Hormone Cleasing for Springtime - 7 Natural Tips
Across the world, traditional healers have used diet, herbs and tonics to detox the body, cleanse the liver and purify blood.
"Spring cleaning" is a cliche for a good reason. It is the most natural time for cleaning house and cleansing the body after winter's stagnation. In fact, springtime health regimens are age old. Across the world, traditional healers have used diet, herbs and tonics to detox the body, cleanse the liver and purify blood.
A spring cleanse can just be a light diet of avoiding certain foods and adding in extra herbal support. It focuses on digestion, elimination of accumulated wastes, and improving body functions. Try it over a long weekend. That’s enough time to fit comfortably into a busy life. Once you get going however, you'll find it's easy to extend it for a week or two. Amplify the purifying effects with an epsom salt bath, sauna or lymphatic massage.
As your systems are revitalized, your hormones follow suit!
Here are 7 tips for an easy, natural spring cleanse:
Clear out the gunk! To keep your digestive system flowing, and help guard against heeart disease kidney stones, cancer and PMS, make sure you are getting at least 25-30 grams of fiber per day- ideally even more Great whole food sources include oatmeal, split peas, lentils, beans, and even more exciting foods like avocado, Asian pears and raspberries. There are actually two different kinds of dietary fiber: insoluble and soluble. We need both kinds, which are present in almost all whole foods that are carbohydrates. Do you need to worry much about which type of high-fiber foods you’re getting? Not really — just make sure to eat a high-fiber diet with a variety of different whole fibrous foods to make sure you cover your bases for both. Unless you’re looking to improve a specific health condition, like constipation or high cholesterol, for example, you shouldn’t have a problem getting enough of both kinds if you eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and beans.
This plant is not ony beautiful but is also a great for protecting and supporting the liver. It has also been found to lower blood sugar and help alleviate indigestion. It is available as a yummy tea or in capsule, tablet or powder form.
Yes, good old water! You should drink 70-100 oz of filtered water per day depending on your body weight. Make sure the water is itself cleansed with a high quality carbon filter or by reverse osmosis. If you need to buy bottled water, go for "spring water" as it is the most natural. On the other hand, "drinking water" or "purified water" usually comes from municipal sources... it's basically tap water!
Now is the time to empty your cabinets of all the processed foods you may have left. Au natural is the new theme. Start nurturing your body with lots of dark leafy greens, natural herbs for seasoning, and luscious fruits. This is also a good time to eliminate dairy and sugar (if you are still using it) and see how much better you feel. Give it a try, you might like it. You don't have to sacrifice tasty treats by doing so. Here are some wonderful recipes that are healthy and indulgent at the same time.
Supporting your adrenal glands is super important during detoxification. This will help keep cortisol, the "stress hormone", in its regular daily cycle. Herbs that promote good kidney and adrenal gland health include rhodiola, ashwagandha and licorice. No, not Twizzlers! Real licorice root can be found in health food stores is also a stomach soother and stress reliever.
Green Tea, Red Tea, White Tea
L-Theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, helps with hormone and neurotransmitter balance. Break away from your morning latte and especially that mid afternoon espresso. This will also give your adrenal glands a rest. Don't be surprised when you find your regular coffee drink is quite intense when you revisit it. Really, it was always that intense- you've just grown tolerant. You may find some new tea drinks that give you the same boost your coffee does for you now. Your body will thank you profusely.
Plant Based Supplements
Choose organic supplements that read like a recipe for good health. They're filled with organic fruits and veggies, and never any toxic additives. All the ingredients are sourced straight from the earth, including plant-based enzymes and probiotics.
Flush Out Environmental Toxins
Toxins such as heavy metals inevitably make their way into our bodies. Yikes! They can affect our thyroid gland and all hormone production. Therefore eliminating such elements from our bodies is an important facet of any cleanse program to maintain a healthy endocrine system. While ongoing avoidance is ideal, spring cleaning or intentional detoxification periods can be very effective at alleviating symptoms and reducing health risks. Fiber, milk thistle, water and other herbs listed above help rid the body of toxins.
Now you are on your way to a healthy spring, summer and beyond. You will be more balanced, focused and full of energy. Let the winter blues go. Come out of hibernation and refresh those hormones now!
We recommend the following Canary Club at-home tests to check your toxin and hormone levels. Get your baseline now, then test again after several months to see the difference!
Comprehensive Elements + Thyroid
Measures levels of toxic heavy metals including mercury and cadmium, as well as essential nutrients such as iodine and selenium. Also contains thyroid hormone testing.
Advanced Saliva Hormone Profile
Measures hormone production of adrenal and reproductive glands.
You may want to do both of the above tests for a super thorough diagnosis of any ongoing health issues.