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11 Detox Tips for a Super Spring Cleanse

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11 Detox Tips for a Super Spring Cleanse

Spring is almost here. It is the perfect time to do a detox, particularly after we’ve been breathing in poor indoor air quality, had less sunlight, and perhaps gotten less activity than usual.  Detoxifying is the antidote and can spell increased energy, fewer allergy symptoms, reduced hormonal imbalances, improved digestion, clearer sinuses, normalized blood pressure, fewer moods swings, sharper mental ability, improved sleep, healthier skin and much more.  Here are 11 tips to get you started on a healing spring cleanse:

1.  Cut back or eliminate meat and dairy products at least for a while to give your body a break. Meat is highly acid-forming in your body, can be a strain on the kidneys and intestines (low water, no fiber and requiring plenty of energy to digest) and dairy is mucus-forming and many people lack sufficient enzymes to properly digest it. Discover how to make dairy-free yogurt here.

2.  Don’t eat it if you can’t read it. Read labels on the healthy food selections you choose.  Most of the harmful preservatives, synthetic flavors, and other artificial ingredients have long, complex names.  If you find ingredients that you can’t read or pronounce don’t buy it and definitely don’t eat it.  Choose fresh foods that come in Nature’s packaging:  fruit and veggies.

3.  Take out the trash…from your diet, that is. I probably don’t have to tell you what constitutes “trash:” fried and sugary foods, and the 3 Ps: processed, prepared and packaged food since they tend to be full of trans fats, sugar and food additives.

4.  Veg it up. Make at least 70% of every meal vegetables. That’s easier to do than you think: enjoy a fresh vegetable juice, a large green salad or a plate of steamed, roasted or stir-fried veggies.

5.  Simplify your meals.  Smaller, simpler meals eaten more frequently throughout the day not only help ease the burden on your digestive system, they also balance blood sugar levels.  Unstable blood sugar levels are linked to weight gain and mood and energy fluctuations.

6.  Use herbs to give your body a boost. Milk thistle is a proven liver-regenerator and detoxifier, dandelion and uva ursi are well-established kidney-restoring herbs, sea buckthorn extract powder helps heal the lungs and flaxseeds help eliminate toxic material from the intestines.  Follow package instructions for the herbs you choose.

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9:42PM PDT on Apr 7, 2015

thank you

don't forget australia ('s autumn's a the world wide web after all....and this a global website!

5:43AM PST on Dec 26, 2013

Always check before consumption

7:08AM PDT on Sep 7, 2013

A friend recommended the Lady Soma Detox since it was using all natural ingredients and I was really impressed. I did the Detox in 7 days.

This was a lot easier than other cleanses mostly because you're not starving the whole time. I even had energy to work out.

I emailed the company about suggestions and a rep got back to me the same day with a lot of great suggestions. Really nice woman and nice company.

I felt really cleansed after the first 3 days and the "cleansing" part sort of slowed down after that, so doing just 3 days is probably enough for most people.

I lost 8 pounds by the 6th day and I've only gained back 1 pound. Great product!

10:01AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

appreciate it. in response to comment below, I really don't like flaxseed. But hempseed protein powder is really helpful in giving energy. I wouldn't advise eating it unless you're about to work out though.

7:48PM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Flaxseed meal is an amazingly beneficial supplement. Dr. Fuhrman on the Immunity Solution, on PBS, stated a study showing that the addition of 1g of plant lignans per day reduced the risk of breast cancer in women by about 30%.

There are 7 grams of lignans in 1 tsp. of flaxseed meal. It has to be the meal/ground type. The whole seed is indigestable and simply passes whole through the body.

11:18AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Thank you for the article.

2:22AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

I'm currently doing the Liver Cleansing Diet by Sandra Cabot
It's amazing! I highly recommend you buy the book :)

5:35PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013


8:01AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Good info, thanks.

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