Every spring and fall I participate in a 21-day cleanse to boost my body’s natural seasonal detox rhythm. In the spring, our bodies start to waken from their winter sleep, and gear up for the summer growth season. Ever notice that as soon as the days get longer and a little warmer you suddenly feel the need to get outside? Commonly known as spring fever? Whether you’ve noticed this feeling or not, Boston is suddenly abuzz with runners everywhere despite a random snow flurry here or there. As Lori says, “there’s the first day of spring, and then there’s the first day of spring.”
Because I’ve been spring cleansing (like spring cleaning, but for your body) for many years, I’ve picked up a lot of information about the staples of detoxing. A recent online post titled 3 Ways to Support Your Body’s Natural Springtime Detox highlights what I would consider to be 3 key elements to any successful detox program.
Squeeze Half a Lemon in Hot Water Upon Waking. I do this every day without fail, whether I’m cleansing/detoxing or not. This helps flush toxins from the whole body, the liver especially, and promotes a healthy morning elimination. It feels great to start the day off doing something good for yourself!
Drink Fresh Green Juices. Nothing kicks the body’s natural detoxing ability into high gear like a tall glass of fresh antioxidants, enzymes and absorbable vitamins and minerals. And green juices are a great replacement for coffee to get you energized in the morning or early afternoon. Two combinations we like: 1) cucumber, kale, apple, lemon, ginger, celery; and 2) apple, carrot, beet, ginger, lemon and celery. We’ll be serving up both green juices at Each Peach Café!
Add Dandelion Root and Greens to Your Routine. Dandelion is an amazing springtime herb that helps to safely enhance digestive and elimination function, revving-up detoxification and movement of stagnation in the body. Dig up fresh roots and greens from your yard, or buy organic roots and greens at a health food store and make a tea each morning to drink throughout the day. Add greens to your salads, smoothies and green juices. Or sauté the fresh roots and greens with a little garlic and olive oil for a tasty treat! Not into dandelion? Nettles are another fabulous springtime addition. If you’re looking to take things to the next level and learn about foraging for wild foods, I highly recommend checking out Daniel Vitalis’ Ancestral Plants 3-day workshop this May in Maine.
Lori and I have been perfecting a quick and easy 4-7 day detox that anyone can follow, and testing it out on ourselves, friends and family. One girlfriend of mine decided to try it out to get over her morning coffee addiction so that she could enjoy a morning coffee but not NEED it. She not only kicked the addiction, but lost 5 pounds in 3 days and is now regularly having a green juice instead of coffee. Her skin also improved, and she’s experiencing the “glow” often attributed to a healthy regimen.
Once we hammer out the right plan and all the details, we’ll offer the recipes to everyone for free. For those who need/want to have everything prepared for them ahead of time, as well as a detox kit and daily support, we will be offering that service once we open in early April. We will keep you all posted! Perfect way to jump-start getting ready for bikini season…
We are getting close to our grand opening. The plumbing is done, internet will be installed tomorrow (Mar 24), the signs are being installed Friday, and our sanitarian is stopping by for the walk-through on Saturday (my birthday!). We should be able to announce our grand opening date by Monday… Fingers crossed. We did put up our first wall hangings today!