The Best Foods and Herbs For a Spring Cleanse
I hope I won you over for a spring cleanse (read my previous post on why spring detox is so important). Today, I am going to share some of the best foods and herbs to detox your body after winter.
The Best Foods and Herbs for a Spring Cleanse
If you eat locally and according to the season, you know that nature in its infinite wisdom provides us with the best food for a spring cleanse in the...SPRING! Think asparagus, dandelion, spinach. Walnuts, Brussel sprouts, carrots and grapefruits stayed with us in the late winter and are available in spring and are wonderful for a detox as well.
Dandelion is probably growing in your backyard right now. This plant is amazing as it is rich in vitamins A, B and C, iron, potassium, calcium and inulin (acts as a prebiotic). Dandelion leaf is a mild diuretic. Use the leaves in salads or add to your smoothies or juices.
Ginger stimulates circulation of the blood, while encouraging the kidneys to eliminate toxins and that is exactly what we need in spring! There are many recipes that incorporate ginger, I add a bit of ginger in my morning green juice, grate it in a pumpkin soup or my husband and I enjoy drinking ginger root herbal tea when we have a soar throat. If you go to this page, my favorite nutritionist Christa Orecchio shares a recipe for Fire Cider, including wonderful detoxifying spices and veggies such as onion, cayenne pepper, garlic, ginger, turmeric, horseradish and lemons.
Another easily found herb. I am looking forward to harvesting stinging nettle in spring to make this stinging nettle pesto. Nettles help to support the kidneys in eliminating waste. You can also enjoy the leaves by steaming them and adding them to a salad. Or boil them with vegetable broth, garlic and onions, then puree it. It’s a light and nourishing soup that will detox your body with it’s high levels of iron and vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important nutrient needed to support the different phases of liver detoxification.
This spicy vegetable is excellent at stimulating and de-congesting the lymph system. These peppers are easy to grow and after drying, they can be used in different ways. I add cayenne pepper to hot chocolate or add it to chili.
Milk Thistle (latin name Silybum marianum) is known as a liver detoxifying herb. It is also used for decreasing inflammation and soothing the mucous membranes throughout the body. As an antioxidant, milk thistle is equally powerful to other important nutrients like vitamin E or vitamin C, which help fight free radical damage and slow the aging process, which can lead to disease development. You can either make an infusion or chew the seeds raw.
There are numerous other herbs, spices and vegetables which are known to detoxify the body. But most importantly, eat clean, whole food, drink enough water and move your body.