Spring is in the air! Just as our bodies have a natural instinct in winter (think: more soups and comfort foods and wanting to go to bed a bit earlier), so do they in spring. If you’ve noticed your cravings or hunger levels changing, or maybe an urge to clean out your closet, or are waking up earlier(time change aside), you are feeling the ebb and flow of your internal guidance in tune with Mother Earth.
Spring is the optimal time to cleanse. As the light and warmth returns our bodies naturally want to release stored fat and toxins that have accumulated over the winter months. Spring cleansing lifts the heaviness of winter physically and emotionally.
Unfortunately the words “cleansing” and “detoxification” can conjure a wide range of images and misconceptions. While it is true that if you are struggling to lose weight despite “eating well and exercising” body toxicity is indicated, the weight loss industry has contributed to the negative connotation of detoxing with advertisements promising to shed pounds using “detox” supplements primarily containing laxatives which skim the surface at best, and at worst, bring on a “healing crisis” as a result of stirred up toxins unable to drain from the body.
Our bodies are naturally designed to remove harmful substances such as environmental chemicals, heavy metals, additives, dyes, hormones, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, petrochemicals, and also by- products of our own metabolism referred to as molecular waste.
The key to vibrant health is our body’s ability to eliminate these wastes, and unfortunately that job has gotten harder as we are exposed to more toxins than ever before. Additionally, Glyphosate, the widely used chemical (think “Monsanto’s Round - Up”) which is in our now prevalent in food supply and even found in human tissue samples, not only damages our gut lining it inhibits our cells natural ability to detoxify its molecular waste.
If you don’t think our society’s over burden of toxins applies to you, consider this:
The CDC’s (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) “National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals” found that almost every person they tested was storing a host of awful chemicals, including flame retardants, stored in fatty tissue and Bisphenol A, a hormone-like substance found in plastics, excreted in urine. Additionally, the average newborn has 287 chemicals in her/his umbilical cord blood, 217 of which are neurotoxic (poisonous to nerves or nerve cells). If a new born baby already has a toxicity issue, then we can be assured we have an even greater one from years of exposure.
This state of chronic toxicity impacts many areas of our health. Toxicity is often referred to as the first stage of disease. Toxins can interfere with normal bodily functions, induce disease, destroy our gut bacteria, and increase inflammation throughout the body. They can distort our ability to balance blood sugar and metabolize cholesterol which over time can lead to insulin resistance, obesity, and diabetes. They can disrupt the manufacturing of hormones needed throughout the body for cell and organ function.
Thankfully, there is much we can do to enhance and optimize our body’s ability to detoxify. Here are some of the top ways:Limit exposure to common toxins that you can easily avoid such as pesticides and herbicides, GMO's, food additives and chemicals including artificial sweeteners, smoking, chemical fragrances in self care products and air fresheners, and tap water.
Exercise – Stimulates your lymphatic and circulatory systems. Additionally certain yoga asanas stimulate liver and gall bladder meridians, two organs that have been working overtime during the winter months.
Pranayama – Our lungs are our largest emunctory!
Colonics –Extremely important to ensure the pathways for drainage are constantly working optimally. Colonics remove harmful substances, re-establish peristalsis, promote the detoxification of other organs (such as liver and gall bladder) and our cells, and so much more.
Supplementation (Certain Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Probiotics) - There are wonderful tools such as UNDA Biotherapuetic Drainage Remedies to support and stimulate detoxification and drainage and restoring physiology.
Dietary Choices – Powerful nutrients found in greens, other vegetables and fruit, and amino acids, aid in the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms.
Spring inspires one of my favourite quotes!
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Anais Nin ~