Expert Tips for Spring Cleansing
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The truth is that life is no longer as simple as it once was. We are all busy and struggle to find time for ourselves. Often our health suffers as a result. After a winter spent indulging in warm, hearty foods, there’s no better way to take your own personal self care to the next level and transition your body into the lighter months of spring than with a refreshing cleanse. As we move into warmer weather we feel a sense of rejuvenation –everything seems fresh and alive – why not you? There are endless benefits of Cleansing- whether you want to lose weight, or simply gain a clearer and more positive perspective on life, take some time to read this and improve your health, increase your energy or improve your sleep. Cleansing is like pressing the reset button on the body, the spirit and the mind.
Benefits of Cleansing that you may not know
- Practitioners of natural healing believe it’s no accident that fresh, young herbal greens arrive in spring, just when we need their healing nutrients most. As with the cleansing roots such as dandelion, the bitter taste of spring greens aids both digestion and liver function.
- There is no mystery about how cleansing herbs do their job. Most improve liver function. Your liver acts as a central screening area through which all the blood in your body flows. It checks the blood for potentially toxic substances that come from environmental pollutants as well as byproducts of the body’s own metabolism, then it effectively neutralizes them so that they can be excreted. No wonder people once called spring cleansing herbs “blood cleansers.” In this chemical age of pesticides, petroleum, paint, solvents, and food additives that increase the liver’s workload, blood cleansing continually supports optimal health.
- One of the best forms of cleansing is to get your lymph moving. Lymph is a fluid that flows through your body, literally picking up garbage such as worn-out blood cells and debris resulting from infection. Because the lymph system relies on the action of your muscles to make its journey through the body, a sedentary job or lack of exercise will slow it down. To speed it up, try to move your body every day, especially outside, as the weather warms up.
- Don’t neglect your skin in a spring cleansing program. It’s considered the largest organ of elimination. An herbal body scrub removes dry, dead skin cells, opens clogged pores, and encourages new skin growth and oil production. The friction it creates increases blood and lymph circulation. Limit a skin scrub to once or twice a week. Rubbing your skin too often can irritate it by exposing new skin cells before they are ready to face the world.
- Spring fast makes a great accompaniment to the use of cleansing herbs. Not everyone can, or should, fast solely on water, and you should consider a fruit-juice fast only if you have very stable blood sugar. Otherwise, you can try a modified fast with a vegetable-and-herb broth or vegetable juice or stick to eating puréed soup for a couple of days. The idea is to become healthier, not to make yourself sick, so choose a fast with the guidance of a health care practitioner you trust.
- Start Slow with a detox “diet”: While committing to a cleanse requires dedication, it is not designed to starve you. You may experience some light headedness, dizziness or even headaches when you begin. This is a sign that the cleanse is working to eliminate toxins. Start to cut things out of your diet slowly with the major culprits being dairy, wheat, refined sugar, alcohol and caffeine. It is ok to consume local, organic high quality meat.
- Stay hydrated: drink plenty of water and add lemon to a couple glasses a day. Try to avoid putting ice in your water and drink it at room temperature.
- Be gentle but still exercise lightly: try a new class such as restorative yoga or a morning meditation routine.
- Have a routine: challenge yourself each day to stick to a regimen schedule of wake up at the same time each day, begin with meditation or morning journaling. Practice consistent meal times and exercise periods, and go to bed early.