Vegetables – continued
Chlorophyll: is the green pigment in all plant foods [especially green leafy plants like kale, collards, parsley, etc.]. It’s needed for photosynthesis. It helps detoxify the blood and body; helps red blood cell production; strengthens the immune system; decreases inflammation and pain; improves the skin; and promotes better bowel function.
Steam vegetables just long enough, so they keep their bright color and a little crispness.
Boil vegetables for short time until cooked. Don’t boil them to death, or drown them in fat or oil.
Raw vegetables are very healing and energizing. Their vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, and enzymes have not been damaged or destroyed by cooking. Some ‘raw’ foods are cooked, but not above 118 degrees [F], so their nutrients are not damaged.
Not all vegetables can be eaten raw. Some must be cooked [like potatoes etc.]. I usually buy bags of frozen organic vegetables [like peas, corn, broccoli, etc.]. Then I thaw, rinse, drain, season, and eat them. Or put them in boiled water [heat is off] for 2-3 minutes, then drain, season, and eat.
A few of the foods that help the body detox: apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, dates, figs, raisins, prunes, ground flax-seed meal [put in water, in cereals, in salads, etc.], aloe vera juice, wheat bran, oats, beets, celery, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, cabbage, potatoes, greens [kale, collards, turnip, etc.], and much more.
3rd Detox Method: Epsom Salt Scrub
Rubbing Epsom Salt on warmed, wet, skin helps pull toxins from the body through the skin’s open pores; it strengthens the body and its ability to fight germs; it improves slow circulation; removes dead skin, and more.
How To Do It?
-Into a basin put 2 pounds of Epsom Salt.
-Add enough cold water to the salt to make it slightly slushy, but not watery.
-Put basin close to the shower, where you can easily reach it.
-In the shower, run very warm water over your entire body – to open skin pores.
-Let the very warm water cover your feet, then plug the tub, so feet stay in warm water through the scrub.
-Then while standing or sitting on tub bench, take handfuls of wet salt and rub each body part, front and back – including your face. *If skin has sores or is sensitive, go around the sores and rub gently.
-When done, unplug tub, shower or bathe to wash off salt, then dry off, rubbing briskly.
MS TIP: This scrub, followed by a cool shower, makes me feel great!
4th Detox Method: Alternating Hot and Cold Showers [or baths]
Alternating of hot and cold water, hitting the skin, increases circulation, energizes and strengthens the body, the mind, and the immune system; relaxes the muscles, and much more. This shower puts the immune system into ‘high gear’ to heal, clean out toxins, repair damaged areas, and fight enemy intruders. After this shower, lay down or sit down and be quiet [no phone, electronics, reading, etc.]. This lets the body use as much energy as possible for healing.
How to do it?
-Sit on a tub bench or stand in the shower.
-Begin with as warm water as you can tolerate without stinging or burning. Let water hit all parts of the body.
-Stay there for 1 – 3 minutes, then quickly turn to the coolest water you can tolerate. Stay there for 15 to 30 seconds.
-Repeat this hot then cold exchange 2 more times, and always finish with cold water. Then get out tub, pat dry, and go sit or lie down for at least 30 minutes.
MS Tip: I usually do this shower before bed and it makes me fall asleep quickly, with few or no muscle spasms. The next day I wake up feeling great!
I’m so sorry that this Post is late, but hope this material helps you. Let me know if you have any questions. See you next time.
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