Spring is in the air, its official, spring has arrived. Well at least on the calendar.  With the arrival of spring we start thinking about spring cleaning.  Some think of spring cleaning the house, others the garden and the outside work that needs to be done.  Today’s healthy habit is about spring cleaning your body.

As you continue to read this article you have to take into consideration that the information is general, basic information. If you have a health challenge you need to use common sense before proceeding with any cleanse.

The concept of doing a cleanse or spring cleaning of the body is no different than doing an oil change on a car or changing the furnace filters.  It’s about maintenance.  Your body works hard every day, 24/7, doesn’t it make sense to clean the filters and the oil in your body.

Let’s focus on two filters and the blood for today’s article.

The kidney’s filter what would be equivalent to a large outdoor garbage pail of fluid in a day.  Yes you read that right, a large garbage pail of fluids in a day.  That would be the same size of garbage pail you put your green garbage bags in and then take out to the curb on garbage day.  Generally you have two kidneys and they sit in the abdominal cavity.  Here are some simple spring cleaning tips;
1) Parsley simmered in water can become your new hot drink.
2) Eat watermelon.
3) Eat asparagus.
4) Drink lemon and water, at least ½ fresh lemon in 8 oz of water, any temperature.
5) Uva ursi, in tea or supplement form.

Another filter is the liver, which is the largest organ in the body.  Here are some spring cleaning tips for the liver;

1) Fast from eating solid food for 24 hours and drink water with fresh squeezed lemon in it for the day, nothing else, just water with lemon.
2)   Burdock, dandelion and milk thistle can be taken as a tea or supplement, all aid cleansing the liver.
3) Foods that could be consumed in a larger quantity for a day or three or more, garlic, beets, carrots, leafy green vegetables, good oils ( grape seed, olive oil) and avocados.
4) No alcoholic, carbonated, sugar or caffeine for 1 day to 7 days will do wonders for a liver spring cleaning.

Your blood could also use a cleanse and boost.  Consider taking red clover, which is a good blood cleanse.  You can take it as a tea, liquid or capsules. Other herbs could be chaparral, burdock root, poke root and many others. As well most of the suggestions for cleansing the liver will also cleanse the blood.

A great overall spring cleaning tip would be to take Essiac tea.  The herbs in this combination aid the blood, liver and kidneys.

Of course there are many more options for cleansing the kidneys, liver and blood but the above mentioned will at least get you started.  As well you can do a cleanse that is for one day, three or seven days in length. I wouldn’t suggest doing an intense cleanse for more than one day if you have never done a cleanse before unless you are supervised by a natural health care practitioner.

As well, you might consider a parasite/intestinal cleanse. Its funny how pet owners get their animals dewormed but don’t consider the fact that their animal licks their body parts and then lick you.  Parasites are far more common then what you might think. Do your parasite cleanse the same time you deworm your animals.

If you are feeling tired, sluggish and having a hard time losing weight, maybe it’s time for some spring cleaning.

Happy spring cleaning.

Diane Elms D.H.M.H.S., CCI, CCII, Homeopath, Specialist in Drugless Cancer Care, 2006 Iridologist of the Year, if you have any health related questions contact diane@choicesforhealthandharmony.com or 905 768 0848.