Welcome to a fabulous fall! Growing up and living in Southern California for the majority of my life, I really didn’t experience ‘seasons’ like I do now, living in the Pacific Northwest. Fall and sweater weather have always been one of my favorite transitional times of the year. Fall is a natural time for our Earth to transition, as well as our beautiful bodies.
Did you know that giving your body the gift of a gentle detox cleanse will reset your body and mind while stimulating you for a winter season filled with wellness? Who wouldn’t want wellness over colds and flu? My hope is for you to understand that by detoxifying, you don’t have to fast (fasting is a topic I will talk about at another time), and if you detox periodically, it truly is one of the best ways for you to be in a state of wellness.
Here are three reasons for a Gentle Fall Detox Cleanse:
- To bolster your immune system and help prevent colds and flu
- To boost your mood, energy levels, and productivity by illuminating your mind
- To possibly shed excess weight before the holidays
You may be asking yourself, why should I detox? Let me briefly explain: Our bodies naturally go through a detoxifying process daily by way of our colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin. We digest and absorb nutrients, our liver and kidneys rid our body of toxins, our lungs breathe in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide, and we sweat toxins out through our skin.
The need to further detox arises because we live in an era where we are exposed to toxins and pollutants in our environment. These toxins make their way into the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and the basic water we drink. Also, the majority of the population consumes a diet that is chemical laden (processed foods), has large amounts of animal protein, saturated and trans fats, caffeine and alcohol, all which don’t allow our bodies to properly perform the process of detoxification.
When you detoxify through a clean and healthy diet, it is one way to allow your body the break it needs, while at the same time you are supporting your body’s natural self-cleansing.
Fall Detoxifying Foods
- Kale: One of the most nutrient dense and antioxidant-rich foods available. Kale works wonders as a powerful blood and cell detoxifier.
- Onion: Did you know onions help lower the risk of certain cancers? Onions also provide anti-inflammatory benefits and protect our cells from oxidative stress.
- Sunflower Seeds: These tiny seeds are high in selenium and aid the body’s natural detoxification system and help prevent cancer.
- Apples: A highly antioxidant-rich fruit, which helps the body reduce inflammation and is linked to heart and lung health.
- Steel Cut Oats: Are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, oats will keep you feeling fuller longer and keep your digestive system moving.
- Cinnamon: This spice has the ability to boost brain function, helps to control blood sugar levels, and improves colon health.
- Pumpkin Seeds: High in antioxidants and minerals, these seeds assist the body with detoxification and promote radiating skin.
- Hemp Seeds: Are an excellent source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. They also help aid elimination.
- Lentils: This fiber-rich legume aids in elimination, helps lower cholesterol, balances blood sugar, and even increases your energy.
- Sweet Potato: Despite their sweet flavor, these vitamin-packed tubers help balance blood sugar.
- Spinach: This dark, leafy green is rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Spinach helps protect our body against inflammation, oxidative stress, and cancer.
- Grapefruit: This sweet and tangy citrus fruit helps lower cholesterol, prevent kidney stones, and aids the digestive system.
- Pear: Pears deliver fiber to aid in elimination. They are also packed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties.
- Cucumber: Cucumbers are nutrient dense and 95% water. This helps to rid our bodies of toxins and also alkalize the body.
- Broccoli: A strong detoxifier that neutralizes and eliminates toxins, while also delivering a healthy dose of vitamins.
- Cauliflower: This antioxidant-rich cruciferous vegetable helps aid your body in its natural detoxification process and reduces inflammation.
- Turmeric: Is a powerful detoxifier and anti-inflammatory that cleanses the liver and helps prevent many types of cancer.
- Carrots: Rich in fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, carrots aid the digestive tract and protect against colon cancer.
- Parsnips: High in vitamins and fiber, parsnips aid in lowering cholesterol and regulate blood sugar.
- Turnips: Also a cruciferous vegetable that aids in the natural detoxification process and is a source of Vitamin C.
- Celery: This health-promoting vegetable speeds liquid elimination while also delivering high amounts of Vitamins K and C.
- Lemon: This bright citrus fruit is packed with Vitamin C and have an alkalizing effect on the body and a mild diuretic effect, helping you to shed pounds.
- Winter Squash: These gourds are rich in fiber, which aids in digestion and heart health, and are also high in beta-carotene and Vitamin C.
- Pumpkin: Pumpkins are high in fiber and will help to flush out toxins. They are packed with vitamins and carotenoids.
- Cloves: Contain a variety of phytonutrients and are a powerful detoxifier. Cloves are anti-inflammatory as well.
Tips For Your Fall Detox
- Begin each day with warm lemon water instead of coffee or tea. Warm lemon water cleanses the blood, liver, and kidneys, and activates your digestive system for maximum efficiency throughout the day.
- Cook once, eat twice! When preparing a meal, you may be able to refrigerate your left over portions to be eaten later in the week or brought to work for lunch.
- Local seasonal vegetables help your body stay in tune with nature, so do your food shopping at a farmers market as often as possible. Fresh farm produce is often more flavorful as well!
- To make a green juice taste great, add fresh lemon or apple to any green juice recipe to take away the ‘green’ taste.
- Make sure to drink plenty of water to help your body flush out toxins and stay hydrated. A minimum of 8 glasses per day for maximum cleansing!
- Make food the night before and take it to work for lunch the next day.
- Prepare food ahead of time by cutting vegetables for soups and roasting at the same time.
- Enjoy the process! You are eating clean and gaining vibrant health!