Spring Cleaning: Body Detox

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Spring Cleaning: Body Detox

I know it might be hard for some people to believe, especially if you live in Canada like me, but warm weather is coming which means spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to spring clean your body and get that bikini ready figure. I recommend performing a type of detox at least 2 times a year and support your detox organs on a daily basis. It is important to jump-start our health and boost our over taxed organs to help increase energy, improve digestion, support weight loss, improve sleep, and reduce inflammation.

Our detox organs are responsible for filtering all toxins that enter our body through the air, food, medications and beauty products. Over the course of one day we can be exposed to thousands of harmful chemicals, all of which get filtered through our liver and other detox organs. If we neglect our body, toxins build up and our body becomes sluggish, inflamed and potentially home to a variety of chronic illnesses.

5 Simple Detox Tips:

  1. Drink filtered water – drinking clean water is essential for kidney function and the ability to flush water soluble toxins from the body. It is important to choose filtered water as to not increase toxin exposure. Drink 2-3 L water daily – try lemon water, cucumber & mint, or even mint & lime. Get creative!
  2. Eat sulfur rich foods – sulfur is an important mineral for liver function and the production of liver enzymes. Eat tons of raw onions and garlic and give your liver a little love!
  3. Lemon & ginger tea – lemon helps to stimulate liver enzymes, while ginger helps to improve digestion and reduce inflammation, all of which are essential to detoxification and cleansing the body.
  4. Fresh veggies – 8-10 servings of vegetables a day is essential to healthy living. Vegetables are high in fiber and are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins C, E, and B vitamins, needed for proper liver function, removal of toxins and energy production.
  5. Rebound/Exercise – jumping on a trampoline helps to move lymph which is responsible for transporting fat soluble toxins, while any type of exercise promotes the release of toxins through sweat.

*Looking for an easy to follow, recipe loaded, online detox program? Check out our 14 day online detox program for a simple whole foods detoxification program.

Baked Squash

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This squash recipe can be made savory or a little sweet and tastes delicious either way. I made it this past weekend for our big family dinner and both versions were an absolute hit.

Savory

1 acorn squash, halved, de-seeded

2 Tbsp. avocado oil (can use any neutral flavoured oil)

1 ½ tsp. dried rosemary

½ tsp. onion powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place halved and de-seeded squash flesh side up. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Turn squash flesh side down and bake for 30 minutes or until squash is tender.

Scoop out flesh and mash with a fork. Serve hot and enjoy.

Sweet

1 acorn squash, halved and de-seeded

1 ½ Tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. butter (I used Earth Balance to make it vegan)

1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place halved and de-seeded squash flesh side up. Drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon. Place ½ tsp. butter in each half and turn squash flesh side down. Bake for 30 minutes or until squash is tender.

Scoop out flesh and mash with a fork. Serve hot and enjoy.

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* Don’t forget to check out our 14 day online detox program for a simple, easy to follow whole foods detoxification program loaded with a variety of delicious recipes.

 

XO

Deanna

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