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By Lisa Metzgar PhD. – Nutrition Tidbits – 
 
It is the time of year that I like to do a little spring cleaning.  Not only do I clean out the garage, I also like to do a little spring cleaning in my body.
 
Over the course of time, we all tend to build up toxins in our body.  Toxins can come from the environment, chemicals, food, and water.  We have several organs in our body that help to clear toxins but they can get a little clogged up over time.
 
The skin is our first line of defense.  It also absorbs things quickly.  Try skin brushing with a soft sisal skin brush followed by an Epsom salt bath with lavender oil to help clear the skin so it can breath.
 
The liver helps process foods and drink to help prevent some toxins from getting into our blood system.  Our livers can get overwhelmed with toxins which can lead to weight gain, digestive issues, bloating, fatigue, and irritability to name a few symptoms.  Try making a peppermint leaf tea to help flush toxins from the liver.
 
Foods that help keep the liver clear are:
 
  • Green Tea
  • Lemon water
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli and cauliflower)
  • Olive Oil  (you can take a couple of tablespoons mixed with fresh lemon juice first thing in the morning to clear the liver)
  • Grains like quinoa and amaranth
  • Apples
  • Garlic
  • Black Strap Molasses
 
 
The kidneys help to filter the blood.  They filter out the byproducts of digestion and metabolism.  
 
A few foods that help with keeping the kidneys functioning are:
 
  •  WATER!  The most important.
  • Dandelion tea
  • Cranberry juice (not sweetened)
  • Fruits and vegetables
Keep heavy meats at a minimum,too much heavy protein can put a burden on the kidneys.
 
 If you are wanting to do a bit of spring cleaning, Here are foods you should avoid for a couple of weeks:
 
  •  Dairy
  • Sugar
  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Gluten
  • Caffeine
  • Soda
 
Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, organic if you can.
 
Sea Vegetables like seaweed
 
Whole Grains (quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, tiff, millet, oats)
 
Nuts and Seeds
 
Healthy oils (olive, avocado, grapeseed, flax, coconut)
 
Lentil and adzuki beans
 
Organic meats (buffalo, chicken, turkey, wild fish)
 
Fiber (flax seeds, chia seeds)
 
 Here are a couple of detox recipes taken from www.doctoroz.com
 
 
 
 Kale, Pineapple and Ginger Detox Drink
 
 
Ingredients
 
Makes 4 servings (which you can drink throughout the day)
 
 1/2 cup pineapple
 
2 large cucumbers
 
1 bunch kale without stems (about 4 cups chopped)
 
1/2 lemon, squeezed
 
1/4 inch of ginger
 
1 bunch of mint (about 1/2 cup)
 
 
Directions
 
Chop ingredients so they are able to fit into juicer. Juice ingredients one at a time. Enjoy!
 
 
Alternative: Pineapple, Lemon and Pomegranate Blend-Free Detox Drink
 
 
Ingredients
 
Makes 4 servings (which you can drink throughout the day) 
 
 
 
3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
 
1 lemon
 
1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
 
3 cups water
 
 
 
Directions
 
Combine all ingredients and mix in a cup. Enjoy!
 
 You can consume as many of these snacks as you’d like throughout the day.
 
 Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

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