The spring is the perfect time for body and mind detox.
Spring, my favourite season, flowers blooming everywhere, the sun is shining, and the weather is great. It is the season of growth and renewal of energy. Many cultures do spring cleaning.
From my personal experience, spring is the time to do a deep house cleaning; it is part of the tradition before Pesach (Passover), a Jewish holiday.
According to the Eastern Orthodox Church, seasonal cleaning is done just before or during the first week of Lent.
Spring Cleaning is also related to the Persian New Year celebration, the Nowruz.
According to the five elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the season of spring is represented by the element of wood and by the green colour, characterised by renewal energy and growth. To balance the Wood element in Chinese Medicine, we need to clean and clear out those things we no longer need during the spring season.
Spring Cleaning gives us a connection to the future and the flexibility to plan and design all areas of our lives.
The ancient Chinese wisdom also teaches us that we need to consume plenty of young plants and fresh greens in the spring.
Legumes and seeds are also good to eat, especially if they are sprouted.
Basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill and bay leaf are all very healthy herbs to use in spring.
In Naturopathic Medicine, we have specific herbs and nutrition protocols to advise when choosing to start a detox.
This detox takes a few days or weeks, and during that time, we retune and adjust the nutrition, a “restart” to the body.
Usually, this includes limiting consumption of several food types and giving the body support using herbs and other techniques that work on the mind.
We usually recommend consuming herbs that support a healthy liver function like:
Turmeric, Milk Thistle Seed, Dandelion, Nettle and many more adjusted to each person’s needs.
We focus on the liver: the liver is the primary organ responsible for detoxing and breaking down toxins entering the body.
My Spring Salad 🙂
Inspired by nature renewal and cultural habits
You can start to do a spring DETOX for your body and mind.
I hope that I encouraged you to take an active part in your own life and to change and “clean” the habits that are not suitable for you in your life anymore.
Once you decide that it is a good time to start a “detox” for your body and mind… it would be best if you started doing both together because one will influence the other.
You can see that your mind gets a clearer view of your visions.
Mind Setting Goals
During springtime, we are filled with inspiration and have more energy to achieve our health goals.
We feel more active, creative, and open to changing our routines.
It’s a great time to set goals and follow them.
Choose the actions, behaviours, thoughts and activities that make you happy.
Practice Positive Thinking. See the good in every situation.
Take actions in the direction of the things you truly want in your life.
Body Health Goals
I think that the main goal is to feel good, healthier, full of energy and happy.
For that, we can determine sub-goals:
Good and balanced nutrition
The first thing you should do is to eat a balanced breakfast.
And the second thing is to Increase your green veggies consumption.
Greens are rich in chlorophyll and magnesium that help your body eliminating environmental’ toxins and heavy metals.
IDEAS: Start your day with Green Tea.
Green tea is high in catechins, which helps keep your liver healthy while also speeding up your body’s detoxifying enzymes production.
Be more active – workout.
Start gradually, and commit to the process. When you are just beginning to work out, it’s usually the hardest.
Most people want to quit each time when they feel tired or stressed with other areas of life.
Therefore the best solutions are to work out with a friend, join the gym, or have high self-discipline.
Give your body the time for rest, and you will have more energy.
Don’t forget to start gradually and have faith in the process.
What you plant now, you will harvest later.