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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