The Fall season is finally here – time to wear cozy sweaters, trendy boots, and sip chai lattés. More importantly, Fall is a great time of year to cleanse.
Wondering what makes Fall cleansing different than others?
Firstly, Fall cleanses are best when combined with warm, nourishing, whole foods. Without proper nutrition, people may feel tired or run-down while cleansing during the colder months. Root vegetables, artichoke, and warming spices are highly encouraged while doing a Fall cleanse.
As we know, diet alone won’t eliminate toxins, which means the addition of herbal cleansing ingredients such as dandelion, milk thistle, and burdock root can make all the difference. I encourage my patients to use a variety of herbs that naturally enhance detoxification from various organs in the body.
No matter how hard we try to avoid toxic chemicals, we are exposed to them every single day. Truly, it is inevitable in today’s world – pesticides, preservatives, and parabens are literally showing up everywhere.
Although the body is designed by nature to cleanse itself, its ability to do so has been rapidly slowing down over the last 75 years. This is due to increased levels of stress, an unhealthy lifestyle and the rise in man-made chemicals.
The good news is that we can support detoxification with herbal cleansing 2 – 4 times per year. Herbs have been used for centuries to enhance toxin removal from the 7 channels of elimination – the liver, kidneys, colon, blood, skin, lymphatic system, and lungs.
Even with healthy organic eating, toxins from the environment (pollution) and ingredients found in many cleaning and body care products can still enter the body through inhalation or skin absorption. If we don’t do anything to get rid of these harmful substances, they can build up and affect various systems in the body.
In my clinical practice, treating allergies, skin problems, a weak immune system, headaches, weight gain, digestive disorders, fatigue, and poor concentration all begin with cleansing the body.
Cleansing is never about making sacrifices or giving up favourite foods.
It is not about skipping out on social dinners or feeling unsatisfied at meals. It is simply an opportunity to take a proactive approach – by using powerful herbs, one can improve the functioning of organs (especially the liver) and maybe even prevent chronic diseases from developing.
For those of you who are excited to start your Fall cleanse, today I’m sharing my top 3 quick tips to help you get started.
#1. Load Up on Warming Foods
With the colder weather, the body needs more warming foods (according to Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy). I encourage my patients to add a variety of warming vegetables to their diet such as squash, beets, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin. Onions, leeks, and chives are also great additions – especially in comforting soups.
#2. Load Up on Warming Spices
Spices are on every Fall cleansing grocery list. Some of my favourites include chilli, clove, cinnamon, coriander, fennel seed, ginger, and rosemary.
Remember, real health starts with real food.
Nature never intended for us to consume chemicals – prior to World War II, food was free of chemicals and was far better quality than the processed foods commonly consumed these days. Natural spices are always better than man-made sauces that often contain high fructose corn syrup, MSG, and other additives.
#3. Load Up on Warming Detoxifying Teas
Herbal teas count towards your water intake – so shop for a variety of nourishing detox teas such as milk thistle, ginger, dandelion, cilantro, apple cinnamon, and peppermint.
Happy Fall Cleansing!