Spring Cleanse and Detoxification

If you have been feeling sluggish through the winter, there is a way to revitalize your mind and body. Certainly, the cold and rainy weather bring us down, but also, unless you live in a secluded, untouched corner of the world, you cannot escape the effects of toxins and pesticides. They are in our food and in our air. They are found in materials our homes are built from and our clothes. Even if you eat organically, you are still burdened with toxins. 

The toxins and chemicals we take in must be processed and eliminated out by our bodies. Our body has seven natural channels of elimination. The liver, kidneys, colon, skin, lungs, blood and lymph work together to detoxify our bodies and keep us free from disease. At times, they can be overwhelmed. It is okay to give them some assistance in doing their jobs. 

Some water-soluble toxins go in the body and are processed right through. They are unchanged in the elimination process. However, most chemical toxins are fat-soluble and enzymes in the liver and intestines are required to eliminate them. Two factors influence this process: your heredity and your nutrition. You cannot change your heritage, but you have 100% control over your nutrition!

Traditionally, cleanses were done twice a year – in Spring and Fall – to prepare for the upcoming season when people ate seasonally. In the Spring, it was done to remove the toxic overload from eating meat and grains all winter. In the Fall, it was done to remove parasites accumulated over the summer and to tone the digestive tract for a long, cold winter. Natural health practitioners are now recommending a cleanse 3-4 times a year because of the way we eat and the amount of toxins we are exposed to. 

By eliminating certain foods and lifestyle habits, you can give the organs that are in charge of your filtration process a chance to recharge. It is important to note here that the herbs themselves do not cleanse the body. Herbs will support the organs that naturally cleanse the body. Also, it is important that you understand that a body cannot detox without proper hydration and nutrition. Your detox/cleanse should last between five and ten days, depending on your age, lifestyle, and current health. 

Hydration + Nutrition + Supplementation = Detoxification

The Do

 

  1. DO Hydrate! Aim for ½ your weight in ounces of water per day. Add lemon and ginger for a zing!

  2. DO Take your supplements. 

    • Milk Thistle

    • Ginseng

    • Goldenseal – Here’s a tip: Don’t buy this mixed with Echinacea

    • St. John’s Wort (take caution as there are some drug interactions with St. John’s Wort)

    • Charcoal

  3. DO Consume a balanced diet of mostly vegetables

    . Half of your plate should be non-starchy, non-root vegetables. Eat small portions of lean meats, about 4 ounces at a time. No fruit.

The Don’t

  1. DON’T Deprive yourself of sleep

  2. DON’T Binge or indulge in alcohol or processed foods. Check your ingredient labels. If it has more than about five ingredients, skip it. This is a great rule for every day life, not just a cleanse! 

  3. DON’T Focus on calories 

Salt on the Rocks is your source for Nature’s Medicine Cabinet for the beginner.  We take pride in planting seeds for you to water and cultivate.  Taking ownership in your own journey to wellness is half the battle! We are here to help you get there.  Stop by for a chat and visit our Remedy Room.  You are sure to find some herbs that will start your spring cleanse off correctly. 

We are located at 2350 Whitesburg Dr SW, Huntsville, AL 35801.  Give us a call 256-429-9160 to book your appointment with Halotherapy or a wonderful massage! 

Jessa Hicks is the Certified Nutrition Consultant for Salt on the Rocks.  You can book consults with her by calling us directly.  You can also read more about her at jessahicks.com