Five Steps To A Healthy Spring Detox
With spring just around the corner, the mood often strikes for cleaning, purging, and freshening things up—in our homes, in our yards, and in our bodies. It’s natural to want to lighten the load.
Our bodies are bombarded with toxins on a daily basis—externally through our environment and internally through our diet. These toxins can overburden our natural detoxification systems and build up over time, but there are ways you can enhance your body’s normal capacity to detoxify. Here are 5 steps to a healthy spring detox:
Eat nutrient-dense whole foods
Some people think a detox diet means cutting out food and existing on nothing but lemon juice and cayenne pepper, but the truth is our bodies function best when they are provided nourishing fuel. Fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are a great foundation for cleansing, especially if you choose organic.
Cut out burdensome foods
While you don’t need to fast entirely, cutting out foods that are difficult on the digestive and detox systems will help your body cleanse more efficiently. Processed food, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and anything artificial all add to your liver’s load, so cut those items out for best results.
Add detox-friendly foods and herbs
Dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, beets, lemons, avocados, apples, berries, garlic, and chlorella all aid the body’s detoxifying efforts along with spices like turmeric and ginger. And consider sipping steeped green tea, dandelion tea, or milk thistle for further cleansing benefits.
Our skin is our biggest detox organ and sweating is a powerful way to release toxins trapped in the body. Get your heart pumping and the blood flowing to help your body naturally sweat out that toxic build up.
As your body gets busy releasing toxins, it’s essential to eliminate them rather than allow them to get reabsorbed. Drink plenty of water or those detox teas listed above to support the removal of toxins for good.
And for the colder months of the year, there are ways to support your body's detoxification process in winter. This way you can support your body all year round!