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Detoxing: Spring Cleaning for Your Body By Dr Nina Lange ND

Want to feel revitalized, energized, clear headed, calm and balanced??

No matter how healthy you are, taking the time to “cleanse” is essential to maintaining optimal vitality.

Stress, poor diet, food sensitivities, environmental pollutants, medications, lack of exercise, alcohol, caffeine and poor water quality all contribute to toxin accumulation in our bodies. Even if we try to do everything right we are bombarded with toxins on a daily basis.

Signs and Symptoms of Toxicity
Stress, anxiety
Bloating
Recurrent infections
Fatigue
Gas
Rashes
Headaches
Diarrhea, Constipation
Sinus congestion
Joint pains
Allergies
Nausea
Depression
Acne
PMS

Although the body is continually “detoxifying” (essentially a word to describe the breakdown of substances that are harmful to our bodies), Spring and Fall are transition times in the year when it is optimal to give your body a “Cleanse” or “Detoxification”. This is a time to make an intentional effort to support the body’s detoxification process. It is important to understand the value of undertaking these cleanses under supervision, especially if you are doing a more intensive detoxification. When you start to detoxify the system the main eliminatory organs of the body are burdened if they are not properly supported. These main organs are the skin, the bowels, the liver, the lungs, the lymphatics and the kidneys.

The liver, your main detoxification organ requires certain supportive vitamins and minerals in order for the 2 phases of the detoxification to function properly. Let’s take a moment to understand that process. In Phase 1 of the liver’s detoxification process toxic substances are broken down into intermediate metabolites. In Phase 2, these are further broken down and then eliminated. You can imagine now that if the liver is not functioning optimally, and Phase 1 does not efficiently break down the toxins, they will back up in the bloodstream. There are also a variety of substances that can slow Phase 1, again leading to toxin buildup in the blood and eventually the tissues. If Phase 1 is accelerated due to certain substances, the bottleneck of toxic intermediates between Phase 1 and 2 again leads to toxin accumulation. It is important that the Phase 1 and 2 are in proper balance to achieve optimum results. This means avoiding certain foods, adding certain supplements and foods and involving other supportive therapies.
Not only the liver, but also the kidneys, lymphatics, bowels, respiratory system, and skin need to be supported in order to achieve the full effect of a Cleanse. Of course, supporting these organs all the time with a healthy lifestyle is optimal, but when you are undertaking a Cleanse it is imperative that you support them so that you will safely experience the benefits. These benefits include increased energy, improved digestion, clearer mind, decreased anxiety and tension, decreased pain and improved sleep. Now who wouldn’t want that?!

The key is to know which supportive therapies, foods, and supplements are required to make these systems most effective and functioning optimally. Acupuncture, saunas, hydrotherapy, supplementation with key support minerals and vitamins, dietary modifications and stress reduction can all benefit the process. Talk to your Naturopathic physician at PNC to set up a Detoxification Program that is designed for you personally!

Cruciferous Crunch Salad By Ashley Giordano RHN

Spring is the season in which we naturally cleanse the body of the heavy foods ingested during the winter. This is the main season to attend to the liver, which is one of our primary detoxification organs. Foods such as young plants, fresh greens and sprouts mimic the expansive qualities of spring are a great addition to your daily meals.

I recommend Cruciferous vegetables to many of my clients to support hormone balance and liver health. This group includes cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, turnips, kale, kohlrabi, and collard greens.  Some of the amazing properties of Cruciferous vegetables include:

  • Detoxification of excess estrogens in the body and helping to balance the estrogen-progesterone ratio (imbalanced hormones can show up as PMS, fibroids, endometriosis, acne, menstrual cramps and bloating);
  • Stimulating the liver out of stagnancy, as well as supporting phase I and II liver detoxification;
  • A great source of Vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and fiber;
  • They contain powerful cancer-fighting compounds;
  • Their high mineral and vitamin content, liver-loving and hormone balancing properties make this group of veggies great for promoting gorgeous skin!

Aim to incorporate these into your diet at least 3-5 times per week. They are at their most beneficial when lightly steamed or eaten raw.

Here is a crunchy and tangy salad recipe to get your started!

Cruciferous Crunch Salad
1 cup grated beets
1 cup grated carrots
1 ½ cups finely sliced cabbage
1 medium head of broccoli (stalk grated and florets chopped)
Optional: white beans and/or almonds

Dressing
1/3 cup of cold-pressed unrefined olive oil
2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1 tsp dried mustard powder
1 clove of garlic, crushed or minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of cayenne

Throw all of your grated and chopped ingredients into a big salad bowl and add optional white beans and/or almonds.
In a separate jar, whisk together dressing ingredients.  Pour dressing over salad and mix until well distributed.  Serve immediately or put in the fridge overnight for the flavors to meld together.