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Categories Advice, Anxiety, Diet, meal palnning, Preventing Illness, Tips

A Healthy Diet to Beat Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety. In fact, being unable to do so can be a sign of a serious psychological problem. In our hazardous world, anxiety is a strategy the body uses to help the mind recognize danger and keep well out of its way.

As with most mental illnesses, it’s not the presence of anxiety alone that creates problems. It is more about how severe it is and how much it gets in one’s way of life or quality of living. Most people feel anxious at some time in their lives.

However, only about five per cent of people experience severe anxiety and rarely seek

professional help. Anxiety is a mixture of physical and mental symptoms. They are part of what psychologists call the “fight or flight” response.

When the body is under threat it automatically prepares either to defend itself or run.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, or remain focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope with the tasks and demands of everyday life. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can become a disabling disorder.

Fortunately, effective treatments for anxiety disorders are available, and research is yielding new and improved therapies that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive and fulfilling lives.

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However, studies have shown that having a healthy diet may reduce signs and symptoms of anxiety. Although food can’t cure an anxiety disorder, consider some diet changes and that would benefit a severely anxious person:

•Avoid or limit caffeine intake as much as possible.

Caffeine is present in many soft drinks, not just in tea and coffee and it can set up its own vicious cycle. It can speed up heart rate and disrupt sleep — which later on become prevailing signs of anxiety. Trying to overcome tiredness by drinking more caffeine only makes the long-term problem worse.

•Avoid too much alcohol.

Similarly, alcohol can worsen the symptoms of anxiety, and disrupt sleep. Many people reach for a drink to calm their nerves, but the consequences of overindulgence can outweigh the benefits of initial relaxation. For some, a hangover, insomnia, and dehydration make one feel worse than before one had a drink. In excessive amounts, alcohol can actually act as a depressant, making the drinker feel sluggish or more anxious.

Alcohol, like a simple sugar, is rapidly absorbed by the body. Like other sugars, alcohol increases hypoglycemia symptoms. It also causes mood swings.

•Eat complex carbohydrates,

also known as carbs. During anxious times, turn to comforting carbs. These foods act as a mild tranquilizer by increasing the amount of serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter in the brain. Complex carbs such as potatoes, wholewheat bread, and pasta take longer to

digest than sugary simple carbs like white bread.

That way, one can stay fuller longer and blood sugar is likely to stay steady, eliminating stress and anxiety.

•Be sure to drink eight or more glasses of water a day.

Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches and stress. One should be well-hydrated and drinking lots of water a day can decrease symptoms of anxiety.

•Take multivitamins and mineral supplements.

B vitamins, whose role is to unlock the energy in food, are crucial. Vitamin B-6 helps manufacture serotonin in the brain. Choose a daily supplement that supplies 100 per cent of the daily recommendation of all vitamins and minerals.

Although tension and daily stresses are unavoidable, one can relieve tension and manage stress and anxiety better by watching out for what one eats and what one does not eat. Remember that a healthy body and a healthy mind are often one and the same thing.

Categories Acupuncture, Advice, Sleep, Stress Management, Wellness

The Ancient Cure : Acupuncture

What Is Acupuncture?

Contrary to popular Western belief, acupuncture is not just a system for inserting very fine needles into specific body locations to alleviate pain. So, what is acupuncture, then?

From its inception in China more than 2,500 years ago. It has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health.

The traditional explanation for acupuncture’s effectiveness is that it modifies the flow of energy (known as qi or chi) throughout the body. In fact, much research in the West has focused on this pain-relieving effect, rather than acupuncture’s traditional role of balancing energy to address a wide range of disorders, and the more subtle mechanisms that may be responsible for its overall benefits to health.

How do we do acupuncture???

Understand the anatomy and physiology of the “acupuncture points,” the definition and characterization of these points remains controversial. Even more elusive is the scientific basis of some of the key traditional. Eastern medical concepts such as the circulation of Qi the meridian system. which are difficult to reconcile with contemporary biomedical information. But continue to play an important role in the evaluation of patients and the formulation of treatment in acupuncture.

We have lot of clients who comes here specifically for sessions. We treated patients with migraine, asthma,  back pain, neck pain, gastric ailments, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.

There will b a course of treatment and it differs from person to person, condition and severity of cases. In certain conditions, we use cupping method(dry) and electro acupuncture. This we decide after seeing and studying the case and condition.

The mechanism Is same only and the aim is to increase blood circulation, to stimulate the nerve endings of  the target tissue. There will be occasional dull ache at the point that then subsides.

Time duration of acupuncture is 5 to 30 min.

Categories Advice, Diet, Fitness, food, nutrition, Protein, skin, Wellness

6 skin benefits of fasting during Shravan

In case you are fasting and keeping your non-vegetarian diet aside, here are seven food items that will help you get a healthy glowing skin in the month of Shravan

If you think that fasting during Sharavan can turn your skin dull and dry, then you need to think again. This is because a vegan diet comprising of fruits, vegetables, health drinks and nuts, improves the digestive system, keeps you healthy and helps you attain a glowing skin. The fasting diet is equally rich in vitamins and minerals, fasting do have some skin benefits. These seven food items listed below will help you get a healthy glowing skin in the month of Shravan:

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1. Banana: Rich in vitamins, minerals, and potassium, the fruit nourishes and revitalises dry skin. Consumption of banana protects the skin against free radicals that cause pre-mature ageing. While it’s zinc content fights acne-causing bacteria and the vitamin C content promotes the production of collagen.

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2. Papaya: Rich in vitamin A and Papain enzyme, papaya helps to reduce pigmentation and promote rejuvenation. Also, it removes tan and controls acne breakout.

3. Pomegranate: Its antioxidant property builds up immunity and reduces tanning. Also, pomegranate has anti-ageing property that help rejuvenate the skin internally and externally. The delicious fruit if consumed during the fasting season, will keep the skin healthy and glowing.

4. Sweet potato: It contains vitamin A, C, D along with niacin, riboflavin and potassium. Sweet potato is a rich source of natural antioxidant that reduces pigmentation and signs of ageing. During Shravan, sweet potato can be eaten in boiled or mashed form. It can also be sauteed in olive oil and eaten for taste.

5. Sabudana: This is another rich source of carbohydrate, which is eaten universally during fasting period. Carbohydrates are rich source of energy and will keep you active throughout the day. Sabudana is eaten mostly in the form of khichdi, popularly known as ‘sabudana khichdi’. Mix milk and dry fruits in a sabudana recipe to increase its nutrition level. Sabudana along with milk and dry fruita contribute to a healthy skin.

6. Cold Milk: This is one of the most important drinks to have during Sharavan. Drinking milk increases the nutrition level of the diet and helps attain a healthy skin. Anytime you feel an acid formation in the stomach or heartburn coming on during the fasting period, have a glass of plain cold milk without additives or sugar. It can also be consumed as the main drink in the morning or evening.

Stay away from high calorie foods during fasting month as such food items can weaken the immune system and lead to a dull skin.

Categories Advice, Diet, food, meal palnning, nutrition, Oats Recipe, Protein

How many types of Oats are Available?

Types of Oats

Oats are one of the few whole grains you’ll find many varieties of on the grocery shelf, making them an extremely versatile ingredient. With such a wide selection available, choosing the right oat for your recipe might be a little challenging. Use this quick guide to the oats you’ll find at the store to make your decisions a little easier, and perhaps you’ll be tempted to give them each a try!

All-natural and delicious, oats – in all their forms – are a terrific way to add fiber, vitamins, minerals, and plant-protein to any diet. Here’s what to look for at the grocery store:

Steel cut oats

These are coarsely cut groats with a sharp steel blade. The nutritional profile & Glycemic Index of this kind remains the same as the whole groats. The cook time of this is slightly lesser than the whole groats as they are cut.

Whole oat groats

These are hulled oat kernels meaning the outermost layer that is inedible is removed from the whole grain oats. These are chewy and go great in salads, slow cooked stews and pilafs. The cooking time of oat groats is quite long as much as 50 to 60 mins apart from the soaking time. Not all oat varieties have low glycemic index, but these have the lowest Glycemic Index among their counter parts since these are least processed.

Scottish oatmeal

 

The whole groats are stone ground to coarse meal, great to make porridge and stews. Cooking time is about 15 to 20 mins.

Regular or Rolled oats

These are made similar to the Indian Poha. They are steamed and then rolled to flatten them. So they can be eaten as such without cooking. They also cook quite fast. It is always good to use these organic since we do not rinse them and are consumed directly.

Quick cook oatmeal

These are steamed for longer and pressed more to make them flakes than the previous kind. The nutritional profile of this kind is almost the same as the rolled variety. These have a high glycemic index and must be consumed in moderation. It is good to use these too organic.

If you are striving to prevent or manage diabetes, then the best kind is to use whole groats or steel cut oats and the next choice should be rolled variety. Quick cook or instant variety are more processed and is almost similar to any processed food and is good to avoid them.

Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, lower cholesterol levels, improved immunity, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes are some of the health benefits that come just with the consumption of 1 bowl of oatmeal regularly. But most of us may not prefer to eat a porridge regularly.

Categories Beverages, food

Beet & pineapple juice

Beet & pineapple juice

pretty juice made from beet and pineapple. Makes for a nourishing and delicious beverage that will whisk you away to paradise!. Vegan & Gluten Free.

Ingredients:

  1. 100 gms pineapple.
  2. 100 gms beetroot.
  3. Small piece of ginger.

Direction:

            Peel the skin of pineapple, ginger and beetroot slice into large pieces cut to fit into juicer run it and stir and serve.

Benefits:

  • Anti inflammatory juice.
  • Brilliant body cleanser.
  • Good for digestion and also relieves constipation.
  • Reduces pain of arthritis.

Notes:
Organic produce highly recommended; otherwise, if using conventional, give the produce a quick peel.
If you don’t have a juicer, you could instead blend up the mixture in a high-speed blender. Add water as necessary. Use a nut milk bag to strain the pulp.

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Categories Advice, Fitness, food, Health, summer, Wellness

Your Summer Holiday  Health & Diet Guide

Your Summer Holiday  Health & Diet Guide

Summer holidays present a wonderful opportunity to explore new places,Travel and enjoy outdoor activities, they also brings various temptations that pile on unhealthy or unnecessary eating. This could create a problem, if you are trying to maintain or reduce weight. Here are some vital health & diet tips to help you maintain your vital statistics.

If you have planned a summer vacation, then you need to plan your intake from the moment you step out of your house. If you have planned to take your car, then you could pack in some light salads or sandwiches made with whole meal bread along with some iced tea or even green tea.

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This will ensure that you do not pig out on burgers and fries along the journey. Give your children sandwiches and low-calorie cereal bars that provide energy at lower calories. If you are travelling by air, then the temptations are even greater, since in-flight food, alcoholic drinks, and even fruit juices are high in high calories.

Skip on the butter and cheese provided in your food tray. Avoid alcohol, since it ends up increasing your period of jet lag.Stick to a small can of beer or wine. Drink plenty of water, and a small glass of canned juice, instead of fizzy drinks with no nutritional value.

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The situation gets even worse, when you reach your holiday resort, with scrumptious breakfasts, unlimited buffet lunches, dinners, and a mouth-watering variety of desserts after every meal. You might also tend to relax your diet, since you are on a holiday.

While you may enjoy the delicacies spread out before you, try to pick out a lot of salads, grilled vegetables and rice or whole meal bread into your lunch and dinner schedules, and limit the amount of red meat or desserts on offer. Avoid salads dripping with mayonnaise.

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If you stay near the sea, then the resort would also have a wide variety of fish, crabs, and lobsters on their menu, try them out, especially when not deep-fried or wrapped in batter.

Include fruits, cereal, and whole meal bread for breakfasts, instead of omelettes, bacon or ham. Even while eating barbecues, eat chicken instead of sausages or beef. For desserts, stick to fresh fruits with a little ice cream or sorbets instead of gorging down on hip-exploding cheesecake.

Even if you do tuck into the delicacies, your holiday resort offers many ways to burn off the fat. Go swimming, hit the gym, or at least engage in regular long walks. If your resort is on the beach, then you can go snorkelling, kayaking or even hire a pedal boat.

Even while on alcoholic drinks, stick to small quantities of beer or wine, instead of calorie rich cocktails. In addition to adding on calories, alcoholic drinks dehydrate the body and cause a hangover that could ruin your holiday.

Even as you enjoy your summer holidays, you can still ensure that you enjoy your various meals, while maintaining a low calorie count. Even if you gulp down the odd high-calorie delicacy, you can still burn it off in a fun way by physical activity.

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Categories Advice, Diet, Fitness, food, summer

Ideal Foods for Summer All Time

Ideal Foods for Summer All Time

Ancient systems of medicine promote weather-based diets, and what stands out are that summers require different foods and winters too require its own type of diet. Winters require foods that promote heat and energy to the body, whereas the summer requires foods to cool the body down. Therefore, it is wise too choose summer foods that are light and cooling, and hydrate the body.

Sunny days make you feel dull and get you out of shape. However maintaining a healthy diet can save you from the scorching heat. Although it is important to eat a healthy diet round the year, it becomes more necessary during the summers.

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With temperatures rising up to even 90 degrees, you need to take in pots

of water. The heat can take water as well as sodium away from your body and thus you need to refill it to keep you going. However, drinking water may not be enough, as glucose levels can deplete so you need to get the glucose up. Drinking fruit juices at frequent intervals can be very refreshing and boost your energy levels. Add a bit of lime and sugar to your water to sip in when the sun suddenly begins to take its toll on you.

Meat can make you feel lousy, and dull, as they become heavy to digest during summers. However, grilled fish is excellent summer fare. As the summer heat is already heating up your body, you need less oily and spicy foods, and stick to light and easily digestible food items. Make vegetables a part of your daily diet and cook them in various styles to make it delicious and tempting. Avoid junk food completely, as they only fill your stomach and deprive it of essential nutrients.

Summers are also the best time to shed those extra pounds as you can indulge more in fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables provide your body with the essential vitamins, not fats. Thus even if you eat more of fruits and vegetables, you do not gain weight.

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Here is a list of foods ideal for the summer:

  • Cucumber is a great food for the summer. Cucumber is cool and hydrates your body. A cool cucumber soup is also best alternative for heavy meals.
  • Replace your heavy meals with lighter ones like vegetable sandwiches.
  • Fruit salads, fat free yogurt, and beans
  • Leafy vegetables are a great way to cool off
  • Tomato is a good source of vitamins and works best on your body during hot days.
  • Eat raw carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, and beetroots.
  • Green peas and corn form part of a great summer diet
  • Also, eat lot of berries that are not only yummy but good for your body as well.
  • Complement every meal with a fruit so you stay healthy, and drink at least two or three
  • glasses of fresh fruit juice throughout the day.
  • You can also make shakes with low fat milk and eat low fat ice creams.
  • Watermelon is a great way to get plenty of fluids into your system.
  • Don’t let the summer scare you, instead enjoy it while to stick to your healthy diet.

“Summer cooking implies a sense of immediacy, a capacity to capture the essence of the fleeting moment.”

stress management
Categories Health, Meditation, Stress Management

Understand Stress and learn to Manage

Understand Stress and learn to Manage.

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What happens when you are stressed?

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. This is called the fight-or-flight stress response.

Some stress is normal and even useful. Stress can help if you need to work hard or react quickly. For example, it can help you win a race or finish an important job on time.

But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects. It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping. It can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease. If you already have a health problem, stress may make it worse. It can make you moody, tense, or depressed. Your relationships may suffer, and you may not do well at work or school.

What can you do about stress?

The good news is that you can learn ways to manage stress. To get stress under control:

  • Find out what is causing stress in your life.
  • Look for ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
  • Learn healthy ways to relieve stress and reduce its harmful effects.

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How do you measure your stress level?

Sometimes it is clear where stress is coming from. You can count on stress during a major life change such as the death of a loved one, getting married, or having a baby. But other times it may not be so clear why you feel stressed.

It’s important to figure out what causes stress for you. Everyone feels and responds to stress differently. Tracking your stress may help. Get a notebook, and write down when something makes you feel stressed. Then write how you reacted and what you did to deal with the stress. Tracking your stress can help you find out what is causing your stress and how much stress you feel. Then you can take steps to reduce the stress or handle it better.

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Categories Advice, nutrition, Preventing Illness, Wellness

Fight Against Lead Exposure with Nutrition

Fight Against Lead Exposure with Nutrition

Although exposure to lead has decreased within the last two decades, it is still a concern and caution is advised, especially for children who have access to toys with lead-based paint or individuals who live in older homes. In some instances, lead can leach from the main water pipes and into the household water supply. If exposed to lead, eating a healthy diet can help reduce its absorption by the body.

What Are the Dangers of Lead?

When lead is consumed, research shows it can cause learning and behavior problems; as it accumulates, it can cause lasting problems with growth and development. Infants and children are at a higher risk because they absorb lead more quickly than adults, in addition to being more likely to put non-food items that might contain lead in their mouth.

How to Avoid Lead

Lead is most likely to be consumed as lead-based paint in and outside the home — peels, chips or cracks — and ends up being consumed because it is on toys or other surfaces that kids put in their mouth. When lead is present in the water system, it can become more difficult to avoid (visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more on lead in the water supply). To minimize exposure to lead:

  • Always wash your hands and ensure children wash their hands with uncontaminated water before eating.
  • Do not use imported pottery or leaded crystal to store or serve food.
  • Use an NSF-certified filter on your faucet for drinking water, food preparation and cooking, and be sure to change the filter cartridge by the date printed on the package. If a filter or bottled water are unavailable, visit the CDC’s source on lead to reduce or eliminate lead in tap water by using only cold tap water that has been thoroughly flushed from the pipes. Boiling water will not reduce the presence of lead.
  • Regularly clean toys, pacifiers, floors, windowsills and other surfaces using liquid cleaners that control dust.
  • Wipe or remove shoes before entering your home.
  • Get your home tested for lead if it was built before 1978.

Eat a Healthy Diet to Help Decrease Lead Absorption

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include a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein foods and dairy products. When there is nutritious food in the body, it is more difficult for lead to be absorbed. Make sure your diet is rich in important nutrients such as calcium, iron and vitamin C.

Calcium keeps your bones strong and the lead out. Calcium-rich foods include:

  • Milk and milk products, such as yogurt and cheese
  • Green leafy vegetables, including kale and turnip, mustard and collard greens
  • Calcium-fortified foods, such as orange juice, soy milk and tofu
  • Canned salmon and sardines

Iron also blocks lead from being absorbed. Try these iron-rich foods:

  • Lean red meats
  • Iron-fortified cereal, bread and pasta
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins and prunes
  • Beans and lentils

Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron better, but also may help with getting rid of lead. Foods rich in vitamin C include:

  • Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit
  • Other fruits such as kiwi, strawberries and melon
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers

Here is a sample menu to help incorporate these nutrient recommendations into your daily diet.

  • Breakfast: Iron-fortified cereal with low-fat or fat-free milk, topped with raisins
  • Snack: Orange slices
  • Lunch: Lean hamburger on an iron-fortified bun with red bell pepper strips
  • Snack: Low-fat or fat-free yogurt topped with fruit
  • Dinner: Chicken with brown rice, a spinach salad and a glass of low-fat or fat-free milk
  • Snack: Peanut butter on whole-grain crackers
Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut
Categories Beverages, food

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

The Cabbage Juice Recipe That Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

Bloating is almost inevitable, especially during holiday season or after a nice, family gathering.  Being bloated is the feeling of having excess gas in the digestive system, which feels like you have a “food baby’ in the stomach. For some people, this unpleasant feeling is much more than an occasional discomfort.

Causes of Bloating

  • Excess wind ( caused by foods like onions, beans, cabbage, sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli)
  • Constipation ( which can be prevented by eating a high-fiber diet and drinking plenty of water)
  • Swallowing air when eating fast or talking while eating
  • Food Intolerance, especially when the bowel doesn’t empty properly, the food causes gas to be trapped, or too much gas is produced)
  • Coeliac disease ( intestine cannot absorb gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The good news is that there is an easy way to alleviate bloating, improve digestion, and set up a quick detoxification process.  We are talking about a cabbage juice recipe which works wonders for stomach bloating. Check it out!

Healing Digestive Juice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups purple cabbage
  • ½ green apple
  • ½ small lemon
  • 3 ribs of celery

Instructions:

All you have to do is to wash and chop the ingredients, blend them, and strain the liquid. Simple as that!

How does it work?

The efficacy of this healing juice lies in the combination of its ingredients, all of which are extremely beneficial and work in synergy to calm the digestive tract, set up a healthy detox, and beat bloating.

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

1. Purple Cabbage

Purple cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin A (which boosts immunity), vitamin C (which protects cells from toxins), potassium (which balances body`s fluid levels), and fiber.  As a matter of fact, only a single serving of raw purple cabbage contains 20% of the DRI for vitamin A, 80% of your DRI for vitamin C, 216 milligrams of potassium,  40 milligrams of calcium, and 14 milligrams of magnesium.

2. Green Apple

Just like purple cabbage, green apple is also high in fiber which is important for cleansing the system and boosting metabolism.  It is a good source of antioxidants as well, which are known to support the rebuilding and rejuvenating of cells. Ultimately, it has a robust mineral profile! It is an excellent source of iron which increases the metabolic rate.

3. Lemon

Lemon is known for its robust mineral and vitamin content, including iron, calcium, zinc,  potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, riboflavin, niacin thiamin, folate,  pantothenic acid,  vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C,  and vitamin E.  This citrus fruits provides a wide variety of benefits, such as improving digestion, purifying the blood, and promoting a healthy weight loss.

4. Celery

Most of its benefits are attributed to its phytonutrients and antioxidant content. It works wonders for digestion, supplies the body with fair amount of dietary fiber, and helps clean the bowels due to its high water content.

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

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