1. Probiotics. So, without getting too gross here, the average person has 7 to 25 pounds of hardened feces stuck in their intestines. I could go on about how disgusting this gets, but long story short, you cannot attain maximum health before all of the old, hardened waste within your body has been dissolved and released. There is a process that occurs when this cesspool of rotting matter stays in your body, it’s called autointoxication. This is when the body poisons itself by releasing the toxins in the bowel into the blood stream, which then travel to all parts of the body. This weakens virtually every system in the body, and can be a causative factor for nearly any disease. A probiotic (ideally L. acidophilus or L. bifidus) will supply the large intestine with healthy bacteria, and inhibit the growth of toxic bacteria. Take between meals. Garlic also has natural anti-biotic properties that kill that bad and keep the good.
2. Eat your greens. I’m probably getting repetitive with this, but seriously. Eat them. Rich leafy greens like bok choy, kale and spinach, are chock full of great antioxidant properties, vitamins and minerals. The food-based vitamin C and beta-carotene are awesome for preventing free radical damage in the colon cells. Not to mention that greens are a great source of fibre. The phytonutrients (plant nutrients) help to keep your skin looking great and gives you an energy boost. Try steaming them lightly with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Or if you’re lazy just buy a powder/liquid and take it daily.
3. While you’re shuffling around in slippers and your ex-boyfriends oversized sweater (because who really cares if you wipe that sleeve on your runny nose), make yourself a cup of tea. Not just because it’s cold out, but because tea is a great source of polyphenols. Polyphenols are type of antioxidant that clean up free radicals, which damage your DNA and can put aging on fast forward. Try a cup of loose-leaf green tea, or sprinkle some matcha green tea powder on some organic yogurt for a one-two punch of antioxidants and probiotics!