Spring Cleaning for Health
By Dr Esyltt Graham Chiropractor
Yes, spring is well and truly here. If spring cleaning hasn’t been high on your agenda this information may motivate you because there are numerous benefits to the time honoured concept of spring cleaning. Your home, your mind and your body benefit from periodic ‘spring cleaning’, decluttering and detoxing.
Traditionally spring was the time to fling the windows open, hang the bedding out to air and beat the carpets. These days we are often too busy for these activities however Grandma knew that her family would be energised by these simple tasks.
And what about our bodies, a ‘spring clean’ or detox will help us face the summer with clearer skin, less cellulite and more energy.
To get started, set aside a morning and if at all possible recruit the rest of the family. Explain that the challenge is to get rid of as much dust and clutter as possible. Go through your home room by room and divide the contents into three categories. Items you need and/or love, items that are rubbish and items that no longer serve you but may be of use to someone else. Be ruthless. If you haven’t used something for 12 months you are extremely unlikely to use it again. If you are having difficulties with this package the unused items up in a box and place it in the garage, if you haven’t opened it in another 12 months you know it needs to go.
Avoid using conventional cleaning products which contain synthetic fragrances and volatile chemicals which can damage your health. Instead, use Grandma’s recipes of vinegar or bicarb soda. If you prefer a ready made solution look for products that are eco friendly.
The next challenge is more personal.
A healthy detox does not mean fasting. Whilst fasting mobilises toxins (Phase 1 of the detoxification process) it does not complete the process of removal. Liver enzymes package up the toxins for the final stage of their removal through the bowel or kidney (Phase 2). Phase 1 requires high antioxidant food such as berries and leafy greens. Phase 2 requires protein such as lean meat, fish and eggs.
Eliminate sugar, white flour, white rice and processed foods, dairy and alcohol for a week. These are inflammatory foods. Start the day with a glass of water with juice of half a lemon. For breakfast have eggs with tomato, avocado or baked beans. Or porridge made with quinoa and a little honey and coconut milk. For lunch have a salad with brown rice and vegetables or leftovers from dinner. For dinner choose fish or free range chicken. Serve with brightly coloured vegetables and/or salad.
Remember that this is not a hardship. You are doing it for the benefit of a body that feels well. Combine this healthy eating with gentle exercise such as walking or pilates.
Whether you choose to start with your home or yourself every effort put into this process will be well rewarded. You will be ready to greet summer with vitality and renewed energy.
Esyltt Graham B.App.Sc (Chiro) M.Sc Chiropractic (Paeds)
55 Throssell Street Collie WA 6225