This is the season for optimal cleaning. We’ve made room in our closets for the new wardrobe. Our bathrooms are equipped with fresh scents and new products, and if you are in a city where cars are necessary, yep they’ve been through it too. What about your body? If everything else around you is clean and pristine, yet you are walking around sluggish with the cloud of winter blues, it is time to switch some things up in your diet.

A detox would be a great option. If you are not ready to take the plunge, there are some foods you can incorporate that will help you clean out your system, feel lighter and more energized. With eating cleaner and incorporate these foods, you might be able to slip into that dress with little effort. (Hey, encouragement goes a long way)

Check out the contenders for some spring cleaning foods.

Cayenne:  This red herb helps with digestion and circulation. Cayenne is known to have a plethora of photochemicals and nutrients which are good for the heart, lung, kidneys, and spleen. Cayenne is a counter-irritant; it brings blood to the surface and allows the toxins to be taken away.

Dandelion: Also known as a natural diuretic, this herb quickly removes wastes from the body, stimulates the digestive system and aids in cleaning your liver and kidney. Drink it as a tea or put it in your juice or smoothie.

Lemon: With loads of vitamin C, if you put lemon in your water it can convert toxins into a water-soluble form so they can be easily flushed from the body. Lemon is also known to liquefy the bile and helps control excess bile flow. Because lemon juice is a diuretic, it gives relief in kidney and bladder disorders.

Coconut Oil: The other name for this should be the miracle oil. Not only is it great for your hair and skin, coconut oil helps with weight loss and the absorption of calcium and magnesium

Dark Leafy Vegetables: Eat and/or juice your vegetables. Packed with fiber, dark greens have agents such as calcium, folate, beta- carotene and vitamin A just to name a few. They are also packed with chlorophyll which supports the liver and assists with eliminating toxins.

Garlic: This is an antioxidant power house and a natural antibiotic. Garlic is known to assist removing heavy metals due to the sulfur and hydrogen compounds in garlic. The herb also cleans the liver and blood. Put some garlic in your juice, tea or smoothies. A little bit goes a long way, health wise.

Water:  This is a no brainer. Please drink water, some people need flavor in their water. Enhance it with some lemon, lime, or orange. Our bodies are made up of 70 percent water so hydration is essential. The best time to start drinking water is when you first get up in the morning. The body has been “fasting” throughout the night while you were resting and ready to release toxins. If you can make sure you drink filtered water.

Yvelette Stines