Spring Detox Naturopath Tips
Author: Julie Brennan- Naturopath Date Posted:7 October 2016
Spring is finally upon us! This is the time of year when we emerge from under our doona and start to enjoy the warmer weather and all the beauty of the new season. It is also, the perfect time to detox!
Spending a lot of time indoors with artificial heating, eating heavier foods and surviving colds and flu, leaves our bodies encumbered and sluggish. A detox does not need to be a rigorous or difficult exercise.
It can be as simple as eating more wholefoods and eliminating products that increase the toxic load in our body. Alcohol, caffeine and sugar are prime examples of some of the foods that can compromise our vitality. While we can all benefit from improving our diet, there are some products that can enhance the detoxification process.
Absorb moisture from the atmosphere and warming it up with a candle or globe causes the moisture to be evaporated. This cycle of moisture absorption and evaporation creates negatively charged ions.These negative ions are purported to increase serotonin levels, improve sleep quality and reduce the severity of allergy and asthma symptoms. They are also believed to neutralise electromagnetic radiation generated from electronic devices, which has been linked to a range of symptoms and diseases.The lamps attract water molecules in the air, which, in turn, traps any air-borne pollutants that are carried via water vapour, such as dirt, smoke and pollen. The warming effects of the globe within the lamp also contributes to its beneficial health effects, as the heat releases more negative ions.
Our liver is the main organ of detoxification in the body. Reducing its work load by reducing substances such as alcohol, caffeine and sugar, we are making its job easier. We can also include products that support and improve its effectiveness.
Dandelion root tea works twofold. Firstly, it supports the detoxification pathways in the liver. Secondly, it has a rich, slightly bitter flavour and works as an excellent substitute for coffee or chai.
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent addition to any detox undertaking. The enzymes in apple cider vinegar help you to break down your food and access the nutrients within, as well as promoting a more efficient digestive system. This helps to eliminate any waste products more efficiently and reduce the risk of them re-circulating into the blood stream. The benefits of this are many: improved skin, improved immunity, food satiety and less risk of reaching for sugary snacks.
Any excuse for a bath is a good excuse! Magnesium – or Epsom – salts contains sulphates that help to draw toxins out of the cells, particularly heavy metals. The process of reverse osmosis facilitates this: just ensure you stay well hydrated before and after your bath to reduce the risk of dehydration.
The benefits of turmeric are seemingly endless! This herb has its origins in Ayurveda culture and is well researched for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and liver-supporting properties. Add it to your juices, smoothies, curries, soups or salad dressing for added flavour and health benefits.
Eat your greens! The nutrients in many green leafy vegetables support and enhance the detoxification properties of the liver, as well as alkalising the blood. This all works to reduce inflammation and toxicity in your body.