Spring … a Good Time For a Cleanse


FruitAs we move into spring, we are often left with the residue of winter. Most of our time is spent indoors, where we hibernate to keep warm and often times don’t exercise frequently. Add to that the rich, hearty comfort foods along with the excessive consumption of the holidays and the New Year. Sleeping in on cold mornings often feels like a luxury.  


But now that spring is around the corner, we have no excuses. We can prepare to open the windows and let in the fresh air. Renew. Cleanse…


We have all heard the term “spring cleaning” and its meaning is far more reaching than our homes.  Our bodies and our minds also need an opportunity to refresh. The purpose of spring cleaning is to go through our closets and cabinets and get rid of what we don’t need and make space. Sometimes it will be filled with new things, sometimes it is just to purge.  The same can be said for the body and mind. Spring is a good reason to get rid of toxins and reassess. It is a chance to “spring forward” and make healthy lifestyle choices.


Spring cleaning for your body does not have to be difficult. Below are some simple tips you can incorporate immediately:


  1. Exercise – Come up with a plan that works for you. Sweating is a great way to release toxins and increase endorphins (these neurotransmitters that make you feel happy with exercise also help stimulate the body and help it deal with stress).


  3. Food and Supplements – Eating in an anti-inflammatory way with organic fruits and vegetables, and choosing more whole foods rich in antioxidants will help to heal the body. Visit Kathy Lik, ND to further discuss details of diet or read Ultra-Metabolism by Mark Hyman, MD which can be found in Alma at the Raby Institute. 

  5. Detox – A good way to kick start your healthy lifestyle is by clearing out the system to help you feel cleaner, clearer, and lighter. You might even lose a few pounds in the process. There are many different programs, so be sure to find one that works for you. You can find one that works for you. Cleansing programs usually last a few days to a few weeks and can take the form of fasting, eliminating inflammatory foods like sugar and alcohol, juicing, or avoiding processed foods. Schedule an appointment with Kathy Lik, ND to participate in the Spring Detox Program at the Raby Institute.  (The spring detox program is also highlighted in the March Raby Institute Newsletter).

  7. Massage – This is a great way to get the lymphatic system flowing and boost the body’s natural elimination system. (Read an article on Lymphatic Massage by Rick Hayhurst, LMT, our massage therapist, at The Raby Institute and consider making an appointment to see him.)

  9. Self-reflection – Start fresh by reassessing your goals, needs, and resolutions. Sometimes the simplest change can lead to the greatest outcome. As you refresh your body, you can use this time to let go, forgive the past, and make the first step toward caring for yourself in a more mindful way. Come participate in Lunchtime Meditation every first and third Tuesday of the month at the Raby Institute.  


The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.”  - Harriet Ann Jacobs


Dominic Patawaran, MD is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patawaran call us at (312) 276-1212 or email us at info@rabyinstitute.com. 
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