“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
The spring represents a renewal of energy.
This makes the spring to be a perfect time to clean toxins from our bodies and old habits.
Last year I wrote about the benefits of spring detox and house cleaning
This spring I will cover more details about how to detox and who will benefit from it.
Consider detox If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms:
- Unrelieved fatigue
- Lowered energy levels
- Lack of mental clarity
- Joint and muscle pains
- Worsening menstrual symptoms
- Digestive system symptoms like bad breath, bloating and gas…
- Skin problem
- Lowered immunity
Those symptoms can suggest that your body is under stress and you can benefit from a detox.
What is detox?
Detox is a process that eliminates toxins from the body
using our excretory organs (kidneys, large intestine, liver, skin, and lungs).
The liver is responsible for cleaning toxins and wastes from the blood and separating out the useful nutrients to synthesize hundreds of biochemicals that the body needs for daily functioning.
The liver is located on the right side of the belly and its main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body.
The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs.
Detox is not hard and complicated as it can be according to different protocols.
We need to be gentle with our body giving it always the essential nutrients that it needs to support its vitality and healthy function.
While you detoxing you consider to eliminate the following from your diet:
And consume more of the following:
During detox, you can use different herbal formulas to support the detox.
You can add some herbal teas and supplements.
For example- Milk thistle, Turmeric, Dandelion and Nettle.
Ask for advice from your local health shop to adjust you the right one for you.
How Long to Do the Detox?
The first thing you need to decide is how long you will do the detox- it can be for a few days to one month.
Start slow and try to replace unhealthy choices with healthy ones!
For example, in case you drink 4 cups of coffee a day, reduce it to one and choose other options for hot drinks like Matcha green tea or other herbal teas.
I recommend you to perform activities like Yoga, Pilates or even just a daily walk to stimulate the lymphatic system and the circulatory system.
In that way, you are helping the body to eliminate toxins.
Try to practice meditation or mindfulness during this time,
This is a good way to clear your thoughts and your emotions.
After the Detox:
When you finish the detox resist from returning to the previous unhealthy habits.
The detox can help you to improve your energy, concentration, sleep, skin, the digestion and also may provide more clarity of the mind.
My name is Pazit, I’m a registered Naturopath N.D. , MNNA (a member of the Naturopathic Nutrition Association), Herbalist, Aromatherapist and Bach Flower remedies therapist based in London.
www.pazbynature.com Health & Wellness Blog includes travel inspiration, healthy food and natural remedies.