Our body is exposed to various undesirable influences during autumn and winter. Cold weather, icy wind, humidity, temperature changes induced by going from warm indoors to cold outdoors, etc. In spring, all that was asleep during winter wakes up to life again and that is why the spring months are a great time to begin cleansing and detoxifying the body. Our bodies are attuned to detoxification naturally in spring. By deciding to cleanse your body, you declare war on waste substances in your body. You may then enter the upcoming periods as a new person.
What is spring detoxification for?
Thanks to body detoxification, you will be less tired and more endurable both physically and mentally and you will get rid of useless and excessive or even dangerous substances in your body. Our problems and discomfort are often caused by our lifestyle; bad diet, lack of rest and sleep, hyperacidity. Our bodies are then clogged with harmful substances and toxins. That is manifested later by fatigue, metabolic problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, headache and joint ache, menstrual cramps or even complexion problems.
Basic Preparation for the Spring Body Detoxification
Prevention is based on sufficient drinking regime. Drink up to three litres of plain water or herb teas daily. Refrain from having canned food, smoked meat, instant blends in your diet, do not drink alcohol or coffee or milk and do not smoke. Add movement on fresh air and you will jump-start your lymph system. Running, cycling and roller-skating are recommended. Do not forget rest and relaxation. Eat plenty of vegetables and increase your dietary fibre intake. Make stretches of rest and relaxation a part of your daily routine and daily schedule.
Get Your Metabolism Moving and Improve Your Digestion - Replace the Winter Diet with Colourful Spring Foods
Thanks to increasing temperatures and sunny days, we do not feel like eating greasy foods anymore as we do during winter months. Se we naturally tend to lighten up our diet. In winter, we crave heavier foods because they help us maintain a steady temperature in our body. Within the body cleanse, reduce animal fats in your diet and reduce bread. Green diet is the right thing to do at the beginning of spring months. Make leafy vegetables and salads a stable part of your diet.
Apples can help us remove bad substances from our liver; they cleanse our intestines and have positive influence on metabolism. Bananas rid the body of useless waste substances and harmful substances; they also support the immune system. Broccoli is good for your metabolism. Reduce salting your foods and make sure you maintain a proper drinking regime. Garlic has beneficial effects on the overall cleansing and regeneration process in your body. It contains a large amount of minerals; it supports the liver function, discharging the gall from the liver and overall discharge of waste substances from the body. As far as cleansing your stomach and intestines is concerned, you will find leek and celery your good helpers. Onion supports bowel movement and liver activity. There are various detoxifying enzymes in the body that we can support by eating radishes, Beijing cabbage, etc.
Keeping appropriate and balanced diet, having a sufficient drinking regime and eating regularly are the pillars of body detoxification. However, herbs can be of great help, too. These innocuous plants contain substances very valuable to our body; they support neutralization and they help us get rid of metabolic waste products and toxins coming from the external environment. The best way to get to quality herbs is to pick them and dry them by yourself. When you start with herb treatment, it should take four weeks. After that, you should a break of one week and then repeat the treatment.
One way to cleanse your body is using nettle tea. The most efficient form of nettles for body detoxification is tea made from young nettles. Nettles contain a high amount of vitamin C and A, iron, calcium, beta-carotene and chlorophyll. Nettle is widely used in medicine, but the most popular use is spring detoxification. Nettles generally strengthen and purify the blood. Nettles contain substances that enhance peristalsis, bowel activity, therefore they promote the overall metabolism. Drinking a decoction of nettles promotes discharge of urea and uric acid from the human body. We pick healthy young nettles for their stems and leaves at the beginning of spring when they start to grow. The best time to go nettle-picking is about two o'clock in the afternoon.
Preparing and Serving Nettle Tea
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Daisy is a medicinal herb abundant in Europe all the way to the Caucasus. It supports the function of liver and gall bladder and it purifies blood. It is diuretic and suitable during urinary tract inflammations. You can use the blossoms for salads or soups. Always pick daisies, as well as other herbs, in clean environments, i.e. where the soil is healthy and the air is fresh. Always wash them several times in clear water before use, just to be safe. A slice of bread with butter covered with daisies is a beautiful and creative spring delicacy.
The dandelion root stimulates liver activity, gall bladder and all digestive organs in general. Dandelion blossoms are best picked in spring, just before the plant fully blooms. You can dry the dandelions and subsequently use an extract from a teaspoon of root per cup of water, at least twice a day. Raw young leaves of dandelion stimulate metabolism and they are great for salads and green beverages. Dandelions are also great for home-made honey.
Good Detoxification Effects of Red Beets
Red beets are an indispensable part of the spring detoxification of both body and mind. It is highly alkaline and it is able to improve our body in many ways. It is a source of many vitamins and minerals and it also contains selenium. It is a good antioxidant and it prevents cancer to occur or develop. Furthermore, red beets have antimycotic effects, they fight bacteria and viruses and get our brains rid of poisonous metals.
A detoxification juice made from red beets
Raw red beet root is excellent for making alkaline juice with detoxification effects. You can dilute the juice with drinking water to get milder version of detox. You can adjust the sweety taste of beet root with some carrot juice. If you eat a lot of red beets, the colourant sometimes turns your urine and stool red. But you need not worry - it is a normal phenomenon that points to the fact your kidneys work well.
Broccoli is a very valuable vegetable as it contains a lot of vitamin C, beta-carotene and other cartenoids, e.g. lutein, which is a strong antioxidant. Other vitamins contained in broccoli are folic acid and vitamins E and K. Mineral substances are represented mainly by potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and sulphur. Trace elements are iron and zinc. It is an excellent source of dietary fibre.
Broccoli as a defensive function against tumorous diseases and cardio-vascular disorders. Vegetal compounds present in broccoli show anti-bacteric effects. The dietary fibre in broccoli supports the bowel peristalsis and thus acts against constipation. On the other hand, broccoli may be slightly flatulent because it is not very easy to digest. Broccoli stems concentrate the biggest amount of fibre. Our metabolism improves significantly when we eat broccoli and it triggers overall vitalization of our body. Consuming brocoli is related to reduced risks of heart disease in women after menopause.
Bear's garlic is the first green to show up after the winter is over. While in common garlic, we use mainly the cloves, in bear's garlic it is the leaves that we use the most.
Bear's garlic grows freely in the countryside, from the end of March to the mid-May. We can find it in humid shadowy places. However, be careful not to confuse its leaves with budding leaves of lily of the valley. You can use the typical pungent smell of bear's garlic to guide you as well as the fact that its leaves are matted and the lily leaves are polished.
Bear's garlic is best raw, and we can use it anywhere we would use common garlic, parsley and onions. It is good for making pesto, salad, you can sprinkle it on your bread with butter, add it to spinach, make a soup from it, etc.
Vegetable Detoxification Soup
- Half a cup of chopped cauliflower
- Half a cup of chopped broccoli
- Half a cup of chopped parsley
- Half a cup of chopped carrot
- Half a cup of chopped celery
- Half a cup of chopped zucchini
- 2-3 cm of ginger root - the fresher the better
- A third of a cup of Basmati rice
- 1 clove
- 3 pcs whole pepper
- A pinch of ground pepper
- A pinch of ground paprika
- 1.5 litre water
Pour water into a large pot and get it boiling. Peel the prepared ginger root and cut it into four or five pieces. Put the ginger pieces into the water, cover the pot with a lid and let the ginger boil. Meanwhile, wash the rice, shake off excess water and put it into water. Increase the flame and keep the mixture boiling. Clean and chop the vegetables and add them to the water, boil for 10 more minutes. Season the soup and you are ready to enjoy your meal.
Movement Is Essential for the Spring Detoxification
Active movement keeps us agile and fit. It is not only good for our body, but it also improves our mind; regular movement or sport increases the level of endorphins, good-mood hormones. It is best to engage in active movement at least three times a week. Getting at least half an hour of movement a day is good for our heart, cardiovascular system and muscles. We often get a little lazy over the winter, and spring is just the right time to get back in shape again.
Have a beautiful and happy spring!