5 Foods to Spring Clean Your Body

Springtime makes us think of spring cleaning our houses, so why not spring cleaning for our bodies too? But let’s going to skip the detox powders, starvation diets, and expensive juice cleanses and create a different detox with whole foods.

I’m using the term detox here pretty loosely: in my experience, I don’t think that we really need to ‘cleanse’ our body regularly if we’re eating a clean and wholesome diet. Cleanses and detoxes can definitely be helpful for those with specific health issues like obesity, cancer, or serious digestive troubles. But for most of us, cleansing can be costly, time-consuming and depriving.

So instead, I like to encourage my students and clients to choose a ‘detox’ based on plant-based, whole foods. What does this include: fresh veggies, fruits, fresh juices, whole grains, decreased dairy and meat (or none at all) and lots of healing drinks. For detoxing, I like to think of adding good things into the diet to crowd out the bad stuff. Once you tell someone they cannot have soda or cheeseburgers, that’s immediately what they want! But encouraging them to try healthier options (juices, whole grains) crowds out the junk foods in their life, leaving space for more healthful options. The best part? Whole food meals change your tastebuds, and you truly begin to crave healthier foods!

The best foods to add into your whole foods spring detox include: leafy greens, whole grains, berries, miso and herbs.

Leafy greens in all forms are super good for the whole body. Lettuces, fresh herbs, kale, collards, spinach and chard should be a part of all of your meals. Blend greens into your morning smoothie, and get in the habit of eating a giant bowl of leafy things before each meal to increase your intake of raw foods each day. Look for ways to serve greens on all your sandwiches and wraps for lunch, and find new greens to enjoy cooked for dinner. Try a variety of greens, and eat them both raw and cooked for maximum benefit.

There is a whole world of whole grains just waiting to be explored. Barley and spring wheat berries are great this time of year for nourishing whole grain salads and simple warm pilafs. Try to add cooked whole grains into each meal as a side or as the main. Skip the sugary cereal for breakfast and try barley porridge instead.

Fresh berries come into season in early spring and thrive all summer long. Add some berry love to all parts of your day: toss them into smoothies and juices, add sliced to salads, and enjoy in simple sweet desserts like berry crumbles, as topping on coconut ice cream and in fruit salads. Berries are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and my favorite nutrition guy, Dr. Greger, says they are one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.

Another super powerful detox food that aides in digestion, immunity and general health boosting awesomeness is miso. For springtime choose a light white or yellow miso, which has a milder flavor and blends nicely with light warm-weather foods. Blend miso with water to create a thin paste, then add to soups, sauces, dressings and more. Miso is full of digestive boosting enzymes and gut-healing probiotics, and tastes great in almost all foods. It’s my go-to remedy for an upset stomach, colds, flu, travel weariness or just general malaise. You can enjoy miso every day to gently cleanse and nourish your body.

Finally, add fresh herbs into your daily eating and drinking regime. Fresh herbs like basil, dill, parsley, and cilantro are potent detox foods for our body, and they taste amazing in salads, soups and in juices. Dried herbs can be super beneficial, too: try dandelion root for liver health, peppermint for digestive balance, licorice for sore throats and digestive health, and hibiscus tea for a bright vitamin C boost.

Adding in these five food groups can dramatically improve your health at any time of year. But during this spring season of cleansing and cleaning, boost your energy and your vitality with these food and recipe suggestions. The more energy you have from food means more energy for the real spring cleaning tasks!

Related:
10 Benefits and Uses for Miso
12 Cereals to Avoid
Homemade Detox Baths

84 comments

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

thanks

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Stephanie B.
Stephanie B2 years ago

I eat these foods on a regular basis.

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Vincent Taylor
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik2 years ago

Thank you for sharing:)

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Julianna D.
Juliana D2 years ago

Thanks

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Angela K.
Angela K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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Holli DuShane
Holli DuShane2 years ago

Great info! Thanks!

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Joy McR
Joy M2 years ago

Sounds good, thank you..

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Muff-Anne York-Haley
Muff-Anne Y2 years ago

Yum!

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