As the days become warmer and brighter, nature rouses from her winter slumber and looks ahead to the new growth of spring. Initiating a new beginning, a vision of a whole new cycle, spring is a surge of rising energy, an expression of life at its strongest, like the dandelion whose growing edge can burst through concrete if it must.
We might have followed nature’s way and taken a winter rest, and now we too emerge into spring “raring to go”. We plant seeds for a future harvest, to look ahead and make new plans, formulate new ideas, make decisions, and determine our direction for the coming year – and take action.
March, April, and May are great times for Spring Cleansing as a preventative medicinal approach. Here are some problematic foods, which you might consider removing from your diet for a few weeks.
- refined carbohydrates, such as foods with refined flour (especially wheat) and sugar (including corn syrup)
- dairy products, such as milk and cheese
- denatured fats, such as fried food, processed fats and oils
- Caffeine and Alcohol
The spring diet should be the lightest of the year and beneficial to the liver. You might want to add many fruits and vegetables as well as herbs, as they super- charge a liver cleansing diet.
Include a lot of fiber in form of whole grains, flax or psyllium seeds. The liver helps to modulate blood sugar. So keeping the blood sugar low is a good strategy. Refined products such as pasta, cookies, cakes, and crackers all gunk up the colon and rapidly in- crease the blood sugar. Avoid also deep fried food, late meals and salty foods during this cleansing time.
If you are interested in spring Fasting, the Juice Fasting by Dr. Otto Buchinger is a great reference. He supervised more fasts than any other doctor (over 80,000 fasts). In his experience, fasting with juices of fruits and vegetables, as well as defined herb teas, results in a most effective cleansing and rejuvenation of the tissues.