Many of us have heard of spring cleaning, a task that we can always expect to lead us to the deepest, darkest, dirtiest corners of our homes to capture every last rogue dust bunny, to finally recycle a year’s worth of old magazines, to scrub the sticky shelves in the refrigerator from the time that bottle of soda exploded last October. Spring is the time to get a fresh start, but it isn’t just the perfect time to clean out our closets and shampoo the carpets, it is also a great time to cleanse our bodies from a year’s worth of toxins.
There are a plethora of detox diets on the market today, but finding a gentle cleanse that will wipe your slate clean and reset your gauges can be downright overwhelming. The trick is to enlist a helping hand right from mother nature’s detox manual, by using all-natural ingredients in a gradual, refreshing cleanse regimen.
The Gerson Method is a diet that has been used with great success as an alternative cancer therapy, but it’s principles are essentially to cleanse the body of any toxins that cause illness, disease and any other unfortunate ailments that may arise from poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise or other contamination. Whether you have cancer or not, following the Gerson Method is a great way to eliminate your body of unwanted buildup that could be making you feel sluggish and causing a number of other unwanted health issues. The Method enlists the cleansing effects of eating raw organic foods, drinking juices made from the freshest organic fruits and vegetables, consuming natural supplements and partaking in enemas to cleanse the digestive system. Specific information about the Gerson Method can be found at their website: Gerson.org
Another Springtime cleanse that works wonders for many, in both the physical and spiritual realms, is the Ayurvedic Cleanse, Pancha Karma. With its roots in ancient India, Ayurvedic cleansing is done in three stages, preparation, cleansing and rejuvenation. During the preparation stage, certain foods like sugar, caffeine and alcohol are phased out gradually to prepare the body for a fast, which takes place during the second stage, the cleanse. During this second stage, a special herbal drink is consumed, which is made up of water, fennel, pepper, ginger, cumin, coriander and cardamom. During this cleanse period, psyllium fiber is also prescribed in order to flush the system. During the rejuvination period, food is slowly phased back into the diet, until balance is achieved.
No matter which cleanse you choose, taking the season as an opportunity to cleanse your body and refresh your spirit is a great way to nurture your lifelong health and to stay in touch with Mother Earth.