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Detox Week: Week 52 of BigBarn’s Food & Drink Weeks

It is that time of year again where everyone, quite rightly, decides it’s detoxing time after the Christmas and new year feasting and drinking.

Apparently the average person can consume as much as 7,000 calories on Christmas Day, three and a half times the recommended daily intake for a woman. With the celebrations before and after Christmas and when many of these calories are meat, sugar, alcohol and fat, our liver and intestines are given a very hard time.

Apart from putting on weight, our gut bacteria will have changed and our liver and kidneys will welcome a break.
images-1So here are some de-tox tips and places to buy.

Water
One of the best things we can do is drink lots of water. Drinking eight glasses of water a day will re-hydrate your body, as well as cleanse toxins from your liver and kidneys.

Diet
Cut out red meats, dairy products and processed foods like white bread and ready meals. Instead opt for lots of fruit and vegetables, pulses and wholegrain foods.

Bacteria
We have written about this before here. There are millions of bacteria in your gut helping digest your food and the right balance is very important t your health and wellbeing. imgres-1

There is huge doubt whether the probiotic drinks work and perhaps a huge con when the global industry is worth £20billion. I strongly recommend fermenting your own veg and trying Kefir, a live bacteria that you feed every day to make your own live probiotic to saok with whole oats to carry the bacteria to the lower intestine. For more and to buy some click here.

Linseed meal & whole organic Oats
These cleanse the gut and build up omega3 oils to build healthy cell walls take linseed meal in your cereal, or the oil in capsules, or a salad dressing. There will be lots more news this year about the importance of the balance of omega3 and omega 12 oils in our body. Too much omega12 are contributors to obesity and cancer. To watch a video on this and buy linseed oil or meal.
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Super fruit and veg
Try and eat lots of super food vegetables like beetroot, broccoli, onions, brussels sprouts, cabbage and garlic. Raw is best, or a light stir fry or perhaps hearty soup made from the leftovers and a stock from the turkey bones.

Tea
There are lots of detox teas available and a great way to rehydrate as will as take in the healing properties of herbs and spices like, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, milk thistle and ginger. To buy detox tea in our MarketPlace click here12352

If you add exercise to this list you will be back in shape, inside and out, in no time. Then stay healthy with kefir, linseed meal and plenty of fresh local fruit and veg. A very healthy and prosperous 2018 to you all.

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