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Rejuvenate Your Body With a Spring Detox

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Rejuvenate Your Body With a Spring Detox

Have you done your spring cleaning yet?

Just like our homes need a thorough cleaning to freshen them for summer, so do our bodies.

lThe cells in our body are always producing waste so constant cleansing is necessary  to keep them functioning.  Unfortunately, due to our toxic environment and unhealthy lifestyles, our cleansing systems are often overworked.

nextWhen we overwork cleansing organs–such as our livers–long enough, eventually so much waste builds up that they cannot do their jobs. This toxicity causes chronic conditions to develop and is one of the ways our body degenerates over time. This is where a healthy elimination system comes in handy. So, now are you interested in the benefits of a spring cleanse

Waste can build up even faster due to a poor diet, overeating, drinking too much soda or coffee, not exercising, working too much and not getting enough sleep. We know what we should and should not be doing. But it still happens – even to us ‘health nuts’.

According to the Chinese, spring is the time to cleanse and nourish the liver! Fire, or at least a heat element is active, and this beckons your body toward the kind of relaxation that makes us “melt” a little. Like the dirt and pollens that become exposed when the snow melts, the toxins start becoming exposed in your body and need to be eliminated. You can support this cleansing with proper foods and natural herbs.

Because of the “melting” this is also a time when it is easier to lose weight!

There are so many kinds of “detox diets,” cleansing and fasting regimes out there, and most of them you need to be careful about trying.  Often calories are severely limited during a detox which can result in extreme fatigue. Many of these detox diets are fad diets and can be harsh on the body.

I have endured two different major spring cleanses:

  • Water fasting is an extreme way to detoxify and not something I recommend doing on your own. It is best to be in a clinic with expert supervision.

In 1996 I went to a clinic and did a three week water fast under the supervision of a doctor and his staff. I had daily blood pressure and heart examinations. I was in a near-death situation with my health deteriorating fast, and the water fast stopped my downward spiral in its tracks. Although I stopped getting any sicker–the fast did not completely heal me at all.

  • Liver cleanses help rid the body of excess toxins and alleviate digestive problems from the heavy meals eaten during the winter months. This is a strong cleanse and can even be detrimental according to modern research.

In 1972 I did my first spring liver cleanse. It all started with a group of us sitting in the waiting room drinking olive oil and lemon juice at intervals all morning. It was not fun. Every day for the next two weeks I would visit the clinic for a colonic and massage and see the naturopath. It totally took over my life; I was not able to carry on easily in my life due to frequent restroom trips.

Next page:  10 Benefits of the Spring Cleanse and 8 Tips for Bodily Health

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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4:41AM PDT on May 23, 2013

Refresh with the beginning of a year

12:53AM PDT on May 14, 2013

very nice article, it's one of the safest way of losing weight. Thanks a lot!

9:22AM PDT on May 13, 2013

good tips, thanks!

8:57PM PDT on May 11, 2013

Water is everything !

11:35PM PDT on May 10, 2013

A fortnight ago I started a new regime. Yes, Dr Oz had nutritionists recommending a 2-day cleanse which was one of my inspirations.

My blender now works over-time as I stuff it with a mixture of perhaps carrots, a tomato, lemon juice, cruciferous vegetables, peas, avocado, an apple/orange, half a red pepper, cucumber, mixed lettuce, kale, baby bok choy, dandelion, perhaps a few frozen blueberries, endives, asparagus and more kale, and a few spices. The large container last for all three meals. I still snack on dark chocolate, perhaps a slice of nutritious black bread or some nuts.

I am not a dieter, so don't even use a scale to measure my weight. However, this fresh blended food has me revitalised and my energy doesn't go down in the afternoon anymore. In addition, I don't need to cook and never feel bloated. What a find truly amazing is that I never feel hungry or have any food cravings - other than some beetroot slices once.

I can highly recommend that others try it. Mine started with a 2 day cleanse and then just continued because I felt so good....

10:04PM PDT on May 10, 2013

If you told us what is the gentle cleansing yummy tea, we could have the option of doing that as well.

9:43AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Thanks.

11:31PM PDT on May 9, 2013

Mmmmm

10:12PM PDT on May 9, 2013

WOW

8:08PM PDT on May 9, 2013

thanks for sharing - here are things I recommend for long-term cleansing:
- quit meat, smoking, and high processed sugar foods (soft drinks, etc...)
- drink a warm glass of water with the juice of 1/2 lemon or lime squeezed in every morning
- eat lots of fruit for breakfast and lots of raw or steamed veggies throughout the day
- incorporate lots of spices (e.g. ginger/garlic/turmeric/cinnamon) in your everyday cooking
- have very little coffee/tea
- exchange coffee/tea for organic herbal tea blends
- get daily exercise of 30 mins
- have a very reduced intake of alcohol (if you need to have any at all)

Now this doesn't mean I'm successful in constantly keeping to the above (I have trouble gettting in exercise, and I definitely don't have enough fruit or raw veggies), but time and again I have found that most incredibly healthy people follow this kind of regime!

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