Spring is an awesome time to cleanse. Actually it is the most important time to cleanse the body. Spring correlates to the Wood element which governs the liver and gallbladder (both are important in filtering the blood); therefore these organs should be the focus of a spring detox.
What’s so phenomenal is that Mother Nature lends a helping hand by providing spring produce that aids in the detox of the liver and gall bladder. So even if you don’t do a formal fast or cleansing for the spring, you will benefit from the cleansing qualities of spring fruits and vegetables. If you want a focused fast then look to conducting a 3, 5, or 10 day fast depending on the level of results you want.
3 Day Fast – helps rid toxins
5 Day Fast – beginning of the healing process
10 Day Fast – complete cleansing and renewal of your bloodstream
Depending on your location, you will find the following spring produce to eat during your fast:
Fruits: kiwis, oranges, limes, grapefruit, lemons, and apples
Vegetables: arugula leaves, asparagus, beets and beet greens, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, dandelion leaves, garlic, leafy greens, parsley, parsnips, potatoes (with skins), radishes, and sprouts. I have seen recommendations to avoid avocado, green onions, artichoke and green beans in the initial cleaning phase.
Eat an unlimited amount of the above during your cleansing phase. While raw is the best to aid in the detox process, steaming, sauteing, or roasting is also good. During this phase you can also include olive oil, very minimal salt and pepper, herbal cooking spices, and herbal teas (such as licorice, nettles, chamomile, decaffeinated green tea, ginger, peppermint). In addition, you should drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily.
Now ending your fast is just as important as the fast itself. If your fast only consisted of juices then you should gradually add in lightly steamed and raw vegetables when you break your fast. If you did have solid fruits and vegetables during your fast then you should slowly add whole grains back into your diet.
Whether you do an extended fast or just incorporate more detoxifying spring vegetables in your diet, your body will thank you. You will feel lighter and more energized as you get ready for the summer months.