It is that time of year, a time to cleanse out all the winter toxins and get ready for the summer foods of fruits and vegetables. I have recently been reading some articles from Dr. Elson M. Haas , who is doctor that specializes in getting toxins out of your body. He states that the two key times for natural cleansing are the times of transition into spring and autumn. I truly believe this to be true just in my own body. It is about this time of the year that you are craving to get outside in the sunlight and get more activity in the fresh air and to get those "slowing-you-down" toxins out. Cleansing can have many purposes to your body, the obvious one is that it will help get excess chemical, toxins and build-up in your body from foods, stress, and the hibernating winter months. But also, cleansing can help reboot the immune system, open of the passage ways of elimination, and really help those excess pounds to come off more easily. One other thing that Dr. Haas said that I found fascinating, was that a "detox" is really foreign to the average Western world person. Usually in the medical field, a detox is generally recognized as being for people addicted to alcohol or drug, but not really for the average person. But I find this to be absolutely crazy in our day of age where we are picking up environmental toxins everywhere, and then we are filling our bodies with so many fake foods and their additives. Dr Haas again says, "Much disease , especially degenerative disease comes from this build-up, congestion and stagnation in the body (in the organs, tissues, circulation, lymph and cells), which all can be cleared from the body through cleansing and detoxification." I find this amazing! To think that really people for ages have been running these cycles through the seasons of eating what is in season and naturally eating foods that will do this detoxification on its own, and now in our own culture we have lost these patterns and have lost the natural ability to let our bodies eliminate effectively. So, because there are so many ways and views out there I thought I would help you in your spring cleaning by giving you some tips that I have used to jump-start a cleanse, and to implement into your life for a more long-term lifestyle.
They come from one of my favorite books on the topic, . His book emphasizes a pure foods program to cleanse, energize and revitalize your life. I have read it through a few times and really like a lot of the recipes.
So here are the tips to cleaning up your diet:
3. Make it fresh
4. Aim for minimally processed, and lighty cooked or raw
5. Make food additive-free
6. Eat the whole grain
7. Eat sustainable fish/and meat
Those are the tips in the books to start eating more pure, not necessarily a detox, but can be if you are used to eat more processed foods. I enjoy the simple steps because it is an easy reminder that our bodies need the freshest, most nutrient-rich foods to really feel at its greatest and to detox on it's own. One other thing that I personally think about going through a time of cleansing is opening up the passage ways for the toxins to get out. So what are the ways our bodies eliminate: through your skin, liver, bowl, and kidneys. So what can you do to make the most of opening up those passageways. I try to get a lot of sleep, do moderate exercise to sweat. get a massage to loosen up toxins in muscles, drink a lot of pure water, eat according the the 7 steps above to help promote digestive health in elimination. These are some general tips, but I have fond them to be truly helpful in jump-starting this journey to a more holistic lifestyle. When you are cleaner inside, you will function better in all areas of life. I always feel inspired this time of year to find new recipes and way to make this spring detox effective and do-able. I will post a few recipes to that I will use and have used in the past. The key is to find balance in the process and find ways that work for you personally. Happy spring cleaning to you!