Spring Cleaning...for your Body!

posted on March 27, 2012

It is a time of renewal and life’s new beginnings.  With the start of a new season and the warmer weather it is the perfect time to shed some winter storage.  Although your closet may need an overhaul, your body has been accumulating garbage too – toxins!

According to Asian Medicine Theory – Spring is a perfect time for the body to detox.  It is the season of the liver, our detoxifying organ.  We are also better able to handle the cooling detox foods such as fruits and vegetables.

Detoxing does not have to be a rigorous long-term process.  You have to consider what is appropriate for your body based on your state of health and life exposures.  Working with a Naturopathic Doctor can help you determine what is appropriate and best suited to you. Many find that detoxifying the body increases energy, enhances mood, improves digestion, aids weight loss programs and much more!

What does a typical detox involve?

A typical detox can involve any or a combination of the following:

  • Dietary modifications – following a clean and wholesome diet
  • Supplementation for Liver support
  • Reducing environmental exposures
  • Physical activity
  • Castor oil packs
  • Skin brushing and hydrotherapy

Getting Started

Ask a Naturopathic Doctor how to detox safely and effectively.  All detox’s are not safe for everyone.  It may not be appropriate for some conditions and medication regimens. A Naturopathic Doctor will design a detox program that is right for you. 

Basic Suggestions include:

  • Avoiding refined sugars
  • Avoiding food preservatives, additives and heavy pesticides
  • Drinking greater than 2L of water per day and minimizing coffee intake
  • Reducing chemical exposures in the home (most commonly through household cleaners and detergents)