© Kat Morgenstern, February 2006
Winter lingers on and so do all the accumulated residues of winter sins, the result of heavy foods and not enough exercise. Are you feeling sluggish and tired and just not quite yourself? Nothing a little break at some lush and sunny tropical destination couldn't fix, but for those who perhaps don't have the time or the budget to travel luckily there are some relatively cheap and easy alternatives.
What the body really needs is a little stimulation for the metabolism, an inner cleansing that can clear out those residues, and one of the best potions to accomplish the task is Apple Cidre Vinegar.
Apple Cidre Vinegar is rich in minerals and especially potassium. It is singularly beneficial for flushing out uric acid crystals, the most prevalent metabolic waste substances with a tendency to accumulate in the joints. 2 tsp of ACV with 2tsp of honey dissolved in a glass of water every morning works wonders for the entire system.
Another great energizer, full of amino acids and immune system stimulating properties is Spirulina, a blue green algae. This comes as powder or in pill form, which is a little more expensive, but easier to take. The powder can be stirred into juice, or filled into empty capsules. This is a great tonic, especially for those who are in very stressful situations and need an overall boost.
Birch, Dandelion, Daisy, Nettles, Clivers are all excellent cleansing herbs that help the body to get rid of metabolic wastes, which if not eliminated regularly, in the long run can lead to chronic 'civilization' diseases.
Fresh pressed juices and lots of salads are the best ways of feeding the body a nutrient rich diet. As the early spring herbs are beginning to emerge it is certainly worth including some in those salads and juices - herbs such as Dandelion, Water cress or Chickweed make for an interesting and healthful variation to the usual diet.
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