Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Moving through the Detox

There are many things that we will encounter in life that will shift our body into what is known as a healing crisis, or a detox.   Often times when we incorporate new, healthy habits into our lifestyle, such as a change in diet, increased physical activity or new herbs or supplements, and our body must cleanse out the toxins in order to function with a renewed life force.

A healing crisis may include a variety of symptoms, and this is completely normal as our body begins to heal, and especially if your new lifestyle includes changing your diet, exercising or eliminating addictive behaviors.  This may manifest in symptoms similar to a head cold, the flu and may include increased frequency and loose stool, increased urination, a rash, mucus, fatigue, agitation or other uncomfortable signs.  The best way to combat detox is to help move it through.   Below are a few suggestions to move through the detox now and avoid one in the future.

1. Biannual Cleanse

A great way to avoid a healing crisis in the future is to implement a biannual cleanse. one in both spring and a fall is an amazing gift to your body.  There are so many options for this, including a juice fast, raw food challenge, sugar detox, liver flush or Ayurvedic, kitchari cleanse.  Whichever one resonates with you is a great way to give your body a pause from the constant bombardment of food and give our system a chance to rest, process what is in our body and cleanse it from our system.


2. Detox agents

There are many foods that help to detox our bodies on a everyday basis a few are:

Cilantro for heavy metals, including mercury. Cilantro releases deposits of neurotoxins. Just be sure to also use a binder, such as clay, to attach onto these toxins and pull them out of the body.

Vitamin C rich foods help remove waste and repair damaged tissue.

Drinking half of your body weight in water flushes toxins from your cells and out of your body.

Green smoothies not only provide fiber for flushing the system, but activate your body to cleanse.

White onions, garlic and dandelions detox the liver.

Beets aid in flushing out toxins while also cleansing the liver.

The pectin in apples help remove food additives and metals.


3. Drink Plenty of Pure

Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces in water everyday to flush waste from your cells.

Lemon water stimulates your lymphatic system, aids digestion and promotes health liver function, all necessary for detoxing your body.


4. Skin scrub

It is often easy to forget that our skin is our largest organ.  Do you know that it is a major source of detoxing out toxins when our liver is overloaded?  When we have skin imperfections, rashes, acne, etc, it is another form of detoxification.  The first step is lightening the load on our liver, doing a liver cleanse, making sure we focus on healthy fats, eating liver supporting foods, so less detox happens through the skin. It is estimated that we lose, on average 1 pound of waste through our skin every day.  By exfoliating our entire body through a dry skin brushing or salt scrub, you are ridding the body of the dead skin cells, and making way for an easier flow of your waste.  The scrub also aids in stimulating your lymphatic system aiding in drainage, tightens skin and stimulates hormones.  (


5. Go for a walk!

Walk or find another form of cardio exercise that you love.  Exercise, boosts your immune system and stimulates your lymphatic system.  Exercise aids your body in delivering oxygen and nutrients, increasing energy and making it difficult for bacteria and viruses to survive.


6. Supporting your Lymphatic System

Did you know that you have 3 times as much lymph fluid as blood?  Did you also know that while we have the heart to circulate our blood, we have no specific muscle dedicated to move this fluid.  The lymph system cleans and clears our body of waste and debris and the major source of moving and cleaning this fluid is through our movement.  Cardio exercise, walking, yoga, lymph massage, skin brushing, these are ways that we move this fluid and are able to clear the toxins out of our body through sweat, urine, respiratory and elimination.


7. Coffee Enema

This is one of those things that no one likes to hear, but I will tell you first hand, it is a miracle worker.  The coffee stimulates your liver to release toxins and flush them out.  Here is a great video on how and why.  Coffee Enema How-To

8. Self Care

Finally, self care is imperative for keeping your system strong and healthy and aiding your body in detoxification.  Rest, pampering and meditation can do wonders to keeping your system optimal.

By supporting your detox in this way, it will help your body to move any toxins that your body has stored over the years, out of your cells, out of your blood, and most importantly out of your body.


By supporting your detox in this way, it will help your body to move any toxins that your body has stored over the years, out of your cells, out of your blood, and most importantly out of your body.


What will do you to take care of yourself? Comment Below!

"Like" Imagine Health on Facebook!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Almond Butter Bliss

We had a long day around the house today, and a super special treat was definitely needed!
My oldest daughter hopped in the kitchen with me and helped me create these amazing delights!
PS Notice the baby fingers photo bombing, trying to steal my almond butter cups!

Raw, Organic, Almond Butter Bliss
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Raw Vegan
Author: Gina Law, CHHC

  • For the Filling:
  • 1 C Almonds
  • 1/4C Melted Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Sweetener of choice (If you are using stevia, about 5 drops should work well, but start at 3 and add a drop or two at a time, tasting as you go so you don't get that "stevia flavor"
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
For the Chocolate:
  • 1/2C melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/2C melted Cacao Paste
  • 7 drops clear liquid stevia
  • dash salt
  1. Food process the almonds until they become smooth and creamy.
  2. Then add the rest of the filling ingredients and process until combined.
  3. Pour into a bowl and let harden a bit in the freezer while you are preparing the chocolate.
  4. Mix all of the Chocolate ingredients in a warm pan.
  5. Depending on size of your mold (Mine are fairly small), pour a 1/4 tsp of chocolate into each of the molds, and then place the molds into the freezer until chocolate is slightly firm, you can take it out periodically and swirl the chocolate around in the mold to let it harden in the sides in order to cover the entire cup in chocolate.
  6. Once firm, place about 1 tsp of the almond butter mixture into each mold. Flatten just below the top of the mold. Then pour chocolate into the mold to fill each one.
  7. Place back in freezer until hard.
  8. Store in the refrigerator. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Stepping Outside

Do not fear stepping outside of the ruins to reach for the infinite.
It's easy to get stuck in the vortex of my story.
Often that story is defined with not enough time, not enough money, not enough energy.
My infinite is calling in that abundance mindset.
Lots of happy family time, abundant finances to provide the family with optimal nourishment for body, mind and soul, and a vibrance filled with ultimate joy, love and health.
Stepping outside my walls of scarcity and into the abundance.
What are the walls that are holding you back?

Would you please take a moment and "like" Imagine Health on Facebook?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Cleaning

 A peaceful spring intention walk.
As my son just informed me, spring has officially been here for four hours.  And yes, they've actually been as glorious as I was hoping for.  It is just about 5 o'clock, the sun is shining, fluffy white clouds are scattered in the sky and it is 53 degrees out.  We spent a wonderful day with friends exploring at a labyrinth, setting intentions and releasing them into the new season.

Spring is a time for detox and cleansing.  Are you feeling it yet?  I'm itching to purge the house, scrub the floors, drink green juice, dive into a cleanse.

I'm sure that you've noticed that an influx on sickness happens in the spring and in the fall.  These are the seasons that encourage our bodies to release toxins.  While our immune system is busy working to release the junk in our bodies, it manifests in the colds that we tend to associate with this time of the year. If we do a bit of work to aid in the detoxification, do a cleanse, bring more alkalinizing food into our diet, drink green juice, exercise, rest, up our water intake, we cut back on the time that our body needs to detox and repair through inflammation, runny noses, diarrhea, and vomiting. Think about it, these are all ways to get the nastiness out. What are you willing to do to help your body spring clean?  Head on over to my Facebook page and let me know what you are committing to do for your body this spring.

 Our Spring Offerings at the labyrinth.
This afternoon I needed a power boost, I knew protein, spirulina and maca were my combo.  I've strayed away quite a bitfrom using much for sweeteners in my smoothies. Sometimes, however, you just have to do it.  I'm having a hard time adding spirulina back into my diet, I know it is so good for me, high in digestible protein, and so many micronutrients and great for the spring detox, so I cheated a bit, but got a full tablespoon down with the love of some local honey and a banana.  Surprisingly, it was really enjoyable, so I thought I'd share.  Let me know what you think.

Green Banana
Recipe Type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Raw Food
Author: Gina Law

Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1

  • 2 C of Your Favorite Milk (I love almond~coconut)
  • 1 Tbsp Maca
  • 1/2 - 1 Tbsp Spirulina
  • 1 Scoop of your favorite protein powder
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 Capsules Alphay's Medicinal Mushroom Balance Formula.
  1. Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  2. And Enjoy
 Like us on Facebook!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I *heart* Mushrooms

I had a funny thing happen to me yesterday.  I handed samples of my new favorites, reishi coffee and tea, to friends of ours, not to be sales-y, but just because I honestly wanted to share, which I love to do with anything that I am passionate about.  Now, for anyone who knows me, I have been a lover of mushrooms for some time now, and have been deepening my knowledge more recently. Well, apparently, lack of sleep and moving myself and 4 children out of a timeshare that we exploded into for a week, had me a bit  discombobulated, so when she asked me what it was good for I drew a complete blank.  As I walked away, the myriad of reasons that I love mushrooms and consume them daily came flooding back. If you would let me,  I would love to share them with you.
Just off of the top of my head...

Why I Love Mushrooms

1. Mushrooms are awesome for your immune system.  Whether your immune system is low or you have an autoimmune disease, mushrooms will support you.

2. Mushrooms are classified as adaptogens, recharging your adrenals, helping your body handle stress, remain in a calmer state, and use your energy for more productive purposes.

3. Mushrooms protect against radiation from cell phones, computers, the summertime sun, and other environmental forms of radiation.

4. Mushrooms inhibit blood vessel growth into fat and cancer cells, preventing our bodies from feeding them and enabling their growth.

5. Mushrooms work to clean toxins. In fact, I've heard that you could literally grow mushrooms on toxic waste and not only will they clean the toxins, but they are safe to eat afterwards!

6. Medicinal mushrooms are an excellent source of antioxidants.

7. Medicinal Mushrooms are anti-inflammatory.

8. Mushrooms are a great source of micronutrients.

9. Mushrooms grow in a network.  When you are taking mushrooms, you undoubtably feel more linked in to the universe. (Laugh if you will, but try it out and see for yourself!)

10. Medicinal Mushrooms are incredible for the whole family.

Please contact me if you would like to chat more about the power of mushrooms, and join in on our "Fungi For Forty" Experiment!  There is no time like the present to take control of your health!

"Like" Imagine Health on Facebook!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Taste the Rainbow

 We are beginning the ascension in to the time of the year that our bodies are slowly beginning  to crave raw and detoxing foods once again.  We feel our bodies asking less for refined foods and carbs and more for greens, and fresh veggies.
We know that "eating a rainbow" and dark leafy greens is all good for us in theory, but WHY?
You are creating an alkaline environment within your body when you eat a diet rich in whole foods, heavy on greens and other vegetables. Processed foods, refined sugars, meat and flours are all very acid in our system, creating a perfect environment for bacteria, yeast, candida and viruses to thrive. Alkaline minerals in our bodies neutralize acidic conditions caused by the environment. Dark green, leafy vegetables help to replenish our alkaline mineral stores and filter out pollutants. An alkaline diet should have adequate protein in it to make the kidneys functional. Without good kidney functionality, acids pile up in the system, even if every ingredient in the diet is alkalizing, because some acid is always produced and that acid needs to be excreted by the kidneys. If there is inadequate dietary protein, the kidneys cannot function to excrete acids.  Viruses can actually change and mutate to escape our immune defenses when we don't have adequate levels of antioxidants and phyto-nutrients in our tissue. They mutate and damage our body because we are immuno-deficient.
Micronutrients are essential in keeping the immune system strong. When our antioxidants and micronutrients are low, viruses can actually mutate to escape the defenses of our immune system.  Phytonutrients (phyto~plant), minerals, vitamins are all micronutrients. Vegetables and fruit come in all different colors, each offering us different micronutrients.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman asks, "What nutrient is the most dangerous to be low in?" The answer?  The one you are low in!
You need to have an adequate level of all nutrients for a healthy immune system. To maximize immune function, eat a variety of greens and other veggies in a rainbow of colors. Learning to incorporate dark leafy greens into the diet is essential to establishing a healthy body and immune system. Greens help build your internal rainforest and strengthen the blood and respiratory system. When you nourish yourself with greens and other veggies, you may naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick.
Do yourself a favor.  Listen to those cravings coming in as the weather warms.  Eat a rainbow every day!

"Like" Imagine Health on Facebook!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

I *Heart* Winter Markets

This morning I was able to sneak away all by myself (which is a huge blessing for a stay at home, mama of four!)  I went to one of my favorite places.  The farmers market.
Yes, I live in New England.  Yes, it was snowing.
Yes, I said Farmers Market.
Are you aware that there are multiple winter markets available in New England? Several in Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut alone. I love the market.  I love it in the sun kissed, abundant days of summer, and I love it in the inward, peaceful days of winter.  Today I went to a great market, a short distance from my home, in the town of Stonington, CT.  It is located in a beautiful, reclaimed mill, The Velvet Mill.  It was loaded with venders, selling a much wider variety of items then you might guess in the North East in December. Apples, tomatoes, potatoes, leeks and preserves, cheeses and eggs, hand made soaps, one of a kind clothing, hand carved kitchen adornments, and prepared food (even a gluten free table!) to warm the belly while you visit.  The thing about visiting the farmer's market versus your local super market is that you are doing more than picking up your groceries.  You are fulfilling a much bigger part of your health than your nutritional needs.  Yes, you are avoiding processed foods (a huge bonus).  Yes, you are supporting the local economy (Yay!). But there are many facets to good health.  One of these is cultivating a healthy community.  To surround yourself with joy and healthy, friendly faces.  Going to the farmer's market, I will fill my bag with great produce, beautiful hand made gifts and so much warmth and love.  With winter being a time to turn inward, taking the time to chat with your local farmers and artisans and running into friends and family adds so much light to these dark days of winter.
Your assignment this week is to find a market nearby and make the time to visit it.  Instead of running to a local box store for those last minute Christmas gifts, why not pick up something truly special and unique, something functional and beautiful.
Here are some local favorites:

Stonington, CT

South Kingstown, RI

North Kingstown, RI

Pawtucket, RI

Find Your local market Here at Farm Fresh