Spring is coming I can feel it! Even though for many, winter still seems to have a hold on us, soon enough we will be feeling that sunshine on our faces. I love the changing of the seasons, whichever you’re changing to; a change in seasons marks an energetic shift in our environment and in us. There are so many things we can do to mentally, physically, and spiritually prepare ourselves for this change of the season. Here are a few that I do, which help me feel so great:
- Connect with yourself by connecting with nature. One of the great parts of spring is we can be outside more and it’s enjoyable! I love going for long walks, breathing in the outside air. I find this is a great way to clear your head, connect with nature, and feel gratitude for a new season, and a new day.
- Flowers make me happy. When I see the influx of beautiful flowers in the market, I know spring must be right around the corner. I make a point to bring some sort of flowers or plants into my living space. Plants and flowers bring life and a new vibrant energy into your space. Choose something that uplifts and inspires you. Bonus for finding a bloom that smells beautiful as well!
- Clear out the old. Go through your closet and clear out anything that you feel you absolutely will not use anymore. You can even make two piles, one to keep for next winter and one to give away. There is nothing more energizing for me as finally putting away my winter coat for the season!
- Eat with the seasons. Another amazing part of a new time of year means new produce that’s in season! Check out your local farmers market or produce section and see what’s back in stock. It will be strawberry and tomato time before we know it.
- Let go of what isn’t serving you. Springtime is like a rebirth. What would you like to let go of in your life? Take some time now to sit in reflection, journal, and contemplate what you’re ready to leave behind, and what you would like to call in to your life.
Looking for a little more…?
How about starting a spring detox?
What a great time to consider it. If you spring clean your house, why not spring clean your body? Detoxification is a great opportunity to press the ‘restart’ button on your body and bring it back to a balance – plus it’s a great way to prep your body for a weight-loss regimen.
There are so many ways to complete a detox, and sometimes it’s best to start simple and increase difficulty as you continue. While most people think that detoxing merely involves changing the way you eat – it’s also about practicing self-care!
Here are a few simple ways that you can detox:
Drink water | About 2-3L per day, starting as soon as you get up. For an extra kick, add a few slices of lemon to your water to help flush your body of toxins.
Clean diet | Worry not – you don’t need to go completely organic (it can get pretty pricey!) Check out our Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen handout from our website and choose your foods from there. You may also want to consider decreasing your sugar intake, fried foods, and take-out! I find that preparing my food ahead of time for the week (ie. lunch), prevents me from buying lunch and eating something unhealthy. Do what works for you. I will mention however, the more vegetables you eat (bonus points: green and leafy) the better. Get the morning started off right with a green smoothie.
Deep breathing | Good thoughts in. Bad thoughts out. This one might be a bit obvious, but sometimes it’s best to detoxify the mind and allow for peace to enter.
In the shower | alternating hot cold showers, ending on cold to return your blood flow to your internal organs.
Sauna and exercise therapy | Get your heart rate up, and get those sweat glands open. Infrared saunas are a great way to detoxify, and it makes your muscles feel great afterwards. Come and try our unique FIR sauna at the office, offering effective and therapeutic detox in a mere 20-minute session. You can lie down and relax in the comfort of our dome sauna. Other saunas require a minimum 40 min to achieve the same results
Are We All Toxic?
In the last 50 years our environment has become increasingly more polluted. This has resulted in greater human toxic burden than ever before. The liver carries the greatest burden of detoxifying foreign substances, as well as substances our bodies create (like hormones). The typical Canadian diet is high in fats and sugars. It relies heavily on nutrient-depleted vegetables, grains, fruits, and antibiotic-and-hormone-laden meats. This type of diet provides inadequate nutrients for many metabolic processes, including detoxification. This style of diet can potentially lead to food sensitivities to some of the most commonly eaten foods such as corn, wheat, soy, dairy, and eggs. In turn, symptoms of poor digestion may develop, resulting in gas, bloating, heartburn, headaches, fatigue, chronic ear infections, and a multitude of other disagreeable health conditions. Exposing ourselves to toxic substances and unwise dietary and lifestyle choices can lead to a build up and over burdening in our livers and gut.
How Does the Body Become Toxic?
One of the main steps in achieving vibrant health is to remove congestion anywhere and everywhere from the body. The body’s ‘toxic waste elimination organs’ can become overburdened by exposure to man-made chemicals and heavy metals in our environment or in the foods we eat (exogenous toxins).
The most common substances causing toxicity include:
- Many prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications
- Recreational drugs, alcohol, tobacco,
- Heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, and aluminum)
- Many human-made chemicals
- Food additives
- Chlorine and chlorine based products
- Petroleum products
- Solvents and commercial cleaning products
- Combustion by-products
- Household chemicals
- Fluoride & chlorine and other chemicals in tap water
What Are Some Of The Symptoms Of A Toxic Or Sluggish Liver?
- Weight problems
- Bad breath
- Skin conditions (ie. Psoriasis)
- General aches and pains
- Chronic allergies
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Exhaust/perfume sensitivity
- Mental confusion or “brain fog”
- Tingling extremities
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Pain between the shoulder blades
- Strong smelling urine
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Undigested food in the stool
- Itchy skin
- Post nasal drip
Can A Toxic Or Sluggish Liver Be Reversed?
Yes. A unique feature of the liver is its ability to heal itself and regenerate cells, especially when supported by specific nutritional supplementation designed to detoxify the liver and support its various functions.
Why Should a Person ‘Detoxify’ Their Body?
Various forms of toxic build-up in the body are contributing factors to many disease states, or limit the ability of the body to function properly. Detoxification is vitally important for people to be able to get well in many acute and chronic conditions. Many people who think they are ‘healthy’ have no idea how sick they are, or better stated, how ‘well’ they could be. Elimination of toxins from the body is one of the keys to experiencing vibrant health.
There are several tests available at our office to test for your toxicity levels. They include: Heavy metal testing, liver function analysis, food sensitivity testing, hormone imbalance testing, and urine analysis testing.
In addition, we have multiple doctor-guided approaches available at Core Health Naturopathic Wellness Center. Consider one of our 10 Day Clear Change cleanses, or a more intensive 28 Day Cleanse, and one of our Naturopathic Doctors would love to help guide you into Spring and your optimal health today.
Dr. Brandy Strelec, ND has always had a passion for health, which led her to focus on assisting patients in their achievement of optimal health by assessing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspect of health and addressing the underlying core of their health concerns. She develops individualized treatment plans and educates patients about their health while encouraging them to take an active role in their own health care.
As a licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Strelec utilizes her strong background in Nutrition, Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lifestyle counseling, Botanical Medicine, Homeopathy and Physical Medicine to assist her patients in attaining their treatment goals. She has a wealth of experience in dealing with hormone imbalances and digestive disorders. She has special interests in women’s health, chronic stress and fatigue-related issues, digestive health issues, heart disease, diabetes, pain management, fertility, and pediatrics. She has also designed specific programs dealing with weight management, detoxification, healthy aging and stress reduction. Brandy also brings her experience as a Bowen practitioner to add options for additional, individualized care for pain management.