Detox Menu for a Spring Cleanse

If you’re feeling sluggish or sub-par, refresh your body with a spring cleanse. Get started with this detox menu and cleansing tea!

| March/April 2012

Regardless of how conscientious we are about our health and fitness, our bodies are under constant assault from pollutants. Many toxins are as close as the air we breathe—the Environmental Protection Agency tracks levels of 187 toxic air pollutants under the Clean Air Act—and the foods we eat, which routinely harbor additives, preservatives and pesticides. The personal choices we make, including our consumption of sugar, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, can add to our toxin load.

Although our bodies are designed to efficiently eliminate toxins, the sheer volume of pollutants we encounter every day can tax our natural detoxification systems. It’s best to maintain a healthy diet and avoid toxins all the time, but if you’re looking for a spring jump start, try the whole-food detox menu below. Please note: Detox regimens are intended for short-term use. Always consult your health practitioner before changing your diet or health program, particularly if you have a pre-existing health condition.

Detox Menu

Promote healthy liver function by following this detox menu for a week. Supplement it with as much herbal tea as you like. (Try one of our favorite detox tea recipes from our sister publication, The Herb Companion: "Liver Tea.") For convenience, steam many servings of vegetables ahead of time and save the vegetable water; it’s part of the menu.

Upon rising: Drink two glasses filtered water—one glass with half a lemon squeezed in.

Breakfast: Eat one piece organic fresh fruit such as apple, pear, banana, grapes (about a cup) or citrus fruit.

15 to 30 minutes later: Eat one bowl cooked organic whole grains, specifically millet, brown rice, amaranth, quinoa or buckwheat. Flavor grains with 2 tablespoons organic fruit juice for a sweet taste, or add a teaspoon of “Better Butter” (recipe below) with a little salt or tamari.

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