Detox Your Liver and Spring into Spring

Detox Your Liver and Spring into Spring

Do you suddenly have the urge to organize the closets, clear out your dresser drawers, clean your house, or start a new project?

Or maybe you’re feeling like you’d like to begin a vegetarian or cleansing diet?

If yes, you are in alignment with the energy of Spring. It’s time to clean out your closets and detox your liver!

Oftentimes, at this time of year, the body naturally begins cleansing itself from excess toxins, oils, fats, salt, carbohydrates, and animal protein residues by releasing a flu or cold.

Some folks may also suffer mysterious bodily aches and pains, and don’t understand why. Don’t worry… you are not falling apart, this is the liver’s way of releasing toxins and cleaning house.

We can aid our liver through this natural cleansing process by eating lightly prepared meals, less food overall, eliminating animal products for a specific period of time, and/or fasting from food entirely.

The springtime, I believe, is the best time of year to go “vegan” or “vegetarian” for a period of time.

Traditionally, many cultures and religions around the world have used some type of cleansing or fasting ritual, especially in the Spring and Fall months.  In the springtime, fasting can help relieve the pent-up stagnation of winter (physically, emotionally and spiritually).

Traditional Chinese Medicine says the spring correlates with the Liver and Gallbladder meridians. Reducing animal fats and proteins, as well as fasting, supports the healing and renewal of this complementary organ system. Spring cleaning the body is essential for physical healing.

Every Spring, I too, begin a fasting ritual. I eat lighter foods (salads, sprouts, spring soups, fish) and reduce heavy animal proteins and fats for a few weeks.

I sometimes follow that up with three days of The Master Cleanser (lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, water). While doing the Master Cleanser, I abstain from food entirely and only drink the liquid for a short period of time (three days). Some folks fast for longer, but I feel that 72 hours works perfectly for my system.

Instead of The Master Cleanser, sometimes I’ll do a specific Liver Detox/Cleanse from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing. Here is a partial list of what it entails:

  • Drink 8 glasses of water per day. Add ¼ tsp. vitamin C crystals to each glass of water (it’s a natural heavy metal toxin chelator).
  • Have a dark leafy vegetable salad every day
  • One cup of miso soup with sea vegetables the night before you begin the cleanse
  • Make a liver tonic: 4 oz hawthorn berries, 2 oz red sage (salvia), 1 oz of cardamom seeds. Steep 24 hours in 2 qts. water. Add honey. Take 2 cups daily.

For the next 3 days…

  • On rising: take 1 lemon squeezed in water; or 2 tbsp. cider vinegar in water with 1 tsp. honey.
  • Breakfast: take a potassium broth, or carrot-beet-cucumber juice. Add 1 tsp. spirulina to any drink.
  • Mid-morning: take a green veggie drink; or a green superfood powder in water or vegetable juice.
  • Lunch: have a glass of fresh carrot juice, or organic apple juice, or a cup of liver tonic.
  • Mid-afternoon: mint or green tea, or Crystal Star Liver Cleansing Tea
  • Dinner: have another carrot juice or a mixed vegetable juice, or hot vegetable broth
  • Before bed: a pineapple/papaya juice with 1 tsp. Royal Jelly

What ever you are called to do at this time of year, whether it’s to clean out your closets, or clear out toxins from your body, it’s a great way to start the season and spring into spring renewed.

Need more guidance on how to safely and effectively cleanse your liver? Join me LIVE online for a Liver Cleanse Cooking Class, and get the guidance you need to feel your best!

Happy Spring!

Andrea

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  • Deborah Miles

    Hello Andrea,
    I would like to try this cleanse, but I wonder if I can. I still have occasional flare ups with Candida if I eat to much of surgery things like carrots, honey, these natural things she puts in this cleanse. Plus, when people get ready for a colonostopy (sp) I drink the broth and jello that they let you have, but I get so nauseated because of lack of food. I do drink green powder drinks a couple times a week and I eat the carrots occasionally, I really thought of trying Brenda Watson, a well known gut person, a 14 days cleanse.

    Thanks,
    Deborah Miles

    • Andrea Beaman

      Hi Deborah – You are correct; if you still have Candida flare ups this wouldn’t be the cleanse for you. I would suggest 3 days of chicken stock or beef stock with fresh herbs and garlic instead. Drink the stock, and only the stock (no other foods), for the 3 day period. Or, go with your gut and try Brenda Watson’s 14 day cleanse that you mentioned. There’s also a great book by Dr. John Matsen called Eating Alive that can help you understand how the gut works and Candida overgrowth. I highly recommend it: http://www.amazon.com/Eating-Alive-Prevention-Thru-Digestion/dp/0969358601/ref=andreabecom-20?s=UTF8&qid=1331136238&sr=8-2

  • Michelle

    Andrea,
    I have been doing my own version of a detox, I have a vita mix and am making green veggie smoothies and having them 3 times a day. Is this okay? What about protein? Is it okay to go without for a week or two. I am trying to lose a few winter pounds and cleanse my body as I have had bronchitis and sinus issues this winter.

    • Andrea Beaman

      Hi Michelle – Every one’s body is unique. What is good for one person may not be good for another. Depending on your condition, it may be okay to do green smoothies 3x per day an no protein for a week – but you have to know your own condition and what your body can and cannot handle. According to TCM bronchitis and sinus troubles begin in the intestines. You may be congested in your intestines and unable to absorb properly, or you may be eating/drinking too many cold, wet (salads, smoothies, fruit juices) or sweet foods.

  • Waldi

    Surprised you don’t mention Turmeric a natural liver detoxifier that is available in ‘spices’ section at most grocery stores. Great when added to soups, meals, or even drinks. I use it all the time with great results.

    • Andrea Beaman

      Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  • Joanne Loftus

    II have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. I have hypoglycemia and it really is bad in the morning. I found eating fish for dinner along with barley and veggies holds me over better. What do you think of fish for a couple weeks to help me get through this hypoglycemia? Will the mercury in fish be bad? Will I need to detox from that? Any help you can give me would be appreciated.

    • Andrea Beaman

      Generally for adrenal fatigue I would NOT recommend a cleanse. You need to rest and rebuild your system. I would suggest bone stocks, good quality proteins and fats. And, plenty of rest. In bed by 9pm the latest. Also, add a little pinch of sea salt into your drinking water in the morning. Do you have my Adrenal DVD yet? It can help you figure out how to regain your energy. https://andreabeaman.com/nourishing-adrenal-health-dvd/

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  • Janet

    Would this be a good cleanse for me to do? I have high cholesterol, high triglycerides and high blood pressure. I’ve changed my diet significantly and started exercising, but would like to get rid of some gunk quickly to make quicker progress.

    • Andrea Beaman

      Cleanses are good for a lot of people. Check in with yourself, your practitioner or your doctor before you start any cleanse. If you are feeling up to the task, give it a go.

  • Christine

    HSN’s Andrew Lessman offers a Liver Anti-Oxidants supplement w/ milk thistle (silymarin), artichoke and turmeric (curcumin). Also contains vits B6 and B12, folic acid and pantothenic acid.