A cleanse is a wonderful opportunity to practice supporting yourself. Instead of seeing it simply as maintenance—or worse yet, as a kind of penalty for having enjoyed life—cleansing, especially during winter months, should be a form of self-care.

Warming meals and practices

In winter, choose pungent herbs and spices (cumin, cayenne, black pepper) to overcome hibernation mode and stoke the metabolic fire. Warming ginger, cinnamon, fennel, and angelica soothe and reduce phlegm. They also promote digestion, dilation, and circulation.  

Inducing higher body temperature can support healthy immune function, plus it feels nice. Using a sauna improves hormone levels, increasing the body’s production of growth hormone and other helpful compounds. Putting warm socks on at night can ensure a deeper, more restful, and rejuvenating sleep.

Hot showers are an exception. We want to warm the body up, not dry it out. Do your skin a favor and keep your shower warm rather than hot.

Nurture your gut

A healthy microbiome will keep you regular, which aids in the timely removal of solid wastes and might have additional benefits. In one study, Lactobacillus rhamnosus reduced absorption of some toxins, including BPA. This could help ensure toxins don’t build up in the body and negatively affect your health.  

Some strains can bind to and facilitate excretion of heavy metals like lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium from the body, while a probiotic in kimchi was found to break down common herbicides and pesticides.

We can feed our microbiomes foods like jicama, leek, green bananas, and cooked and cooled starches like potato salad, rice balls, and bean salad. Getting most of our carbs from colorful vegetables is the most nutritious option anyhow.

Speaking of nutrition…  

Not only should we stop blocking our body’s attempts to get out the junk by suppressing coughs and fevers, we should encourage the body’s natural attempts to detoxify itself.  

Drinking water between meals and relaxing and chewing well at meal times are measures that support cleansing. Choosing the best quality, organic foods, oils, and fats makes sense, too.

Although fasting can have its own benefits, detoxification requires nutrients, so make yourself some delicious healthy food. Eating avocado, pumpkin seeds, asparagus, eggs, green tea, salmon, and lentils provides the nutrients to support phase 1 liver detoxification. Garlic, onions, liver, cauliflower, turmeric, beets, tuna, and brazil nuts support phase 2 liver detoxification.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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