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 you'll feel lighter and fresher — a perfection 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 positive changes such as flushing out toxins and shedding excess weight and bloating, among other symptoms.
I promise all of these are EASY, and also affordable. In addition to these tips be sure to drink plenty of water.
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. 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 toward the coffee machine isn't a good choice either because after a long sleep your body needs hydration. Don't worry, you can have your coffee after!
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 with an active ingredient (curcumin) that acts as an anti-inflammatory; dandelion, a natural and gentle diuretic and hormone regulator; and nettle, also a diuretic and aids with water retention. These teas can be purchased at most health food stores or on Amazon.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Add a teaspoon or two of ACV to your morning lemon water, or take it in a bit of water before a meal to help with digestion and adequate stomach acid production. It's 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 or any other meal is flaxseed, which helps 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, because the American/Western diet typically contains far too many Omega-6 EFAs and not enough Omega-3s. Use ground flaxseed for ultimate digestibility and texture.
Most people do not eat nearly enough greens! Dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables like cabbage contain necessary antioxidants 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 but they also 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.
Avoid your standard vegetable oils like canola and sunflower (which are often created from GMO crops), and opt instead for pressure cooking, steaming or baking. Incorporate unrefined coconut oil, 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.
Feel like your detox needs a boost? Check out these products:
7 Day Body Cleanse, a gentle natural laxative to jump-start or maintain your detox efforts. Take once per day for the first 7 days or 2-3 days per week.
Daily Fibre Boost, a flavourless fibre powder derived from grains, fruits and vegetables that can be easily added to smoothies, salad dressings, sauces or sprinkled on food.
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