Skip to main content
Free shipping for orders over $50.00 - ZIP PAY AVAILABLE

A holistic guide to spring cleansing

A holistic guide to spring cleansing

Spring is a time of renewal and growth, it is also the perfect season to undergo a gentle natural detox and eliminate any toxins that can build up over the winter months. 

The body does a great job of detoxing on its own, but you can give it an extra boost by taking a load off the organs that detoxify the body by supporting and improving their function.

Cleanse the holistic way

Start by marking a week in your diary where you have no functions or events that might sabotage your detox. Some people may experience a detox healing crisis, or Herxheimer reaction in the first few days of a detox which may include headaches, skin eruptions and or heightened emotions. The reason is that your body’s elimination pathways become overwhelmed by the amount of toxins being released. This puts extra pressure on the remaining detoxification organs causing a reaction. In some cases, there may be bacteria or yeast feeding on sugars in your diet which start to die when they are deprived of their preferred food source, releasing toxins into the bloodstream.

Foods to avoid during the week

  • Alcohol
  • Milk products (except for unsweetened yoghurt or kefir)
  • Sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners
  • Coffee
  • Grains such as wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt and white rice
  • Dried fruit
  • Processes meat
  • Processed oils (corn, soybean, canola, safflower and sunflower oils)
  • Process foods (they contain many preservatives that are hard to digest and wear out the body’s energy and digestion cycle increasing inflammation)

Foods to eat during the week

  • Kick start your digestion first thing in the morning by consuming 1/2 lemon juice in a cup of hot water before breakfast.
  • Eat plenty of organic fresh vegetables.
  • Include protein – Fish, lean chicken (without the skin), organic free range eggs. Protein is an essential nutrient to help your body recover, repair and detox effectively. Increasing protein can also help support stress levels by stabilising blood sugar levels reducing mood swings.
  • Use healthy oils like extra virgin olive oil, rich in anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Herbal teas – Drink plenty of cleansing teas to help support the detoxification process. Try our detox and glow herbal tea. 
  • Increase water – Aim to drink two litres of fluids per day. This will help move the lymphatic system and support kidney detoxification.
  • Exercise can kickstart the natural detox process as we work up a sweat. Avoid long training sessions during your detox as it can leave you feeling faint, instead switch to a 30 minute brisk walk.

 

Lifestyle changes

Stimulate the lymph system by dry body brushing – Using a natural fibre body brush, begin brushing by starting at your feet and moving in long sweeping motions toward your heart (natural lymph flow). Avoid sensitive areas like your neck and face. Once you have brushed your entire body, jump in the shower. (I like to alternate between the hot and cold water temperature this stimulates blood circulation).

Detox the mind and reduce stress – Chronic, long term stress is incredibly damaging to your health. When stress activates the “flight or fight” response in your central nervous system digestion can shut down as energy is diverted away from the gut. Immune function is slowed, which can expose the gut to infection and inflammation. To help reduce stress place hands palm down on your lower belly, breathe in through your nose, counting slowly to 3 or 4 counts. Feel your tummy rise with the breath, breathe out just as slowly, allowing the belly to drop. Repeat 10 times.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude – According to a study by researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida. They had participants write down a list of positive events at the end of a day and why the events made them happy. Studies showed it lowered their self-reported stress levels and gave them a greater sense of calm at night.

Beauty products – Our skin is highly permeable, 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. More than 10,000 chemical ingredients are permitted to be used in the production of personal care products. Many of these chemicals have been scientifically linked to immune system disorders, allergies, cancer and infertility. Look for beauty care products completely free from synthetic chemicals and harmful ingredients. Discover our range of organic skincare products, with no added nasties. 

Home cleaning products – The chemicals found in your home cleaning products have also been linked to a range of disorders, from endocrine disruption to cancer. Almost all of your chemically laden home cleaning products can be replaced by: bi carb soda, white vinegar, lemon juice and essential oils. Homemade all-purpose cleaner.

1/2 cup white vinegar

2 Tbsp baking soda

10 drops tea tree, lavender, or lemon essential oil (for their disinfectant properties)

Mix vinegar, essential oils and a little water before adding baking soda in a spray bottle (glass is best).

Then fill to top with water. I use about a 12 oz bottle.

Gently shake to mix ingredients.

 

Please note: Always consult your health practitioner before commencing a detox program particularly especially if you have a pre-existing health condition.

References:

 

Beyond diesease.com (2015) Retrieved from URL: http://www.beyonddisease.com/sibo-stress-beneficial-harmful

Huffpost (2016) Retrieved from URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-jessen/gratitude-journal_b_7745854.html

Detox the body (2012) Retrieved from URL: http://detoxthebodymcs.com/healing-crisis/

Everyday health Retrieved from URL: http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/better-digestion/how-stress-affects-digestion/