Modern lifestyle exposes our bodies to substances they were never intended for. In the course of a day, you are exposed to toxic pesticides, herbicides, beauty and hygiene products, food additives, high levels of cortisol, water and air pollution, household cleaning supplies, pesticides, disinfectants and many more in our homes and workplace.
These toxins can leave you feeling fatigued, in pain, sluggish, depressed, stressed just to mention a few. Environmental toxins have also been linked to serious illnesses such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and chronic allergies.
It is wise to open windows and let fresh air filter in and out of your home. It’s wise to do this to your body as well! Spring is the best season to treat your body to a thorough cleanse. Support natural, safe detoxification by giving your body a short break form potentially damaging dietary and lifestyle habits.
If your skin and hair are smothered in chemical products, you are absorbing toxins instead of eliminating them.
Believe it or not, you’ll have more energy, better digestion, cleared sinuses, normalized blood pressure, fewer allergy symptoms and relief from hormonal imbalances. Every system in your body will benefit, mentally and physically. Really!
Cleansing can take on many forms: fasting, changing the diet, adding supplements, saunas, and more. The main purpose is the same, to rid the body of accumulated toxins and support and cleanse organs of elimination such as the liver, colon, and other body systems of detoxification. Sounds like a daunting task, but is can be done quite easily and safely.
By adding healthy foods (juices and herbs), increased oxygen intake with exercise, and more regular bowel movements along with a few more natural healing therapies, you’ll be on your way.
Usually a cleanse involves a two-part process , both colon cleansing and liver detoxification, support ranging from as little as 3 to 30 days.
The liver can take a beating so giving it a periodic rest to rejuvenate is wise. The liver is the body’s hardest working and most important organ of detoxification. It filters the blood to help remove countless harmful chemicals and bacteria. When it becomes congested, certain herbs can work to stimulate an increase of blood flow through the liver. Two well-known liver-supporting herbs are milk thistle and dandelion.
Milk thistle: A bioflavonoid complex in milk thistle called Silymarin can both prevent and repair damage to the liver cells caused by toxins. In studies, hepatitis patients given milk thistle extract actually showed a reversal of liver cell damage. Milk thistle also increases glutathione, critical in the liver’s ability to detoxify the blood.
Dandelion: This well-known liver herb stimulates bile flow and aids in detoxification. The leaves are a diuretic, and therefore help flush excess water (and toxins) from the body, but without stripping the body of potassium, as do many other diuretics. Try mint tea made from mint leaves grown in your garden. It is an excellent, mildly cleansing beverage for the spring and can be sweetened with a small amount of honey. Take it in a thermos and better than coffee!
Foods to Avoid While Detoxifying It is critical that you lessen your exposure to synthetic chemicals, toxins, and foods that may be difficult to digest, thereby giving your detoxification system a well-deserved break. To do this avoid the following: all processed, packaged fast foods, food additives, artificial flavours, enhancers, stabilizers, colours, preservatives, heavily salted foods, synthetic sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin, nutrasweet), all hydrogenated fats, avoid all sugars including white sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup and molasses, margarine, shortening, and lard (small amounts of butter are preferred), Â most grocery store oils that are not cold-pressed or extra virgin, fried foods and iodized salt.
Foods to Eat While Detoxifying You may be wondering what foods are left that you can eat? During your cleanse there are lots of nutritious and delicious foods you can enjoy without feeling deprived. They include: plenty of raw fruits and veggies, a daily large mixed green salad, cold pressed flax oil and apple cider vinegar for salad dressings, flax oil on steamed or sautd vegetables, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, lots of steamed leafy greens and sprouts, brown rice, millet, raw nuts, seeds, spices and herbs to season your food.
Also be sure to drink 8-10 cups of water or freshly prepared juices daily to allow your body to flush toxins out. We say in our business Drinking 8 Glasses of Water Keeps the Fat Away!
Read labels and avoid any ingredients whose names you can barely pronounce.
Use only small amounts of Celtic or Himalayan sea salt, since it is loaded with many essential minerals.
Safe Options for a Seven Day Detox
1. Get a juicer. 2. Avoid the foods listed above. 3. Eat as many of the foods to eat as you can or wish. 4. Upon arising, drink a mixture of ½ pure water and ½ unsweetened juice with 1 teaspoon of psyllium mixed into it. You will poop well! 5. Immediately afterward, drink a large glass of water with the juice of 1 lemon squeezed into it. Wait at least 15 minutes before eating or drinking anything else. 6. Then eat fruit all morning and only fruit. 7. From noon onward, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. 8. Try to eat at least 75% raw foods in this week. 9. Eat only when you are hungry and only until you feel ¾ full. 10. Continue for 7 days or longer depending on the results you wish to achieve. 11. Chew your food very well. 12. Avoid drinking all liquids ½ hour on either side of your meals. 13. Keep your meals small and simple, and eat more often to avoid feeling hungry. 14. While such cleansing programs are safe, always seek the advice of a naturopath or nutritionist if you have a medical condition or rely on medications before embarking on a health and cleansing program.
Remember, Spring Cleaning is for your Superior Health. Take that First Step and Get Cleansed. Isn’t it time you Cleaned Up Your Act before you really get sick?!
Dr. Katrina M. Kulhay is a Nutritionist, Doctor of Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Wellness Consultant & Foot Care Specialist. She can be reached at (905) 825-9996 or firstname.lastname@example.org and welcomes your comments or questions.