I’m so excited that it’s almost spring! This is a time where we typically begin to clean our houses and cars to get rid of the junk and excess we’ve stored over the winter and bring some fresh air into our lives. It makes sense also to consider cleansing our bodies at this time.
All winter we lean toward comfort foods which tend to be greasy and heavy and generally not healthy! Gimme’ the Cheetos & Chocolate please! It’s hard to desire a cold glass of orange juice or a ‘refreshing’ salad on a day just barely reaching 20F! The weather is warming so now’s the perfect time to purge.
In addition to poor eating, our environment has become increasingly contaminated with toxic substances such as pesticides, industrial chemicals and heavy metals. And our fast-paced lifestyle has stressed our body’s natural abilities of detoxification. Our bodies are exposed to such a heavy load of toxins it is impossible to eliminate them without assistance.
Symptoms of Toxic Build Up
- Chronic Fatigue/Fatigue
- Migraine Headaches/Headaches
- Sinus Congestion
- Lowered Immunities (more susceptible to colds or flu)
- Autoimmune Diseases (MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Colitis and Lupus)
- Joint Aches/Pain
- Ringing in the Ears
- Swollen Glands
- Hair Loss
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Memory Loss
- Reduction or elimination of above symptoms
- Energy increase
- Increase feeling of general well-being
- Increased effectiveness of treatments/therapies
- Weight Loss
There are many ways to go about this beneficial process. I try to do a cleanse somehow every few months. Those of you who know me know that I love food. It’s a sensual pleasure and I do not like giving it up so I am not a big fan of total fasting but I’ve done it and it works to some degree. This looks something like: no food for at least one day and maybe up to 3! You would drink lots of water, some juices, teas and organic broth.
Colonics & Laxatives. These are a no for me. I’ve not tried them. From what I know about them, they are incomplete in detoxing since they do not provide the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals needed to support the full process.
The method that works best for me is the kit option. There are many available which allow you to eat whole foods (organic fruits, vegetables, and meats) while you take tablets or drinks of natural products that encourage elimination/detoxification. I’ve seen them range from a 7 day program to a 1 month program and from $25.00 to $200.00. A very gentle Cleanse which is good for first timers is : Renew Life First Cleanse. This month I am trying a 7-Day Arbonne Cleanse which is a 32 ounce beverage full of cleansing supplements and herbs daily while eating whole/clean foods. I’ll be glad to share my results when I”m done. The cost is about $50.00.
- Brussel Sprouts
- Sweet Potatoes
In addition to dietary cleansing, you can support detox with:
Here are a few relatively easy cleansing poses to try:
YOGA DETOX WORKSHOP
There are lots of Detox/Cleansing sound recordings around. Here is one to try:
It’s approximately 25 minutes in length and offers a watery background which I like for cleansing.
They Heal & Detoxify, Strengthen Immune System, Cleanse the Blood, Help with Addictions, Stimulate Metabolism, Help Chronic Illness Recovery.
Hold them, meditate with them, wear them, place them around you and your home, sleep with them under your pillow.
Enhance the health of your body, mind & spirit by trying one or more of these detox techniques! Spring Clean and you will feel and look refreshed and healthy!
p.s. I assume you know that between cleanses you should be eating organic whenever possible, using the microwave as little as possible, never be heating plastic wrap and never be drinking from containers made of plastic?! Learn more clean living tips at the Detox Workshop.
Lisa Hassett, Reiki Therapist, CYT
Healing For Body, Mind & Spirit
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