It’s officially spring! Spring is a time for rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth, but more importantly it’s a time when you can get your hands on some seriously delicious, fresh fruits and vegetables! This is an important time of year to support our bodies with cleansing foods, especially after a long winter of scarfing down the heavy comfort foods.
You may be looking for the best detox regimen to recharge your health, but where do you start? There are many options for a spring detox regime from juice fasts to herbal teas, but one of my favorites is a simple whole foods detox! This easy spring detox can be done for a couple days or for a couple months. It is accomplished in 3 easy steps!
1) Cut Out the Junk
- Remove all processed foods that come from a box, bag, can, or drive thru window.
- Eliminate all sugar, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, and fried foods. Also, make sure to avoid any of your known food allergies, such as gluten or soy.
2) Build Your Meals With Fresh, Whole Foods
- Meals should be based on vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Choose lean animal proteins or feel free to eliminate animal proteins and replace with nuts and vegetable proteins. Choose foods that are locally grown, in season, and organic where possible.
- Make sure to incorporate beneficial spring foods into your diet. Dark leafy vegetables (like spinach, kale, Swiss Chard, collard greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, and parsley) are great for supporting detoxification processes of the liver and gallbladder. Citruses (like Valencia oranges, limes, grapefruit, and lemons) are packed with Vitamin C and acts as an antioxidant and cell membrane stabilizer, as well as helping to support liver detoxification.
3) Stay Hydrated!
- Staying hydrated with water will help to support the detox process and help remove toxins from your system.
- Most people can benefit from drinking half their body weight in ounces of water a day (ex. If you weigh 100 lbs then you drink 50 oz of water a day), however, there are certain medical conditions where this amount could be harmful. Please check with your physician before changing your water routine.
Brook Schales, ND, PLLC | Naturopathic Family Physician
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