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Clinical nutritionist Suzie Sawyer shares her top tips for a Spring cleanse
Spring is the perfect time to give your home a thorough clean and de-clutter and also to deep cleanse your body.
Recurrent headaches, greater sensitivity to alcohol, bad breath and bloating, excessive mucus, dark circles under the eyes or a sluggish metabolism are all signs that your diet could do with a bit of an overhaul.
Here clinical nutritionist Suzie Sawyer sets out her top tips for looking and feeling fabulous from the inside out…
Cut out sugar .The liver, the body’s main organ of detoxification, can get overloaded from life and too much sugar! Avoid all cakes, pastries, biscuits, fizzy drinks and alcohol. Even after one week, you’ll feel so much better.
Beat the bloat. Fibre-rich rich foods such as beans, brown rice, quinoa, fresh vegetables, lentils, oats and rye all encourage the bowels to keep moving, eliminate waste better and spring clean your digestive tract. Plus, they’ll help deal with bloating caused by sluggish bowels.
Enjoy dandelion coffee. The liver loves dandelion because it aids detoxification. Dandelion coffee or tea, available in health food stores, can also aid weight loss because of its diuretic action.
Alkalise your body. It naturally prefers being more alkaline than acid. Try to include beetroot, avocado, carrots, spinach, beans, root vegetables and berry fruits in your diet as much as possible.
Flush your body. Drink at least 1 ½ litres of filtered water daily. Why not add some liver-loving fresh lemon or ginger root? Your bowels and skin will love it.
Choose the herbal remedy – Barley Grass (Hordeum vulgare). A nutritional source of chlorophyll (a great internal body cleanser), barley grass is used to boost energy and immunity as well as alkalising the body. It also contains a wealth of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which can banish sluggish feelings and encourage rejuvenation. Great for supporting the demands of daily life. Try Nature’s Way Barley Grass capsules.
Suzie Sawyer is a clinical nutritionist with more than 15 years’ experience in the natural healthcare arena. From working in a private clinic in Harley Street, to managing a team of nutritionists in one of the UK’s leading food supplement manufacturers, Suzie is passionate about the topic of nutrition and keeps a very keen eye on latest research.
Suzie is able to combine early marketing and PR experience with her technical knowledge, writing for numerous health magazines and consumer journals, providing expert comment, whilst consulting on regulatory issues within the food supplement industry. Indeed, Suzie is the UK formulator for a number of well-known food supplement brands. She also enjoys delivering inspirational and motivational seminars in the workplace, including 10 Downing Street, encouraging positive change and lasting results. Suzie has worked as a Guest Presenter on QVC television and is a member of the Guild of Health Writers.