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Healthy Cleansing

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As spring makes its approach, it’s a good time to think about cleansing the body of all that has been accumulated throughout the winter. Our bodies are programmed to store fat during the cold winter months and to start shedding the fat as spring comes around. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is associated with the liver, which is why it is so important to support and strengthen the liver during this time by eliminating processed and refined foods and by detoxifying the body. A 2–3-day cleanse incorporating green juices, steamed leafy greens and other vegetables, light vegetable soups, and citrus fruit can help the body eliminate toxins and wastes that have accumulated.

Some especially good foods to incorporate during a cleanse are:

Leafy greens—such as kale, chard, dandelion greens, arugula, bok choy—are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Green vegetables aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.

Citrus fruit—such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit—are loaded with vitamin C, an important antioxidant which helps protect our cells from damaging free radicals. Vitamin C helps eliminate toxins and stimulates the immune system. Citrus fruit help to cleanse the body, stimulate digestive juice secretions and digest fat.

It is important not to overdo a cleanse. A cleanse is just meant to help your body get back into balance. Start slowly and take your time to re-introduce proteins and fats back into your diet. If you have any pre-existing health conditions, it is best to check with your physician before beginning a cleanse.

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Quote of the Month

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“Nature’s richness lies in its power to nourish all living things; its greatness lies in its power to give them beauty and splendor.”

—The I Ching

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For those of you in Singapore, I would like to inform you that I will be moving back to the U.S. at the end of June. I will be continuing my monthly newsletter, and you are welcome to contact me via e-mail about any questions you may have.

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I am the mother of four daughters and a Certified Health Counselor, as well as a passionate advocate of organic and local food and a healthy lifestyle. I decided to become a health counselor to fulfill my passion of working with children and parents to improve their health and family life. Learn more about me at healthytiffin.net/about.html

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Recipe

Light & Cleansing Vegetable Soup
(Serves 4–6)

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 leek, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled diced
  • 3 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 head of fennel, cored and diced
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and halved (optional)
  • Chopped Parsley, for garnish
  1. Combine all the vegetables in a large pot. Cover with cold water.
  2. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until vegetables are soft, about 30 minutes.
  3. Garnish with parsley.

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