Spring Is Here – time for Spring Detox!
Some of us feel the need to rearrange furniture, power wash the deck, and spruce up the garden beds in springtime, but our bodies need a little spring cleaning /detox too!
You don’t have to go on a crazy juice diet or deprive yourself of food for days on end to give yourself a “cleanse” either.
Detox or cleansing mean different things to different people. I simply believe that if we can give our bodies a little rest from the toxic burden we assault on it every day, our health will improve.
To properly cleanse your body, you need to start with cleaning up your diet. A diet heavy in processed foods, red meat, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and sweets is overburdened and probably not functioning properly. But, even those with squeaky clean diets need a little reboot once in a while.
Every day we are assaulted with chemicals in the air, our water, our food and the environment as a whole. Cleansing your body can assist your natural detoxification pathways and you’ll feel better as a result.
I like cleansing in the spring because it feels natural and we’ve just come out of a long winter with heavy foods, like stews, casseroles, hearty pies and baked goods. Those foods were nourishing in the winter and kept us warm, but now it’s time to release the excess and clean the pipes – so to speak!
Step 1: Clean Up Your Diet
For one week, cut down on red meat, gluten, sugar, treats, soda, caffeine, alcohol, nuts, seeds and any processed or fast food. This doesn’t mean complete avoidance, but try to cut back as much as possible to assist your digestive tract.
Increase leafy greens, load up on veggies, fish, whole grains like quinoa and lots of water. The more you cut back, the greater success you’ll have. Plus, you may even lose some weight.
Step 2: Let’s Clean Those Pipes!
The first detox pathway is cleansing the colon because you can’t do a liver cleanse or gallbladder cleanse if you’re not moving waste out properly.
Start with daily lemon water in the morning, add in lots of filtered water, and herbal teas. You could try colon hydrotherapy, coffee enemas and drinking pure green juice if things aren’t “moving along.” Herbs like slippery elm and buckthorn can help.