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My Top 3 Tips For An Effective Spring Cleanse

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   Have you been considering a spring cleanse to have more energy, mental clarity and better sleep?

   Did you hope to even lose a couple pounds that you’d gained over winter?

Our bodies naturally go through a cleansing process in the spring so it’s the perfect time to harness the body’s inherent intelligence for this process.

Choose your cleansing program carefully. Calorie restrictive cleanses such as juice fasts can actually backfire on you if you have adrenal fatigue or a hormone imbalance.  There is a better alternative. I recommend cleansing that focuses on ADDING cleansing foods into the diet and subtracting foods that slow down cleansing without restricting calories.

What I’m going to share with you today are three simple cleansing practices you can ADD to your regular diet to gently nudge your body into cleansing.

1. Start your day with the juice of 1/2 a lemon or 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water . The liver likes warm liquids.

2. Eat an abundance of greens such as dandelion, chard, steamed asparagus or kale. Try sautéing or steaming the greens with some onion. Leafy greens are rich in calcium, magnesium and chlorophyl which alkalize and detox the body.

Freeze Dried Schizandra Powder

Freeze Dried Schizandra Powder

3. Drink Schizandra berry tea or add 1 tsp of the freeze dried powder to your morning lemon or apple cider vinegar tonic. Schizandra is a chinese tonic herb that’s a phase two liver cleanser . Consuming Schizandra daily will keep your brain sharp, your skin radiantly beautiful and your libido strong. If you want to ‘get the glow;, Schizandra is the herb for you. You can purchase many forms of Schizandra at The Light Cellar in Calgary.

Now, I’d love to hear from you. What’s your favourite way to cleanse?  Maybe it’s adding in a particular food or herb….. or is it a specific dietary protocol.

Tell us all about it in the comments below.

With all my love,

Madeline

 

Apple, Sprout and Ginger Autumn Green Smoothie

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I’ve been making this smoothie every morning for the last week.  It’s super fast and simple to make and the ginger, mint and apples add a delicious flavour.

Why I love this smoothie:

1. It’s from local ingredients. The apples are from my grandparents orchard in British Colombia, the pears are from a tree down the alley from our house and the sprouts were grown by friends.  Sprouts are nutrient dense with a high profile of minerals, vitamins and protein.

2. Usually green smoothies are cooling on the body. As we get into the cooler months of the year it is really important to feed the body more warming foods (especially firth thing in the morning). The dried ginger powder is incredibly warming . Ginger powder increases circulation, soothes digestion and contains sulfur compounds that reduce inflammation and enhances the beauty of the skin. 

3. It doesn’t have vegetables in the cruciferous family such as kale, collards, broccoli and cabbage. When these vegetables are consumed raw they are goitrogenic; when eaten in excess they can cause goiters, decreased thyroid function that can lead to hypothyroidism. I prefer to have my cruciferous vegetables cooked or fermented to deactivate the goitrogenic properties.

Apple, Sprout and Ginger Autumn Green Smoothie

Ingredients

1 Apple, cored and quartered

1 Pear, cored and quartered

2 Stalks of celery

1 cup  Fresh Sprouts and/ or micro-greens such as sunflower, pea or arugula.

1 Small handful of fresh mint

1 tsp dried ginger powder

1/3 cup Pure Water

Add all the ingredients to a high power blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!