As signs of spring appear, many are beginning the process of spring cleaning in their homes. Have you ever considered spring cleaning for your body? It’s a valuable practice that helps to “clear the sludge” that collects through winter months … or perhaps life changes related to a pandemic.
As we see in nature, winter’s cold weather causes us to naturally slow down and become more sedentary. This can lead to accumulation of added waste in the body. Spring’s biorhythm provides an ideal setting for a focused housecleaning, allowing the body to release this accumulated waste.
Living in the western world by default exposes us daily to a toxic “soup” of chemicals. This exposure comes from plastics, pesticides, flame retardants, personal hygiene products, and heavy metals from foods and our environment.
The liver is our body’s primary detoxification organ, aided by biochemical processes fueled by nutrients. Yet this natural process can be hindered by genetics, environment, and disease. When toxins are not eliminated, the body shunts them to storage in fat tissue.
Symptoms Signaling Need For Detox
Poor digestion or gallbladder issues
Skin problems – eczema, psoriasis, rashes
Sensitivity to smell of perfume or cleaning products
To counter these, I recommend a detox program that incorporates easily digested foods. These would provide nutrients that are key to the body’s natural detox processes.
Foundations For A Food-Based Detox
Eating lots of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. These feature substances that increase detox in the liver. They also enhance production of glutathione, our most potent antioxidant.
Eating lots of allium vegetables, such as garlic, onions and leeks. Their high sulfur content helps to escort toxins our of our bodies.
Drinking plenty of clean water daily to dilute and flush toxins from our bodies.
Taking a quality methylated B-complex supplement can also provide critical cofactors for liver detoxification.
When your car has gone too long without an oil change, its function gets sluggish. Our bodies aren’t so different, except that we can’t replace our oil filter (the liver). We must clean it out on a regular basis, rather than waiting until it is seriously clogged.
Clearly, our best defense is a good offense. I encourage you to develop these habits to support better function in your body’s detox systems. By doing so, you will discover what it feels like to be in a body that is free from toxic burden.
Embark on spring cleaning for your body, and clearer thinking, renewed energy, a wonderful lighter feeling is just around the corner.