Spring Cleaning – Part 1

Spring officially begins tomorrow. What better time to do a cleanse?

Just like our homes, our bodies can benefit from a good cleaning out a few times a year. I like doing these cleanses with the change of season. Spring and fall are especially good times for this because it’s a nice way to transition from the heavier, warmer foods of winter (root vegetables, stews, etc.) to the lighter, fresher foods of summer (such as berries, lettuce, and tomatoes).

A cleanse can also be a good way to jump-start a new health regimen. While there can be other components of a detoxifying cleanse (colon hydrotherapy, saunas, etc.), I will focus on diet for this 3-part series of posts.

What is a cleanse?

People have been “cleansing” since the beginning of time. Often done for religious reasons, these fasts (Ramadan, Yom Kippur, Lent) were times of spiritual purification. (Is it just a coincidence that many of these holidays fall in the transitional seasons??)

Digestion uses up more energy than any other bodily function. When we fast or eat more simply, more of our energy can be freed up for healing, spiritual growth, or other activities. Moreover, during this detoxification process, stored waste products and even emotions can be released from the body.

Now I’m not suggesting you go without food for 40 days and 40 nights – that wouldn’t be healthy. But you might want to try this concept on a small scale.

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About Abby

I am a fictional literary character. I work as a massage therapist in Ellicott City, MD, and in my spare time I help the local police solve crimes. In my former life I was a corporate lawyer. I graduated from Cornell University, Harvard Law, and the Baltimore School of Massage. To keep fit I run and practice yoga.
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