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Feb 7

Easy, breezy cleansing: A basic 10-day detox

Cleanse, detox, whatever you may call it, once the days begin to get longer our winter-stagnant bodies seem to request a bit of assistance moving out the old to make way for the new.


Chickpea salads in avocado bowls – cleanse approved! See recipe below.

If you are in good health generally, but feel a little bogged down, fogged out, and low-energy, a quick & simple cleanse is often just what you need. Gentle cleansing helps to rid the body of any excess toxins, hormones, and a lot of the literal crap that has built up over the last few months or years of just living a normal city-dwelling life.

It’s easy to do a basic cleanse in 10 days by adjusting your diet, fluid and fibre intake, and adding in a simple herbal combination to support the function of your liver, gallbladder, and kidneys. More comprehensive cleanses also address a sluggish lymphatic system, oxygenate the blood, and remove heavy metals – these are best done under the supervision of a healthcare professional or at least with some instruction from your local, knowledgeable vitamin’s store staff who can outline the programs available to you.

Air pollution, random antibiotics and other nasty substances in our drinking water, and less-than-stellar diets combine to make optimal health an uphill struggle – but cleansing is key to supporting the natural desire of our bodies to remain healthy and toxin-free.

After the first 48 hours of a cleanse I become full of the brightest, lightest energy and sleep like a baby. 10 days later, I feel right on par with the blossoms and buds that will be appearing in a month – try it for yourself as a lovely adjunct to spring.

And it’s not all that complicated to do.

The key to cleansing? Support and open your pathways of elimination. That’s it. That’s the single most important component of any cleanse. If you want to eliminate toxins, you’d better make sure they have a way out.

Here’s a quick list of the organs you want to support and how to do so (in other words, a protocol for a 10-day cleanse):

Liver and gallbladder:
no fried foods, no sugar, no alcohol, limit caffeine, and increase intake of water, Brassica family vegetable (kale, broccoli, cabbage). Milk thistle, artichoke and black radish are herbs to consider, in combination. Also turmeric and dandelion.

Kidney system: lots of water. 8-10 per day, throughout the day, adding lemon as you go. Herbal teas are useful too, particularly nettle and dandelion leaf.

Digestive system: again, lots of water, and add fibre to one glass in the morning and one glass in the evening. Begin with 1 tsp of ground flax seed in a glass of water morning and night, away from medications or supplements, on an empty stomach. Increase to 2 tsps twice daily over the next 72 hours, then to a tablespoon twice a day (this is a useful habit to keep up post-cleanse). Triphala is a useful herbal combination to take in the evening, before bed.

Fibre is extremely important at all times, but especially during a cleanse, as it will bind to toxins in your digestive system and help your body to eliminate them effectively. However, increasing fibre without enough water will cause a hold up in your system, so be sure to hydrate and then hydrate even more.

Don’t forget healthy fats -lots of olive oil on your veggies – and enough clean protein (grain sources and lean organic meat). Avoid refined, sticky gluten-y grains that will slow down your digestion. Get lots of sleep and try to break a sweat at least every other day.

Happy cleansing & happy spring-is-definitely-right-around-the-corner!

(Please remember, if you have any inflammation or diseases of the liver, digestive system, or kidney system, please consult a healthcare practitioner before beginning a cleansing protocol.)

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Avocado Chickpea Salad Bowls

Add to a large bowl:

  • 3/4 can of chickpeas, 1/4 c chopped pickles, kimchi, or sauerkraut, 1/4 c chopped red onion, 2 cloves of garlic (minced), 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill, 1 tbsp vegan or non-vegan mayonnaise, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp cumin, dash sea salt.
  • Mash with a fork until blended but still chunky.
  • Wash 2 ripe avocados and cut in half. Remove pit and, if on the small side, scoop out more avocado flesh with a spoon to form your pixie-sized bowl.
  • Using a small spoon, place chickpea mash inside avocado and enjoy!

(Modified from a recipe in Alive Magazine February 2016)