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Spring Detoxification

Updated: Mar 24, 2021

Spring is just around the corner! And the change of seasons is a good

time to embark on a seasonal detox program.

One of my favorite health practices is a seasonal cleanse to keep the body in balance.

Although I detox year round, I also find seasonal

cleansing be especially beneficial. During the spring and fall, as the

weather is changing, it is advantageous to assist the body in clearing

away a residue of toxins and prepare for the shift into a new season.

Toxins from the environment (air, soil, water) and food supply affect us

physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. These toxins lead to

immune dysfunction and illness (acute and chronic), as well as nervous

system imbalances, such as mood swings, memory issues, headaches,

anxiety, insomnia, cravings, and more. External toxins – preservatives,

food additives, pesticides, pollutants, chemicals, and heavy metals – as

well as internal endotoxins and exotoxins – from bacteria, viruses, and

parasites – can lead to debilitating diseases. Finally, toxins interfere

with the normal detoxification pathways (lymph, kidneys, liver), thereby

compounding the effects on the body even further. Toxins can be either

water-soluble or fat-soluble. Water-soluble toxins are easily released

from the body via the kidneys. Toxins that are fat-soluble are more

difficult to remove. These toxins lodge in fat cells and may stay there

for years.

The best way to embark on a seasonal cleanse is to consult a trained

practitioner. My favorite type of cleanse is an Ayurvedic detox, which takes a few days with a

supervised protocol involving diet and lifestyle adjustment, herbs,

supplements, and Panchakarma (a full-body oil and ozone steam

treatment). But you can also undertake a short 1-3 day cleanse on your

own at home using some general guidelines:

1. Begin the day with a glass of warm water and lemon juice (starts

metabolism and boosts digestion)

2. Eat three meals of easily digestible fiber-rich food with lunch being

the largest – have dinner no later than 7 PM to allow for complete

digestion prior to retiring

3. Use warming spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger (boosts

metabolism, aids digestion)

4. Avoid snacking (giving your digestion time to break down toxins);

cold foods or liquids (interfere with toxin breakdown); raw foods (hard

to digest); alcohol and sugar (stores as toxic fat)

5. Stay well hydrated to assist the kidneys, liver, and lymph in

removing toxins. Sip 8-12 ounces of warm water or herbal tea throughout

the day (warm water aids in breaking down toxins and flushes them from

the system)

6. Exercise gently – walking or yoga is best

7. Meditate. Establish an “attitude of gratitude”

8. Treat yourself to a sauna or steam bath (sweating removes toxins)

9. Retire by 10 P.M. Turn off electronics an hour prior. (Keep an

interval of 3 hours after dinner and before bedtime so as to not

interfere with melatonin production which starts to initiate sleep at 8

PM). This will set the stage for a good night’s rest so the body can be


Most importantly – RELAX. Keep this renewal time stress-free, at meals

and throughout the day. Stress interferes with digestion and upsets the

equilibrium of the body, disrupting its natural intelligence. With these

Ayurvedic principles, your body will be able to maintain its own innate

wisdom to heal and renew.

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