I've been so excited as the weather has been getting warmer. Smelling the earth thawing, hearing the birds outside my home, I feel myself called to reconnect with the earth and spend more time outdoors.
With the changing seasons comes the opportunity to change the way we eat to keep our bodies in sync with the environment. Spring is a wonderful time to begin a detox. According to Chinese medicine, the liver is most active in the spring. The liver is one of our primary organs for detoxification, along with our skin, bowels and lymphatic system. Below I'm going to share some of my favourite techniques to help you rid your body body of toxins, ramp up your libido, and feel energized from the inside out.
Juicing For Hormone Detox
Nothing dampens your libido like a pile-up of excess hormones that keep recirculating in the body rather than being eliminated. In women, this often manifests as estrogen dominance, a scenario in which estrogen levels rise too high, while complimentary hormones such as progesterone remain disproportionately low. Not only can this reduce your sex drive, it can also cause unpleasant symptoms such as weight gain, headaches, and mood swings. The best way to help create balance is to support the liver in its detoxification process by consuming foods with liver boosting compounds. My favourite recommendations include dandelion greens, kale, beets, garlic, lemon, raw fermented sauerkraut and apple cider vinegar. One of the best ways to get a megadose of all these nutrients is to juice them fresh every day. Below I'll share with you my favourite green juice recipe that I drink daily when I'm detoxing.
Liver Loving Green Juice
- 3-4 stalks celery
- 2-3 leaves kale
- small handful dandelion greens
- few sprigs parsley
- 1-2 apples
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger
- 1 lemon
Use local, organic ingredients if possible. Wash and chop all ingredients except lemon. Process all ingredients except lemon through the juicer. Juice lemon separately with a citrus juicer, add to the remaining mixture and enjoy. (I find juicing the lemon separately is easier, otherwise you have to peel it and remove all the pith with a knife, which can be a pain) Click here to see the juicer that I use, which great for processing leafy greens and maintaining enzyme integrity.
Breast massage can be a super sexy way to boost your detox process and also practice connecting with your body. We don't talk much about breast health in our society other than in the context of cancer prevention, but breast massage can actually be a powerful tool in daily detoxification. Because the breasts are made up of mostly fatty tissue and toxins tend to be stored in fat, massaging the breasts regularly can help move fat out of the cells and speed their elimination process (provided all other systems are running smoothly). There are many techniques for breast massage passed down from the ancient Taoist and Tantric traditions, but you can start with this basic, yet effective sequence. This can be done daily, either first thing in the morning, or before bed:
- Sit upright, spine straight, in a meditative posture
- Begin by rubbing your hands together vigorously to create heat and energy
- The right hand will go on the right breast and the left hand will go on the left breast
- Using a natural, food-grade organic oil (such as coconut or almond oil), place your hands on the outside of your breasts and begin making gentle circles going inward toward the heart. This means that the right hand will be moving clockwise, while the left hand moves counter-clockwise
- Go at a steady pace, applying a comfortable amount of pressure that isn't too firm
- Continue as long as you like, and then switch directions and repeat the same process going the other way
- As you massage, focus on loving thoughts towards your breasts. The entire process can take anywhere from 3-5 minutes.
Other lifestyle factors
As with any detox, it's just as important to eliminate health harming habits as it is to implement new positive habits. Our goal is to ease the load on our liver, and we can do this by eliminating or minimizing inflammatory foods such as
- gluten and refined grains
- conventional dairy
- refined oils and trans fats
- deep fried foods
Another important consideration is to take a close look at your personal care products and swap them for some natural alternatives. Many products like shampoo, deodorant, soap, perfume and make-up contain toxic chemicals that are absorbed through the skin and create more work for your liver. Check out these 10 ingredients to avoid when choosing your products.
I'd love to hear how these detox tips work for you or if you have any of your own favourite detox practices that help you maintain your inner glow. Please share in the comments section below!