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It’s out with the old and in with the new for springtime, and the same should go for toxin build up in your body. Cleansing should occur at least once a year, but it is also suggested that as the seasons change, a good cleanse can better prepare us for the changes of the seasons. Just like the temperature, the foods we eat during each season changes. Going from spring to summer, the body is working up for some of the busiest months of the year.
Traditionally, cultures all around the world have practiced seasonal cleansing in all types of different ways. Specifically for a liver cleanse, the liver is how the body takes toxins out of the body, and that is how the liver earns the spot of one of the hardest working organs in our bodies! The liver works with many other organs in our body to detox blood, produce bile, hormone breakdowns, and acts as a storage facility for our vitamins and minerals. If the liver is not functioning properly, it affects many other areas of our body.
Some more important functions of the liver include removing old blood cells, helping the intestines process nutrients, chemical production for blood clotting, the breakdown and metabolizing of alcohol and consumed medications, and the production of necessary proteins and cholesterol. When people hear ‘liver disease’ they typically think of alcoholism, but that is not the only cause of liver disease or liver failure. Some other risk factors associated with liver disease include low potassium levels, drug use, exposure to certain chemicals, obesity, processed foods, viral infections and autoimmune diseases.
Some things you may notice if your liver is not performing at its best include gas or bloating, constipation, heartburn, acid reflux, yellowish tint to skin and eyes, high blood pressure, difficulty losing weight, cognitive difficulties, dark urine, chronic fatigue, poor appetite, and chronic fatigue.
If you want to support your liver there are certain foods you should focus on. These foods include beets, carrots, tomatoes, grapefruit, spinach, citrus fruits, cabbage, turmeric, walnuts, avocados, apples, Brussels sprouts, garlic, dandelion root, leafy green vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, green tea, artichoke, olive oil, and alternative grains like quinoa, millet and buckwheat.
There are many diets, supplements, and programs available to cleanse your liver; you need to find the one that is best for you. Consult your doctor if you have concerns or questions.
Below are some general tips that have worked for me:
-Eat clean and organic
-Eat a low-fat diet that is high in fiber
-Take a probiotic.
-Eat light meals more frequently.
-Get the proper amount of sleep
-Avoid alcohol and tobacco products
-Avoid processed foods and whole grains
You will find that when you are done with your liver cleanse, you should notice that you have much more energy, your digestion has improved, and your skin looks younger and brighter. You will also have better mental clarity and cognitive functioning, along with a boost to your immune system and more balanced blood sugar levels. Interesting in removing toxins naturally? If you’d like to shed unwanted weight and Spring cleanse this season
click here to check out my Spring Detox Program.
I am going to apologize now, I love spring! I will be chatting it up about spring for the next few months. I love when the mother nature sheds away at the signs of winter and the blossoms and colors of spring arrive.
I love spring cleaning, I love the foods that come with spring and I really love the longer days!
I told you I was a nut about spring. I have learned that my body works best in spring and summer weather. So the minute spring shows up my body starts to wake up. I start to really focus on what helps me shed the winter sludge. One of my favorite things to get my body moving and waking up is dry skin brushing. Continuous skin brushing will make your skin glow, reduce bags under your eyes and reduces swelling in your hands and feet.
Your skin is the largest detoxifying organ in your body. It is your first line of defense! Your skin gets beat up from the environment and everything you do to the inside shows up on your skin. The minute you ingest something of a chemical nature or an allergen or experience a stressful situation, your skin reacts by breaking out by trying to expel the toxins, whether those we consider real poisons or the ones emitted by our stress hormones. We know about detoxing our bodies with food but supporting your skin is equally important in order for it to breathe and release all those toxins.
Benefits of skin brushing
Purchase a skin brush with natural bristles at your local health food store or you can find them on amazon.
Start with dry skin. I do it every morning before I get in the shower and at night before I get in bed. You want to start at your feel, with long strokes moving towards your heart. When you get to your stomach move in a counterclockwise motion. You do not want to brush hard, you are gently cleansing your skin, your skin should be a little pink but not red.