Who doesn’t love Spring? We feel alive and re-energized as we say good-bye to winter and await the arrival of Summer. For most of us… this is also when we’re reminded that bikini season is on its way and we start to trade hearty soups and comfort foods for salads, fruit and lighter meals.
Spring is the traditional time for spring-cleaning. And thanks to the rising awareness around holistic health, many of us spring clean more than just our house. This is nature’s time to cleanse as well – many cleansing herbs such as dandelions and milk thistle, bloom during this time of year.
Whether you’ve already started a spring detox, or are planning to do one, it’s important to create healthy lifestyle habits that support our body’s natural detoxification process on a daily basis.
Start your day with lemon and water
First thing upon waking, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a glass of warm water. This alkalizes your body and supports your liver’s detoxification process. Make sure to drink sufficient water throughout the day as well – about 6 to 8 glasses.
Drink your AM greens
You can do this instead of, or in addition to your lemon water. Having greens first thing in the morning is alkalizing for the body, and provides you with a boost of vital nutrients (aka energy!) to start your day. You can add a handful of greens to your morning smoothie, or use a powdered superfood greens blend like Amazing Grass Raw Reserve (available at the Beaming Store or Wholefoods) or Mighty Maca Greens that contain superfoods like spirulina, chlorella, broccoli, wheat grass, blue-green algae, maca, probiotics and more.
Beaming’s Superfood Smoothie Blend , with 14 superfoods such as Acai, Pomegranite, Spirulina, Maca, Camu Camu and others is also a great option or our organic Superfood Plant Protein Powder with Greens is a fantastic all-in-one option for busy mornings to get lots of superfoods in one scoop along with easily digestable proteins (chia, hemp, brown rice and pea protein). It’s a perfect way to alkalize, energize and start your day.
Move your body every day
Moving your body is so important. It doesn’t have to be formal exercise. You can take a walk, bike ride, jump on a trampoline or hike. Moving your body by stretching, twisting, jumping, running or sweating stimulates your lympathic system – this is your body’s drainage system that is similar to blood vessels. However, unlike your heart, which works to pump blood through the body, the lympathic system doesn’t have a built-in pump. It’s movement that stimulates lympathic fluid to move through our body. This is particularly important during a cleanse, but also as a regular part of our routine to ensure our lymph fluid is always moving.
Increase your daily fiber intake
In addition to our lympathic system, our digestive tract is another way that our body eliminates toxins. Fiber not only helps the movement of our large intestine, it soaks up circulating toxins, excess hormones and cholesterol. Getting a sufficient amount of fiber is extremely important in supporting daily detoxification in our body – the recommended intake is approx. 25-35g for women, and 35-45g for men. Great sources of fiber are low glycemic fruit like apples and berries, all vegetables including leafy greens, carrots, celery, sweet potatoes and avocado, and whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa and oats.
Remove toxins and chemicals from your diet
While doing a short cleanse is very beneficial, it’s not going to do a lot for your long-term health if you eat processed food on a daily basis. To support your overall health, you want to avoid packaged foods whenever possible and also read labels carefully – a simple rule of thumb – if you can’t pronounce or spell an ingredient, it’s probably not good for you! Artificial colors, flavors and preservatives should also be avoided as much as possible.
Eat more fruit and vegetables, especially dark leafy bitter greens
Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or carnivore, everyone can benefit from a diet that’s rich in plants. This includes fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains. Eating lots of plants supports your liver in detoxification and aids in the elimination of toxins through a healthy digestive tract.
These tips are a great way to support your body to “cleanse” every day – especially during Spring Cleaning – helping to create healthy lifestyle habits you can maintain throughout the year.
Victoria Bailey is a Certified Nutritionist, Wellness Coach and Weight Loss Expert, passionate about helping women and men transform their body, lifestyle and relationship with food through a holistic mind and body approach. Connect with Victoria on Facebook and her website www.victoriabaileywellness.com.