From Detox To Retox – What Everyone Needs To Know Before A Cleanse

How did you ring in the New Year? With lemon water and juiced beets? Or perhaps your liver (your major detoxification organ) could use a little extra TLC this month!

I LOVE cleanses and have been looking forward to January for this reason alone, but before we embark on any such cleanse, we need to understand what is happening within us first.

It’s time to trade in our New Year’s cocktails for our kind of plant-based mixed drinks, and rethink the meaning of detox to create lasting cleansing for the whole year through.

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I don’t always drink beer… but when I do I choose green juice!”

~ Drew Canole

 

I want you to read this post, read it again, and share it with those you know who are cleansing this year because, done wrong, it can be extremely harmful, even dangerous to our systems, but done right, it can powerfully rejuvenating! Let’s begin:

Don’t Our Bodies Cleanse Themselves?

  • YES! They absolutely do. Our bodies are brilliant and come equipped with their own detoxifying devices otherwise know as the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system to name a few.
  • But here’s the catch: did you drink on New Years? Have you EVER drank? Do you eat sugar? Do you spray perfume, air fresheners or use fragrant soaps, moisturizers or shampoos? Do you drive a car, or walk past a running vehicle? Do you feel stress? Essentially: do you live modern-day life in the conventional, North American way…
  • ALL of these things tax our bodies. Detoxification is natural, but the environments we live in no longer are and this spells trouble. In fact, Alive Magazine estimated that we are exposed to 310 kilograms of toxic chemicals every second! So not only have we stressed and taxed our internal cleansing systems so that they no longer function efficiently, but we are also exposing them to far more toxins than they were equipped to handle.

So, We Should All Be Detoxing This Month?

Not exactly…

  •  The term “detox” has developed quite the hype as being a radical diet for a short period of time. This generally follows suit to the pharmaceutical views of “quick fixes” and weight loss diets, which do not provide sustainable results and can cause us harm.
  • In actuality, detoxing is really just that: the act of eliminating toxins from the body. Whether we realise it or not, we will all be doing this this month, the key is to optimize our bodies ability to do so.

How Can Detoxing Be Dangerous?

Detox -> Retox

  • Think of your body as the ocean with pollution as the toxins in your body.  If not cleared away from the water, this filth settles to the ocean floor creating sludge. This is what happens within our bodies, creating a buildup of stored toxins in our systems.
  • When we detoxify, we are taking these dormant toxins and mobilizing them so that we can excrete them, but here is where the trouble sets in:

A)  We need to make sure that we are not mobilizing more toxins than our bodies are equipped to handle or else they are free to go systemic and cause harm to our organs.

B) If we are not properly excreting these toxins (De-toxifing), we are re-toxifying.

  • Consider someone who goes on a radical diet and looses a substantial amount of weight fast, yet they didn’t have the proper support for their bodies. Excess weight is often a storage form of toxins as the body wisely deposits them into fat cells to keep it as far away from your organs as possible. Though a sign of deeper health issues, eexcess weight can be your body’s design to keep you alive longer!
  • When we lose weight, those toxins come out of fat cells and into the body. See the issue? If not careful, they are now free to damage our internal organs or contribute to other health problems.
  • These dramatic dieters often age faster, and come down with a major health problem a few years down the road. Remember, it can take a while before disease shows up which is why it is so fundamental to take care of yourself now, before you see any major health issues developing.

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How Do We Properly Cleanse Our Bodies?

“Health is the body’s natural state. Your body is self-generating, self-repairing, self-regulating, and self-healing, but only if you don’t get in its way, and only if you give it what it requires.”

– Don Bennett

Before embarking on any set detoxification plan, I want you to check each of these off your list:

Stage 1 – Build Your Bottom Feeders

  • Bottom feeders of the ocean have a rep for doing “the dirty work,” the clean up of the ocean floor. Likewise, you first need to build up your body’s systems which will clean up your toxic sludge while cleansing.
  • To do so, we need to implement healthy diet and lifestyle choices first so that we can ensure our body’s capability to properly rid ourselves of toxins. This means focusing on high nutrient, dense, whole foods that provide optimal nutrition for our cells, tissues and organs.
  • Our bodies may also use toxic heavy metals as replacements for a lack of nutrients. Lead, for example, replaces calcium in our bones which can contribute to osteoporosis and why it is critical to consume the necessary nutrients to allow our bodies to excrete the harmful toxins.

 

Stage 2 – Keep Your Ocean Clean

  • The less toxins coming into the body, the less work it will be for our bodies to clear them away. It makes no sense to dump all of our pollution in the ocean only to have to clean it all up later. This same rational goes for our bodies too!
  • Reduce your exposure to dietary toxins, environmental toxins, and emotional pollution (with particular focus on managing stress).

Stage 3 – Keep your ocean flowing (By Process Of Elimination)

What would happen if the ocean stayed still?

  • None of the pollution would be cleared away, it would keep accumulating, settling and creating toxic sludge. The same is true for your body. Before you cleanse, make sure that you are keeping your system flowing so that it can eliminate the internal pollution.
  • Eliminate
  • Your bowels must be eliminating properly, this is essential and one reason I don’t often recommend strict liquid cleanses which lack the fibre to do so. A healthy routine is 1-2X/day.
  • To do this: drink 8-10 glasses of water, decrease sugar and caffeine, stop eating 3 hours before bed and increase fibre. If you need an added boost, take 1TBSP of chia seeds in unsweetened applesauce or a little water right before bed and drink at least one cup of warm water 20 minutes before breakfast.

 

  • Drink
  • While cleansing, our bodies have an increased need for water to keep our organs functioning and the toxins flowing out. You can boost the alkalinity of your water and detoxifying properties by adding slices of organic lemon.

 

  • Move
  • The only way to mobilize toxins out is to get mobile! In fact, this is the only way to stimulate the lymphatic system. More than focussing on exercising for an hour or so, think of being in continuous movement the whole day, as we were designed to do.

 

Stage 4 – Ease Yourself Into It

  • Avoid diving in head first and ease yourself into the cleanse over a week by focusing on swapping low quality foods with nutrient dense foods. This way, you will feel empowered in the process, cravings are reduced, pre-cleanse binges are bypassed, and ultimately, you will be better equipped to keep on track!

Though detoxifying is revitalizing when executed consciously, what we really want is to facilitate ongoing detoxification through our day-to-day life. This is how we truly become vibrant, light and clean beyond a short-lived period of time and it begins by charging our bodies with nutrients and optimizing the elimination of toxins.

Happy conscious cleansing,

Suzanne Eden

 

The Open Heart Yoga Series & The Anatomy of Heart Break

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

~ Leonard Cowen

Ask Eden: “Could you post poses that help to open up a broken heart and help it heal?”

Absolutely!

And just in time for Valentine’s Day ❤

  • When thinking of repairing a broken heart, take the analogy of a muscle in yoga: every time we stretch, we make micro tears in the muscles. When they heal, they become stronger and more flexible. In order to grow, we need to stretch and tear a little bit. The same is true for your heart which, after all, is a muscle. Exercising the heart, leaving it open, makes it vulnerable, but every metaphorical rip and tear, with the proper healing, is an opportunity to expand, to enlarge and grow stronger.

An open heart is vulnerable but the heart is a muscle; it’s durable, self-healing, resilient.

The Anatomy Of A Broken Heart
  • Our emotions manifest in our physical body. When we experience heart-break, our shoulders often round and we stoop slightly forward with a hunched back as though we are physically shielding the heart. Just as our heart compresses, our bodies compress. This posture, in turn, sends feedback via our nervous system to our brains affirming a lack of confidence and we are less likely to be happy.
  • Alternatively, by opening up our chest cavity, we can begin to send the signal to our brains that we are open and this creates a cascade of positive feelings. This may first, however, create a flood of emotion if you have been hoarding feelings within.
The Heart Opener Yoga Series:
  •  Yoga has that powerful knack for bringing emotions to the surface, for ringing out our emotional toxins. By physically opening our chest cavities, these postures will help to open the inner heart and break down our barriers so that we can feel and once we feel it all, we can begin to heal it all.
  • To delve deep into yourself and your emotions; it is best to do a longer practise. It gives your body time to warm up, to soften and release barriers and your mind will slow and become quiet. This is where the magic happens.
  • Note: If you do not have experience with these postures, seek assistance from your yoga instructor for proper form. Each pose should feel good! If there is any pain, gently ease out of the asana and always listen to your body.
Also Note: By scrolling your cursor over the images, they will take full colour to showcase the photography by Lauren Leprich.
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 P.s.
As it turns out, the Princess Bride happens to be a brilliant heart opener too!
Wishing you all a LOVEly Valentines,
Suzanne Eden ❤

10 Reasons Jimmy Fallon Is Good Health Insurance!

Ever needed a reason to watch more Jimmy Fallon? Don’t make me laugh! But seriously (or not so seriously)…

As it turns out, laughter is fantastic medicine!

Prescription for wellness: one heaping dose as often as possible every single day!

Naturally occurring sources: Laughter occurs abundantly in each episode of the Jimmy Fallon show, also amongst your household pet, richly in youtube videos and generously in gatherings of family and friends. Indulge liberally.

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Here is every excuse you need with 10 reasons to take Jimmy Fallon in big, heaping doses:

1. Better than a stress ball

  • Laughing relaxes muscles in the body and eases stress in the mind

2. Builds heat

  • It improves circulation and stimulates the flow of lymph to detoxify

3. Beat the blues

  • Laughing releases the “feel good” endorphins in our brains to reduce depression and anxiety and keep you in a positive mindset

4. Better than morphine

  • These same endorphins are natural painkillers while boosting your mood!

5. Workout on the couch!

  • Not in replacement to your regular ACTIVE-ist routine, but one study found that laughing brought on by a comedy film was shown to have the improvements of blood flow that a typical 15-20 minute workout may offer. And what does this do for us? It strengthens our blood vessels to reduce heart attacks and strokes!
  • It also raises energy expenditure, increases heart rate, burns calories and, as we all know, is a very effective ab routine!

6. Better than cough syrup

  • Laughter boosts the immunity by increasing the body’s antibodies to destroy viruses and tumour cells – without the bitter aftertaste

7. Sweet dreaming

  • Boosts ability to fall asleep, improves the quality of sleep, and can help to relieve insomnia

8. Deep breaths

  • Has aerobic effects that increase your body‘s ability to utilize oxygen and detoxify the lungs
  • P.S.; more oxygen to the brain = improved memory and creativity!

9. Energizer

  • This you can feel: laughter energizes the body through increased blood flow and by raising your natural vibration

10. Boosts Creativity

  • In a funk? This may be exactly what you need. Laughter puts us in a relaxed and joyful state where creativity flourishes!

ACTIVEist: laughter now meets yoga in.. well.. laughter yoga! And although I have yet to attempt this style, I’m sure it’s effective. Laughter, after all, is infectious. How? Anothers’ laughter activates the premotor cortical region of your brain, involved in moving your facial muscles to correspond with the sound and reciprocate.

Haven’t had your daily dose yet? Jimmy Fallon absent from your t.v.? Check out one of my all time favourites! :

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Whether it be Jimmy Fallon or your own best friend;

Your new prescription for wellness: get laughing every damn day!

Suzanne Eden

Four Ways To Make Your Holistic Nutritionist The Watson To Your Sherlock

“You know my methods Watson”

Holistic health is often an investigative affair. We are complex and all systems in our body function synergistically, so that when one becomes unbalanced, everything else is affected as a result. This can make getting to the root of the issue a rather tricky enterprise and in order to crack the case, it’s often a matter of some trail and error. When it comes to your health, you are the greatest detective there is but what’s a detective without their faithful accomplice? That, as you may have “suspect”ed, is where we, your holistic practitioners, come in. Pull out your magnifying glass, grab your trusty nutritionist and disprove your own theories until you find the one that clicks!
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Sherlock’s role :
  • Your role in the healing process is the most important. Your holistic nutritionist can give you all of the advice in all of 18th century England but it is YOU and only you that can make it happen. When it comes to your health, nobody knows you like you do and in order to decipher the riddle of your body, we rely on you to be attentive to its clues.
Watson’s role :
  • As your holistic health practitioner, it is my job to be your accomplice, to look out for you, and to be your helping hand when getting out of sticky situations. Although I don’t have nearly the same appealing accent or handsome allure of Robert Downey Jr., what I do offer as your Watson, is my knowledge, advice and ability to listen to your body’s evidence of what might be happening within you. From there, we develop our theories to reach the suspected issue at the scene of the crime and then work to heal it.
Here are 4 ways to use your holistic practitioner as the Watson to your Sherlock:
 
1) Pay close attention to detail
 
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. ‘There is nothing like first-hand evidence.”
  • Everything counts. Nothing is nothing. From fatigue, to brittle nails, to bloating after a meal, to an itchy nose, your body is constantly sending you clues to your health. Pay close attention so that we can decipher them.
2) Do some digging
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”
  • Remember that ailment from grade four that caused you to go on antibiotics? What about the root canal  from 5 years ago? As all of our experiences in life shape who we are today, they also shape our health. From the little to the monumental: dig back into those things that others may disregard.
3) You are your own healer
‘My name is Sherlock Holmes.  It is my business to know what other people don’t know.’
  • Nobody knows you like you do. As your Watson, I’m relying on you to communicate everything you can with me. When we pair our personal knowledge with that of our nutritionist, this is where true healing lies.
  • After all…
    ‘Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.’
4) Trial and error
‘Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.’
  • Do not be deterred by a little trial and error. No two people are alike and therefore, to experience true healing, a little trial and error is absolutely necessary. This is what detective work is all about.
With your body’s evidence and the combined detective work of both yourself and your practitioner, you are well on your way to closing the case on your health!
In a series of investigative affairs,
Suzanne Eden

Ancient Ayurvedic Secret of the Lymphatic System

There’s an ancient Ayurvedic principle to strive for every day:
~ move your body well
~ move your blood well

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The greatest part is that this can be accomplished with one piece of advice: GET MOVING! By doing so, you will be activating a powerful system in your body to detoxify and rejuvenate.

It’s this little thing called the lymphatic system:

  • What it does for you:
  • The lymphatic system removes waste and toxins from every cell in your body – you have more lymphatic fluid than you have blood!
  • It supports all other systems in your body for the optimal health of your  immunity, digestion, detoxification and your nervous system
  • Think of a facet as being your lymphatic system. When turned on, the water flows and any junk is flushed down the drain. Your lymph is like the drainage system of your body. But when the facet is turned off, or the lymph is stagnant, nothing can be flushed out and it can become clogged.

What happens then?

Once stagnant and clogged all sorts of things can go awry:

How your body may first speak to you:

  • Cellulite
  • Acne
  • Appetite loss
  • Swelling of hands and feet (ever felt your rings suddenly tighten on your hands? This could be a factor)
  • Muscle cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Mental fog
  • Worsened allergies and sensitivities
  • Joint pain

and the list, of course, goes on.

When you don’t listen:

  • An unhealthy lymphatic system can lead to serious infections and cancer.

It’s truly the underestimated key to youth and health of the body.

Eight keys to a happy, healthy lymph:

The trick here is to get the lymph flowing so it can do what it’s designed to do – clear out the junk!

  1. Get Moving! You should be moving in some way at least every 40 minutes. So if you’ve been stagnant watching t.v., do jumping jacks at the commercial break or run the stairs, something to get your blood pumping and your lymph flowing.  A rebounder is a great option. It’s a mini trampoline to absorb the shock to your knees and I run on it every day about 10 minutes at a time.
  2. Use a dry brush – 3-4X/week. The circular action will increase blood flow to stimulate the lymph
  3. Drink up – what good is a facet without water flowing through it?!  6-8 glasses of water/day
  4. Eat clean – Reduce the consumption of refined products, sugars and caffeine. Focus your diet on fresh fruits and vegetables and whole foods.
  5. Clean your beauty regime – limit your exposure to toxic substances. The one I see most often is the use of aluminum-based antiperspirants clogging the lymph nodes below the armpit. Antiperspirants block the sweat which is how the body detoxifies. It’s as though you are purposely clogging the drain. Switch to natural deodorants and beauty care products as much as possible.
  6. Breath awareness meditations – this includes the practise of yoga or simply sitting and focusing on your breath. This will not only stimulate the breath to move the lymph but will double as relaxation to reduce your overall stress.
  7. Keep your clothes flowing to keep the lymph flowing – Clothes that are too tight will restrict the lymphatic flow. Particularly for women: never, and I mean never, wear a bra to bed at night!
  8. Examine the mental, spiritual link – lymphatic stagnation may occur when we feel stuck in a particular pattern or situation or unable to fully express ourselves. Examine the areas of your life or emotional thought patterns that feel stagnant. Remember that what happens in the mind will manifest in the body.

The above video shows one of my best friends and I headed out for an early morning bike yesterday, but there’s never an unadventurous moment with us! We went through THREE bikes and an exceptionally sweet neighbor who took pity on our rusty tire pump, to get out for our early morning bike ride, down to the beach for yoga and lunch and errand running (which we oddly LOVE to do together) and back home again.

My typical workout regime:

  •   A headstand as soon as I get out of bed (some days my head hits the floor before my feet do) 😛
  • Yoga for about 20-60mins depending on the day
  • Running on the rebounder
  • Yoga sporadically throughout the day

It’s always different. I love to hike and bike and dance but between school and work, this is what works for me. When I don’t adhere to this, I feel it! And while I’m at school, I run the stairs to the washrooms several floors down on our breaks to wake myself up and get the oxygen to my information overloaded brain 🙂

So my advice as a holistic nutritionist to you: get that miracle lymph system moving every beautiful day!

Suzanne Eden

Your Complete Guide to April’s Spring Cleansing Challenge

The spring equinox is upon us and the perfect time for cleansing and purifying the mind, body and spirit. I recommend a thorough holistic cleanse after winter as low sun exposure, an abundance of heavy, cooked food and often times less than ideal time spent in nature, leaves our bodies heavy with excess toxins. This is natural during the winter but spring, with its crisp air and budding flowers is the fresh start you need to refresh and rejuvenate for the warmer months (they’re coming, I promise!). In fact, our bodies are so in-tune with this natural cycle that it will often attempt to detoxify itself. If not supported, this can be a leading culprit behind the illnesses that surface during this time of year as your body tries to rid itself of toxins. Nature also shows the harmony behind the seasons as spring gives rise to naturally lighter, more cleansing foods. Before doing any extensive detox, it’s important to do a preliminary cleanse to prep the body. This holistic spring challenge is a simple start to cleansing and is catered to you so you can reap the benefits no matter your current diet or lifestyle!

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What cleansing can do for you:

  • Renew your energy
  • Increase metabolism
  • Increase focus and mental clarity
  • Look and become more toned
  • Decrease digestive discomfort
  • Improve the look and health of your skin

I decided April first would be my time to get motivated and begin and I want to invite you to do this HOLISTIC SPRING CLEANSE. Are you in? Or in the words of “How I Met Your Mother” (with the finale upon us)… “Challenge accepted?!”
Here it is! And don’t be intimidated, this is your cleanse, you can choose one or all of the following food transformations.

The Challenge

For the month of April I am going sugar-free, dairy free, gluten-free, caffeine free, alcohol free, processed free and soy free. Many of these I already am and so the cleanse may be less dramatic than for some. If eliminating these is a major task for you, pick a few that resonate with you and commit to eliminating those. Here are some practical guides to going “whatever you choose free” and remember, stick to what you can commit to whole heartedly for one month.

Sugar free:

  • Going sugar-free is more than just eliminating white sugar. This means no sugary syrups, no dried fruit, no high glycemic LOAD (not index) foods and so forth. High glycemic load foods will spike blood sugar and should be avoided until the body is more balanced. Don’t be mistaken, bananas and other high glycemic LOAD foods are typically good for you so long as the body is balanced and blood sugar stabilized.
  • For me, sugar elimination also means no stevia and I highly encourage this. Why? Though stevia doesn’t spike blood sugar, these alternative forms of sweetness stimulate your receptors and can cause you to crave sweets. Another benefit of cutting this out is that it gives your body time to rework your taste buds. This takes time but eventually, your taste buds switch to taste sweetness in things you typically wouldn’t find sweet. The receptors are so sensitive that even veggies start tasting sweet! So even when you reintroduce some sweetness, you won’t need nearly the same amount nor crave it in the same way.
  • Another food to avoid? Bread and any simple starches. According to the book wheat belly, bread can spike your blood sugar higher than a chocolate bar! In fact, when you chew bread, you can taste a sweetness if you chew long enough because this starch is converted to glucose in your body. In other words, simple starches are also sugars.

Tips: when avoiding breads and pastas etc: opt for whole grains such as quinoa, steel cut oats and seeds such as chia and flax seeds. When you have a craving for sweets opt for sweet veggies such as red peppers, herbal teas or stevia only if absolutely needed.

Dairy free:

  • This includes products  that contain dairy. Look at labels, you’d be surprised how much dairy creeps into things in the form of powders etc. Also beware of bakes goods, butter is included in the avoidance of dairy as is yogurt etc. Most substitutes such as Daiya cheese are highly processed and full of body clogging ingredients so stick to whole food choices as much as possible.

Tips: opt for coconut milk or almond milk and homemade almond cheeses (you can find the recipes online if you’d like, they are relatively simple).

Gluten free:

  • Another sneaky one. This is great as awareness of the issues with gluten has forced companies to switch to many gluten free products. Just be sure you are not getting sucked into the health traps. Always read labels to see what is in it. Gluten free does not constitute as healthy.

Tips: here are whole food gluten free grains:

  • Quinoa
  • Amaranth
  • Millet
  • Buckwheat
  • Wild rice

Coconut flour, almond meal, quinoa flour, buckwheat flour etc. are all great to work with in baking. You can easily look up their conversions online. As far as cleansing, however, try to stick to whole food choices to reap the benefits of the grain’s nutrients and fibre.
For pastas I am obsessed with raw zucchini noodles or kelp noodles.

What’s the deal with oats? For most people, oats are okay. The problem here is that though they do not naturally contain gluten, there may be a problem with cross contamination. If you have a gluten intolerance or allergy, you may want to avoid these and test them later to see if you have any reaction to them. Otherwise, steel cut oats are a great option for a cleanse as they are high in fibre and great for blood sugar stabilizing.

Caffeine free:

  • This goes for chocolate, green tea, coffee etc. Cut the caffeine.

Tips: opt for herbal teas and herbal coffee substitutes such as Teeccino (there’s even a chocolate mint and a hazelnut flavour!) which alkalizes the body. Here is the link: http://teeccino.com/ as well, some health food stores carry this.
Decaf coffee is usually full of unwanted toxins and should be avoided. As a bonus, by getting away from the taste, you will start to crave it less and as your body stabilizes, you won’t need to rely on it for energy any longer.

Soy free:

  • Another sneaky culprit so be sure to check labels. It is often masked as soy lecithin, soy protein and so forth and is hard to avoid. Miso and tempeh are allowed as they are unprocessed sources. Tofu is not.

Tips: The best way to completely avoid it? Eat whole! And when in doubt, go without.

Processed free:

  • This is huge! It will have you shopping in the aisles of vibrant fruit and exploring the cascade of veggies before you. This is the transformation to a whole food lifestyle. Keep to organic as much as possible to fully reap the benefits, at least for the dirty bakers dozen. This category includes staying clear of bottled fruit and vegetable juices.

Tips: cut up and wash your veggies as soon as you get home from the grocery store to save time later. We make a huge, and I mean huge, container of salad and store it in the fridge.
Always have some cooked whole grains (such as quinoa or millet) on hand to be thrown into a fast stir fry or pasta with your already prepared veggies for a fast meal.

Don’t think in terms of mono meals. When you make a meal, make enough to carry it over to another meal. A stir fry for dinner can be tomorrow’s lunch over a beautiful salad to switch things up. With any meat products, go for whole sources: grass fed, free range, antibiotic and hormone free. Do some quick research ahead of time to see where you can get this.

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It is critical to understand that a good cleanse can stir up a great deal of toxins within you. It is important to make sure that your body is eliminating these toxins as they surface so that they are not being absorbed into your blood stream and back into circulation. To manage this, pay attention to how you feel. If you experience headaches, nausea, etc, simply eat some heavier foods such as cooked vegetables or quinoa. These foods will slow the detoxification process so that your body is not overwhelmed. Also, drink more water to help your body flush out the toxins from your system.

Additional cleansing MUSTS:

  • Oils to cook with: grapeseed and coconut oil used in moderation.
  • Drink your body clean!

At least 6-8 glasses of water/day, hydration is critical for digestion and to flush the toxins properly from your system. There is no leeway here: get your 6-8! Stop drinking 30 minutes before eating and refrain until an hour after eating. You can jazz it up with organic cucumber, basil and/or lemon as well for nature’s flavoured water.

  • Lemon water

This deserves its own category. Lemon water first thing in the morning improves digestion, boosts immunity, balances pH, cleanses the liver, reduces inflammation and far more. Drink warm water with 1/2-1 fresh squeezed organic lemon first thing in the morning, 30 minutes before food.

  • Fibre

To help push those toxins right out! 1-2tsbp of ground flax or soaked chia per day is a great way to incorporate more into your diet. You can put ground flax on top of your morning oats, or sprinkle them on salads. Green ands vegetables are another way to increase your fibre intake.

  • Do not eat past 7pm.

Your body cannot digest food properly when you are sleeping. It will not only offset your digestion causing the food in your stomach to ferment and create toxins (of which the point of cleansing is to rid yourself of this) but it will also offset your sleep. It may be hard to sleep or it may simply interrupt the quality of your sleep. Your body goes through certain stages during the night and detoxifying is one of them. If your body is burdened with digesting food, it will skip the detox portion. Going to sleep past 10pm may do this too.

  • Don’t nook the nutrients out of your food

For so many reasons including radiation and altering the composition of your food: this is a must! Microwaves are off limits and should be unplugged.

  • Go green

Greens are critical for an acid alkaline balance and detoxification. They are also light and easily digestible for most people so eat these in abundance.

  • Lighten up

This goes for your diet and mind! For the diet, choose lighter foods and eat only until you are 80% full. For the mind, laugh like a fool. This is no joking matter, laughter is a powerful detoxifier and the movement of a full body, stomach clenching laugh can get the lymph moving and strengthen the flow of oxygen through your body.

  • Get some shut-eye

7-8 hours a night for most people. You need energy in order for your body to properly cleanse. As I mentioned earlier, your body goes through natural cycles during the night including detoxification but in order for this to happen, you need to actually be asleep.

  • Get moving

If you don’t move, everything in your body stays stagnant. In order to get the toxins moving out of your system, you need to move. Yoga for 10 minutes in the morning and night with a strong focus on breath is great. If your stuck at work, do the stairs on your break. If you have a trampoline, bounce for at least 20 minutes a day. Anything to get the lymphatic system in motion.

  • Make breath your secret weapon

Though three deep breaths may not make your fiancé magically appear before you (last HIMYM reference, I promise), it may do even better! If you are feeling a craving coming on, take 5 deep breaths and move along.

Additional cleansing powerhouses:

  • Aim for a diet that is 80% alkaline to 20% acidic
  • Take your daily probiotics
  • Use digestive enzymes with every meal
  • Incorporate chlorella, garlic and ginger into your diet as well as spices such as cayenne pepper, cumin and turmeric
  • Soul reads / movies – I love any books by Eckart Tolle and a peaceful warrior is one of my favourite movies
  • Meditation
  • Keeping a food journal/ journaling
  • Multivitamin, fish oil, b complex

B vitamins support the liver and adrenals especially during times of stress where it is greatly depleted. It’s also important for energy and a critical component of mental health.

A good EFA complex works as an incredible alkalizer in the body and to reduce inflammation. They are important for water balance regulation, to boost immunity and balance sugar.

Proper detoxification happens in a body that provides and is rich in the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals for which the multivitamin is very important.

Talk to your holistic health practitioner about a supplement regime.

  • Sprout into cleansing! Sprouting instantly raises nutritional value and digestibility of a food. The enzyme content can increase up words of 1000%! These can  often be found at your local health food store and if you’re really adventurous, you can look into sprouting your own.
  • Vegan/vegetarian for a week at the end of your cleansing.

Though I do not recommend going vegan or vegetarian for the long term, animal is one of the most difficult things to digest and removing it for a short period of time allows the body a great chance to thoroughly cleanse.

A final note:
Your mind body and spirit are incredibly interconnected. Understand that as sludge is kicked up in your body, mental sludge will often arise too. This could show up as irritability, being overly sensitive etc. No cleanse is complete without incorporating some cleansing of these realms as well, which is why I highly recommend yoga and deep breathing as it will help to ring the toxins from your body while at the same time balance your mind and spirit. If you notice emotions arise, take a few deep breaths wherever you are. If you can, take a walk, do some yoga, read your soul read, journal or just sit and breathe. By the end of the month, you will have noticed such a difference!

I hope you will join me and invite others to as well! Get a group of people to join you that will keep you accountable and motivated and have fun with this challenge. Experiment with new recipes and develop new lifestyle habits. Take these last two days to prepare and organize yourself to stay on track and prepare for a spring of natural health and vitality!

Best of luck on your journey,
Suzanne Eden