The snow is gone, the grass is green, and we are spending our weekends doing Spring clean up in our homes and yards. The leaves get raked, the storm windows come out and screens go in. Maybe the house gets a fresh coat of paint, and all the stuff (junk) we accumulated over the winter gets thrown out or organized. What we are missing in our “Spring cleaning” routine, though, is Spring cleaning our bodies.
Spring is the perfect time to add more cleansing or detoxifying regimens to your self-care routine. In Chinese Medicine theory, we say the season associated with the liver is Spring, and the liver is the most important organ of detoxification. The liver not only filters and cleans the blood, but also removes toxins we are exposed to from our food, environment and stress.
Signs your liver may need some help detoxifying include:
- brain fog
- menstrual cramps digestive imbalance seasonal allergies
- poor sleep
While the quickest way to more efficient bodily detoxification would be an assisted detox with a knowledgeable health provider, there are ways to improve elimination of toxins each day. Here are a few to get you started.
1) Warm lemon water or just more water!
An oldie, but a goodie. Drinking warm water upon waking aids digestive function and rehydrates the body. If you aren’t pooping, you aren’t eliminating toxins, period. The lemon juice stimulates bile production which helps to aid the function of the liver and lymph system. Also, if you find the only water you drink during the day is from brushing your teeth, this a huge problem. Water aids toxin removal through urination and defecation. Drink more water!
2) Breathing techniques
A large portion (around 70%) of the body’s toxins are removed through the breath. If we aren’t breathing correctly, we aren’t detoxifying. Taking a few moments each day to pause and be more in tune with our breath does great things, not only for detoxification, but also for lowering the body’s response to stress. Focusing on breathing from your belly is a great place to start.
I also love the 4-7-8 breathing exercise, and teach it to my patients on a regularly. Learn how to do it here:
3) Foods that aid liver detoxification
Adding foods to your diet that naturally aid the liver’s detoxification process is another easy way to “spring clean”.
These foods include:
- broccoli spinach avocado apples asparagus oats
- brazil nuts
- eggs (pasture raised)
The skin is the largest organ of detoxification. Our pores help remove waste via sweat. Try and break a sweat each day. If you are having a hard time fitting in exercise, try some movement that can include your kids, like pushing the stroller up hills or playing a game of tag. Make it fun!
This Spring, don’t just clean your home and yard, clean your body too! My challenge for you is to include at least two of the above detoxing aids to your routine each day.
Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home anymore!
About the Author
Stephanie Braunwarth is a board-certified Licensed Acupuncturist with a special focus in womenʼs health, fertility and nutritio
n. Stephanieeducates her patients about the importance of treating the underlying cause of a health condition and encourages them to take an active role in their health.
Stephanie serves patients at Des Moines Acupuncture Clinic in Des Moines.
So many people under-estimate the power of drinking enough water. It is so important for our bodies.
Great tips! I like the idea of spring cleaning your body along with your home!
Ok,now this is interesting.
All the foods that are on your list are the ones we have been craving and eating a lot of these last few weeks. Perhaps my body is telling me something I wasn’t aware of!
Thanks so much for the reminder to cleanse our body’s! I love the thought of doing that while I am spring cleaning the rest of my life.
I tend to avoid “detoxifying”… My organs do their job because I drink water and take my vitamins!
I agree that to go through it gently is the best way. I want to find this book myself and read it!
Thank you so much for focusing on realistic ways to detox. Staying well hydrated is one of the best ways to keep your body running clean.
Kelly recently posted…K is for Keywords – Making Sense of the Long and Short Tail Keyword
I have all of those symptoms because I have liver problems anyway because of my Gilberts Syndrome but yes warm water when I wake up is a great idea. I like drinking lemon tea.
These are all so great! I always forget this part of spring cleaning. I need to make sure I care for myself too!
Debra recently posted…Purse Pouches with Gold Accents
I love the idea of spring cleaning your body. It’s nice to see that a lot of the foods you listed are already a part of my diet.
Love you gentle techniques. Lemon water is one of our fav ways to detox with out doing much.
I put lemon in my water all the time and we have a farinfrared sauna. I can detox at any time.
Clean up our body form toxic is indeed important, but sometimes we forgert about it. I like that you put the video about breathing techniques.
I went through a period of just complete exhaustion after my twins were born. I couldn’t figure out why (besides being on demand for 2 babies), but it turns out I just wasn’t getting enough water. Amazing how different I feel now that I get more water than coffee! 😉
I am a big fan of detoxifying. I do it all year around and especially in a spring. You have some great suggestions.
These are all great tips for detoxifying. I find that I feel best when I am working out regularly, and drinking lots and lots of water!
These are some great ideas – I didn’t know why people recommended lemon water – I just knew I love the taste of it 🙂
It is amazing what the health benefits of food are! Cilantro and Parsley are some of my favorite herbs that we include in a lot of dishes specifically for the health benefits – luckily they taste awesome too!
Heather recently posted…The Remedy Rush Spring Subscription Box – Unboxing
Great post! We just started the Whole 30 which is a bit of a detox as well. All of those foods are on the “approved” list. I love the lemon water method. I’ve been doing that for years, although I drink mine cold.
I try to detox every 3-4 months . Great tips! Its really so important to do!
I used to start my morning with a glass of hot lemon water. I probably should start this up again. Glad to see cilantro on the list…I love it.
Yona Williams recently posted…8 Sock Gifts that Teens Won’t Want to Lose in the Laundry
These are some great ways to detoxify our bodies after the winter. I am actually planning to go to Banya (a Ukrainian sauna) tomorrow 😉