According to Ayurveda, Spring is the season to detox. How timely then that the world received the great gift of the movie Hungry For Change this Spring!
Without ever mentioning it by name, the movie outlines an Ayurvedic approach to health and wellness, specifically in terms of nourishing and detoxifying your body, and those good souls at Hungry for Change just sent out 4 simple Detox Tips from Dr. Alejandro Junger, a featured expert on their documentary, that I want to pass along. It echoes themes and tips in our Spring Clean Challenge, also every bit as easy to incorporate.
Do you feel ready for a Detox? We are offering our Spring Clean Detox Challenge again because it was so much fun, so successful and so easy. It begins this Sunday, April 22nd, on Earth Day ~ a perfect day to commit to honoring your body temple with Mother Earth’s nourishing, sacred bounty. Check out the details here.
1. Drink More Water
Too often we misinterpret thirst for hunger. Our signal for thirst may cause us to eat as we mistake it for hunger pains. Reach for water first and make sure you are well hydrated before eating any meal throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.Where possible make sure to drink your water at least 30 minutes before eating as this will allow time for the water to properly penetrate the cells of your body and hydrate your stomach lining in preparation for proper digestion. I like to add lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to my water or green it up with barley grass powder, wheatgrass powder, spirulina or chlorella.
2. Add A Green Juice To Your Day
Green juices are an amazing way to add life giving and detoxifying plant chlorophyll to your bloodstream.
Green Juice Recipe Ideas: – Celery, lemon and pear (or apple) – Celery, cucumber, lemon (leave the skin on) and pear (or apple) – Celery, cucumber, kale, lemon and pear (or apple) – Celery, cucumber, lemon, parsley and pear (or apple)
You can also stir in whatever green powders you have laying around to green them up even more! Try barley grass, wheatgrass, spirulina or chlorella powder.
3. Add More Parsley and Cilantro (Coriander) To Your Diet
Parsley and cilantro (called coriander outside the U.S.) are very powerful natural green plant foods for detoxing heavy metals out of your body.”
My note: These herbs are easy to grow in your home garden or on a kitchen windowsill and can be added to just about anything ~ juices, salads, soups and meals. One very delicious way to get your daily dose of Cilantro is to make this surprisingly fabulousHeavy Metal Detox Pesto Recipe.
4. Breathe Deep Into Your Abdomen
Deep breathing, where you fill your belly and expand your diaphragm downwards, is one of the most powerful exercise you can do to activate your lymph system which helps to detoxify your body. Think of your lymph system as your own personal garbage removal system. Practise 10 deep slow breaths counting 4 seconds in, 8 seconds hold and 8 seconds out. Breathe long slow and deep in a mindful state as often as possible.
Up to 70% of our body’s waste products are eliminated via our lungs and the rest through the urine, skin and feces. When the efficiency of our lungs is reduced due to poor breathing, less oxygen is available to our cells, and it slows down the flow of blood which carries wastes from the kidneys and lungs. Our lymphatic system which fights off viral and bacterial invaders is weakened along with a slower digestive process.
My note: Deep breathing also massages the organs of digestion and elimination, stimulating peristaltic action, and deeply cleaning the internal organs. It is an important part of our Spring Clean Detox Challenge. I encourage you to watch this 5 minute video to learn how and why. I also like this one.
Imagine sunflowers floating on rafts on a pond. Then imagine that there are many ponds ~ sunflower rafts as far as your eye can see.
Then imagine these sunflowers are growing on rafts in ponds that surround the Chernobyl nuclear site in the Ukraine. Odd? Beautiful? Gesture of Peace?
If you attended my Spring Ayurveda Nutrition & Cooking Class, you’ll know about Mother Nature’s remarkable ability to cleanse, purify, renew and restore her own earth body ~ and our human bodies, too. My last post, “21 Day Challenge,” was dedicated to those gifts of the Earth that emerge in Springtime to naturally and very efficiently help us detoxify body and mind.
But as talk these days turns to Japan’s nuclear problems and the prevailing westerlies carrying waste on the wind and radioactivity with the rain, I think even more about this self-regulating, self-restorative, self-renewing intelligence of nature, and specifically about something my brother-in-law, Daniel Goldfarb, a soil restoration expert, told us recently about sunflowers.
In Chernobyl, floating rafts of sunflowers are being used to clean up water contaminated as a result of the 1986 disaster at their Nuclear Plant. Sunflowers remove up to 95% of the radioactivity below ground by pulling contaminants out of the water and up into their root system. This technique, known as phytoremediation, got its roots, so to speak, there in Chernobyl, where the sunflowers outperformed all expectations.
So, as an experiment, I sprouted sunflower seeds, tossed them liberally onto our garden, watered, mulched and waited.
In the meantime, we are eating copious amounts of sunflower seeds and sprouts ourselves, because, I wondered, if they remove radioactive toxins from the body of the earth, could they do the same for our human bodies?
I began researching this, looking at the western and the Ayurvedic literature, and along the way came across this recipe for a Sunflower Seed & Cilantro Pesto that harnesses not only sunflower power, but also cilantro for its super scour muscularity in eviscerating heavy metals and toxic waste.
Surprisingly, for something so green, so clean, so good for you ~ this is outrageously delicious.
In making this “Pesto” myself, I wanted to increase the fire element since greens and nuts can be hard to digest. To that end, I added ginger, asafoetida and a dash of cayenne.
I also wanted to be sure that the organs of elimination were well lubricated so toxins would definitely be removed and not just swished around the body, exchanging places and causing more damage. The original recipe had plenty of flaxseed oil to help with that but, unless you are Vegan, I suggest adding a spoonful of ghee because it both enkindles the digestive fire AND is mighty efficient at loosening toxins and carrying them away.
If you tried it at my house last week, you tried a batch with three times too much flaxseed oil. Ech! Try making this yourself with the correct proportions, as below. Or, come back over and I will make you a fresh batch. I want everyone to have some. It is Spring’s divine joy in every bite, so healing and so promising!
This is how I make it now ~
PLEASE NOTE: I now add 1 teaspoon chlorella to this recipe, because cilantro can mobilize more toxins then it can carry out of the body, and Chlorella is a potent intestinal toxin-absorbing agent necessary for efficient elimination.
The original recipe is a more scientifically named Coriander Chelation Pesto, and comes from the sweet souls at Essential Oils for Healing. This is how they describe its benefits ~
Delicious Chelation Pesto Recipe Removes Heavy Metals and Fallout Radiation from your Body
The main ingredient, Cilantro (aka: fresh coriander/Chinese parsley), is probably the most powerful natural chelating agent around. Besides being a renown culinary herb in Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Mexican cuisines, Cilantro has a long 7000 year history as a medicinal herb. Both the fresh greenery & seeds are also resources of powerfully healing essential oils. Cilantro contains chemical compounds that bind to the heavy metals, loosening them from the tissues, blood and organs. Cilantro’s chemical compounds then aid transport of these harmful substances out of the body through channels of elimination.
This recipe combines cilantro with other ingredients that have a synergistic effect. They cleanse the tissues by increasing the urinary excretion of mercury, lead and aluminum.
This great recipe is not only easy-to-make, but delicious on toast, baked potatoes and pasta.
Two teaspoons of this pesto daily for three weeks is purportedly enough to substantially clear these toxic metals from the body. It is recommended to repeat this cleanse as a preventative measure at least once a year for three weeks.
I like it generously spread on raw Flaxseed Crackers, which you can make at home. Eat, Taste, Heal has a great recipe, only I find it easier to pick up a box of Savory Flackers. Let me know what you think.