Spring has finally arrived here in the Northern Hemisphere! At this time of year, many people want to start a Spring Detox regime. While it’s good to flush the liver after the long winter, during which you might have been eating richer food and exercising less, any detox that’s too drastic may lead to unwanted results.
Say if you suddenly start a fasting regime using the water or juice detox method, the body is going to need fuel from sources other than solid food… and guess what gets burnt for that? Fat! “Isn’t that great?” You may ask? “Won’t I lose a lot of weight quick? Besides, I heard that my skin will clear up and glow after the fast.” How fabulous, isn’t it?
But wait! What comes out when you lose all that fat—besides the fat itself? Toxins! Toxins have a way of hiding inside fat cells. So when their “safety cocoons” suddenly disappear, they have to go somewhere!
Many years ago I decided to do a Master Cleanse by drinking water mixed with cayenne pepper, maple syrup and lemon juice all day long. Not only did I lose a ton of weight and got glowing skin, but I also lost a lot of muscle mass. To my horror, my previously small uterine fibroids gained in size. Connecting the dots, I reckoned it must have been due to all the toxins rushing out from my fat cells, finding a new home to nestle in.
Everyone’s body is different. If you have been living a generally healthy lifestyle, breathing fresh air and drinking clean water all year around, avoiding processed food and eating lots of fresh, whole foods, you don’t really need a fast. But if you have chronic illnesses or serious medical conditions and want to try liver detoxing or fasting, I highly recommend doing so under the guidance of a physician, a functional medicine practitioner, naturopath or health coach.
As a health coach who has been enjoying brilliant health since I started to eat a clean and anti-inflammatory diet based on the Blood Type Diet (and its more advanced version, SWAMI), I can attest to the idea that detox is best done in a mild and slow pace.
Drink Lemon Water First Thing in the Morning
One simple way is to start your day by drinking a glass of warm lemon water. Just squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into a glass of water—don’t shock your body with ice cold water! Make sure the water is slightly warm. Drink it directly or, in my case, I prefer to take some supplements at the same time while my stomach is empty (especially my blood-type friendly probiotics to get my gut rolling). Drinking lemon water not only helps your liver flush out toxins but also gives a boost to your digestive and immune system. For individuals of Blood Type A, it even helps thin the blood (good for heart health) and alleviate heart burn (if you have it).
Now, you may hear a little voice mumbling or whining, “Oh, I can’t do this! I’ve got to have my cup of coffee first thing in the morning, or else I can’t wake up!” or “Lemon’s too sour for me!”
If you just go ahead and do it for a day, it probably won’t be as difficult as you have imagined. We often let analysis or overthinking stop us from beneficial action. So my suggestion is to roll out of bed, use the toilet, make that lemon water and do a quick countdown of 5-4-3-2-1. It only takes a minute and your body will thank you for waking it up, cleansing and hydrating it with such a simple action.
Give it a try when you wake up tomorrow… before you reach out for your cup of joe 😉
If you want to “reset” your body without having to go hungry and feel deprived, here is a 7-day detox protocol based on naturopath and originator of the Blood Type Diet, Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s suggestions:
Eat right according to your blood type: Choose only the beneficial foods and supplements that are compatible with your blood type. Going one week with whole, organic foods and supplements that your body type can completely absorb and assimilate, you will be able to relieve your detox organs, especially your liver, of the kind of heavy-duty work it used to perform day in and day out. This way, you will be cleansing and detoxifying your body with ease, while making tiny adjustments to reset all the bodily systems so that they can function at their very best.
Clean up your environment: Avoid harsh chemicals and stay away from all chemical cleansers. You can make an all-purpose natural cleaner at home by mixing vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda in a spray bottle. This can be used to clean practically anything, including veggies and fruits!
Get active: Even if you are super busy, make it a habit to go out for a walk and get some fresh air. Do it for at least half an hour a day, and you’ll get better circulation, muscle tone and a clearer head.
As part of the detox protocol, Dr. D’Adamo recommends some herbal supplements for each blood type. Each protocol is to be done for 7 consecutive days. The protocols can be downloaded as a PDF for your reference. Just click on the thumbnail to the right.
Overnight Liver Cleanse
Once you have “reset” your body, you might want to cleanse the liver once a month. Here is Dr. D’Adamo’s liver cleanse protocol:
- Drink 8-oz glass of organic apple juice every 3 hours, for 5 glasses max.
- Eat only light food after midday, e.g. juice, fruits, vegetables.
- One hour before bed, take 2 tbsp of olive oil, then 2 tbsp of lemon juice or lime juice.
- Make a castor oil pack and place it above your liver area overnight, covering it with an electric pad/blanket set to low heat.
- Next morning, you may see green blobs in your poop. These are fat-soluble toxins, not gallstones.
- If you have access to a steam room, sit there for 20 minutes. That’s it!
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