New, green food sources, with their metabolism-stimulating effects, abound from the first tender leafy vegetable shoots. Cleansing, anti-oxidant-rich herbs promote a feeling of new life and restored well being. Nature starts chuckling
in the spring. (Laughter is a good cleanser for people, too. It boosts your body’s beta-endorphins to induce a sense of euphoria and enhances immune function). Warmer weather tends to lower our appetite needs; it prompts more activity
and movement, and stimulates cleansing processes. Nature has designed the perfect times for a spring cleanse.
A “spring cleaning” is actually a very light diet, focusing on digestion and the intestines to help eliminate accumulated wastes, and improve body functions. A 2 or 3 day weekend is both a good length and a good time for a spring or
summer cleanse. A weekend fits comfortably into most people's lives, and isn’t too stressful on the body.
I recommend cleansing the liver on a regular basis. This is crucial for everyone, not just those of you participating in herbal or chemical therapies, or suffering from liver ailments. Your liver is one of the most vital organs you
possess. If it is damaged, your body cannot function properly. Without it, you cannot survive. An unhealthy liver is the root of many physical problems.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) teaches that different organs are affected by the changing of the seasons. In spring those organs are the liver and the gallbladder. These two organs-particularly the liver-are key when it comes
to detoxifying the body. “Giving your liver special nurturing during the spring helps you attain better health and beauty” says Ann Louise Gittleman, MS, CNS, author of The Fat Flush Plan.
The largest gland in the body, the liver carries out a number of functions. The body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates, fat, and proteins depends on this organ. It also stores vitamins and other nutrients. But the liver’s
most important job is to rid the body of toxic substances. It filters bacteria, hormones and also processes most drugs.
It’s important to keep your liver functioning at peak efficiency. First, avoid fried and greasy foods, which are hard for your liver to process. Second, alcohol places damaging stress on the liver. Third, artificial ingredients
found in processed foods. Cutting these three items from your diet will allow the liver to rejuvenate and work properly, as will eliminating refined carbohydrates like white sugar and white flour.
I recommend the following Liver Detox Program that can last from three days to two weeks: click here to download the program.