Spring is a particularly good time to cleanse. As we spring clean our homes, so we should spring clean our bodies. After months with minimal sunshine, being cooped up indoors amidst the heating systems and possibly overindulging in “hibernation” food; our bodies are more than ready for a spring cleaning. Read on and learn about one of the best things you can do for your body.
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Have you had the sudden urge to start spring cleaning There just may be an underlying biological reason that has us thinking about cleaning each spring. In classical Chinese medicine the liver is associated with the spring, a time for clearing out the old and making room for the new.
The point of cleansing is to give the body a fresh start; an opportunity for it to eliminate existing toxins and better cope with the burdens we place on it. Over time toxins such as preservatives and food additives, allergens, bacteria, germs, parasites, heavy metals, viruses, drugs and tap water build up in our bodies. These toxins prevent our bodies from functioning at their optimal level if they are not properly removed. Toxicity manifests in the body in the form of disease, sickness and pain.
How to Cleanse
There are hundreds of different types of cleanses available. They range from mild to severe. Many focus on different organs in the body such as the liver, colon, lymphatic system or blood. Some focus on different health concerns such as parasite or yeast cleanses. Do your research when choosing a cleanse that’s right for you. My favorite is the Isagenix Cleansing and Detox. System. It helps cleanse the colon, intestines, blood and lymphatic system. The real bonus for me was the increased energy and concentration.
The main aspects of fasting usually involve 2 or more steps. The first step is to stop taking in foods that have a negative impact on your body such as caffeine, sugar and processed foods. The second vital step is to flood your body with the proper nutrients that will help to remove some of the build up. Make sure the program you choose involves both of these steps. And as always, don’t forget to drink your water !!
Some people may experience side effects while cleansing. They can include headaches, constipation, chills, nausea, dizziness, rashes or upset stomach. All these symptoms are quite normal. Let your body be your guide. If side effects are too severe then try a more gradual approach. This is an indication that your body really needs to cleanse.
Benefits of Cleansing
Reported findings on the benefits of cleansing are incredible. People report freedom from chronic constipation, impaired digestion, irritable bowel syndrome, candida infection, parasite infestation, recurring headaches, bad breath, hemorrhoids, irritability and many more ( try a google search), frequent colds, protruding belly.
Many have reported weight loss, increased energy, better focus and concentration, better memory, better sleep patterns, clearer skin and overall feelings of wellbeing. There have also been many reports of people being cured of many diseases such as fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, gout,IBS and much more.
In my opinion, cleansing is an essential part of any health lifestyle. Heed the call of nature and give your body a cleanse. After the upcoming holidays might be a great time to start.You will be amazed at the results !!!
Building Your Immune System on the Run
Dried fruit are an often healthy and nutritious snack when eating on the run. Snacks like raisins, dried cherries and blueberries are potent because their antioxidant level is really high and provide a healthier alternative to many of the processed snacks that we often choose. Try some in your cereal, salads or enjoy them on their own.
1. Lie back onto floor or bench with knees bent and hands behind head. Keep elbows back and out of sight. Head should be in a neutral position with a space between chin and chest.
2. Start position: Hands behind head and knees bent at 90 degrees.
3. Leading with the chin and chest towards the ceiling, contract the abdominals and raise shoulders off floor or bench. During the crunch, also bring knees towards chest.
4. Return to start position.
5. Remember to keep head and back in a neutral position. Hyperextension or flexion of either may cause injury.
Cathy Morenzie is a certified personal fitness trainer, fitness instructor, and Pilates instructor. She specializes in providing creative fitness solutions for people on the go. She has trained thousands of clients and trainers over the last 15 years. For more FREE tips like these, contact us or call 416-410-8517 to schedule your complimentary session. Can't fit personal training sessions into your schedule, no problem - try our online personal training and receive the benefits of one-on-one personal training at a fraction of the cost.
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