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.
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