I love Super Heroes and I chose the featured picture of Wonder Woman before seeing Batman V. Super Man because I believe in eating well to feel great. But, Wonder Woman did rock my world in the movie, and inspires me to be my own Super Hero.
So how can we feel like our own Super Hero? By doing a cleanse! Before you say wait, not me, please read on to find out easy it can be. Also, please check below for two delicious recipes.
Did you know that there are two excellent times to tune up our bodies through a cleanse? Spring is one of them since our bodies awaken after the winter slumber and because we often eat heavier foods during that season. Fall is another great time since we will enter flu season, and a cleanse can strengthen our bodies. Also, Fall is a great time because even though Spring is months away, we can prep our body for Spring allergies.
In this post I focus on Spring because that is the season we are in. In Chinese Medicine, the Spring season is associated with the liver. And since the liver is our main detoxifying organ, what a great time to give it a boost. The liver works very hard for us with over 500 functions. Wow, thank you liver for your incredible work.
The great thing about a cleanse is that a) it does not have to be extreme, (I believe it is better to be gentle) and b) it can be very simple, without having to change much in our life, and we can still get some benefits.
Of course, the more we change in a positive direction, the better results, but I’m all about “do the best we can!”
Reasons to do a cleanse:
- Rejuvenate all functions of the body, especially our liver and blood
- Cleanses can promote healthy immune systems and skin (tired of acne, anyone?)
- Flush out toxins. There are so many toxins in the air, water, and food. We can always use an internal wash.
- Also, since the liver processes hormones, a healthy liver can lead to more balanced hormone functions.
- Feels great to clean the house we live in, so why not the house we walk around in all the time?
A few years ago, I started doing cleanses and it helped my skin clear up, I felt more energy, and my hormones were better balanced.
So on to the list:
Artichoke: This unbloomed flower is delicious and nutritious! It has vitamin C, K, Bs, folate, and magnesium. Sounds weird, but it stimulates bile, something necessary to break down fat in the body. Good bile flow is important to flush out toxins that cause inflammation from fatty foods and to lower cholesterol!
Apples and cilantro: Two totally different foods that both assist to sweep metals out of the body. Apples contain pectin which is what helps to carry away the metals. Plus, they have fiber and vitamin C. Fiber stimulates digestion, and good digestion will literally move the toxins out of our bodies instead of them hanging around. Plus, fiber absorbs toxins which is another plus.
Cilantro is known to remove mercury from the body, and can be easily added to salsas and other foods.
Broccoli: What a wonderful source of nutrition! Chalk full of protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamins A, B and C. Plus it has, yes, fiber! Besides that, it assists enzymes to transform toxins to eliminate and neutralize them.
Lemon: Another fruit, and a really easy one to incorporate into our lives. With loads of vitamin C, it directly detoxifies the liver, and tastes so refreshing. It is also another bile and digestive simulator.
Have you ever tried a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon? Tastes great first thing in the morning.
Pineapple: I can eat yummy stuff and get a cleanse? Yes, I can! Pineapples contain bromelain, which lowers inflammation, cleanses the colon, and aids digestion. Plus, they have tons of vitamin C which is always beneficial.
See the end of the article for a pineapple recipe.
Kale: I couldn’t write about healthy stuff without throwing kale in, right? Filled with antioxidants and fiber, this veggie boosts the creation of liver enzymes to cleanse the body. Antioxidants help rid the body of free radicals, which are molecules that cause havoc and sickness when we have too many, so bring on the food with antioxidants.
Asparagus: One of my favorites, and so versatile, this veggie contains glutathione, necessary for a strong immune system, and it helps the body to detoxify. It has vitamins A, K, C, And E, and it is a diuretic to rid the body of unnecessary water.
Dandelion and ginger: Two foods that work with the liver, the humble dandelion and ginger root should not be overlooked! They can be made into teas to support and increase the benefits of the cleanse.
Dandelion root works with the liver to increase bile, filter toxins, and flush fats from the body. Dandelion also deposits vitamins A, B, C, D, iron, and potassium, into the blood. So you get two in one: nutrition and a cleanse.
When I did my serious cleanses several years ago, dandelion root was one of the herbs I used, and it helped me a lot. I had problems with acne, and though my skin isn’t perfect, its much better than it was.
Ginger was another I use in my teas. It increases metabolism, flushes waste, and reduces inflammation. Also, it maintains digestive and liver enzymes to clear the body of toxins.
Pineapple Juice Plus
- One-quarter pineapple
- Half cucumber
- Half lemon (yellow peel removed)
Process all ingredients through your juicer OR if you want the fiber, blend it in a Bullet blender. I prefer foods with fiber to help maintain even blood sugar, aid the digestion, etc.
- Fresh ginger root
- Fresh lemon juice
- Honey (if desired)
One of my favorite drinks of all time, even when I’m healthy, you can drink this hot or cold, but ginger is one of those herbs that is more efficient hot or warm.
Chop up a large piece of ginger about the size of a thumb and simmer it for twenty minutes in 2 cups of water. You can add more ginger depending on your personal taste. After the heat is off, squeeze in juice from a lemon, and add honey if desired.
This can be cleansing and also used for a flu. If it is for the flu, it is better to drink it hot.
Other things to consider when doing a cleanse:
- Be aware of your own health issues and consult a doctor if necessary.
- Lowering or eliminating intake of sugar, caffeine, processed foods, gluten, dairy, nuts, and corn, can also benefit health.
- Increase water, take walks to sweat out toxins, and take time out to do things that make us happy.
Remember, I am not a nutritionist, but simply like to share information for the benefit of others. One of the sources for the article was a handout from the Ceres Community Project in Sonoma County, CA. For more information, please visit their awesome website. They have a great cookbook that could help incorporate these foods into the diet.
So get out there and be a Wonder Woman! (or Wonder Man, whatever works for you.)
As always, thank you for reading.