Although as I write this I’m watching more snowfall, spring is on its way. I spent the morning purging my kids’ snowman paintings, putting out spring décor, and getting my organic seeds and pots ready for another attempt at a garden. Spring, I’m ready. But I also feel a shift within, a need to revitalize my body and get ready for warmth.
In light of this, I want to share my secrets for cleaning, supporting, and restoring the body. This is a natural time to crave detoxification, your body’s ability to eliminate the sludge we are exposed to. Our liver, kidneys, and intestines trap toxins and safely eliminate them. However, this is a nutrient-dependent process. It can be stalled in people who have never done a detox, live in a toxic environment, have a chronic condition of any type, or eat a depleted diet.
Essential Oils & Detox
- Mandarin oil has relaxing as well as liver-supportive properties.
- Frankincense is great for slowing down, relaxation & meditation. Detox the Mind.
- Rosemary oil is great in helping improve circulation & inflammation.
- Geranium is great for balancing, mood elevation as well as immune support.
Even if we’re living perfectly – eating 11 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, drinking filtered water, staying away from medications, alcohol, tobacco, drugs – toxins get into our homes and bodies. We are surrounded by them. Our furniture is manufactured with carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting chemicals as seen on a recent Dr. Oz show.
Our foods are manufactured to produce pesticides as they grow. They are sprayed with a billion tons of pesticides and herbicides a year (did I mention that organic is best?). Our water supplies are becoming increasingly polluted – especially in major US cities. Did you know there are trace amounts of most pharmaceutical drugs in the water supply of larger U.S. cities?
Sexy Cilantro Shake
And our bodies have to get rid of it all, somehow. Needless to say, most of us need to detoxify and Spring is the perfect time to do it. To do a successful detox, we need amino acids, B-vitamins, clean food and water, and nutrients including antioxidants. My favorite is an effective, fast, and simple medical food detoxification that’s safe for most. Medical foods are FDA regulated and sold by licensed health-care providers who can monitor you safely.
Proper nutrition and the supervision of a trained nutritionist or medical provider during a detox is critical. I’ve seen people do a cleanse that requires them to eat few calories or nutrients for an extended period of time. That type of cleanse is hard on the body and can be dangerous. Rather than supporting the liver and kidneys, it can stress them. With a proper detoxification, I’ve helped many people manage:
- Chronic allergies – seasonal, food allergies
- Chronic pain – patients have gone from taking pain relievers throughout the day to needing nothing and feeling great within 1 day of starting their detox.
- Chronic digestive issues – Yay!
- Weight issues
- Thyroid issues
- Acne – skin eruptions
Whether you want to avoid the headaches of yet another difficult year of seasonal allergies or you just want to drop some lbs before swimsuit season, detoxification can be the perfect way to kick-start your body for the summer.
Even if we’re living perfectly, toxins get into our homes and bodies.
- Drink Fresh, Clean Water.
They say drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day. Make sure it is filtered. You would be surprised how much proper hydration can make a difference in how you feel in your body. Also, remember to increase your water intake by one 8oz glass for every serving of caffeine.
- Eat more cilantro and parsley.
These are very potent foods for helping to support the detoxification of heavy metals from our body. Including them on salads and finding recipes that include them can help support our body.
- Breathe Deeply and exhale completely
Taking deep belly breaths and ensuring proper exhalation can help activate the lymph system and detoxify your body.
- Add a green drink into your day
Juicing greens is a great way to do this; otherwise there are many manufactured types available. Ask us if you need help finding a good one.
April Detox Event
April is Detox and Restore month at Connor Human Restoration!
We are offering a Detox education event on Monday April 7th at 5:30. There will be a short presentation on detoxification and how to do it. Detox kits will be available at a spring special rate of 20% off. Come with your friends and your questions.
Detox Kits include:
- Ultra Clear – (tailored to your body’s liking)
- EPA-DHA – Omega 3 fatty acids
- Dynamic Greens – power-blast your detoxification with this secret weapon of greens foods.