Spring is the time of year famous for “cleaning house”. Increasingly, this not only applies to actual housecleaning, but also to cleaning the home in which we reside 24/7 – our bodies. There are a variety of methods and a number of compelling health reasons for supporting your body’s detox and elimination pathways. I’ve often found that for many people, keeping things simple and focusing on the fundamentals can be the best medicine of all.
To get things going, a lot of folks get cleansing by designating a period of time for an elimination diet, during which they avoid added and refined sugar, salt, alcohol, grains, dairy, caffeine, sodas, fruit juices, and processed foods. Drinking plenty of water and including an abundance of superfoods like beets, berries, kale, as well as lean protein are usually emphasized during this time.
In addition to feeling generally happier and healthier, benefits of eating a simplified diet like this often include improved energy, weight loss, blood sugar balance, and blood pressure control. And from a broader perspective, this time of keeping it simple can jump start what can be a longer term change in the way your take care of yourself and live your lifestyle.
Why not let spring, the season of renewal, be the onset of you making good choices every day, not just during a cleanse? Eating a nutrient-dense, colorful, plant-food rich, whole foods based diet every day is great to do in general. When healthy habits are the norm and there’s room for moderation, you can have a health-promoting and satisfying diet that lasts a lifetime.