Spring Renewal

Spring is a time for renewal.  We see it all around us in the form of new life.  Flowers, babies, and sunshine are all around us.  This is a perfect time to put winter away, establish healthy habits, and focus on detoxification.

You will see plenty of spring cleanses, detox programs, and weight loss plans being advertised and started during this time of the year.  With the energy the sun brings; people are much more ready for change than they were at New Years.

There are plenty of things that can be done without making any major purchases or subsiding on juice alone.  Here are a few everyday things you can do to stimulate your built-in detoxification pathways.

  • Breathe.  Yes, this one is simple enough.  When we focus on taking deep controlled breaths, we exhale many toxins.  Carbon Dioxide is just one of them.  This will also help relieve stress.  One breathing exercise you can try is counted breathing.  Inhale slowly and deeply to a count of six being sure that your abdomen is moving more than your shoulders.  Hold this breath for a count of six, and then exhale for a count of six.  Repeat for 10 breaths and do this through the day.  Over time, you can slowly increase to a count of 12.  You can also try to make your exhale longer than your inhale.  This is a great activity for stoplights.
  • Drink water.  If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  This is how your body works.  Many people focus on drinking half their body weight in ounces, for instance a 150 pound person would drink 75 ounces of water daily.  This is not exact; you may need more or less water based on your activity level and what you are eating.  The key is to have water available and to drink it through the day.  An hour should not go by without a drink of water.  You will notice an increase in urination as your body adjusts to your new level of hydration – plan accordingly.  You want your urine to be pale yellow or clear in color – except for your first morning trip to the bathroom which will be more concentrated.
  • Move your bowels.  Optimally, we will have 2-3 bowel movements per day.  If you feel that you need to increase your number, proper hydration, exercise, and increasing your fiber intake are great ways to do this.  Seeds are a fantastic source of fiber either chia seeds or fresh ground flax seeds are a favorite way to get this in.  Dr. Currey aims for 1-2 Tbsp daily.  Fruits and vegetables are another great source of fiber.  Always be sure to drink plenty of water with your fiber, otherwise it can cause constipation as it bulks up your stool.
  • Move your body.  Every day, get out and do something you enjoy that gets your heart pumping.  20 – 30 minutes per day is a fantastic goal.  If you hate the thought of exercise, don’t call it that.  You can dance, go for a walk, chase your kids, swim, hike, garden, clean out your garage, wash your car, or any other activity that you will enjoy or will make you feel accomplished.
  • Laugh.  Stress is another area where we need to detox.  Get the stress out by laughing.  Better yet combine your movement and laughing by playing every day in whatever form that works for you.  Playing and fun aren’t just for kids, but involving them can be helpful.

If you want to boost your spring detox, make an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss other treatment options.

Happy spring!

 

Spring, Dean Ward, March 24, 2009, Creative Commons Attribution CC by 2.0 https://flic.kr/p/69TW7d