March welcomes the much-anticipated arrival of spring. Transformation from winter hibernation reveals flowers blooming, birds chirping, and longer, warmer days. We shift with spring’s awakening by shedding the winter blues from our home and bodies to create space for new ideas and intentions.
Maintaining health in body, mind, and spirit is especially important during these seasonal transitions to prevent illness–which is the reason why a spring detox is so popular.
So what are we detoxing exactly? We live in an ever increasingly toxic world where the air we breathe and the food and water we consume are the most common sources of toxins.
Airborne allergens can include pollen, molds, dust mites, and countless chemicals released from car exhaust or industrial byproducts and pesticides. Drinking tap water in DC leaves much to be desired while drinking bottled water doesn’t fare any better with the exposure of hormone disruptive plasticizers. The standard American diet contains food laden with preservatives, hormones and antibiotics, artificial flavorings, pesticides and colorants that are known to be harmful to the body. To top it all off, exposure to chemicals in our environment from common household items like soap, laundry detergent, lotion and shampoo further raises our toxic load.
These toxic exposures bog our bodies down and make us more susceptible and vulnerable to variety of illnesses including headaches, fatigue, allergies, hormone imbalances, and inflammation.
It becomes quite clear the need for giving the body a break by undergoing a detoxification protocol. There are plenty of detoxification products sold in stores these days, usually with the same key ingredients: fiber to bind the toxins, laxative to encourage the release, and herbal and mineral supplement to support the body’s biggest detox organ – the liver. Other detoxification plans include juicing, fasting, or making a popular concoction called The Master Cleanse. Knowing which products to use or detox system to follow largely depends on the detox goal and how much you’re willing to give up.
In practice, I prefer putting patients on a gentle detoxification diet with an emphasis on whole foods: whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Springtime makes this easier with the arrival of colorful and lively fruits and vegetables. Specific foods that enhance detoxification include: garlic and onions, beets, burdock, dandelion, artichoke, and dark leafy green vegetables. More often than not, patients end up introducing more foods in the diet versus taking foods out. The experience allows the patients to become acutely aware of their energy levels as a result of consuming different nutrient dense food.
Along with being mindful of what goes in, you must be sure that those toxins are moving out. For that process, I support patients through colon hydrotherapy treatments. Colon hydrotherapy facilitates the removal of toxic build up in the colon from everyday poor or fast and convenient food choices. It also helps to strengthen the muscles in the wall of the colon to increase peristaltic tone, which allows for stronger and more complete bowel movements.
Patients usually feel lighter, less bloated, and more energized after a colonic treatment. For more information on colon hydrotherapy, read here
So why not jump into spring and take advantage of a detoxification protocol that can leave you feeling more vibrant and renewed.
Dr. Rhodo Nguyen addresses the health of the whole person in an integrated approach that uses Naturopathic Medicine, nutritional counseling, colon hydrotherapy and CranioSacral Therapy. To book your appointment, please call 202.328.9642 or email drnguyen@tranquilspace.