THIS WEEK

You’ll need to do the following, every day, all week long

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Drink tea or use a tincture (Do this instead of the lemon drink)

More info in the blog below.

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Decrease dairy and wheat, and consume little or no sugar, alcohol and caffeine.

If you haven’t already, click box 2 in the email for more information around why we need to limit these to truly detoxify.

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Continue taking a fish oil supplement or plant-based alternative.

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Continue your daily yoga practice.

Check out the link in the email (or here) to your week 2 yoga practice along with a ‘liver chat’ (password: janepascoe) with wellness guru Hannah Shaw from A Nourishing Notion

(Find Hannah on Instagram for fun and informative posts and  daily inspiration)

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Set some goals for this week around yoga, physical activity, your diet, consumption etc.

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Shopping List

  • Tea / Tincture
  • Greens supplement: ‘Good green stuff’ or something similar to ramp up your greens intake and get all the goodness from what they offer!
  • Ingredients for homemade nut ‘mylk’. If you consume milk regularly try making your own dairy free alternative. If you drink milk by the glass just try to swap that for water or herbal tea but for smoothies and breakfasts etc, try a nut mylk. Store-bought varieties are full of additives and have an incredibly low content of nuts. The recipe is simple, just choose raw almonds, cashews or hazelnuts and soak them in twice as much water, overnight if possible. Drain the water then add in the same amount of freshwater and blend. You could add a little bit of vanilla bean and a pinch of salt.
  • Extra lemons for a homemade lemonade sweetened with liquid stevia or similar.
  • Or make some kombucha! If you’re like me and time-poor, get some from Kombucha Bros. Order online before Sunday night and get 25% off! Use code: STAYSAFE
  • Supplements: Now would be a really good time to chat with a professional about supplements specific for you, a) to support the detoxification process and b) to help with any other issues you’re faced with (sleep, stress, bloating, painful joints, hormones etc.) I went to my naturopath Susan Waters on Wednesday and got what I need, I highly recommend it as if you’re just buying off the shelf it might not be right for you and end up being a waste of money

Tea and Tinctures

Take some time this weekend to choose a tea or tincture to aid in your detox. Whether you choose a tea or a tincture I recommend 1-3 of the following herbs for your detox.

Herbal Tincture

If you have a local herbal dispensary (in Nelson we have one at Bodywise), you can get them to make up a blend with your choice of herbs.

To make life simpler, you could buy a pre-made liver tincture such as Harker Herbals, Nature’s Answer or Nature’s Sunshine, all readily available at your local Health 2000 Store #supportlocal. If you are out of NZ your health store will be able to recommend a similar product. Take 1-2 droppers of your tincture 3x a day around 30 minutes before meals. If you don’t like the taste add the drops to a little warm water, otherwise just mix it with a shot of water and drink a large glass of water afterwards. Or follow your herbalist’s directions.

Here are some herbs to choose from:

Dandelion

Burdock

Pau D’Arco

Milk Thistle

Nettles

Yellow Dock

Oregon Grape Root

Have a look online at these herbs and their superpowers to see which resonates for you. Here is a blogpost that covers most of the herbs that I mentioned plus some but feel free to do your own research, especially if you have specific health concerns. For example, if you are prone to constipation then dandelion is great, if you have eczema or joint issues then nettles are your friend…

Tea

There is something beautiful about the ritual of making a pot of tea and taking the time to let it brew, especially when using organic, handmade, loved upon herbs. The benefit of drinking tea is the process of making it and sealing your intention as you make it. Taking tea also forces you to drink some extra liquids, which also helps in the detox process.

There are some beautiful teas out there. I strongly encourage you to purchase an organic tea from a small producer (not one from the supermarket!) The herbs will be fresh and lovingly prepared, and I guarantee you’ll notice the difference in flavour and quality. If you’re in NZ head onto Heke Herbals website and take your pick! I went on and purchased the Liver Love blend and I LOVE it. There is also a detox blend, and an amazing sleep tea (it knocked everyone at our recent retreat into a sleepy state for sure!), and immunity blend, and so much more. If you’re in Nelson, Sweet Not Sugar stock it in their Montgomery Square store.