Your house isn’t the only thing in need of a spring cleaning! After months of eating holiday food (we’re looking at you, chocolate cake) and toasting with alcoholic beverages, your body must be filled with toxins that are devouring your energy and making you feel tired all the time. This is just the tip of the iceberg, though. That toxic build-up in your organism could eventually manifest itself as a health disorder. Organism cleansing is essential for preventing that, especially in the spring, when temperatures are rising and, just as snow, the toxins in your body are starting to liquefy, thus flooding your cells. Here’s how to put an end to this poor outcome with an at-home spring cleanse.
Exclude what isn’t good for you
The first step in a spring cleanse is to stop eating and drinking whatever continues to fill your body with toxins. Start by getting rid of anything containing white flour, and move on with excluding sugar, processed food, junk food, heated fats and oils, high-salt foods and alcohol and cigarettes. Some of the worst foods to consume during a detox period are meat (it slows down digestion), dairy products (they’re acidic and slow down the cleanse), and gluten (it irritates the gut).
Include what’s good for you
Detoxification doesn’t mean living on the air you breathe. You can still eat delicious meals, as long as they’re light and healthy for your organism. Here are a couple of detox diet tips that should guide you:
* Eat warm cooked foods, such as soups and broths.
* Focus on easy-to-digest fruits, veggies, and grains like apples, pears, figs, papayas, leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, quinoa, amaranth, barley and brown rice.
* Eat fresh organic foods.
* Season your meals with detoxifying spices like cumin, turmeric, fennel, coriander, fresh ginger and black pepper.
* Drink at least eight cups of water every day. Lukewarm/hot water (try hot water with lemon) is especially helpful for getting rid of toxins and facilitating their way out of the body.
Turn to herbs
The lymphatic system is the key to a successful detox, because its primary function is to carry the waste away from the cells and bloodstream. To prevent lymph fluid sluggishness, you should consume herbs like red clover (it has blood cleansing properties), dandelion (it stimulates the liver), Echinacea (it strengthens the immune system) and burdock root (it prevents toxic chemical poisoning). Also, many Udo’s choice products intended to enhance cleansing and improve digestion contain various useful plants such as clove bud, superfood algae and seaweeds, barberry root, rhubarb root, Indian gooseberry fruit and marshmallow root, which can aid this cause.
Be active, but don’t forget to rest
You can eat all the healthy food you want, but if you are not moving, you are not doing your body any favors. Being active will ensure that the fluids in the lymphatic system fluctuate, so that the remaining toxins can be banished. You don’t have to join a gym, if that’s not your cup of tea. Choose an activity that suits you best. Brisk walking, running, cycling or dancing, everything is permitted. However, the fact that you are active doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find time to rest. In fact, sleeping at least eight hours a night will revitalize your organism. Establish a healthy sleep routine, when you will go to bed around 10 p.m. and get up at 6 a.m. and avoid sleeping during the day.
Finally, don’t end the detoxification process suddenly. Take your time to ease your organism into your regular diet and lifestyle, and if you have had any previous bad habits (e.g. junk food), try to give them up.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips. Twitter | Facebook