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Spring Clean Your Body

Spring is near. The official day of spring is March 20. It is time to take spring cleaning to that next level. Why do we need to spring clean our bodies? First, there is the natural need to cast off winter blues and feel renewed and second, according to Chinese medicine, the liver is most active in detoxification process during spring. 

Toxins are everywhere in our environment today! Toxins are the biggest causes of cancer, degenerative disease, birth defects, and genetic changes. Every day in the media we read about toxins in our food, drinking water, cleaning supplies, and the air we breathe.

Typical symptoms and signs of toxic overload include:

  • 2013-03-18_ultimatecleanseFatigue
  • Memory decline
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Allergies and frequent infections
  • Irritability, anxiety and depression
  • Difficulty losing or gaining weight
  • Muscle and joint pain and weakness
  • Skin rashes, eruptions and outbreaks
  • Recurrent yeast and fungal infections
  • Abdominal bloating, gas and indigestion

I always start the spring cleaning of my body around spring (twice a year if possible) by detoxing and doing colon cleaning and fasting.

The necessity to rid your body of toxins on a regular basis is obvious. It is particularly useful for people trying to quit smoking, wean off drugs and lose weight. Many people have reported vast improvement in their symptoms and conditions after going through a detoxification program. I found a good home detox program on-line. Below, I outline it:

At-Home Detox Program

Start with a one-day program and increase to one week or more.

  • Detox Diet: Eat mostly beans, brown rice, oat bran, vegetables, fruits, organic chicken or turkey.
  • Vegetable Juice: 24 oz. juice made from cabbage, cucumber, carrot/greens, celery, turnip, asparagus, beet/greens, parsley, apple, aloe vera. Split up into 3 portions and drink.
  • Vegetable Broth: 24 oz. broth made from as many of the following items: collards, Swiss chard, kale, mustard green, cabbage, dandelion, Brussels sprout, daikon radish, watercress, seaweed, shitake mushroom, cilantro, garlic, leek, fennel, anise, ginger, turmeric. Divide into 3 portions to consume.
  • 1 lemon squeezed in 12 oz. hot water. Take upon waking first thing in the morning.
  • Supplement with 1 Tablespoon either flax seed oil or deep sea fish oil.
  • Herbal Soak: 20-minute bath daily during Intensive and weekly during maintenance with infusions of eucalyptus, wintergreen, peppermint, fennel, cinnamon and Epsom Salt to help draw out toxins

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I also recommend a couple of GNC and Vitamin Shoppe detox kits you can purchase that I have used that are mild on the body. I also want to add that when you are doing a detox you should be watching what you eat and avoid fatty, greasy and heavy foods. The National University Whole Health Clinic has great detox programs and diet recommendations, especially naturopathy and AOM.

Word to the Wise: Please discuss your detoxification needs with your practitioners. Spring may be the best time to cleanse your body and environment but you don't have to wait until spring to start because detoxification and cleansing is for all seasons.

Thank you for continued support of the AOM Blog! Think spring cleaning!