Updated: Oct 7, 2021
Spring energy is one of awakening, growth and rebirth. It can be a time of cleansing and
where the term "spring clean" can be found to be used.
It also a wonderful time to begin cleansing and detoxing - the mind, the body and the soul.
Cleansing and detoxifying is particularly important to those that are energy sensitive and empathic as you will pick up energetically what is going on around you. You will also need to endevour that you have cleared our thoughts that are no longer serving as our thoughts and emotions are linked. This can lead to emotional overwhelm or you may be creating experiences that you are looking at thinking "what the....... this isn't what I wanted" as your thoughts and emotions are part of how we manifest our experiences. Our physical bodies are not only connected with energies, thoughts and emotions, they can also be sensitive to foods and this can affect our inner workings.
"The elimination of toxins awaken the capacity for renewal"
Our bodies are amazing that they are equip to remove toxins from our system daily. This is through our channels of elimination. These include: our liver, our lungs, our blood and lymphatic systems and our kidneys, digestive tract and skin. Doing a cleanse or a detox is supporting these
pathways within the body.
Our liver is made of many cells called hepatocytes. These cells are kept busy helping our bodies to cleansing our blood and support detoxification processes, keeping our blood sugar levels stable, the storage and creation of protein that the body needs, creating cholesterol and bile salts (a component of bile) and creating and releasing bile (which is then store within our gallbladder and
released when needed for digestion of our food).
The liver's detoxification system is broken down into three phases.
Phase I Generating water soluble intermediaries
Phase II Neutralization of toxic water soluble intermediaries
Phase III The excretion of neutralized intermediaries
It is in the phase II that our liver can need some extra support for neutralization. We can do this with including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts or kale. You can also include other sulfur rich foods such as the allium vegetables such as onion, garlic, shallots, leeks and chives. NAC (N-Acetylcysteine) and Glutathione supplementation can help to support phase II. Many times we can get a backlog of phase I intermediates as the liver can struggle with phase II due to a lack of some of the needed co factors such as NAC or glutathione.
Plant medicine is very supportive for liver health. Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is a bitter, warming and drying herb. Its energetics are stimulating, decongesting, astringing, restoring, dissolving and softening (Holmes Vol.1, 2007). Silymarin is the most active constituent and helps with restoring hepatocyte functioning. This is particularly important in cases of liver damage. This can be from medications, alcohol, smoking, drugs and poor food choices.
Another herb that may come to mind is Dandelion. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is known to be a weed but the root portion of the herb is very good for liver health and blood cleansing. The leaves are nourishing for the kidneys and over all the herb is very high in vitamins and minerals. Dandelion root is quite bitter and helps with the production and flow of bile - this can be helpful for those who may have been eating poorly or have been having excess alcohol. It has a restorative effect on the liver and can help to prevent gallstones. If you already have gallstones this herb should be avoided (Balch, 2002).
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
Our lungs are where our breath is warmed and filtered. It is where the oxygen we have gathered is able to be transferred into our blood and circulated around our body. Our breath is life.
To help cleanse or detox your lungs, look at your water intake. Our lungs need to be hydrated to aid in oxygen uptake and the release of carbon dioxide. If you are feeling short of breath or you have a respiratory condition, such as asthma, it is important that you stay hydrated (Balch, 2006).
Regular exercise can help strengthen our lungs. Try and exercise away from exhaust fumes and other air pollutants. If your iron levels are low you may experience a shortness of breath when exercising. Please have this checked with your doctor.
Dairy products can have an inflammatory effect on our airways as they are mucus producing. Try out some dairy free alternatives as a way to help cleanse and detox your lungs.
Plant medicine is of huge benefit to those with respiratory conditions. Elecampane (Inula helenium) and Mullein (Verbescum thapsus) are particularly good for dry coughs such as those with asthma, as they can help to reduce coughing spasms and provide mucilage but help to remove excess mucus (Holmes, 2007).
Mullein (Verbescum thapsus)
Our blood is our life force. It is what carries around all of our oxygen and nutrients around our bodies.
To help cleanse our blood we need to ensure we are drinking plenty of water.
If we are dehydrated our blood can become thick and sluggish.
Increasing your intake of dark leafy green vegetables (the contain chlorophyll) can help with cleansing the blood. They contain non-heme iron which will help with supporting healthy iron levels.
Eat quality omega 3's, these can be found in salmon (and other dark oily fish), flaxseeds and other nuts and seeds as these will help with good HDL cholesterol.
Blood cleansing herbs are known as depuratives or alternatives. These can work with the liver as this is where our blood is filtered and cleansed. Depuratives can be helpful if you have an underlying skin condition that keeps flaring or cuts or sores that get infected, as this can be due to a staphylococcus bacteria. Herbs such as Burdock (Articum lappa) and Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea/angustifolia) are effective depuratives.
Burdock (Articum lappa)
Our lymphatic system works alongside the blood, to maintain proteins, electrolytes and fluid balance in the body. It is part of our immune system and helps to fight off infection. It also helps to remove waste from our bodies. Unlike the blood, however it does not have a pump. One of the best ways to help cleanse and detoxify your lymph is to exercise. This helps to pump it around your body.
So as part of your cleanse and detox - create an exercise routine that you will enjoy, this will help you to look after your lungs and your lymph! Additionally, you may like to have a massage.
Massage will help to move lymphatic fluid around your body and help with detoxification.
Our kidneys have a glomerular filtration system that wonderfully excretes toxins from the body. Our urine can become concentrated if we are dehydrated which can cause our urine to become acidic
and we can get bladder irritation and are more prone to infection.
So the top suggestion for cleansing and detoxing your kidneys is make sure you drink
enough so that your urine is clear. The deeper the yellow the more concentrated your urine is.
Alcohol, Coffee and fizzy drinks can be very irritating on the kidneys. As part of your
cleanse and detox you can remove these for a time. Herbal teas can be a wonderful replacement.
Plant medicine can be very supportive for kidney health. Dandelion leaves are nourishing on the kidneys. It is has naturally high levels of potassium which can become depleted with other
forms of diuretics. Cornsilk (Zea mays) has a soothing and regulating effect on the kidneys.
Cornsilk (Zea mays)
Ensuring that our digestive tract is working effectively is going to ensure proper cleansing and detox.
The stomach is important as it is where we are breakdown the foods that we have eaten. Digestive enzymes are part of this process and many of us do not have enough of them.