Each new season is your chance for a fresh start but this is particularly so in Spring. Like a deciduous tree, your body is designed to cycle. To ebb, flow and renew with the seasons. To shed periodically, and grow back – stronger, healthier and more resilient than ever.
Yet, it’s so easy to fall out of sync, disconnect from nature and lose touch with yourself. Work too much, exercise too little, eat the wrong foods and grow increasingly stale behind your computer screen. This leads to uncomfortable symptoms such as:
• Feeling bloated, heavy and sluggish.
• Gaining extra weight, that won’t budge.
• Low energy and vitality.
• Seasonal allergies such as itchy eyes, hayfever and skin irritation.
• Decreased immunity and ‘catching everything going around’.
• Feeling tired, flat and grumpy in the mornings.
• Congested and tired complexion.
The good news is, with the new season comes the chance to reset, reconnect and restore your health. Here are 5 Simple Spring Tips.
Eating simple foods in their whole form is best. Processed foods are depleted of valuable nutrients and packed full of chemicals and sugars. Retrain your taste buds to enjoy a fresh raw salad dressed with simply with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt.
Staying hydrated. Water helps the body detoxify, which keeps the brain, immune and digestive system healthy. Sip on teas and water throughout the day; try to consume 1 cup of water, tea, or other liquid every hour with a small glass of warm water with lemon or apple cider vinegar during meals if you need something. My favorite summer drink is chilled mint tea with chlorophyll or lemon.
Include Bitter foods for liver detox. Grapefruit, rocket lettuce, endives and radicchio are great bitters to include. Roasted dandelion tea is a rich full bodied beverage which you can enjoy and is a great caffeine free coffee substitute if you need one.
Exercising, and not stressing are unbelievably important to help lower levels of cortisol, a hormone responsible for the negative effects of stress. Cortisol levels increase when we are stressed, tired or eating too much sugar and reduce our ability to detox and renew. Exercise reduces cortisol levels and is necessary for detoxification and overall health of the brain, immune and cardiovascular system. It also helps facilitate the movement of toxins out of the body. Every day, complete 30 to 45 minutes of exercise, followed by deep breathing and stretching.
Detoxification can be aided by dry brushing, saunas and steams, detox baths, and cold showers. They are an excellent way to help release toxins. They are also all great for increasing the health and appearance of the skin before summer and for encouraging stress reduction. It’s important to dry brush your skin and end with one minute of cold water when you shower. This helps to shed old skin cells and stimulate toxin removal via the skin.
I hope you can take these ideas into your life and strengthen what you are already doing to support your bodies cleanse and renew processes.