Essentials for Natural Wellbeing – Cleansing Part 2
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 14, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
In yesterday’s post on Cleansing (Part 1), we took a look at why cleansing can be so beneficial and restorative. (Btw, if you missed Part 1, just scroll down our Wall here a bit to read it. ) In it, we covered off the first of several points to keep in mind if you’re considering a cleanse.* In summary, they were:
1. Go Green – kale, collards, chard, spinach, dandelion leaf
2. Hydration – adequate water, preferably Coconut water
3. Protein – high quality, easy-to-digest
4. Fiber – maintain regularity
5. Fat – healthy fats will help keep you satiated
So now let’s look at the rest of our Top 10 Cleansing Tips:
6. Sugar & Other Sweeteners: Try your best to eliminate them altogether. Yes, you can!
7. Flour: See #6 This includes, bread, muffins, bagels, processed flaked breakfast cereals, and pasta.
Eliminating flour products often proves very challenging for people, as much of our diet is based upon it. You’ll be amazed at how much lighter you’ll feel, though, cutting out flour products for even just a few days.
8. Miso: This food I give a special placement all its own! Miso ranks up there as being one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. It’s easy to digest, super-easy to make (you can buy ready-made paste), and delicious either on its own as a simple broth, or with shiitake mushroom, seaweed, cooked quinoa grain, and chopped green onion added.
9. Spices: Many spices aid digestion and cleansing and are powerful antioxidants. Try more Ginger, Turmeric, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fennel, and Rosemary in your cooking, year-round. Garlic & Onions, though not spices, are loaded with detoxifying sulfur compounds. Add these liberally to your cooking, too!
10. Herbs: Herbs that support the liver (especially in its production of bile) will aid in detoxification and are ideal to include while cleansing. Some to consider: Burdock, Dandelion root, Oregon Grape root, Milk Thistle, Artichoke leaf, Turmeric, and Licorice root. They can be taken as a tea or tincture.
As you can see, cleansing doesn’t have to be complicated, or costly, to be effective. Small steps can lead to big results!
*If you’re on medication or have a health condition, it’s recommended that any changes to your diet (including cleansing) and/or exercise routine, be done under the guidance of your doctor or healthcare provider.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan