Spring Cleaning For Your Body

Try our herbal cleansing and detoxification program for health and rejuvenation.

  • Red clover (Trifolium pratense) encourages lymph cleansing throughout the body.

Would you like to have more energy, sleep better, and feel calmer? Perhaps you want to improve your digestion or to clear up a nagging health concern such as chronic sinusitis, allergies, or painful joints. What all of these disorders have in common is a breakdown in the body’s ability to maintain health. Chronic health problems are your body’s way of letting you know that something isn’t working in the way that you are taking care of yourself.

• Plans For A Complete Three-Day Cleanse 

Body Cleansing Recipes:

• Purifying Herbal Tea
• Purifying Herbal Tincture
• Aromatherapy Purifying Bath
• Herbal Detoxifying Bath 

Our bodies have powerful healing capabilities but may be hindered by layers of physical toxins. We encounter numerous toxic substances every day, from environmental pollutants to the metabolic wastes created by our own bodies as a byproduct of normal metabolism. Even emotional stress creates physical toxins. When we are overloaded with toxins, the stage is set for disease to occur. The health breakdown may be as commonplace as a cold or flu, or it can be a serious, life-threatening illness such as heart disease or cancer. Degenerative diseases are often the result of years of chronic low-level toxicity. When we clear out toxins, we provide our bodies with the opportunity to heal. The organs of detoxification—the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin, lymphatic system, and intestinal tract—work tirelessly to cleanse the body and maintain balance in the midst of ever-changing conditions. With such a heavy daily workload, it’s essential to give your body a break to allow it to do necessary housecleaning and repair work. An herbal cleansing program that incorporates healthful eating, gentle exercise, hydrotherapy, and plenty of rest and sleep creates a healing environment that enables your body to concentrate on repair and rejuvenation. At a minimum, plan to undertake a three-day cleansing program twice a year, in the spring and in the autumn. At most, follow a cleansing program for no more than three weeks twice a year unless otherwise prescribed by your health-care practitioner. Obviously, it’s also important to live in a health-conscious manner on a daily basis. No amount of cleansing and detoxification can compensate for an unhealthy lifestyle. If you are suffering from a serious health problem, consult your doctor for help in designing an appropriate cleansing program. A naturopathic physician, qualified herbalist, or holistically oriented doctor can offer guidance. Whatever your current state of health, it’s important to remember that your body has remarkable powers of rejuvenation.

Eat A Healthful Cleansing Diet

A healthful cleansing diet provides your body with all of the nutrients it needs to function optimally while supporting the natural processes of cleansing and rejuvenation. To help cleanse your body, focus on fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, complex carbohydrates in the form of whole grains and legumes, easily digestible proteins such as fish and tofu, and healthful fats such as extra-virgin olive oil and flaxseed oil. Equally important is what you don’t eat. Avoid saturated, polyunsaturated, and hydrogenated fats, refined flour and sugar, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, and excessive amounts of animal protein. Fresh, organic vegetables and fruits are the basis of a cleansing diet. They provide an abundance of health-protective vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients and are rich in soluble fiber, which helps to cleanse the intestinal tract. Aim for seven servings of vegetables and three servings of fruits daily (see “How much is a serving?” at right). In general, the most colorful vegetables and fruits are the most potent sources of protective antioxidants. For example, choose dark, leafy greens over pale lettuces, and purple grapes over green grapes. In addition, include sulfur-rich vegetables such as onions and garlic, which help remove heavy metals from body tissues, and eat generous servings of vegetables from the cruciferous family (such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards, and mustard greens), which block the formation of cancer-causing toxins. Fruits and vegetables rich in the amino acid glutathione also play an important role in detoxification. A potent antioxidant, glutathione helps to neutralize and break down cell-damaging free radicals so that they can readily be eliminated. Good sources of glutathione include cauliflower, asparagus, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, oranges, potatoes, avocados, strawberries, and watermelon.

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