Spring is known as the best time to cleanse, and there sure are a lot of cleansing fads nowadays! There are pros and cons to each one of these fads, so if cleanses are your thing, be cautious and do the research (and talk to your doctor) before diving into a potentially dangerous decision.
The body has a built-in detoxification and cleansing process. Every breath you take purifies your body. From a Chinese Medicine standpoint, the Lungs are paired with the Large Intestine. We breathe in pure oxygen and breathe out toxic carbon dioxide. We eat fresh, nourishing foods and dispel waste via the Intestines. The critical components to this natural cleanse are to breathe deeply enough to reach the stale air hiding in the depths of your lower lungs and to provide your body with cleansing and nutritious foods.
Think about the Spring Cleaning of your closet. You wouldn't merely clean what you initially see when opening the doors; you would pull everything out and discover all the old crud that managed to get stored in all the nooks and crannies. Once thoroughly cleaned out, you would then put only your popular items back into your newly cleaned closet in an organized manner relating to your style.
The same is true with your lungs. Close your eyes and put your hand on your abdomen and breathe normally. Do you feel your stomach rise with each breath? If you don't, you're probably not getting into the nooks and crannies of your lungs.
Practice deep belly breathing every time you hear a ding on your phone, or find another common trigger you can use to remind you to breathe deep. Deep breathing is also beneficial for anxiety, stress, depression, and so on, plus it benefits your digestion. There are many resources for breathing techniques or mindfulness practices; have fun, and find the right one for you.
Next, the whole saying, you are what you eat, well it's true. Imagine that closet again. You put so much time and energy into cleaning it out, dusting out the crud and placing your clean and happy items (what brings you joy, according to Marie Kondo) back in. Your closet has been cleansed. Now, you attempt to clean the rest of your house and all the crud from the other rooms you start shoving into that clean and beautiful closet. Cluttering is like eating well for a time, then shoveling processed, unhealthy food and drink back into your body; this often happens after cleanses or diets.
It can be overwhelming, but if you come back to the basics of breathing deeply, eating well-balanced, nourishing foods (nutrition, not dieting) and moving your body daily, you'll be in good shape. I recommend wholefully.com's free starter guide for a beautifully balanced and smooth design to get back into a healthy routine or to fine-tune your already healthy life.
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