Spring represents rebirth and renewal. Longer days, warmer temperatures and blossoming flowers make us want to throw the windows open, declutter, and cleanse both our homes and our bodies. The start of a new season is the perfect time to take stock of your wellness goals and to reflect on how to feel lighter and fresher in the days ahead.
One of our core beliefs at Provenance is that food is medicine. A seasonal whole foods detox is like a spring cleaning for your body, helping you adapt to seasonal changes and leaving the heaviness of wintertime behind. Here are our top 10 reasons to reset with a seasonal detox.
Our bodies detoxify all the time. But unprecedented levels of toxins in our food, water, air, and environment are overloading our natural detoxification systems. A seasonal organic food-based cleanse fights against toxin accumulation and helps support your liver, kidneys, and digestion to do their important cleanup work.
Balance your microbiome
The microbiome is the trillions of bacteria that inhabit your body, mainly in your gut. These bacteria are integral to your good health, affecting everything from your digestion to your weight to your mood. By eating clean with a focus on added probiotics and prebiotics, you’ll kill the bad bugs in your gut, feed the beneficial ones, and improve your overall wellbeing.
Kickstart weight loss
When you cleanse, you treat your body to plenty of vegetables, hydration, fiber, healthy fats, and good bacteria. You also eliminate sugar, processed foods, and alcohol. This helps to minimize bloat for a flatter tummy, reduce cravings, and fuel yourself with the foods that promote weight loss instead of weight gain.
Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer. When you eat to cleanse, you remove the foods that trigger inflammation, such as gluten, dairy, sugar, corn, factory-farmed meats, and genetically modified organisms.
Eating foods that cause stress in the body is a sure fire way to get sick. An organic food-based cleanse packed with vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds provides the nutrients that boost your immune system, keep pesky colds at bay, and even reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.
Find your glow
Consume beautifying foods and drinks such as chia frescas, leafy greens, and seasonal vegetables to flood your body with antioxidants, hydrate, slow down aging, and look like you just stepped out of the spa. When your body spends less time digesting processed foods, it can put more energy into enhancing your natural beauty, giving you glossy hair and glowing skin.
It may sound strange to think that food affects your mood, but research shows that eating a diet high in fiber, healthy fats, and essential nutrients can help balance blood sugar (and avoid being “hangry”), boost serotonin, and protect against depression and anxiety. Plus, committing to your own self-care is always a positive step towards good mental health.
Getting adequate and high-quality sleep at night is critical. And yet, so much of modern life prevents us from establishing a healthy sleep routine, By removing caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and eating a clean diet (in addition to regular exercise and reducing screen time close to bedtime), insomnia and daytime fatigue can be a thing of the past.
Release emotional stress
By now it should be pretty clear that eating clean is good for your physical body. One other crucial benefit of a detox program is the opportunity to release emotional stress. We store our feelings in our bodies, and just like physical toxins, we need to release toxic feelings. Food can be very powerful in healing both your body and your spirit, and to help your body let go of any stored emotions you may be hanging onto.
Uncover food sensitivities.
Can something as innocuous as your morning toast be causing brain fog? Could the milk in your coffee be the reason behind your digestive upset? The best way to discover hidden food sensitivities is to eliminate likely triggers for a period (ideally at least 2 weeks) and then reintroduce them one at a time and watch for reactions. By eating clean, you may discover that some staples of your diet are not actually your friends.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore when you provide your body with the foods it craves to be healthy, beautiful, and strong. And the benefits go far beyond just your internal organs. Kicking off the season with a detox is the best way we know to hit reset and look beautiful from the inside out.