The days are starting to be filled with more sun than clouds, and the earth is slowly thawing and becoming supple with new life.
Even though Mother Nature appears to be melting away those winter pounds, many of us are still stuck in the sludge of the winter. In order to feel as Mother Nature does (light, bright, and fresh!) we must do as she does, detox!
Dr. Christine Northrup, in her preparation for spring, shares some of her detox secrets in her latest newsletter. If you do not receive the letter, here are six excellent tips she outlines for a springtime detox:
- Upon rising each morning, cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a cup. Add hot water and drink slowly. You can “up the ante” on this by adding a dash or two of cayenne pepper. The sourness of the lemon triggers nerve and hormone activation of the liver, which enhances digestion. This is also good for sluggish bowels. Avoid all icy-cold liquids for a week and re-evaluate. Icy-cold liquids shut down the digestive fire that is key to any detox and to optimal digestion. In hot climates, they routinely drink hot liquids for their cooling effect.
- Have this same lemon drink at noon. And again in the evening.
- Eat vegetables from the Brassica family, which includes cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, turnip, and collards. These contain glucosinolates, which contain sulfur compounds that help protect the liver and improve it’s ability to eliminate toxins and excess hormones. (I love Kale salads, which are increasingly available in restaurants!) Aim for two servings a day.
- Spice it up! Add turmeric, curry, ginger, and cumin to your meals. These spices are excellent for your digestion. I love to add turmeric to scrambled eggs or tofu. Curry is good with just about any vegetable or legume dish.
- Take five CONSCIOUS BREATHING breaks per day. Stop what you’re doing right now. And do the following: Take a nice long slow deep breath through your nose. Pay attention to how your lower rib cage expands. Relax the back of your throat. Hold it for a count of five. Then slowly exhale. Repeat three times. You have just helped your body metabolize stress hormones and put your nervous system into rest-and-restore mode. Nice, eh?
- Sweat it out. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. And the health of your digestion system is reflected in the health of your skin. You can enhance the health of both your skin and your digestion with regular movement, such as a 20-minute walk after dinner or dancing to your favorite beats while you wash the dishes or clean up a room. Try a movement break after each meal. Ten minutes is fine if that’s all you have. Regular use of an infrared sauna, steam room, or a BioMat is also very, very helpful.
For more information or more tips by the renowned Dr. Christiane Northrup, I encourage you to visit her site at www.drnorthrup.com.
Feel free to call the office or contact me with any questions you may have or to discuss further at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be Your Best Health,
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