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Rachel Schwartzman, ND Shares 4 Tips for an Easy Gentle Spring Cleanse + RECIPE

In Chinese Medicine, Spring is the season of the liver, and our liver is responsible for detoxifying and cleansing our bodies. So, it only seems appropriate, with the coming of Spring, to share some tips on how to gently support your body with a spring cleanse.

Lemon water first thing in the morning. Take a ¼ of a wedge of lemon and squeeze it into a glass of warm water. The bitter flavour of the lemon stimulates the liver and gallbladder as well as supporting digestion. It’s a simple and healthy habit to start your morning off right.

Focus on a clean diet. Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. Include clean protein with each meal. Eat fresh fruit and lots of veggies, especially green vegetables, carrots and beets. Add 2 tbsp of ground flax seeds daily for a boost in fiber. You can add these to cereal, applesauce, yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal or sprinkle it on salad. Eat either an apple or a grapefruit every day.  These fruits are high in calcium-d-glucarate, which is another way to promote liver detox pathways. Check out Joy McCarthy’s or Julie Daniluk’s, both have new cookbooks focusing on delicious detox recipes.

Consider supplements: Try Dandelion Root or Milk Thistle tea to stimulate the liver. Consume 1 tsp of turmeric daily. Consider a powdered green supplement such as Genuine Health’s Greens+.

Sweat it Out! Whether you hit the gym, go to a hot yoga class or sit in a sauna. Sweating is a great way to detoxify the body.

If you need some help and don’t know where to get started connect with your local health food store such as Noah’s Natural Foods or Smith’s Pharmacy, or consult with a naturopath in your area.

Wishing you all a healthy and joyful spring season.

 

 

The ingredients for this Liver Loving Coleslaw are from The Stop’s Farmers Market and Fiesta Farms. Enjoy!

1 small shredded red cabbage
4 carrots, grated
3 yellow beets, grated
1 red beet, grated
1 generous handful of cilantro, chopped
1 inch piece of ginger, finely grated
1 garlic clove, finely grated
1/2 lemon squeezed
1/2 Orange squeezed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper

Mix it up and enjoy!

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