Spring Clean Your Body
Ah, spring. Something about the season just makes you want to clear out the junk and start fresh, doesn’t it? Spring is traditionally a time of renewal, rejuvenation and rebirth. So it’s no coincidence this is the time of year we go into hyper-cleaning mode and want to get rid of all the dust and stuff that we’ve accumulated over the past year. And I’m not just talking about your closet…
Just like dirt and clutter accumulate around the house, mucus, toxins and fat accumulate in the body. And every so often it’s necessary to do a little tidying up to keep the body clean and functioning properly. If not, the junk builds up and can lead to all sorts of health problems from allergies to serious disease.
Your body has everything it needs to properly cleanse itself from the inside out. It’s just matter of allowing it to do its thing. There are hundreds of different approaches out there to detoxing and cleansing. Which technique is the best? The one you’ll stick with. No matter which road you take though, there are a few “must-dos” that are essential for any good cleanse.
Remove the junk. Before any sort of heavy duty cleaning can be done, you have to first get rid of what’s making the mess. A vacuum’s no good if there’s a bunch of debris littering the carpet. Same is true for your body. Just say “No” to anything with sugar, caffeine, alcohol or white flour. It won’t be easy, and you may turn into a…. let’s just say less pleasant version of yourself for a few days, but in the end it will be well worth it.
Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is essential to maintaining good health, but when it comes to cleansing, water is key. Water helps to literally flush the system of toxins. One of the ways toxins exit the body is through our urine. So the more water you drink, the more frequently you’ll urinate and the more toxins you’ll be able to flush. Simple as that.
Eat more color. The more color you’re able to cram onto that plate, the more nutrients you’re going to get to support your detox system. Go for dark green leafy ones, juicy reds and purples, and glowing yellows and oranges.
Sleep. At night, while you’re asleep, your detox system kicks into high gear and the serious scrub brushes come out. It’s important to allow this process to take place and give yourself a good seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
Move. Exercise increases blood flow and helps speed up the detoxification process. Toxins also leave the body through sweat so the more you sweat, the more you’ll be able to rid your body of waste.
The other kind of movement... No modesty here… Everybody poops. And during a cleanse it’s absolutely essential and can even be dangerous if you don’t. While cleansing, the dust gets stirred up, but the work isn’t done until the trash is taken out. If that doesn’t happen, toxins can get reabsorbed back into the body and may cause even more serious damage.
- Get Zen. Refresh yourself on multiple levels by giving yourself some much needed TLC. Find a few little things you can do to relax and reconnect with yourself, whether it’s a simple breathing technique, yoga or meditation class, or a salt bath. Find what rejuvenates you and incorporate it into your routine. As the song says, “Free your mind and the rest will follow.”
Ready to break out the scrub brushes and do a little spring cleaning, but you’re not sure where to start? In my Spring Cleaning program, we’ll customize a program just for you, tell you exactly what to do and guide you through it. For more details, go here.
Megan Adams Brown is a certified holistic health coach and works with people to help them make their own personal health goals a reality. Find more tips from Megan at her blog, Megg Salad.