5 simple ways to cleanse and detoxify the body

Now we are full on into spring.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine spring is a yang or ascending energy. Just like spring cleaning your home our bodies could use a little spring cleaning too.

Not up for a fast you say? Not to worry.

You don’t have to be an extremist. Below find 5 simple ways to help cleanse and detoxify the body and mind.

Cleansing the body gives you lightness in how you feel and move energetically in the world. When the body moves freely the spirit naturally responds.

Spring water

Remember that saying, April showers brings May flowers? People too need April showers in the form of some delicious fresh spring water.

Take a week or two and stop all other drinks, but water.

That’s right get rid of the coffee, teas and juices and alcohol and just enjoy the purity, sweetness and cleansing of good quality spring water.


In the winter we are eating heavier foods. Now with spring we want to look to those new young sprouts. Sprouts (Alfalfa sprouts, sunflower sprouts, bean sprouts, etc.) are that first burst of life. They are springs food.

What else you say?

I say baby green lettuces.

Why do I say that?

Because these tiny greens are also like spring in that they are the beginning of life springing forth.

When a plant is at its first part of growth there is a Qi (energy) in the plant that is incredibly potent and full of vital nutrients. That powerful energy is then transferred to you. The Liver in Traditional Chinese Medicine is a wood element which governs the season of Spring. Putting these foods into your body help to cleanse toxins and support the livers metabolizing function.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi and Blood through the body. With that, it is also responsible for the smooth flow of emotions. That is why eating these sprouting greens and new baby lettuces are perfect for resetting our mental/emotional attitude. Be sure to clean them well.

Connect to yourself

Upon awaking take the time to sit with yourself and take deep slow conscious breaths. Think about the breath, hear it and feel it. This helps bring your energy and awareness to the present moment and gather your energy before starting the day. If you are pressed for time, just take 3 long, deep, conscious breaths.

Set your intention

Look to see where your mind is. Decide before you get up to have a positive attitude for the day. Ask for guidance through prayer and meditation. Affirm you willingness and ability to move through the day no matter how challenging it may be with graceful strength.

Move your Qi

With the new light of the spring morning get up and move your Qi. That’s right, I mean exercise. When the rising Yang energy of spring is not respected then it stagnates. Stagnation creates energy blocks that can lead to, or exacerbate pre existing physical or emotional problems. Take the time to stretch slowly, because that wood element and springtime organ the liver, rules the tendons and ligaments.

Take care of your Mind, Body & Spirit and it will take care of you. These steps are simple and something easily incorporated into your day. Now go ahead and spring forth with Joy!

**Before starting any new physical or health regimen seek advice from your Medical Doctor.

*Photo Credit:

happy spring early by bokeh burger, on Flickr


About the JOY Coach

Nora Sullivan-Houndalas

Nora Sullivan-Houndalas is a Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She practices in Los Angeles. Her practice includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Meditation. She is also a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. You can contact her at: yatross (at) aol (dot) com.

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