Spring is here and most of feel sluggish after winter. Now that the days are longer and the weather is becoming warmer it is the perfect time to start a cleanse. The concept of internal cleansing or detoxification has been around for a long time. It is especially important in modern times because we live in an ever increasing toxic world. Lucky for us, our bodies are naturally equipped for detoxification. These systems, however, can become overloaded. Cleansing the body does not have to be complicated. The first place to start is to get the blood pumping and the sweat flowing. This will bring fresh nutrients into the cells and help remove wastes. Exercise is the best way to accomplish this. It can be as simple as going outside and walking. Fresh air also helps with the cleansing process.
A cleansing diet can be as simple as cutting out sugar and refined foods, and eating mostly fruits, vegetables and whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa for several days. Start each morning with an 8 ounce glass of water with a quarter to a half of a fresh squeezed lemon added. This helps the liver to produce bile and aids with digestion.
The following recipe is for a simple Spring Detox Soup:
- 9 cups of water 3 cups of vegetables, chopped
- 3 onions, finely chopped 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 3/4 cup of rice noodles 9 TBSP of miso ( a fermented soya paste found at the health food store or Asian market)
- 3 carrots, chopped
Bring water to a boil. Add chopped onions, chopped vegetables, chopped garlic, and rice noodles. Allow to oil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in miso. Makes 9 servings.
Consume this soup for breakfast and lunch. Adding dietary fibre will greatly aid a cleansing program. Fibre will bind up toxins and helps to gently sweep the bowel clean. This can be as easy as adding 2-3 TBSP of ground flaxseeds to plain yogurt and fruit or by adding it to unsweetened applesauce. This makes a great snack in between meals as it fills the stomach to control cravings and helps even out blood sugar levels. Fruits and vegetables can also be consumed between meals also. A simple supper could be brown rice or quinoa and plenty of steamed vegetables. Supplements can also be very helpful in a cleansing program. These may include milk thistle, dandelion root or burdock root tea. This cleanse can be followed for 3 to 7 days. Please check with your naturopath or healthcare practitioner before you start any exercise or cleansing program.