So, you're probably wondering what exactly detoxification is and is it for you?
The spring season is so appropriate for cleansing and rejuvenation.
Spring brings new growth, transformation, and regeneration.
As the weather warms up and the days begin to get longer, our energy also rises from a relatively dormant winter state, and we're presented with a perfect opportunity to renew and revitalize on all levels.
A natural spring cleanse or whole body detoxification is an excellent way to jump-start this process.
Chinese and other traditional medical systems recognize our close interconnection with nature and the seasons, and draw heavily on these principles to create highly refined healing protocols, including seasonal detoxification.
By making an effort of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin, we
can maximize the trans-formative energy to attain greater health, vitality and well-being.
The best way to begin a spring cleanse, and optimize results, is to incorporate a natural cleansing, while ingesting alkalizing foods, nutrients, botanicals, as well as mind and body healing practices such as meditation or yoga into a gentle program.
Whether the cleanse lasts a few days, several weeks, or even longer, these tips can help align us with the seasonal transitions and allow healing and transformation to blossom forth naturally.
Seasonal Transitions and Health
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy, every season correlates to different “elements” or organ systems in our body.
Winter correlates with the water element and thus the kidneys and bladder system.
From a Western naturalistic perspective, cold weather can put stress on your adrenal and thyroid glands which tends to make the blood more acidic and causes a build-up of lactic acid, which can lead to sluggishness, muscle and joint pain as well as arthritis.
Both Eastern and Western naturalistic systems agree that the transition from winter to spring offers an ideal opportunity to shed extra weight and naturally cleanse accumulated toxins from our body.
This excessive build up can be the result of numerous factors.
The main culprits include unhealthy diet, poor digestion, lack of exercise, winter dehydration, normal metabolic processes and environmental and consumerism pollution.
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, spring corresponds to the liver and the gall bladder.
A natural cleanse effectively supports the liver’s vital detoxification processes, eliminates toxins stored in organs and tissues, helps shed excess weight, alkalizes the body and gets your circulation and energy moving in the right direction.
Additional benefits include improved digestion, reduced inflammation, balanced blood sugar and better immune function.
A Detox Diet
A cleansing diet is the most critical component of any detoxification program.
Animal protein, particularly red meat, should be minimized during any cleanse.
You'll want to emphasize lighter, organic plant-based proteins that are easier for the body to digest.
The following are important components of a detox diet which can help improve digestion and enhance detoxification, resulting in greater energy and vitality.
Eat fresh, organic foods with an emphasis on green vegetables.
Vegetables can be juiced, eaten raw, steamed, or sautéed in broth.
Try and emphasize alkalizing types of foods (see Table below), as they counteract the tendency to become more acidic during cold weather and promote oxygenation and the release of stored wastes and toxins.
Consume plenty of pure water, herbal teas, and vegetable soups or broths.
Add fiber (such as flax or chia seeds, psyllium husks, rice bran, etc.) to your diet to ensure regular elimination that will
carry toxins out of the system.
Eliminate foods that place oxidation stress on the body and cause inflammation, such as alcohol, sugars, processed foods,
cooked oils, caffeinated beverages and non-organic foods.
Detoxification is imperative for our good health.
Our body must eliminate toxins daily or we would die immediately.
That's a fact!
Detoxing is also a natural lifestyle change, a natural remedy.
It's the way we live that determines our health as well as how our liver processes toxins.
If you fear that your liver may be overloaded with toxins, you can try an all natural liver cleanse.
Alkaline Foods Chart
An Exhilarating Experience
The benefits of
can extend far beyond the physical elimination of toxins, resulting in improved mental clarity and emotional stability, balanced blood sugar, increased vital energy and greater strength, flexibility and stamina.
You can take the benefits of your cleanse to an even higher level by taking some time each day to meditate, have a cup of herbal tea and reflect, stretch or do yoga, take a walk in the park, go for a sauna or...just rest and relax.
By caring for yourself in these ways, you can experience positive transformation on multiple levels, the way the coldness and inactivity of winter gradually give way to new growth, warmth and energy in the spring.
A seasonal inner cleansing and
should be a natural, life-supporting experience, so relax, enjoy and renew!
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