Most of us look forward to the onset of summer, the warm rays of sunshine dissolving the winter cobwebs. Along with it comes the desire to shed our winter skin, our layers, extra pounds, and inhibitions. Spring and summer are prime time for cleansing. Here are some of the many forms of renewal you can perform to usher in the season:

Cleanse away toxins

Why: Many naturopaths and integrative practitioners advise regular cleanses to eliminate the buildup of toxins in our food, water, and outside pollutants. When our body’s natural system for toxin removal becomes taxed, symptoms such as sluggishness, constipation, allergies, and bloating can occur.  A cleanse is a way of hitting the “reset” button and restoring our natural processes.

How: It’s always advisable to consult a practitioner such as a naturopathic doctor before embarking on a cleanse. He or she can design something for your specific needs and body. There are different types of cleanses, but a good rule of thumb is to avoid alcohol, dairy, sugar, refined carbohydrates, caffeine, and—importantly—processed foods.  There is strong evidence linking the refined carbohydrates, trans fats, and a high sodium content found in processed foods to cancers, heart disease, and hormonal imbalance.

Exfoliate your skin

Why: A season of overheated rooms can leave our skin less than ready for prime time. That’s why a great exfoliator can slough away the dead skin cells and leave our skin glowing. It scrubs away dead skin cells from the epidermal surface, promoting cell renewal and regrowth. Exfoliation opens our pores, minimizing breakouts and blackheads.

How: A scrub can be made using household products such as oatmeal, honey, and sugar. Always test for allergies by applying these ingredients to a small patch of skin. 

Purge your clutter

Why: Cluttered space, cluttered brain. Studies have shown that clutter inhibits our ability to focus. According to a Princeton study, a crowded space presents as stimuli that clogs the neural pathways and competes for our brain’s attention. Furthermore, the presence of clutter can cause anxiety. Scientists at UCLA found elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol in mothers viewing a messy room. And the dangers of stress on the mind and body are not be underestimated. 

How:  The task of a overhauling your house may seem daunting. If so, you might look into hiring a space organizer to help with the task. Or approach it one room at a time. Even little things such as replacing a light bulb or fixing a torn screen can drastically improve your living space, and, ultimately, your well-being.

The summer is a wonderful time to embrace healthy habits. The longer days entice us to be outside, communing with nature. Fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant, making it easier to eat healthier. There are many wonderful ways to celebrate the season. Here’s to good health!

 

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