Updated: Mar 8, 2021
Your House isn't the only thing that needs a cleaning this Spring
Spring is now in full swing and it’s time to shed that winter skin.
Food and drink aren’t the only toxins in our lives that may hurt our health. Spring is a great time to purge your life of toxins and chemicals that may be harming you.
Obviously, alcohol, refined sugar, and processed foods have got to go when you’re detoxing. But other toxins to eliminate include cigarettes, fragranced soaps and candles, and harsh cleaning chemicals. Introduce all-natural alternatives into your home so that those toxins don’t re-enter your body when your detox ends.
Spring is a great time to start fresh again. Think of your body like a house that has an attic or basement that needs cleaning from time to time. Spring cleaning just makes sense, especially if you spent part of the cold winter eating lots of comfort food!
In winter our instincts are to eat comfort foods and foods high in fat. Remember all those Christmas cookies? Although completely normal (we ate our share too) leads to greater toxic overload for the body systems to process daily. Also, spring brings a sense of renewal. So, a good “spring cleaning” is definitely in order.
How Detoxing Works
There are a lot of misconceptions that surround detoxes and diets. From crash diets that freak your body out and only make the problem worse to flushing your body without replenishing the system. Fad detox diets are everywhere. It’s important to note that detoxing doesn’t mean starving, nor does it mean you’re performing a flash sale on your digestive system. For a detox to be successful, you have to remove the bad toxins, keep the good bacteria, and fill the freed spaces with nutrients.
Completely cutting fats and sugar can hurt you more than help you. If you are not prepared, research has shown that our body can get addicted to these components and go through withdrawals when we quit cold turkey.
Researchers from the University of Montreal fed mice a high-fat diet for six weeks, and then switched to a healthier diet. The mice exhibited symptoms of anxiety and depression on the new eating program, which scientists believe was due to changes in the release of brain compounds, such as the feel-good chemical dopamine. This explains why a strict new diet makes us feel blue and irritable. And that’s the last thing you want during this beautiful SPRING! Instead of following a fad diet, take up these healthful tips that will get you on the right track and “swinging into spring—clean.”
1) Up Your Magnesium Intake
Magnesium is great for relieving stress and helping your heart. After a long, cold winter you can feel tired, but magnesium, which is used to treat fatigue caused by a deficiency, can help give your body a little boost. Magnesium is also good for the heart and blood pressure.
Magnesium can easily be imbibed through foods. Try to add extra whole grains, nuts, fish, and dark green vegetables to your diet. You can also take supplements or snack on pumpkin seeds or almonds to make sure you get your daily dose.
2) Try Fasting...Juice fasting that is
Although extended fasting isn’t recommended, a short fast over a few days (up to a week) can help you feel lighter and re-tune your body. A healthy fast will involve a lot of water, nutrient-rich juices every two hours, and a light dinner that is full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Fasting has been used for centuries to help people “lighten up” after a long winter and has been known to give the faster some mental clarity akin to enlightenment. Although we can’t promise a spiritual experience, we can assure you that a few days of careful fasting will help you detox after a long “hibernation.”
3) Herbal Detox | Clean Start Environmental Cleanse
We recommend using supplements to help detoxify daily (as you should) and do a quick 10–14 day cleanse every quarter. This is the perfect way to jump into spring. If you are new to herbal formulas or cleansing, then a longer cleanse may be better due to a lifetime of toxic buildup.
Toxins are everywhere in our world today, and our precious bodies need all the help they can get to fight against the onslaught. Put a “spring” in your step with a spring cleanse! It’s like a shower for your insides.
Try our Clean Start Environmental Cleanse: Environmental pollutants accumulate in the body throughout our lifetime. We consume them, breathe them and absorb them. Chemicals or heavy metals mimic minerals and can go into mineral receptor sites. Chemicals mimic hormones, especially estrogen, and upset the balance of the natural hormones. Some symptoms of needing an environmental cleanse are:
· Aches and pains in joints or muscles
· Bone loss
· Hormonal imbalances including thyroid issues
· Sleep problems
· Poor concentration or memory problems,
· Living in a polluted society
· Eating inorganic food
· Using commercial household cleaners,
· Using petrochemicals
· Taking baths, showers or swimming in chlorinated water
4) Hydrate | Hydration
If you want to release and flush out the toxins in your body, you need to make sure you’re getting a sufficient amount of water each day. The recommended amount is your weight divided in half and converted to ounces. For example, a 140-pound woman would want to drink 70 ounces of water a day, which amounts to just over 2 liters.
5) Start Taking Probiotics
A healthy gut helps regulate the rest of your body, which makes regulating your gut health during spring that much more important, as it can help with digestion, as well as stress and fatigue.
There are over 100 trillion microorganisms from about 400 different species living in a healthy gut, and maintaining them and their environment helps your body efficiently absorb all of the good stuff and eliminate the bad. Though you can get a lot of probiotics from food sources, it might be worthwhile to take a probiotic supplement to give your body that extra boost.
6) Get Lots of Sleep
When your body is tired, it turns to a quick energy fix. This means an exhausted body will crave sugar for that boost of energy, but the kick is brief, and the body is left more tired than when it began.
To keep from running to the cookie jar for a pick-me-up, get enough quality sleep each night. With all the activities going on in Spring, things can get stressful, but take measures to make sure sleep isn’t getting snubbed. Give yourself enough hours, turn off all electronics, and stretch before bed. You’ll sleep better and be able to resist those tempting sugary goodies in the morning.
7) Get Alkaline with a Foot Detox
Alkaline is essentially the opposite of acidic, and your body needs to be both to be healthy. The balance between the two is called your pH level. A negative pH level means your body fluids and tissues are very acidic. A positive pH means your body is more alkaline. The healthy ideal level is a pH of 7.0 or above.
A positive pH level can help your body in multiple ways. It reduces inflammation, keeps colds at bay, helps to manage stress, and supports blood sugar levels. You can help to raise your pH by eating alkalizing foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and reducing your consumption of acidic foods like sugar and alcohol. Along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, our Ionic foot detox can help to regulate the pH in the body Through the use of meridian points and the pores in the soles of our feet, the Ionic Foot Detox helps to release blockages or contaminants in our bodies as well. An Ionic Foot Detox helps to neutralize and remove charged toxins from the body leaving you mo