New Years is a popular time for jump starting a new, healthier routine. Thousands of people make a resolution to live a healthier life, be more active, and eat healthier foods. In fact, it’s the number one New Year’s resolution! However, it can be particularly tough to get started when your body is used to the slower pace of winter and holiday over indulgence. By detoxing your gut and incorporating foods that support your body, you can boost your likelihood of sticking with your new, healthier lifestyle.
Natural Clay Detox for A Healthier Gut
weeks of indulging in wonderful holiday goodies, your gut could use a helping hand to fully recover. Buttery sugar cookies, flavorful fatty gravy, and candy canes galore, mean your liver has been working overtime to filter out toxins and break down waste.
A natural clay detox can help rid your body of impurities without putting additional strain on your liver. When taken internally, calcium bentonite clay not only helps to flush out toxins, but is also known to balance the pH in the digestive tract for optimal functioning.
We recommend mixing 1 part of clay to 8 parts of filtered or distilled (not tap) water. For example, put one ounce (2 tablespoons) of Drinking Powder in an 8 ounce food-grade plastic or glass (preferable) bottle. Then add 8 ounces of water and shake well. We typically recommend drinking 1 ounce of clay water a day for the first week. Provided the body is not constipated, week 2 we recommend 2 ounces of clay water daily. This is a good general health and wellness amount.
For more detoxification, more clay water may be consumed, up to six to eight ounces daily. It’s important to listen to your body. Should you become constipated, cut back on the amount of clay consumed and work your way up more gradually. After a few days of drinking six to eight ounces daily, cut back to two ounces a day. Alternatively, stop drinking the clay altogether. Our Drinking Powder is safe enough to consume every day. Two ounces of clay water daily is considered a general health and wellness amount. When addressing health concerns, some people drink more than 2 ounces daily until the issue is resolved and then cut back.
How Clay for Internal Use Works
Clay only becomes ‘living’ or activated when it is hydrated. Calcium bentonite clay is highly charged with negative ions and attracts positive ions when hydrated. The clay molecules then begin attracting free radicals, impurities and other toxins, which are then passed out of the body.
Watch these videos for more information about drinking clay water.
Clay for External Use
There are many ways to use clay externally. Clay baths allow the adsorptive properties of the clay to go to work on the largest organ of the human body, the skin. This organ is a permeable membrane, constantly taking in new substances and expelling wastes. The drawing power of Earth’s Natural's calcium bentonite green clay naturally pulls heavy metals and other positively charged toxins out through the pores of the skin in a safe and gentle manner.
The high mineral content and vitalizing properties of the clay also make it an amazing cosmetic tool, which leave the skin looking and feeling amazing after a bath. Often, the skin will be red after a bath, which is normal. This indicates that the clay has aided the body in increasing circulation at the surface of the skin, hence the redness.
A typical clay bath for an adult is drawn by adding 8 ounces of Earth’s Natural’s calcium bentonite green clay under the faucet as the tub fills. Bathing can take 20 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on the individual. Clay baths can be very effective for children including those with autism, as well. Read more about clay baths for children here.
Foods that Support a Healthier More Active Lifestyle
The first trip to the gym or jog around the block can be particularly tough on your joints and muscles. The slower pace and colder weather of winter often lead to more time spent indoors sitting around. The sudden influx of activity can cause muscle pain, and inflammation. Give yourself the best chance of sticking with your healthier lifestyle resolution by fueling your body with foods that support physical activity.
- Munching on a bit of candied ginger can reduce muscle pain by up to 25% overnight according to an article in First for Women magazine. It has anti-inflammatory compounds that can help you overcome winter muscle fatigue.
- Opting for a whole grain like quinoa instead of white rice or pasta can help you combat excess belly fat. According to Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, this high-protein grain can curb the body’s output of the fat-storing hormone insulin. In fact, the switch from refined carbs to whole grains has been known to help women shed twice as much subcutaneous fat. With less fat to carry around, you’ll have more energy to get out and be active.
- Delicious, snackable walnuts not only boost your energy levels, they can also breakdown fat. A research study in Canada found that eating a 1/4 cup of walnuts daily can boost belly fat breakdown by 62%. Furthermore, the way in which these nuts use the fat is converting it into fuel which should give you more energy for your trip to the gym.
- Asparagus is a nutritious spring vegetable that supports healthy liver function. According to Stanford University researchers, the plant compounds in asparagus activate detoxifying liver enzymes. These compounds assist the liver in breaking down stored fat and eliminating metabolism-slowing toxins by 30%.
Whether your motivation is sticking to a New Year’s resolution or opting for a change to a more active, healthy life, detoxing the body and eating right can make a big difference. Detoxing your gut and incorporating foods like whole grains and fat fighting veggies, can boost your likelihood of sticking with your new, healthier lifestyle for the long term.