Autism Today and YOU
So, what does it mean to live in a world full of mystery and wonder, while being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Welcome to my world. A world that I like to call "Auttie World." Because, living in this world, everything around you (air, water, food, social interaction, etc.), become a daily lesson. As a Certified Health Coach (Holistic/Alternative), I would like to provide some simple Daily Living Survival Tips for those of whom have loved ones on the Spectrum of Autism or is diagnosed with having Sensory Disorders.
Let's start with a daily living guide AND a Natural Medicine Box. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs to start educating yourself on the best ways to stay healthy.
Next, use these simple SUGGESTIONS to discern if they really would work for you and your loved ones.
Finally, let's ask a couple of quick questions. Have you EVER wondered why you feel miserable after eating certain foods? Have you consumed too much processed white sugar? Maybe, you are a religious pork, steak, or whatever you can get your mouth on. Well, you aren’t alone. I don’t want you to focus on feeling guilty or ashamed. Probably, many of those daily habits went hand in hand with some long hours at work or visiting with family. Instead, let’s focus on getting back into eating healthier, and jump starting the new YOU with LIVING FOODS that will help your body cleanse and detoxify itself in a very short amount of time. I discovered that if you support your MAIN FILTER, the LIVER, this organ will totally DETOX your WHOLE BODY and many of these foods will get the ball rolling.
The most important ingredient in any detoxifying routine is to add lots and lots of water to your diet. In fact, there should never be a point during your waking hours that you do not have access to water. Of course, having water nearby is only part of the equation. You must, of course, actually drink it. If you are actively detoxifying your body, you may want to drink up to gallon of water each day. The exact amount depends on your body weight, and the amount of liquid you are used to consuming during the day. As well the type of water you drink. Make sure it is filtered and has a high PH.
Your liver, gallbladder, and colon all benefit from the consumption of lemon juice. First, lemon juice causes your body to increase its production of digestive juices. The result of this is more flushing of toxins through your colon. In addition to increasing the production of digestive juices, the chemical makeup of lemon juice mimics many of those juices as well. Other detoxifying properties of lemons include liver and gall bladder cleansing, aiding in upper respiratory issues, and flushing toxins out of the pores. As an additional benefit, lemons can make water much more palatable. Just make sure it is ORGANIC.
3. BRUSSELS SPROUTS
One of the best things you can do to detoxify your body is to eat foods that support the functions of the organs that ‘carry out the trash.’ These are specifically the skin, the kidneys, and the liver. Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous veggies such as cauliflower contain lots of fiber. This keeps your colon working efficiently and effectively. The result is that your liver has to do less work, because your body is eliminating more toxins via the colon. If you think boiled or steamed brussels sprouts are bitter, try them roasted or grated raw into salads.
Oats are full of fiber and function as a diuretic. This gives you the double benefit of having toxins flushed through both your kidneys and colon. In addition to this, oatmeal also contains the type of fiber that helps to reduce cholesterol and plaque coating your arteries. Don’t worry if oatmeal isn’t your idea of a fun meal or snack. Oats can be blended into smoothies, ground into flour for pancakes, and even eaten stirred into yogurt. Just make sure it is steel cut oatmeal.
Lentils are a great addition to any detox diet. First, they are an excellent source of vegetable protein. This keeps you feeling full without the fat, calories, and toxins found in many meat sources. They also help regulate your glycemic index. This protects you from the negative impacts of fluctuating blood sugar levels. If all of this isn’t enough to convince you that lentils belong in your diet, consider these two points. Lentils are one of the most inexpensive foods there are. It literally costs pennies per serving to eat them. These tiny little legumes are also a great focal ingredient for many soups and stews. This means that, not only will you enjoy the benefits of lentils, you’ll also be increasing your daily fluid intake without even trying.
Artichokes are delicious and versatile. More exciting still, they are a detoxifying powerhouse. First, artichokes make your liver run more efficiently. This results in more bile production. More bile production means that the foods you eat are broken down more efficiently, improving nutrition absorption as a result. Finally, the fiber in artichokes helps your colon to function better. You may be tempted to enjoy artichokes in fried form, or dipped in rich aioli. However, since you’ve already battered your organs enough with fat over the holidays, you may want to stick with steamed, grilled, or baked versions of the veggie.
Dandelion greens are an old secret that has become new again. If you have grandparents who grew up in the rural south or rural Midwest, there is a good chance that dandelion greens joined collard, turnip, and mustard greens in their menu rotation while they were growing up. What your grandparents probably understood back then was that these greens were cheap, if not free, plentiful, and delicious when prepared the right way. What we know now is that dandelions are a great food for boosting liver function and eliminating toxins from your body. You may not be able to find dandelion greens at your local chain grocery store. However, you may be able to find them at a health food store or buy them online. If you decide to forage the plant yourself, be sure to stay away from any areas that get sprayed with chemical fertilizers or bug sprays. If you have never eaten dandelions, treat them like you would another bitter green such as rocket.
8. GREEN TEA
Green tea is full of antioxidants that help your body fight off damaging free radicals. These are elements that cause the kind of damage to your cells that results in premature aging and cancer. Antioxidants are essentially the warriors that seek out and destroy free radicals. Many people are so happy with the health benefits they gain from drinking green tea that they consume several cups a day. If you want to add more power to the cleansing abilities of water and lemon juice, throw in a bag of Oriental Green Tea, or some Matcha Tea Powder.
Yes, seaweed! This flavorful ingredient that is used to encase your favorite sushi roll has some amazing nutritional benefits. However, if you really want the best cleansing benefits from seaweed, skip the sushi rolls and the little roasted seaweed snacks and go for kelp. You can use this to make salads, dried and sprinkled on soups and other dishes, or encapsulated in pill form. It is low calorie, good for your body, and extremely dense in phytonutrients.
Many people do not realize that a simple spice can help them detox their bodies. Most people drink turmeric in teas, or they enjoy eating the spice in a variety of Indian dishes. If you aren’t completely familiar with the ingredient, Turmeric is the spice that gives many Indian and other eastern dishes a decidedly yellow color. When it comes to cleansing, turmeric specifically benefits the liver. Some health practitioners are so confident in the benefits of Turmeric that they believe you can detoxify solely by drinking water and adding more Turmeric into your diet. Just keep in mind it has to be the Organic version and not the commercial brand. You want to stay away from radiated versions.
Hippocrates was right when he advised, ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food".
Why not try and be a Vegan or Vegetarian? Some like it...some don't. YOU DECIDE! It surely will not hurt matters by eating more healthy and regaining more energy. Because, your body takes up a great deal of energy to digest your food.
If you want to read up on why to become a Vegetarian, take a look at this: David Wolfe Link
If you want to learn more about Holistic Medicine, take a look at this: Dr. Joseph Mercola
Let's all not forget to stay away from sugar. Why? Read about it in this link, and you will see...SUGAR
God Bless you and yours.
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