The days of spring bring longer, warmer days, where new growth and regeneration is abundant. At this time of year, our bodies emerge from this dormant winter state, calling us to rejuvenate and revitalize our overall sense of being — making spring the perfect time of year for cleansing and detoxing the body! In the cycle of nature, spring is the beginning of a new year. Just as plants are subject to seasonal fluctuations that drive their life energy and cycle, we are also subject to a natural seasonal rhythm. This transition from winter into spring usually runs smoothly, but some people can experience trouble adapting to the changing environment. This is where a good detox can help. The basics of any good detox will support the organ systems involved in the elimination of toxins and unwanted substances–the liver, kidneys, lungs, sweat glands, and lymphatic system.
Detox takes place in two phases.
Groups of enzymes known as the cytochrome P-450 system neutralize toxins within the body, often separating them from fat cells by making them increasingly water-soluble. These enzymes are highly concentrated in the liver, and you’ll learn how to support the production of these below:
- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.)
- Green tea
- Milk thistle
- N-Acetyl Cysteine
After enzymes begin to neutralize toxins, other cellular groups are added to the toxin so it can be excreted through the kidneys, or through bile in the digestive tract. It’s crucial to balance Phase 1 and Phase 2, as free radicals and other by-products can be recirculated if not properly neutralized. Phase 2 enzymes prepare toxins for elimination and prevent them from being recirculated within the body. Those with MTHFR gene mutations have a decreased ability to make glutathione, the body’s strongest antioxidant, and detoxifier. If you know you are homozygous for a gene mutation affecting MTHFR it’s important to know how to support your long-term health, and ways to boost your body’s production of glutathione.
To support phase two:
- Milk thistle
- Essential Amino Acids
- Cruciferous veggies
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- B vitamins – Folate, B6, B12
- MCT oil
While supporting your detox pathways you can give your body the gentle introduction to a new season that it needs. And lastly, during this time take a detox from technology too. Spend the day writing a handwritten letter to a friend, reading a book, cooking a meal from scratch, or reconnecting with nature outdoors. You’ll be surprised at what beautiful discoveries you’ll make!