Rachel Schwartzman, ND Shares Simple Tips to Support your Body with a Spring Cleanse #wellbeingwednesday
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. The following are all simple, food based ideas that I regularly use in my practice to promote a healthy lifestyle and will be helpful in getting people back on track.
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. It also ensures you start your day hydrated!
2 tbsp of ground flax seeds daily. You can add these to cereal, applesauce, yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal or sprinkle it on salad. You can really add them to anything, you just don’t want to heat them. Ground flax seeds are high in fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and a phytochemical called Lignans. Lignans, eliminate xenoestrogens (bad cancer causing estrogens) from the body and support the digestive system. I give ground flax seeds two thumbs up.
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. They also decrease the risk of hormone dependent cancers.
1 cup of dark green vegetables daily (feel free to eat more!) Think kale, chard, collards, arugula, spinach, bok choy, mustard greens, watercress. You get the point. These greens are all rich in phytochemicals, antioxidants, and are nutrient dense. They also promote an alkaline environment, and our bodies like that.
Many people, at this time of year are complaining of bloated bellies. Try 1-2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in a ¼ cup of warm water before dinner. This simple drink supplies your body with enzymes, supports healthy stomach acid, and kills off unwanted yeast. It’s even been noted to have weight loss properties. If you’re not a fan of vinegar, the flavour is something to get used to, but I promise what your taste buds won’t like, your tummy will.
Wishing you all a healthy and joyful spring season.
RACHEL SCHWARTZMAN is a naturopathic doctor in the St. Clair West neighbourhood. She is the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas, a naturopathic collective that supports pregnant women and partners with the birth of their babies. Westenddoulas.com