With the arrival of spring, it is time again to get rid of all your clutter, fix that peeling paint on the outside of your house and do a little bit of cleaning. In addition to fixing up things around your home, this is also a perfect time to do a little cleaning on the inside. We can start this with our diet.
A healthy diet is the ultimate “wonder drug,” preventing disease, supporting natural biological systems, and simply making us feel better. The following dietary suggestions are part of a cleanse, but even more importantly, they can also be incorporated into a permanent eating plan to enhance long-term health and vitality. See below for Spring Cleansing Diet guideline!
Reduce your intake of animal protein, particularly red meat and dairy. Eliminate factory-farmed animal products, since they are laden with chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics. Instead, focus on organic plant proteins and green vegetables. These can be eaten raw, steamed, or sautéed in liquid. Also avoid foods that promote inflammation, including sugar, trans fats, alcohol, processed foods, and caffeine.
Incorporate alkaline foods. One side effect of cold weather is that acidity builds up in blood and in a variety of tissues, causing aches and pains and reduced immunity. Alkalizing foods, such as cucumber, kale, sea vegetables, parsley, sprouts, spinach, avocado, and broccoli, are all excellent to counter acidity and help the body shed toxins.
Always hydrate. That means fresh water, herbal teas, and vegetable broths. Also include fiber, which will help to eliminate toxins from the digestive system. Rice bran, chia seeds, and flax are good sources. In addition, probiotic foods support healthy flora in the digestive tract. Sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, coconut kefer, and other fermented foods and drinks offer good sources of healthy probiotics. Supplementing with a high-quality probiotic supplement is also very helpful during a cleanse, as well as afterward.
With the above cleansing diet guideline, we hope you get an idea of how to get yourself fresh and ready for the hot summer!
If you have other cleansing tips this spring, please feel free to share them under the comment here so everyone can learn a bit from each other too!