It’s the time of year again that many of us start thinking about being healthier. The energy of spring tends to move us into action and adopt more healthful habits. I noticed this shift in myself over the last week; the sunshine and warmer temperatures motivated me to stock my fridge with more veggies, get outside for runs in the park, and start classes at a new yoga studio. I decided that it was the perfect time to do a spring detox to cleanse my body of toxins, and my mind of my winter worries. I want to feel great about myself as we move into spring!
I’ve done several detoxes in the past, and each time I commit myself to one, I experience the same benefits: more energy, a clearer mind, an improved mood, clearer skin, and better digestion. That makes me wonder why I don’t just detox ALL the time! I remind myself that that is not a realistic expectation, as we shouldn’t have to restrict ourselves from enjoying the occasional treat and indulging a bit during holidays! That said, doing a few detoxes each year is a great way to reset your system and revitalize your body and mind.
There are many reasons someone may choose to do a detox: to lose weight, increase energy, improve digestion, clear the skin, or identify food sensitivities. Toxins and food sensitivities are being increasingly recognized as contributing factors in many health problems. Clearing the body of chemicals and allergenic foods can improve several conditions by reducing the body’s toxic burden and quelling inflammation.
Toxins accumulate in the body over time from daily exposures in food, water, air, and other environmental factors. Our detoxification organs include the liver, kidneys, gut, lungs, and skin, which are collectively responsible for neutralizing and eliminating toxic substances. Poor digestion, reduced liver function, and poor elimination through our detoxifying organs can also encourage retention of toxins.
Don’t worry though! We can support healthy function of our detoxification organs through diet, lifestyle, botanicals, nutritional supplements, and reducing toxin exposures. The detox I’m doing involves a healthy, clean diet that restricts my food sensitivities and includes plenty of detoxifying foods, lots of lemon water, daily exercise and meditation, and an individualized nutritional detox supplement. Today is day one of 14, and I am already feeling more energized and my mind is clearer!
Spring into action and ask your Naturopathic Doctor whether a detox is appropriate for you. As an N.D., I will ensure that your detox is science-based and individualized to you and your health concerns. I look forward to creating your detox plan and watching you experience the benefits of detoxification!