When spring arrives and the weather starts to warm, it’s time for a good spring cleaning — not only for your house but for your body too.
Toxins tend to accumulate in our bodies during the winter months, due to improper digestion, stress, not enough exercise, and chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the foods we eat.
Toxic build-up can eventually become dis-ease. And as we grow older, the body’s mechanisms for eliminating impurities tend to be less efficient, making it even more important to cleanse in the spring. Why spring? “As warmer spring temperatures melt the snow, impurities within your body also start to liquefy, flooding the microcirculatory channels that carry nutrients to the cells and waste away from the cells.” When the cells get stopped up, it can leave you feeling tired, sluggish, and toxic. A spring detox is most likely just what you require to feel well again.
The good news? You can do an effective spring cleanse at home. Here’s a plan for cleansing at home using a detoxifying diet and some lifestyle changes to help you work with the season. This plan works together with your body to loosen toxins and help them flow out of the body through your body’s elimination systems.
Eat a Detoxifying Diet
This is simple—eliminate the bad and start adding in more of the good. During the winter months we all eat heavier foods and store more fat to fortify against the cold. Unfortunately, this way of eating also leads to a build-up of digestive impurities. The first step is to loosen toxins by eating a lighter, detoxifying diet. This will help your digestive system clear away what is weighing you down.
- Eat warm, light, cooked foods such as soup.
- Favor easy-to-digest fruits, vegetables and grains. Suggested fruits include cooked prunes, figs, apples, pears, pineapples and papayas. Detoxifying cooked vegetables include leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, and crucifers such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. For grains, eat quinoa, barley, amaranth, and rice.
- Season your food with detoxifying spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, black pepper and fresh ginger.
- Eat fresh, organic foods.
- Avoid canned, frozen, packaged or processed foods, as these are difficult to digest and contribute to toxic buildup.
- Stay away from heavy foods like red meat, leftovers, fried foods, oily foods, yeasted breads, sugary desserts, crackers and dairy products such as cheese and yogurt. These are hard to digest.
- Drink eight cups of pure, filtered water a day.
- Avoid cold foods and cold drinks, as these interfere with digestion and create more toxins. Try luke-warm or warm foods and drinks.
Rest so your body can heal
Your body needs rest to speed along the recovery process. As your body is releasing toxins, it’s also important to help the purification process by sleeping at least eight hours a day and taking advantage of warmer weather and more light by spending time outside!
- Keep your body moving and your digestion toned with gentle exercises such as yoga, walking or jogging for at least half an hour a day.
- Take warm baths to help the toxins flow into the digestive system, where they can be eliminated easily.
- Eat your biggest meal at noon, as this is when digestion is strongest.
- Schedule your meals at the same time each day, as your digestive system functions more efficiently when on a regular routine.
Getting weekly adjustments can also help with the process of detoxification, allowing the nervous system’s alignment to help your body speed the healing along. Come see us at Chiropractic Family Wellness Center this spring to feel and be your best!