Spring is a time for detoxing (rough draft from "Health and Wellness is Not a Spectator Sport")
10 April 2020
Spring is a time for renewal/rebirth and for detoxing your body and home. Our homes, like our bodies, need to breathe and to air out. In your home, turn off your air conditioner (A/C), vacuum your vents, and open your windows and doors to allow fresh, moving air to cleanse it from its winter cocoon. If your home had any Winter leaks take time to remove the moisture and allow air to circulate.
Nature has provided many of us in our yards with dandelion, one of the best plants for detoxing our bodies and assisting our liver (it is the most active between 11 PM and 3 AM) and kidney, so they can continue doing their job and in turn, this helps to strengthen our immune system (one of our body's line of defense). Other easy to access plants that are good for detoxifying include Burdock, Peppermint, Radish, Onion, Garlic, Yellow Dock, Celery, Cucumber, Kidney Bean, Oat (good for both kidney and liver detoxing), Parsley, Lavender, and Rosemary. [For the past 3 or years, I have been doing drinking detox teas in the Spring to rekindle knowledge from yesteryear. This year I made a lacto-fermented Roots Beer that I drank daily during my Spring detoxing that is continuing today].
The human body, like plants, has the innate ability to heal itself, if given the chance. Our bodies are comprised of microorganisms, that may morph depending on our internal environment into other microorganisms. When our bodies are in a state of homeostasis our hands should have at least 5 different species of bacteria on them and our underarms should have at least 20 different species.
Our bodies, in part, because of the reliance and overuse of technology, is becoming more detoxed and losing its homeostasis more frequently. However, our endocannabinoid system (dependent on Omega 3 and deficiencies can lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, depression, Fibromyalgia, and more), can be reset by spending two weeks off grid (and with only using natural lighting) annually. In addition we should strive to have a safe space in our homes that are free of electronics, including baby monitors and blue light. We should also strive to restore our natural circadian rhythms by watching the Sun rise (or use a red light for 1 hour) and to do the same thing in the evening.
When our bodies, like out plant allies, become imbalanced because of stress, anger, anxiety, and other negative emotions, we can become dis-eased and our bodies may develop chronic illnesses and/or cancer. In an effort to improve our overall health and wellness, we should detox our bodies, as well as our homes, during the Spring (and other times of the year) to return to the circadian rhythms that have guided humans for millennia.
- Obiora E.
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