Spring is officially here, and as we contemplate cleaning out our kitchens and closets, it’s also the perfect time to do a little “spring cleaning” of our bodies and minds. Over time, the buildup of toxins from the environment and lifestyle choices can compromise the way our bodies work, and even affect our health. You may be surprised to know that taking some simple steps can help you to achieve better health, acquire more energy, and support your liver function. Here are some tips to get you started:
Eliminate Processed Food
The more processed food you eat, the more stress you put on your immune system to eliminate the over 6,0000 chemicals used in the processed food industry (synthetic food coloring, flavoring and preservatives). Eventually, your immune system will become compromised, opening the door to a variety of disease states.
Increase Raw Foods in Your Diet
Raw food (including veggie juice) is significantly easier to digest than cooked food. Eating raw food encourages your digestive system to get rid of built-up waste. Vegetable juicing provides your body with much needed nutrients and is an excellent way to cleanse your body, particularly your intestine.
Add Fermented Foods to Your Diet
A great source of beneficial bacteria, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, fermented foods make food more digestible and balance your gut microflora. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are highly potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins and heavy metals. Since an estimated 80 percent of your immune system is located in your gut – a robust immune system is your top defense system against all disease.
Drink Lots of Water
Drinking plenty of pure water each day (and eliminating coffee, soda, fruit juice, pasteurized milk, and sports drinks) is one of the best ways to support your body in the detoxification process.
Eliminate Wheat for a Month
Wheat contains agglutinin, a substance largely responsible for many of wheat’s pervasive ill effects, which includes the disruption of endocrine and intestinal health and interference with genetic expression. Try substituting quinoa, legumes, buckwheat or amaranth as healthier wheat substitutes.
Practice Some Form of Stress Management Daily
Take a few minutes each day to pray, meditate and reflect on your life. Gratitude for both the positive and negative experiences you encounter can change the way you view life.
Your body needs the time to recharge – so make sure you get adequate amounts of sleep every night. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
Spend Time Outdoors
Walk, hike, or run outside – the fresh air will help release stress and improve your overall health. Studies indicate that strolls outdoors with Mother Nature can not only result in increased physical activity, but also improve brain function and mental focus.
It’s important to remember that you have the power to control your thoughts, not the other way around. We all have negative energy buried deep within us. On a subconscious level, that energy is taking an emotional toll on everything we do. At the very least it is taking up space that could be filled with positive empowering energy. The choice is yours – choose happiness!