At long last it appears that Spring has finally sprung here in Adelaide, which means sunshine and footy finals! If you’re a mad Crows fan, the combination of socialising and nail biting moments may have you lowering your health food radar, slipping in a few gluten filled foods and one too many bevies with your besties.
One thing I’ve learnt supporting patients towards their health goals, is that preparation and timing are super important. I want you to be able to embrace the footy finals and social events it may bring, but still prep your body, mind and soul for the summer months ahead, so we will be launching our Spring Cleanse in early October (you can register over here so you will be first to know the juicy details).
If you want to get started straight away, high fives to you!
With any cleanse or detox practise, the goal is just that…to detoxify (rid your body of toxins). To swiftly send unwanted hormone and toxin wastes from your body and prevent their reabsorption, it is therefore crucial to protect and enhance the function of your detox organs- your liver, kidneys, skin and and bowel. Read on for my favourite ways you can support your detox organs and kick start your Spring Cleanse today.
Support Your Kidneys
You’ve heard it before, but are you really drinking adequate water over the day? To effectively utilise water and therefore support the flushing of toxins through your kidneys, follow this general guide:
Aim to consume in water your weigh, converted to millilitres, every waking half hour. eg. if you weight 70kg, aim for 70mls every half hour.
It’s not a lot, but frequency is the key. Add the extra kidney cleansing benefit of juice 1/2 lemon and/or 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar to support your stomach acid (for adequate digestion) and deliver more vitamin C to protect against itchy eyes this hay fever season. Although they encourage the production of acid in your stomach (where you want it), both lemon and apple cider vinegar promote a healthy alkaline environment throughout the tissues of your body.
Dandelion and nettle tea, parsley, turmeric, ginger and organic celery are other great foods to support your kidney health.
Support Your Liver
Your liver plays an important role in metabolising your hormones and toxins to allow excess levels to be safely removed from your body. The second phase of liver detox is usually where things go wrong, but is the important step where toxins and hormones are broken down into water soluble substances, so they are safe for elimination from the body via urine or faeces. This phase requires certain nutrients for proper enzyme function, including sulphur containing amino acids (taurine, cysteine) as well as glycine, B vitamins, inositol, choline, magnesium, selenium and glutathione.
An easy and effective way to support your liver is to bring in an abundance of foods which contain the nutrients needed to give your liver a helping hand. Cruciferous vegetables are particularly high in the sulphur containing amino acids, which support phase 2 liver detoxification. Fill your plate with cauliflower, broccoli, watercress, bok choy, kale and cabbage to get the biliary benefits. Just be sure to cook them to prevent any disruption to your thyroid health.
Also hopping into your green leafy’s will give your liver some loving. Kale, spinach, rocket, swiss chard and lettuce varieties are high in your B group vitamins, vital for supporting an important process involved in phase 2 liver detox, called methylation.
Beetroot offers important liver support and encourages healthy bowel movements. It is rich in betaine, a substance which encourages your liver to process toxins, provides protection to the liver and bile ducts (encouraging healthy bowel movements) and has healing benefits for the liver.
The herbs Rosemary, ginger and all rounder turmeric, play a protective liver health role. Add them into juices, smoothies and cooking for an amazing flavour and bonus love for your liver. Rosemary provides anti-inflammatory actions and encourages healthy oestrogen binding and metabolism in the body. If you’re hungry for more in-depth info on the topic of oestrogen metabolism, see my book: Balanced, The Natural Way To Healthy Hormones.
Support Your Gut
By increasing you vegetable intake you will also be supplying your body with fibre to encourage regular, well formed bowel movements (google Bristol stool #4 for a sneaky visual). This is the last stage of eliminating your wastes, so it’s important to aim for a healthy (daily) bowel movement, to prevent the reabsorption of excess (unwanted) hormones and other waste products into your system. Oestrogen for example, can be efficiently broken down into a water soluble substance during phase 2 liver detox, only to be reabsorbed by an enzyme called beta-glucuronidase. What switches this naughty enzyme on? A slow moving bowel! So have a fibre party in your kitchen and fill your plate with loads of veggies. Fresh or fermented fruits, fermented veggies, nuts, seeds, properly prepared legumes and rice (if personally tolerated), are other sources of fibre.
But wait, there’s more! No detox is complete without supporting your good bugs. Truely treat yourself to homemade coconut yoghurt and kefir goodies using high strength (but well tolerated) cultures like these ones. With daily consumption, you will be well on your way to both healing your gut and promoting regular (well formed) poops 🙂
Start With The Spring Cleanse Basics
If you’re ready to get stuck into a Spring Cleanse to look and feel vibrant for the summer months ahead, be sure you support the health of your detox organs. By incorporating healthy food options into your daily diet, you can effectively give your kidneys, liver and bowel a helping hand and promote a safe cleansing experience.
If you’re looking for a Spring Cleanse meal plan, new and exciting nutritious recipes as well as holistic activities to cleanse you body and mind, register for our upcoming Spring Cleanse program here.
In the meantime, what team are you backing this footy final series?
Love, health & happiness,