Get Over Your Holiday Hangover With Green Cleaning

How Eating Green on St. Patrick's Day Can Help Detoxify the Body

First there was the Thanksgiving binge. Then Christmas wasn't just a holi-day, it was a holi-month!

Then there was New Year's before you took a 2-week break to pretend you were going to be healthy "once and for all". Valentine's Day came around and fixed that. Now in preparation for St. Patrick's Day, it's time to eat green.

Spring is on the horizon and it's your last chance to drop a few pounds before it's warm enough to head to the beach. 

One way is to detox your body. Now I'm not talking about a fast or a cleanse. I'm talking about a 3 week period of time when you commit to eating as much as you want of the right foods.

This means bye to grains, dairy, soy, and refined sugars and starches. The first couple of days will be rough, but the results are worth it.

In my practice, practice members who undertake a 21-day cleanse tend to drop about 10 pounds, experience improved skin complexion and notice better sleep. Sometimes, patients notice improved energy yet wonder why the weight has still plateaued.

One reason is that toxins accumulate in your fatty tissue (to keep them from circulating and causing harm). These "toxins" are released when fat is burned and literally act to delay further weight loss until your body's natural detoxification systems clear them out.

Eating a diet high in dark leafy greens may promote the body's natural ability to detoxify as well as promote natural antioxidants like glutathione. Support from supplements containing milk thistle, green tea extracts, or alpha lipoic acid may also be healthful when it comes to supporting the liver - the main organ involved in detoxification.

Greens also are often natural diuretics, especially dandelion greens, celery, and asparagus. This helps support the kidneys, also involved in flushing out toxins that may have been released.

Greens are also rich in fiber which along with adequate hydration, allow wastes to be efficiently removed from the body.

Cruciferous greens like Kale, broccoli, and bok choy contain a chemical called indole-3-carbinol that has many documented health benefits such as helping to flush out harmful estrogens that may be a result of excess fat tissue. Cilantro is also known to assist in heavy metal clearance- who would have thought?

Using tasty spices like turmeric, oregano, or rosemary or drinking fresh teas like green tea, may assist in the effort!

Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a chore. Start this Spring right.