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 cleanse, 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.
†While I have my own preferred cleanse formula, you might come across an old one. 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 five capsules/day for 18 days (150mg/ea) per day of reduced glutathione or alternatively three 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.