By now, the holiday indulgences and winter inactivity have probably left you feeling bloated, lethargic and not quite your usual self. More than just the “winter blues,” the combination of rich foods, indoor living and low activity levels can take a toll on your body, leaving you with low energy, a sluggish mind and a compromised immune system. You may find that doing a little spring cleaning of your body with natural detoxifying and cleansing foods and herbs can help you shake off those winter blues.
There are a number of extreme “detox” and “cleanse” diets out there. Major fasting and extreme “cleanses” can be dangerous, and are generally unnecessary. The fact is, your body is a self-cleansing organism and usually does the job of removing toxins just fine on its own. However, you can give your body a boost by eating moderate amounts of healthy foods that promote cleansing. Eating a variety of green leafy vegetables, beets, brown rice, and antioxidant-rich fruits and berries provides the vitamins and minerals and other nutrients your body needs. Fiber-rich fruits, grains and vegetables help eliminate waste. If you’re troubled by constipation or digestive problems, a fiber-rich gentle laxative cleanse like Enzymatic Therapy Whole Body Cleanse or Country Life Daily Fiber can help to restore your digestive system to normal. Drinking plenty of water also helps to detoxify, letting your kidneys and liver do their jobs of filtering toxins from the body. In addition, certain herbs like those found in Renew Life First Cleanse and Garden of Life Herbal D-Tox, including milk thistle, green tea, support healthy liver and kidney function. Supplement your winter diet with these cleansing foods and herbs to lose the blues and get a head start on spring.