Foods to Eat for a Spring Physical and Mental Cleanse
When Spring arrives it is time for a physical and mental cleanse. This prepares our minds and bodies for the good things that will come to us in the summer.
The first thing you want to do is address any mental stress that you may be causing yourself in life by dealing with toxic people; situations that make you feel anxious and guilty. Resolve to rid yourself of these things in your life so that you can move forward with clarity and energy. If you cannot avoid them completely then try to take a break from them.
To begin a mental cleanse try to sit or lay down every day for about five minutes and meditate. Unplug yourself from the computer, smart phone and other technology and take in ten deep breaths. Be aware of the flow of air in and out of your lungs. Close your eyes to shut out any unnecessary information. It also helps to repast a mantra while you are doing this such as “I am peaceful” or “I am grateful.” Quiet your mental chatter.
To conduct an emotional cleanse decide once and all to make friends with yourself. Decide you will stay away from toxic people. Make a list of the feelings that you still feel that are no longer relevant to your daily existence and resolve to deal with them and get rid of them. If you can’t deal with them then it might be time to see a counselor or someone who can deal with them.
It also helps to de-clutter your environment. Get out the garbage bags and vacuum cleaner and throw what you don’t need out. This can help bring new energy to even the most chaotic of lives. The theory is that a clean environment gets rid of old stale energy so exciting new energy (also known as chi) can enter your life. This aids you in the circulation of prosperity.
To conduct a physical cleanse be sure to follow a simple series of morning stresses. This will help get rid of tight muscles from sleeping in the wrong position. Start exercising as well because vigorous movement of any kind will help bring blood and oxygen to where it is most needed in your body.
You can also do an internal cleanse. This is accomplished through fasting, juicing, colon hydrotherapy, taking herbal remedies and attending infrared saunas.
Begin by detoxing your body gently by:
• Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.
• Drinking a shot glass full of apple cider vinegar in the morning to alkalinize your body in the morning
• Drink a green smoothie instead of eating a main meal every day for at least three weeks.
• Take a twenty minute sauna or steam bath every day for a week.
• Stop drinking coke and coffee.
• Stay away from nuts, wheat, soy, dairy and meat
• Change your diet so that is inclusive of as many raw foods as possible.
So just what exactly what foods should you eat to help detoxify and cleanse your body?
Lemon: Drinking a glass of lemon water every day is a good way to fire up your metabolism, alkalize the body and help digestion. It can also help convert fat-soluble toxins to water soluble substances so they can then be flushed out of the body. Lemons also contain Vitamin C which helps detox the body.
Dark Leafy Greens: Eat the raw, sautéed or blended in smoothies so that the chlorophyll found in these green treasures can rid the body of harmful pollutants from smog, herbicides, heavy metals and cleaning products.
Dandelions: Dandelions are a very potent liver detoxifier. You can eat them in salads or make a soup out of dandelions, chicken stock and garlic to facilitate a Spring Cleanse.
Burdock root: This is a dark brown root that is popular in Asia and that has been used for centuries to help deter and cleanse the liver. You can find it in Asian supermarkets. Consider using it in stir-fries and soups.
All Fruit: Fruit is essential to eat to flush your system of toxins. You can eat apples, berries, grapes, melons and fruits raw or you can blend them into smoothies.
Beets: These deep red roots are full of fiber that increases the production of antioxidant enzymes in the liver. This can help the liver and gallbladder eliminate toxic substances in the body.
Ginger: Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory that is a cleansing digestive aid. You can make a tea out of the root or add it raw to salads. It also is good in soups and stir fries. Drinking the juice of a ginger along with apple, celery and lime juice is not only tasty; it will cleanse all of your major organs!
Cabbage: Cabbage helps detoxify enzymes in the liver. Chop them to add to a salad or add them to a stir fry to help lift the toxic load off those organs.
Artichoke Hearts: This treat helps promote the secretion of bile and produces antioxidants that help protect the liver cells... They are very useful for detoxing, especially for thus who have alcohol related liver problems.
Sesame seeds: These seeds protect liver cells from the damaging effects of chemicals. Try cooking with Tahiti paste which is made of the ground of seeds. It is a popular condiment and cooking ingredient in Mediterrean cooking..
Watercress: This peppery green leaf has a diuretic effect which is perfect for cleansing the blood and the kidneys. It is also chock full of minerals that your body needs to stay cleansed and healthy.
Green Tea: Sipping cups of green tea flushes the system with catechins which are powerful antioxidants that help cleanse every organ in the digestive system.
To speed along your detoxification process you might want to consider taking baths in Epsom salts and baking soda as well as maybe visit a health studio or spa to get a colonic cleanse.
If you eat these foods and practice the other suggestions for cleansing mind, body and soul you will be ready to welcome summer with fantastic health!