint up stairs for a couple reps, find hills, or do a quick interval to get my heart rate up. You can download an app, make your own plan, or look on Instagram for some circuits by trainers.

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Some Other Helpful Tips

  • Do your research. Know the currency of the country you are going to, best transportation to and from the airports and during your time in the country, safe places to stay in and where to avoid, any tourist traps (don’t play the street games in Paris or you just might lose $100 and end up eating hostel pasta for dinner :(, and check the weather before packing.

  • Make sure to call your credit and debit card companies ahead of time to put in a travel notice. If you don’t, they will freeze your cards and you will be a little stuck without any cash. That being said always have cash on you. DOn’t solely rely on cards to get you by. Cash is usually best and easy to exchange but make sure to check rates so you aren’t paying more than you should. Know where and how to exchange money. Usually when you land the airports will have currency exchange windows. Make sure to get enough for the trip because who knows where the next window will be.

  • Book some group excursions. Meet new people and have fun on group tours. I don’t love this, I much prefer to have the freedom to explore on my own time but sometimes it is nice to have a tour guide tell you what’s up with all the history and culture that surrounds you without needing to look everything up on your phone. This can be good too if you’re feeling lonely. Hostels are a great way to meet like-minded individuals that are on a similar journey as you are. I met friends at every hostel I stayed in and ended up spending days exploring the new cities with them.

  • Buy a SIM card from the country you are in or use what’s app! My first trip I came home to a $600 phone bill- no bueno. Lesson learned. And there are tons of new technology and apps that allow you stay connected with loved ones over seas without raking up the phone bill.

  • Make a list of sights you want to see and things you want to do so you aren’t trying to plan or figure things out when you’re there. I’m not saying have everything set in stone, I’m definitely more of a spontaneous, whatever I am feeling type of person, so just have a basic general idea and see what you want to do each day.

Books to Take You Higher

These books are full of magic so be ready to transform and elevate.

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The master list

The alchemist

The Four Agreements

Money and the Law of Attraction

The seven laws of spiritual success

Eat, Pray, love

You are a badass at making money

The mastery of self

The mastery of love

Awaken the giant within


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