It’s great to find a credible source of information when there are so many “plans” available that promote impractical and possibly harmful detox diets, promising weight loss at rates that are possibly dangerous, and such that you’ll almost certainly regain the weight very quickly. Here are some spring and summer detox tips to get you started.
Spring and early Summer are ideal times to detox. So if your New Year’s resolutions to get healthy fizzled out after a couple of weeks it’s not too late to get your health back on track or shed a few pounds with a Spring Detox.
Your body has natural cycles and rhythms and according to Chinese and Indian medicine Winter is not a good time to detox with cold salads, fruit and cold juices. It’s certainly easier to detox when the weather is warmer and the new Spring produce full of vitality and nutrients is available.
Skeptics say that detox diets are a waste of time and money because the body has a very good detox system which works every minute of every day. If that is so how come researchers have found that we all carry a huge burden of toxic chemicals in our blood and cells? Doesn’t make sense does it?
It’s true that your body has an incredible detox system which converts dangerous chemicals to substances that can safely be excreted through your kidneys and bowel but it is overwhelmed by the sheer amount of toxins that you are exposed to every day. You can’t help but absorb toxins from food, water, air and products you apply to your skin.
This toxic overload contributes to a wide range of symptoms such as feeling sluggish, frequent headache, irritability, muscle aches and pains to chronic health problems such as heart disease, arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, diabetes and even cancer.
The good news is that scientists have discovered how you can help your liver, the main detox organ, get rid of these toxins. They have been able to work out the specific nutrients- vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids- that push the liver detox system as well as the substances that interfere with them. These nutrients are mainly found in specific fruit and vegetables, some herbs and spices, whole grains, beans and lentils.
So if the words Spring detox tends to bring to mind horrors of extreme fasting, self denial, hunger and headaches then you will be pleased to know that scientific detox has changed all that. You can still eat very tasty food, drink delicious green smoothies and vegetable juices and know that you are helping your body flush out damaging toxins. Juice fasting has been replaced with juice feasting so you don’t go hungry.
Detox does of course mean that you should avoid certain foods that take a lot of energy to digest and damage the liver. That way your energy can be put into detoxification of your cells and tissues and the liver is free to do its job.
You should not attempt to detox if you are trying to conceive, already pregnant, or are breast feeding. If you have a serious illness such as heart disease or diabetes, are very weak or underweight it is best to get the advice of a health practitioner who is experienced in detox.
Here are a few guidelines for your Spring Detox:
- Take a week or two to reduce and eventually eliminate regular black tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, alcohol, junk food, fatty and fried foods, foods containing hydrogenated and trans fats, sugar and foods containing it, processed foods and foods with additives. Reduce and then avoid dairy, wheat products and other gluten grains (rye, oats, barley). Cut down on red meat and then eventually replace with vegetarian meals.
- Reduce your exposure to other toxins by using only natural products on your skin and for household cleaning.
- Drink 6-8 glasses of filtered water a day. Filter your shower water too. Avoid exposure to all chemicals in your home and garden as far as possible.
Foods to use:
- Fresh fruit, especially oranges and lemons, and vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cauliflower, swede (rutabaga), whole non -gluten grains (millet, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa), beans, lentils, nuts, seeds. Flavor with fresh herbs, turmeric and ginger.
- Drink green smoothies made with blended fresh fruit and green leaves, fresh vegetable juices and herbal, weak green or white tea.
- Take a nutritional supplement designed to support liver detox. It will help prevent detox side effects.
- Complete your detox with some exercise such as brisk walking for 20 – 30 minutes a day or rebounding on a mini trampoline. Try to find some time for relaxation by doing Yoga, deep breathing or meditation.
Follow the detox for 7 – 14 days then gradually add back a little organic yogurt, free range chicken and eggs, white fish and eventually grass fed red meat. Stay on a healthy diet to nourish and regenerate your body.
Source: Joy Healey http://www.holistichealtharticles.com/Artz/2189/367/Spring-and-Summer-Detox-Tips.html