Spring Clean Your Body: Gentle Ways to Detoxify this Spring

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.

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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:

  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • brain fog
  • PMS
  • menstrual cramps digestive imbalance seasonal allergies
  • irritability
  • 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:

  • carrots
  • broccoli spinach avocado apples asparagus oats
  • brazil nuts
  • eggs (pasture raised)
  • cilantro
  • watercress

4) Sweat!

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 BrauView More: http://alycarroll.pass.us/stephanienwarth 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.

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22 thoughts on “Spring Clean Your Body: Gentle Ways to Detoxify this Spring

  1. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    So many people under-estimate the power of drinking enough water. It is so important for our bodies.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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! 😉

  5. 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!

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