Allie Dusome is back this week with a take on detoxing your body with the seasons! Enjoy part three of her Eating with the Seasons series.
As we move through spring, into the summer, our bodies naturally start to crave different foods. I’m sure you notice in the hot months you’re not sipping on a warm herbal tea to quench your thirst, but rather a delicious, icy cold beverage. This is what eating with the seasons means: the foods we eat and the way we live our lives change as the seasons change.
In traditional medicine practices like Chinese and Ayurveda medicine, “food energetics” have an important part in restoring our health. Various foods are recognized as having warming or cooling properties. For example; apples, strawberries, celery and spinach are cooling foods, whereas cayenne pepper, onion, and ginger are warming foods. In cold weather (like winter), it’s considered important to consume more warm-natured foods to preserve the body’s optimal metabolic state. This idea translates into detoxifying the body and ensuring you’re doing the right type of detox for your body – and for the season – in order to restore health balance. When we think about the foods we crave and eat in warmer months (raw, fresh fruit and vegetables), it makes sense that this would be the perfect time to detox. Not only are raw, leafy greens and fresh herbs detoxifying foods, but our bodies naturally want them this time of year.
In the winter months, I’m sure I’m not the only one who spends more time curled up on the couch, avoiding the elements, than running around in the snow. And while this is relaxing, the lack of movement is not necessarily beneficial for the body and can lead to toxic build-up.
Signs you might be ready for a detox:
This is why springtime is great! It’s the perfect time of year to detox and reset the body. The idea is that as the warmer weather arrives, we can start to shed those winter toxins that have accumulated over the past few months. This detoxification process allows us to feel lighter, healthier and more energetic as we welcome the warmer season with open arms.
Here are a few of my favourite detox tips when it comes to shedding the winter toxins:
If you’re looking for a personalized detox plan, book an appointment with me and we can talk more about your health goals and how we can reach them together!
Next week we’ll be talking about the buzz over organic and non-gmo food, and why it’s so important to eat organic when you can!