Why You Need a Spring Cleaning and How to Do It…

I’d like to introduce you to the dynamic Melissa of Real Nutrition Living. She and I thought it would be fun to trade posts this week. I’ve got a delicious Indian Spiced Soup waiting for you over there, and she’s got some easy detox tips for us. Without further adieu, here’s Melissa!

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Image Credit: the lovely Sara Beth Cobb of Nimblee Designs.

Spring has finally arrived, a time for showers, flowers, sunshine, fun and cleaning! What, Cleaning? Well, you know the drill. It’s time to clean out closets and break up the dust.  While you’re in that cleaning mode, let’s not forget the most important thing to take care of, YOU! Just as April showers bring May flowers, you need a shower too. No, not literally- well maybe, but what I mean is you may need to take a little time to take care of yourself so you come out bright, beautiful and energetic, just like those May flowers.

Unfortunately, we’re living in a toxic world, my friends. Our food supply, beauty, and cleaning products are full of chemicals, eighty-percent of our air tests positive for metals, we’re stressed and pressed for time, and the list goes on. Often, these toxins can take up residence in the fat cells, muscles and other tissues and organs in our system.  We know these toxins can overload our immune system, causing fatigue, inflammation, weight gain, acne, mental fog and the list goes on.

This is most definitely not a helpless situation. There is much we can do to cleanse our systems and stay bright as those May flowers.  Here’s a practical list:

  1. Drink lemon water first thing in the morning to wake up the liver and digestive system. It helps to flush out toxins, as it acts as a diuretic. It will help balance pH and alkalize the system as well as clear up your skin and provide relief against inflammation. Sip throughout the day for full benefits.
  2. Make at least half of your diet raw or uncooked, and almost all organic. Additionally, make sure the majority of these foods are fruits and veggies. Juicing, salads, and green smoothies are a great way to clean up the system. Remember to keep a 3 vegetable: 1 fruit ratio!
  3. Drink dandelion root tea to cleanse the liver. The liver is the filter of the body and just like your vacuum filter; it must be cleaned out from time to time. Eating plenty of greens also helps cleanse the liver. We also know the bile of a clean liver will flow properly aiding in healthy digestion and elimination. When all of our elimination channels are open, we rid of toxins more easily and keep healthy and energetic.
  4. Have fermented foods daily (sauerkraut, komboucha, homemade kefir or yogurt, and cultured veggies will all do just fine). It will help promote good bacteria in our gut. We now know gut flora (bacteria) is actually linked to not only our immune system, but our heart health as well!!
  5. Sweat every day! This simple step is often over looked, but we eliminate a lot of toxins through the skin and when our pores are all opened up, it will assist this process. If you’re not up to moving yourself, get in a hot sauna or take a hot bath.
  6. Do an electronic detox. While cleaning up the body, it’s a good idea take some extra quiet time for spirituality, meditation, and/or extra rest. Leave the phone and computer off and turn off the bedside clock, even just for a few hours. Instead, take a nap, a bath, a walk outside with Fido or go have a raw food picnic in the park with your sweetie. Anything that nourishes you and fills you up. The Law of Physics says energy is neither created nor destroyed (and who can argue with physics??) So while you rid of excess negative energy (toxins), refill the tank with positive things to leave you refreshed and as beautiful, vibrant and energetic as those May flowers.

Lastly, if you’re feeling pretty toxic and require a deeper cleanse, please seek the expertise of a Holistic Health Practitioner to assist you. A professional will be able to assist you through your cleanse to be sure you get optimal results, as well as help guide you through any side effects or symptoms. Because we are all bio individual, a health care professional will also be able to make the best recommendations for you with regard to your health and lifestyle.

Melissa Schollaert is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor and founder of Real Nutritious Living. She’s been an on-camera expert for ABC, NBC, and GoodDayLive, with her writing published on a number of healthy living and nutrition websites. She also teaches cooking classes and workshops at Whole Foods and various other retail outlets.  She’s an avid yogi, always improving surfer, and a firm believer in faith, love, and the healing power of green juice. She’s got a heart for helping others achieve their health goals to attain their healthiest happiest life.  Check out her website, Follow her blog, “Like” her on FaceBook , and enjoy tips and tweeting here.

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