It’s the time for spring cleaning, out with the old, in with the new! For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned: our dwellings and our physical bodies. Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, rusty bicycles, tools and random keepsakes, so our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out.
Spring is the best time to provide a cleansing detox for your body. It will help eliminate excess fat that may have crept on during the winter, re-energize your adrenal system, build up your immune system and revitalize your entire digestive system including the liver, small intestine and large intestine. Making sure your entire digestive system is clean and working properly is key to maintaining good health. We are exposed to so many toxins from the food supply, environment and internal stress that it is essential to help your body get rid of those toxins. Join us for our whole foods Spring Detox/Cleanse.
To spring clean your body, give it a break from rich and complicated foods by either cleansing or fasting for a short period of time. Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water and whole grains. Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups.
Without much energy going towards digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing and fasting can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also lead to improved immune function, clear up congestion and allergies and improve digestion.
Dandelion greens are in season now and are potent liver and kidney detoxifiers. Chop the leaves and add them to salads or lightly sautee them alone or w/other greens in water or a little olive oil and garlic w/a squeeze of fresh lemon (also good detoxifier). Another way to get those greens into your spring detox diet is slip them into your smoothie in the morning for breakfast.
Did you know that dandelion leaves are very nourishing; they are 15% protein, and high in vitamins and minerals? One cup of dandelion greens contains 112% daily recommendation of vitamin A, 32% of vitamin C, and 535% of vitamin K. They also contain 218 mg potassium, 103 mg calcium, and 1.7 mg of iron.
While you’re cleaning out your body and home, don’t forget to spring clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter in.
(Sources:Integrative Nutrition, http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2441/2)