The Natural Way: Ready for Spring

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I always jump the gun this time of the year

as Iím tired of cold and want to start digging

in the dirt. Itís not quite time to open the windows,

dust the corners and air out the house

... and do a spring cleaning, but I want to.

This is also known as a ďcleanse,Ē and for

the health minded is front and center as we

step into the newest growth spurt of the year.

There are many types of cleanse but a

general one, which is often a blend of special

herbs, is what is usually done in the

springtime. No fast or cleanse should be

done unless you are healthy or closely supervised

by your health practitioner. Most

often, the duration of a spring cleaning as a

fast is not more than three days, sometimes

as short as one. If you decide to do a detox,

these can last 10 to 30 days.

I like a fast/detox, which I call the Desert

Morning Cleanse. It uses a powerful blend of

simple natural foods. Iíve seen it work like

a charm and it tastes pretty good too. This

one is a combination of cayenne (heat units

are important, 40 and above) as hot as you

can easily tolerate, juice from four lemons,

pure water and four ounces of top grade, organic

maple syrup. The simplest is often the

best. For one to three days you eat nothing

and drink only this combination in one gallon

of pure water for each day. Iíve found not

watching TV beneficial during this time as

the advertisements for food cause some grief.

The Hoxsey formula is an effective and

easy alternative to the Desert Morning

Cleanse. I like the combination of Alfalfa,

Buckthorne Bark, Licorice, Red Clover,

Barberry, Burdock Root, Poke Root, Stilingia

and Prickly Ash. This is an old formula,

which has withstood the

test of time. The herbs

individually are hard to

gather but can be found

in capsule form in most

good herb shops. Start

this detox on a night that can give you several

days free just in case you temporarily feel

not up to par as your body dumps accumulated

toxins. It goes without saying plenty

of good fresh water is in order. The herbal

cleanse/detox usually lasts about 10 days

and just might help you break that set point

for weight loss, too. To dust out the deep recesses,

finish up by taking 5 capsules/day for

18 days (150mg/each) per day of reduced

glutathione or alternatively 3 capsules/day

for 20 days of NAC at 600mg each.

After completing the cleanse youíve got

the perfect moment to clean up your diet

and review your supplement list. Generally,

I suggest an iron-free multivitamin with

trace elements and minerals as well as fish

oils every day for every adult over 45. If you

have ailments or are taking nutrition-starving

prescribed drugs then other supplements

will be needed. As for food selection use

the second section of the South Beach diet

plan as your guide. This is a glycemic index

food plan that perfectly fits how our bodies

are made and can be easily done. Choosing

food to put in your pantry is really easy by

remembering to select food that travels the

shortest distance from the garden/ranch to

your table. Read all of the ingredient panels

on packaged food and choose the lowest

carb values, no trans-fats and no high fructose

corn syrup.