Spring and fall are excellent times to do a cleanse or a detox**. Ancient healing traditions have honored the cyclical nature of the earth for thousands of years. On our healing journeys we can weave our practices with the timing of the earth’s cycles and access greater depths of wellness. Over time, this creates a natural rhythm, a flow that the body/mind/spirit gets used to. So, with fall is fast approaching and the fall equinox just behind us, here are some of my favorite ways to support the body during this season.
When it comes to cleansing and detoxification, the body is designed to perform these functions with ease. A body that is well-nourished has all of the tools necessary to clean out toxins and refresh itself. That said, it is supportive to mindfully support the body in its work regularly throughout the year. The practices I suggest in this post are intended to be used on a seasonal or bi-annual basis for 21-30 days as a “reset button”. The overall effects of these practices is greatly aided by eating a simple, whole foods diet for 21-30 days. Emphasizing fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans and legumes, healthy fats (coconut oil, sesame oil, avocado), eggs, and grass-fed, organic meat is a great place to start. Also, make sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily.
1. Support the Lungs and Liver with turmeric root
I love to add a tablespoon of powdered turmeric root to 4 oz of raw honey. Add a teaspoonful of this mixture to your morning lemon water for an extra boost. Fresh turmeric root is an excellent addition to juices if you make fresh juice. Just add about a 1/2 inch piece to you normal carrot-apple-ginger routine for a little kick.
2. Support the Liver with beets and apples.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy these two foods is in a grated salad. Simply shred 2 large beets and one apple in your food processor. Add a drizzle of olive oil, squeeze of lemon juice, salt and pepper and enjoy! If you have it, fresh mint is a wonderful addition. This salad is usually better after it sits for a few hours or a day.
3. Increase toxin release from the Large Intestine with mucilaginous foods such as chia or flax seeds.
Both flax and chia seeds create a gel when soaked in water for a period of time. This gel helps to both soothe the intestinal walls and gather toxins along the way. Use whole seeds, or grind fresh just before using. One way that I like to eat chia seeds is in “pudding” form. It is super simple to make and is great for breakfast.
Here is one of my favorite recipes: http://ohsheglows.com/2015/07/22/basic-chia-seed-pudding/
4. Support the Kidneys, Liver, and Lymph with warm lemon water in the morning
This morning practice jump starts and warms your organs of digestion, priming them for a day of digesting food well. Simple and supportive.
**Important Note: Cleansing and fasting should not be done when pregnant or breastfeeding or while sick.