Our bodies naturally remove toxins from the body, via the liver. Over winter there can be an accumulation of substances that impact its optimal function. Toxins in the form of pollution, processed foods, can put an extra load on the liver reducing our ability to digest fats and break down hormones. Detoxifying after winter is an essential process to reduce the demands on the body and improve well-being. Now Springtime has arrived! It is a natural time for growth, renewal and regeneration. As green buds peak out and the daffodils punch up through the wet moist earth, all of nature is coming alive to regenerate itself. Just as in nature, spring is a time renew and regenerate after the cold winter.

It is a healthy time to rid your system of the toxins that were stored in your body over the winter months. Our bodies are programmed to store fat along with toxins during the cold winter. When the weather changes, our bodies begin to metabolize more efficiently, making it a safer time to shed yourself of this toxic load.

Just like the need to throw open the windows and let fresh air and sunshine in the house, our body also needs a regular boost. A fresh start with super healthy foods and the added benefits of a gentle cleanse and detox.

In Chinese Medicine, spring is a time to support our liver and gallbladder. It is not only a time to release physical toxins, but also a time to release toxic emotions such as anger and frustration. This is why you may feel yourself becoming a bit more irritated this time of year.

Spring is the perfect time to undertake a gentle detoxification program to help eliminate heavy metals and allergens from our food, as well as internal toxins such as bacteria, fungus and yeast that can inhabit the blood, internal organs and excess fat.

Most detoxes work on the principle of reducing toxic load and improving the working of those key organs which support toxin metabolism and elimination. The key elimination organs are the skin, kidneys, liver, bowels and lungs. These work together so don’t assume that all you need to do is to support your liver. It’s true this is the main organ which breakdowns toxins into more neutral waste products, but the bowels, kidneys, lungs and skin also have an essential role in eliminating this waste.

SIGNS OF LIVER TOXICITY: Chronic headaches, constipation, acne, gallstones, “Fatty Liver”, chronic inflammation and pain, fatigue, white or yellow mucous patches in the white of the eyes, early greying of hair, irritability, PMS, and cancer.

SIGNS OF BOWEL TOXICITY: bad breath, gas, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation, fatigue, irritability, chronic yeast infections, “foggy” brain, sugar cravings.

SIGNS OF LYMPHATIC TOXICITY: Cysts, frequent colds and flu, swollen or sensitive gums, chronic tonsillitis, oedema.

SIGNS OF KIDNEY TOXICITY: Dark bags under the eyes, lack-lustre eyes, swelling of hands and feet, ringing in the ears, aches and pains in mid to low back.

A spring detox regime in 4 EASY STEPS!

1 CUT OUT THE JUNK 
Remove all processed foods that come from a box, bag, can, or drive through window.
Also, make sure to avoid any of your known food allergies, such as gluten or soy.

2 BUILD YOUR MEALS WITH FRESH, WHOLE FOODS
Meals should be based on vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.  Choose lean animal proteins or feel free to eliminate animal proteins and replace with nuts and vegetable proteins. Choose foods that are locally grown, in season, and organic where possible.

Make sure to incorporate beneficial spring foods into your diet. Dark leafy vegetables (like spinach, kale, Swiss Chard, collard greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, and parsley) are great for supporting detoxification processes of the liver and gallbladder. Citruses (like Valencia oranges, limes, grapefruit, and lemons) are packed with Vitamin C and acts as an antioxidant and cell membrane stabilizer, as well as helping to support liver detoxification.

Eat your reds, pinks, yellows, oranges and blueberries, a varied colourful plant food diet is optimal.

3. STAY HYDRATED!
Staying hydrated with water will help to support the detox process and help remove toxins from your system. Most people can benefit from drinking 2L of water a day.

Herbs and juicing: Fresh organic and raw cold-pressed juices are a daily-must come spring. They directly assist in cleansing the blood and internal organs, particularly the colon.

Herbal teas will also assist this process, but is just one element of a gentle, well-planned cleanse. Green tea for great health benefits contains up to five times more L-theanine, an amino acid – a potent antioxidant, which helps with brain function.

4. GET SWEATING
Sweat helps the body rid itself of unwanted toxins. Exercise-induced sweat and far infrared sauna (FIR) sessions can work wonders for assisting this process. While traditional steam saunas heat the body from the outside in, far infrared saunas heat from the inside out, pushing out toxins at a cellular level.

Cleansing side effects and benefits: Experiencing side effects during a ‘cleanse’ is common, particularly for those who are detoxing for the first time. Symptoms can include headaches, lethargy, nausea, irritability, skin breakouts, gas, bloating and cravings. Digestive symptoms are mostly due to a sudden increase in plant fibre.

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