The idea of Spring cleansing is ancient.
For 3,000 years most of Asia, the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin and the Caucasus have celebrated the Persian New Year, the first day of Spring, by cleaning everything from the curtains to the furniture. Passover, in the Jewish tradition, also asks us to Spring clean our homes. Almost all religions have a period of fasting that are considered spiritual cleanses.
Cleansing is Synonymous with Detoxifying
At Blum Center for Health, spring is the best time to cleanse the body, with a focus on the liver, your primary detoxifying, or cleansing, organ. Your liver safely removes toxins out of your body with the help of antioxidants, B vitamins, and amino acids. With over 8,000 chemicals in circulation in the environment, we need to constantly support this process with the food we eat, and sometimes with supplements, otherwise, the liver pathways can get jammed, become overburdened, and toxins can bioaccumulate in tissues and fat cells. This can make us feel unwell and lead to excess accumulation of weight.
We strongly believe that periodic liver support cleanses are essential for good health.
Here are 7 signs that you are carrying a toxic load:
- You constantly feel tired.
- You experience achiness in your joints.
- You experience brain fog.
- You suffer with headaches.
- You experience mood swings.
- You feel heavy in your body and in your mind.
- You have difficulty losing weight.
One place that you might be exposed to toxins is in your water supply. Water is so important and yet our water has become a big issue. This is something you are exposed to on a daily basis — multiple times a day — due to showering, baths, washing your hands and hair, brushing our teeth, and washing our clothes.
Here are the possible chemicals commonly found in water and their potential toxicity issues:
Lead — from leaching lead from pipes, or solder, in our water system
- in children, colic, developmentally delayed and learning difficulties
- fatigue, irritability, nausea, constipation, miscarriages, anemias, kidney issues
According to the New York State Department of Health: Lead affects all organs and functions of the body to varying degrees. The frequency and severity of symptoms among exposed individuals depends upon the amount of exposure.
There are also chemicals that can found in your water supply that create havoc in your body:
Copper, from our pipes
- vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea
- associated with liver and kidney damage
Fluoride, fortified in our water
- can cause bone disorders
Pesticides, a problem if your well is shallow, or if you live near a farm or golf course
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, night sweats, muscles aches
This is our water and it is not good news.
We are also exposed to chemicals in our food, our cars, our homes, our clothes, our furniture – and the list goes on. Safe removal of these compounds is possible with a liver that functions well. I hope you agree, that it is MANDATORY that you detoxify and tune-up your liver on a routine basis. A good detox program can lead to a reversal of symptoms, improved metabolism and a decrease in weight. Spring is a great time!
If you live near Blum Center, consider joining our popular 5-Day Intense Detox Group Program, a medically-sound jumpstart to reducing your toxic load. The group kicks off on Monday, May 15th at either 10am or 6pm. Join Now
If you don’t live near the Center and want to detox, purchase our quintessential 21- Day Simply Detox Kit, which includes a step-by-step guidebook and all the liver cleansing supplements you need to detoxify your body and eliminate your toxic load.
About Mary: Mary Gocke, Director of Nutrition at Blum Center for Health, has been successfully using food and nutrition science to treat and heal people with chronic illnesses and acute conditions for over 25 years. When Mary’s not helping people feel better through nutrition, this mother of two grown children can be found practicing yoga, which she has taught for years, or in her kitchen cooking something colorful.