Sensible Ways to Spring Clean Your Body from 3 Celebrities
Spring is here and we all know how important it is to clean our homes. But are you taking time to spring clean or detoxify your body?
Detoxifying the body is a spring ritual that can be thought of helping the body and soul dust itself off after winter hibernation. But it is important to eat sensibly and healthy; avoiding the hype of detoxifying diets that can cause harm.
Here are 3 easy, healthy (and we think sensible ways to spring detoxify) from celebrities to help ‘spring clean’ your body. They are also quick and easy as opposed to potentially harmful fasts or tedious diets.
1. Dr. Oz offers a 48 hour weekend cleanse that is easy. He cautions against low-calorie diets and fasting that can zap you of energy instead of invigorating. The goal is to cleanse the liver, colon, gallbladder and kidneys which are the primary organs that rid the body of waste.
- Start with a quinoa breakfast topped with prunes. Quinoa is high in fiber and prunes act like a laxative without the harshness of over the counter remedies.
- Mix up a detoxifying drink made from 1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice,1 lemon, 1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice and 3 cups water. You do not need a juicer for this one. Consider it a snack to drink during the day. As an alternative, munch on some celery, radishes and cucumber mixed together and tossed with olive oil and lemon juice to eat throughout the day.
- Your body’s spring cleaning beverage for lunch is a fruit smoothie that detoxifies the liver. Blend the following ingredients: ½ cup almond or hemp milk (plain/unsweetened), 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia, ¼ cup frozen blueberries, ¼ banana and ½ cup ice. The drink will boost immunity and provides nourishment for the brain.
- Vegetable broth soup is on the menu for your 48 hour weekend detoxifying dinner. Garlic in the broth stimulates the gallbladder, cabbage cleanses the liver and kidneys and shitake mushrooms boost liver function. Combine the following ingredients except parsley with 2 quarts of water, bring to a boil then simmer for an hour. When it’s ready, top the soup with fresh parsley.
2 red onions, roughly chopped
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 fennel bulb, fronds and stalks included, roughly chopped
2 tsp. caraway seeds
2 tsp. sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 cup sliced shitake caps
4 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 cabbage, roughly chopped
2 quarts water
2 tbsp. paprika
2 tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
8 sprigs parsley, chopped stems and leaves
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
2. This one is easy too and comes from celebrity Nutritionist and Health Expert Kimberly Snyder who recommends no diet at all. Instead, just ‘eat right’. Snyder is also the author of “The Beauty Detox Foods”.
One of the perks of eating foods like cabbage, quinoa that feed the body with minerals and portabella mushroom burgers with turmeric to cleanse the blood is healthy skin.
For a spring body cleanse, simply incorporate more of the above foods in addition to other fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants.
Onions that contain quercetin should be included in your springtime eating. Leo Galland, M.D., writing for the Huffington Post reminds us of the many health benefits of onions that include repairing damaged DNA to help protect from cancer as well as purifying the blood.
3. Jessica Alba has a ‘green drink’ smoothie that contains kale, cucumber, celery, ginger, apples and stevia if you want it a bit sweeter. Just mix the ingredients in a blender and enjoy it daily or whenever you think you need a boost. The ‘green smoothie’ was enough of a hit that Katie Couric tweeted the following: @JessicaAlba helps me detox today @KatieShow! She's mixing up smoothies, getting green & sharing how she keeps her family healthy!
Detoxifying for spring, or what we call ‘spring cleaning’ the body is a good idea. But if you want to optimize health, consider the benefits of eating healthy green, yellow and colorful foods year round in addition to whole grains and foods containing probiotics. There really isn't a quick remedy to undo years of damage from eating inflammatory foods. It’s also never too late to turn things around with lifestyle and dietary changes.
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