Choose the World's Best Spring Cleanse

Time-honored internal cleansing methods from around the world can be a part of your everyday life.

| March/April 2007

  • Saunas help increase circulation and induce sweating to enhance the detoxification process.
  • Breathing techniques enhance the body’s ability to eliminate toxins.

“Healing may not be so much about getting better as about letting go of everything that isn’t you—all of the expectations, all of the beliefs—and becoming who you are. Not a better you, but a realer you.”
—Rachael Naomi Remen, M.D., The Human Patient (Anchor Books, 1980)

Natural healing practitioners from cultures all over the world have recommended and used detoxification as a healing technique for centuries. Detoxification is a natural way to rid the body of unwanted substances that get trapped internally due to the wear and tear of modern life. Traditional cultures have taught us that various methods of detoxification can allow the body to heal itself, thus bringing it to a purer, healthier and more vibrant place.

Because of the high volume of modern environmental contaminants, it is crucial to cleanse our bodies periodically to restore the immune system and improve metabolism. By ridding our bodies of these contaminants, we also reduce stress, keep elimination regular and cleanse the blood. A “spring cleaning” once a year can help promote and maintain good health in amazing ways. I like to do a three- to seven-day cleanse at the start of each season—check with your health-care provider to see what’s right for you.

When we clean the physical body in a slow, meditative fashion, we simultaneously wash away negative thoughts and emotions. While engaging in the following detoxification techniques, think about the significance of a clean body, mind and soul as a way to better understand our true selves and achieve greater success in our physical, emotional and spiritual lives.
Detoxification Defined

Detoxification refers to the elimination of poisons or toxins. Due to the huge quantity of today’s environmental contaminants, regular cleansing is vital to maximize the body’s energy and to prevent chronic illness. Detoxification both maintains good health and promotes healing from illnesses.

A handful of common methods of detoxification influenced by cultures around the world are described here. Some are physical approaches that speed toxin removal from tissues so they can be excreted. Others are plant- or food-based, which provide the body with beneficial immune-boosting substances that deactivate toxins and enhance their elimination.
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