Eliminating Toxins: an article written for Thrive Magazine February 2016!
Time for a spring clean!
The spring equinox is the best time for the body to eliminate toxins and when the body can harness the power of Mother Nature.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring relates to the Wood element, which is important for new beginnings and a time when bodies can eliminate toxins easier. It is important to pay close attention to your body at this time and notice what it is saying to you; notice also how your body feels.
Typical signs of toxicity or acidity show up in the body as aches and pains particularly in joints; inflammation or water retention, feeling tired, or exhausted; feeling unrefreshed each morning; or disturbed sleep patterns and waking up during the night. Irregular or intermittent headaches are also signs that toxins are causing the Liver to feel overloaded and unable to detox itself at a cellular level.
The Liver is the bodies’ planner and the principal organ for helping eliminate toxins and the principal organ for detoxifying the blood and making bile, which helps the body, metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Eat food, which is rich in vitality to help the Liver function properly;
Alkaline foods are highly nutritious, mineral rich and good sources of vitality- fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables (including salads) fish, protein, include: eggs, (lean organic meat but only white meat), beans and pulses, quinoa (high in protein and rich in key enzymes). Eating raw vegetables or juicing will Increase the mineral and vitamins intake and help cell respiration. Fruit smoothies with live organic yoghurt for the Probiotics is highly supportive to the gut/ stomach and supports an alkaline diet. Artichokes, garlic, onion, leeks, beetroot, radish, turnip, watercress, fennel, greens such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, apples and pears, apricots, grapes, berries, lemons, papaya, pineapple, avocado, cranberries, banana and watermelon are particularly supportive to the liver.
Avoid ready meals, take always, processed foods, or anything with chemical additives as these are challenging. Alcohol too is highly acidic and should be minimised or avoided all together during a detox programme. Organic wine is better but not during a cellular cleanse.
Include regular exercise or workouts to increase circulation and heart rate which can help the liver eliminate toxins and cleanse more effectively at a cellular level (challenging exercise should be undertaken under the guidance of a suitably qualified health instructor).
Milk Thistle is particularly supportive to the Liver and helps eliminate harmful toxins. Take this daily during a liver cleanse.
Sunflower lecithin granules help the liver to break down fats. Taken with natural yoghurt is a good way of having them or blended in a smoothie is highly supportive during a liver cleanse.
Aim to be in bed by 10pm at the latest every night, as a good sleep regime is supportive in any elimination programme.
Consider a period on just raw juice for a deeper detox in the run-up to the equinox-why not try it on the day of a full moon or equinox itself and for up to 3 consecutive days to reap the benefits. If you’re an experienced juice faster and in good health juice only regime for several days before and after the equinox will really help your Eliminate most toxins and see you through until late summer.
Drink plenty of fluids, and add lemon to your 1st drink of the day in warm water,which opens the Liver to help keep elimination routes moving.
I trained at the College of Natural Nutrition where founder and director Barbara Wren has taught the importance of this for almost 3 decades. Her book Cellular Awakening shares her wisdom on how your body utilising light at a cellular level and the importance of the equinoxes to maintaining equilibrium.
Join me in cleansing at a cellular level during the Spring Equinox and see the difference it makes. Article by Natural Nutritionalist Randhiraj Bilan D.N.N. www.NourishedNaturally.co.uk Telephone on 07976686592.