Spring is in the air. Despite what themercury might say, there is definitely a perceptible shift in the air as wemarch full steam ahead towards the Vernal Equinox.
Our bodies are much like the seasons. OldMan Winter has blanketed us with snow and ice for the past few months. We havecovered ourselves in an attempt to stay warm. While the earth has lain dormant,we too have bunkered down and hibernated. That my friends, is all about tochange!
The other day, Connie and I were talkingabout preparing for spring. There is no surprise that this is a great time tocleanse, renew, and dust off the old cobwebs. So as we shed our heavy clothes,here are some great tips to get your body ready for warmer temps, and put alittle spring back in your step.
The winter elements are hard on our skin.Cold, frosty winds mixed with dry indoor heating can leave our skin dry, dull,and flaky. Dry brushing is a simple technique that removes dead skin,stimulates the cells of the epidermis, increases collagen production, and getsboth the blood and lymph moving. Use a brush that has soft, natural bristles,and starting at your toes, use a circular motion moving towards your heart,covering your whole body.
The first veggies of spring are a veritablespectrum of every shade of green out there. Dandelion, spinach, parsley,watercress, asparagus, peas, and fennel are all some of the first to hit yourlocal farmers market, and make a great addition to your diet. Greens are hypercleansing as they contain a molecule known as chlorophyll which helps tonourish the blood, remove toxins, and get your colon functioning.
Our body is 60-70% water, so if you arelooking to cleanse you gotta drink! Being properly hydrated will help us flushout toxins, boost our immune system, increase energy, improve digestion, andkeep our muscles and joints lubricated.
Our skin is our body’s largest detox organ,so a good sweat session (an endurance ride will to the trick!) is a great wayto further get rid of any environmental toxins, or heavy metals that have beenlurking in our system. Plus moving the body is a great way to dust off allthose cobwebs and get everything flowing and moving again, as well as get yourbody in shape for those lighter spring fashion!
With warmer temps many of us start takingour exercise outside, but running on pavement, or an overzealous bike ride canleave us feeling sore and achy. Healthy fats will help reduce inflammation inour body, and just like water help to keep joints and muscles well lubricated.Try upping your amount of avocados, coconut oil, natural nut butters, olive oiland ghee in your diet to ensure you are getting your daily dose!