By: Catherine Hesse
Senior Core Fusion Teacher and Wellness Coach
We are exposed to toxins every day in the water we drink, the foods, we eat, and the air we breath. These toxins build up over time and if not released, can cause or contribute to many symptoms and ailments physically, mentally, and emotionally.
I always say, the cleaner you eat, the cleaner you function and the better you feel. Cleansing is a way to remove toxins from the body’s organs, cells, and blood, create clarity in your mind, and stabilize emotions. It is often associated with juicing but doesn’t have to be. Cleansing through whole foods allows you to clean out your system while feeling like you are not depriving or starving yourself.
Committing to a cleanse of whole foods, i.e. fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and purified water, will release toxins while simultaneously replenishing the body with all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to bring mental clarity, weight-loss, healthy organ function, brain function, purified blood, clear skin, increased energy, bright eyes, increased digestive function, and hormonal balance.
1) EAT LOTS OF GREENS!
You can’t eat too many greens. They naturally take away what isn’t serving your body, and bring in the vital life-giving nutrients most people are missing in their diet.
Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phyto-chemicals. They purify your blood, prevent cancer, improve circulation and immune system, lift the spirit, improve liver, bladder, and kidney function, clear congestion and mucas and promote energy and healthy intestinal flora.
Some great super greens to eat are kale, spinach, and broccoli. One cup of kale has 210% of your daily Vitamin A needs and 130% of Vitamin C. Broccoli boosts your immune system, reduces the incidence of cataracts, builds bones, and fights birth defects and heart disease. Spinach is great source of iron, fights macular degeneration, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
2) CONSUME “WATER VEGGIES”
Cucumbers, radishes, and celery are water based veggies that will take time to eat, fill you up, and are made mostly of water to aid in weight loss while loosening and moving toxins out of your body.
3) WATER WATER WATER
All the whole foods you are eating are loosening up the toxins and you need extra water to keep you hydrated and move the toxins out of your body.
4) LIGHT MOVEMENT
You body is working overtime during a cleanse. This is a great time to lighten up on your exercise routine. Keep your body warm, comfortable, and rested. Try some gentle yoga to complete a nurtured body and spirit.
5) BE PATIENT, IT WILL GET BETTER!
Because the body is eliminating toxic build-up, the body will experience an array of physical ailments. Common symptoms one might feel are fever, head or body aches, fatigue, gas, emotional irritability, tight muscles, skin irritations, loose stool or constipation. The good news is, in most cases, these symptoms are temporary and you will start to feel better within a few days.
Spring is a great time to start a cleanse. Your body is ready to let go of winter hibernation and restart! Keep it clean, try simple whole foods and you will feel alive and refreshed and ready to jump into an active refreshing season.