Remove Toxins From The Body

health benefits of magnesiumRecently I had a wonderful visit with my youngest daughter in Adelaide. Every night after story time she said to her boys, seven and five, `Mum will get your lemonade’. At first I was surprised because I knew they didn’t have any lemonade in their home. The answer?

She was giving them Magnesium – a nightly ritual in their home. I absolutely loved seeing my daughter do this for her boys!

has so many wonderful benefits. This is something my husband and I have done every day for years, usually at night, and I would encourage everyone to start their own nightly Magnesium ritual. For best results I recommend sourcing powdered magnesium for quicker digestion and better utilisation throughout your body.

According to the National Academy of Sciences, America is undergoing a Magnesium deficiency and we are no different here in Australia. Magnesium deficiency is increasing rates of heart disease, stroke, obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis, joint pain, digestive problems, stress-related illnesses, and chronic fatigue. The importance of Magnesium to our bodies is huge – it is the second most abundant element in human cells and is accountable for over 325 enzymes. It helps to…

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve blood flow
  • Boost oxygenation

Magnesium is even more crucial for sports enthusiasts because it supports muscle and nerve function. Magnesium is known as an excellent de-stressing mineral levelling out excess adrenalin and helping to produce a calming serotonin.

epsom salts magnesium sulfateSomething else I truly love to do is add Magnesium to my bath water. Commonly called Epsom Salt, Magnesium Sulfate gives you a combination of Magnesium and Sulfate. These two minerals work together in a process called reverse osmosis to remove toxins from the body and build key protein molecules in your tissues and joints. The skin is a highly porous membrane, and an Epsom Salt bath gives you a double health benefit – first drawing out the toxins, and then helping the skin absorb the Magnesium and Sulfate. Sulfates are necessary for healthy skin, brain, joints and nerve tissue and help activate the pancreas by triggering the release of digestive enzymes.

How To Take an Epsom Salt Bath

how to take an epsom salt bathExperts advise that you need about 40 minutes to get the true benefits from an Epsom Salt bath. Run a warm bath, and try to use water that is filtered (non-filtered water is full of fluoride, dioxins, and heavy metals that can counteract the detoxifying benefits of Epsom Salt). The first 20 minutes are for pulling out the toxins, and the second 20 minutes are to let the Magnesium and Sulfate soak into your skin. Light some candles going and make the most of this time for you. Enjoy!!

Try it for yourself – the benefits are wonderful!

Yours in good health,
Judy and Team

Five Ways To Give Your Liver Some Loving

At this time of year, many of us are feeling the effects of overindulgence and the idea of “detoxing” and “cleansing” becomes very appealing! While it’s essential for your health, energy and appearance to regularly give your liver a break, you don’t have to launch into a strict juice diet or harsh regime to do so. Once you’ve eased back or eliminated alcohol and “festive foods”, loving your liver is a year-round habit.

Here is my five-step approach to constant detoxing for optimal health:

Step 1: Limit your exposure to toxins

eat organic foodsChoose organic and non-genetically modified foods. Wash all your fruit and vegetables to remove residual pesticides and other pathogens. I have used Enviro Wash now for some years. Filter your drinking water. Get plastic containers and non-stick cookware out of your kitchen as the chemicals from these can leach into your food. Stop using your microwave. Choose organic or natural, non-toxic products for your skin care. Avoid unnecessary pharmaceuticals drugs.

Step 2: Support your pathways of elimination

drink-more-waterMake sure you’re getting enough fibre (plenty of fruit and vegetables, small amounts of wholegrains) to ensure that waste moves through your intestines efficiently, and increase your intake of water. A good rule of thumb is to consume at least half your body weight in fluid ounces of filtered water every day.

Step 3: Stay active

stay active to detox liverMany toxins are carried to the lungs to be eliminated in respiration. In addition, any type of sweating facilitates the release of toxins through the skin. For these reasons, regular exercise is essential – I suggest vigorous bursts of 12 to 18 minutes after warming up to expand the lungs. Non-active sweating in a sauna or steam bath can also be beneficial. A body scrub with loofa, body brush or similar twice a week helps the elimination process via the skin.

Step 4: Consume detox-promoting foods

detox foodsMany phytonutrients, found in plants, beans, nuts, wholegrains and seeds, enhance the operation of the body’s natural detoxification systems. It’s also important to eat enough protein as the liver uses protein to obtain the amino acids it needs to synthesise the master antioxidant compound, glutathione.

Step 5: My gentle approach to detoxing

liver detoxBreakthrough research suggests that certain natural compounds can help support your body’s natural ability to detoxify. For example, glutathione and milk thistle extract work together to support healthy, complete detoxification and optimal liver function. These two are my favourites, but there are several others that work great too! Dr Sandra Cabot has some great liver tonics, including LivaTone Classic in a capsule or powder. I find a one-to-two month block of time works well, rather than trying to rush detoxification in a few days.


Are you feeling the need to detox after the holidays? What is your typical regime?

Here’s to better health and living!
Judy & LCA team