Detox Your Body for Spring by Incorporating These 7 Items Into Your Diet
Spring is here! ...Sort of. Regardless of the weather, you can manifest spring by detoxing and cleaning your body, mind and space, and before you know it it will actually start to feel like spring around you.
As the weather begins to warm up and the flowers start to bloom, your body will thank you for hitting the reset button on your diet. A simple detox will help you feel lighter and fresher — a perfect reflection of spring.
Detoxing doesn't have to be scary, difficult or depriving. It also doesn't have to be all or nothing. By making subtle changes, your body will still experience the positive effects such as flushing out toxins and shedding excess weight and bloating.
I promise all of these items are easy and affordable to incorporate into your regular diet. For an extra boost of detoxification be sure to drink plenty of water (ideally filtered).
Start your morning with a slice of fresh lemon in a glass of hot water. Squeeze the lemon to release more of the juice before dropping it into the cup to steep further. Your body has just been hard at work all night; digesting, preparing you for elimination and cleaning house. There's a fire happening in your belly from all this work, and dumping anything cold (especially ice cold) onto this fire shocks your system. Heading straight for the coffee maker isn't the best choice either, since after a long sleep your body needs hydration. Coffee lovers — worry not, you can have your precious brew after you hydrate!
Some naturally detoxing teas include green tea, which is full of antioxidants and helps boost your metabolism; milk thistle, great for liver detoxification (hello, hangover!); turmeric, a tea that contains curcumin, which acts as an anti-inflammatory; dandelion, a natural and gentle diuretic and hormone regulator; and nettle, also a diuretic that helps relieve water retention. These teas can be purchased at most health food stores or online retailers such as Amazon.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Add a teaspoon or two of ACV (ideally raw, organic and unfiltered such as Bragg) to your morning lemon water, or take it in a bit of plain filtered water before a meal. This will help with digestion and adequate stomach acid production, which is very beneficial for those who do not produce enough stomach acid, leading to bloating, gas and other gastrointestinal discomfort. Apple cider vinegar is also known to help regulate blood sugar and increase weight loss.
A fairly cheap source of fibre that's easy to add to your morning smoothie, salads and even as an egg replacement in baking is flaxseed. These brown, silky little seeds help with elimination in the colon by sweeping up all the debris and bulking up your stool. The Omega-3 essential fatty acids found in flaxseed are a bonus, considering the typical American/Western diet typically contains far too many Omega-6 EFAs and not enough Omega-3s. Use freshly ground flaxseed for ultimate digestibility and a smoother texture.
Most people do not eat nearly enough greens! Dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and broccoli are abundant in antioxidant vitamins, minerals and fibre. Incorporating an algae into your routine such as chlorella or spirulina is a good idea too. Not only do these sources of greens help with detoxification, they also improve inner pH balance and provide immune support.
Kimchi, miso, sauerkraut and other fermented foods deserve more credit because they don't just taste good, they also help feed the good bacteria in your gut and can supposedly even have a positive effect on your mood. Add fermented foods to salads, sandwiches or snack on them by themselves.
Avoid your standard vegetable oils like canola and peanut (which are often heavily contaminated and created from GMO crops), and opt instead for pressure cooking, steaming or baking. Incorporate cold pressed and unrefined oils such as coconut and olive, as well as avocados and raw unsalted nuts to keep you satiated and curb sugar and junk food cravings.
Alcohol, caffeine, sugar, refined oils, junk food and processed foods.
For more tips check out Alive's article A Life Balancing Detox.
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