Spring Cleansing by Dr Luke Schmelzle DC
With warmer weather and longer days of sunlight, new energy is afoot. Cleaning the house or garage, shifting to more outdoor activities, and a change in diet are part of natural rhythms that we lean into.
According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, spring is the cleansing season. The same way that you spring clean your home, this is a great time of year to cleanse the toxins from your body. While there are many cleanse programs available, there are more subtle and gentle techniques that you can use to support your body in getting rid of toxins.
Why should you consider incorporating cleansing techniques in your life?
Your body is an incredible organism that has a natural built-in filtration system to help you get rid of toxins, the harmful substances that have a negative impact on your health. The primary organ that helps to process excess toxins is your liver. Your liver is a powerful built-in filter for toxins, but it’s worth noting that you are exposed to more toxins than any previous generation. This influx of toxins comes from pollution in the air and water, toxic ingredients in beauty care and household cleaning products, electric and magnetic fields from technology, and more.
Some common symptoms of an excess toxic load in your body include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, headaches, back pain, and even skin conditions.
Here are five gentle spring cleansing techniques that will help to take the burden off your liver so that your body will continue to get rid of toxins effectively and efficiently.
1. Dry Skin Brushing
Dry skin brushing specifically helps to activate the lymphatic system that resides directly underneath your skin. You can think of the lymphatic system as the stream that helps to get rid of toxins. When you activate your lymphatic system, it helps move toxins more efficiently through your body.
This cleansing practice is best done before you get into the shower. To get started, you’ll need to buy a dry skin brush or glove (look in your local health food store or online). Skin is the body’s largest organ. As you can release toxins through your skin, this exfoliation method also supports healthy detoxification through your skin.
2. Breath Work
There are many breath work techniques that can help to release toxins from your body. One breathing technique that I highly recommend is called SomatoRespiratoryIntegration (SRI). This activity will not only improve your mind-body connection, but it will help clear toxins from your lungs and respiratory system. I offer classes on this each month, so check it out.
3. More Greens
Increasing the amount of green vegetables in your diet is a great place to start. The concentrated vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients (such as polyphenols, terpenes, and organic acids) that are found in a complex greens powder are another helpful supplement for gently opening up detoxification pathways and supporting liver cleansing. Most greens powders contain sea algae such as chlorella and spirulina, which are phytoplankton from the ocean that have antioxidant effects in the body. Chlorella is rich in chlorophyll, which assists in heavy metal and pesticide detoxification. Add one scoop of greens powder to a cup of water or a smoothie. Drink your greens powder either in the morning or mid-afternoon as a gentle way to boost your energy levels.
4. Light & Salt
Get some sunlight. We need a minimum of 15 minutes of direct sunlight per day. Of course, don’t overexpose. Additionally, an infrared sauna helps to increase your blood circulation and stimulate your sweat glands to help get rid of toxins. They also heat the body from the inside out, raising your core temperature and driving toxins and heavy metals out of the largest organ in your body—your skin.
Salt has amazing properties to balance the ions in our bodies. Zagorska Oasis in Ashland offers locals (Jackson County) free salt cave sessions on Tuesdays, walk-in’s welcomed. They also offer 20% off services to locals on Tuesdays. People can call the spa at 541.810.8877 or book online at www.ZagorskaOasis.com
There are many different ways to support your body’s detoxification process. These gentle cleansing techniques help maintain your health and prevent disease. “Gently” press the reset button and start experiencing the many healing benefits of cleansing toxins from your body this spring!
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