Sunshine and spring rain brings beautiful flowers and a breath of new life. People often associate spring with “new beginnings” – out with the old and in with the new. You may be inclined to clean out cobwebs, organize, and get rid of things you no longer need in your home or office.

Just like cleaning out your home or office can help you feel better and provide a fresh start, so can cleaning out your body. Spring is the perfect time of year to cleanse your body and rid it of unwanted toxins. The human body is bombarded with toxins on a daily basis. Whether it is pollution exposure, consuming processed foods, or using personal care products with harmful chemicals, your body can get overloaded with toxic buildup. Just like regular oil changes help keep your vehicle running efficiently, detoxifying or cleansing your body can help YOU run efficiently. Regular cleansing helps the body release toxins and supports the body’s cleansing systems and organs, including the blood, liver, kidneys, colon and digestive tract. While cleansing, some people have experienced weight loss too!

Eating leafy greens and sprouted foods may help cleanse your body. Sprouted foods in particular provide additional nutrients because they are in their most powerful growth phase, which is their transition from seed to plant. Broccoli sprouts, for example, contain 20-50 times more sulforaphane (a cancer-fighting compound) than mature broccoli. Sprouts are also considered “living foods” because they are still in a growth phase, whereas foods that have been matured and harvested are actually in a dying phase. Leafy greens, such as arugula, bok choy, endive, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, Napa cabbage, spinach, Swiss chard and wild greens contain vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and chlorophyll, which help purify the blood and organs. Bulking up your diet with these foods can help “Cleanse, Balance, and Build” your body. Consider adding several of the aforementioned foods to your daily regimen to help create better health and vitality.

By Gina Van Luven
Director of Nutrition Education

This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease.