Feeling like your insides are holding on to a bit too much? Feeling sluggish, fatigued, and just not quite right inside? An internal clean-out may be just the thing you need. Some people may flock to the term “detox”, and we’ll go over many of those basic principles here, but often a fancy protocol is just not needed. For many people, cleaning things up and cleaning things out is really simple and with no fancy supplements.
We have a natural rate at which we can efficiently detoxify before any storage happens. We tend to get bogged down when the amount taken in is greater than the rate of this process. A detox or 'spring cleaning' serves to redistribute that burden, so that we take in less that we can detoxify, allowing the body to play “catch up”.
The simplest of spring cleaning protocols uses the body’s own detoxification processes without much intervention. This is mainly done through diet and a few other easy tips.
First and foremost, drinking lots of water and consuming lots of fiber are absolutely key. You must be able to “flush out” the bad through the kidneys and bowels. Without this step, you’re putting the garbage in the closed garage without taking it to the curb. The next key is diet. This is your basic whole-foods diet rich if fruits and vegetables. The simpler the food the better.
Tips for an easy spring cleaning:
Foods to avoid:
This “diet” is the basics of a whole-foods diet. The simpler the better, and better for you. Remember, our bodies aren’t built to eat from a package.
If you feel you need a bit more than a spring cleaning and more of a detox protocol, it’s best to contact your Naturopathic Doctor for advice. Stay tuned for a detox-specific entry soon!