By: Susan Kingston, RHN – Montreal, QC
This time of year is a good time to talk about fall cleansing. The natural times to do cleanses are in the spring and fall, and fall is the time when we cleanse parasites and large intestine for any bacterial overgrowth caused by critters on our fresh fruits and vegetables in the summer, not mention those rare or medium rare steaks cooked on the BBQ ;-)!
Parasites and bacteria cause a strain on the system, and taking the toxic load off of your body will better prepare you for a healthy winter, avoiding the many ‘colds and flus’ that so many people experience. It can also reduce inflammation in the body and the brain—clearing brain fog and helping us to be sharp and centered! Along with these benefits, food intolerances can be reduced as we clean up our bodies and heal our intestinal environment.
I’d like to share with you some cleansing anti-parasitic/anti-candida/anti-bacterial herbs and foods to focus on in the fall, so if you decide to get cleaned up before winter, you will know the best route to go.
Foods to support cleansing:
- Organic meats (grass fed beef, chicken)
- Wild caught ocean fish
- Dark leafy greens and all non-starchy raw and cooked vegetables-juicing is excellent as well
- Garlic, onions
- Saurkraut, kimchi, and other fermented vegetables
- Beef and chicken broths–soups and stews
- Coconut oil
- Lemons, limes
- Lots of pure filtered water
- Oil of oregano
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Black Walnut
- Olive Leaf
- Uva Ursi
- Cinnamon Bark
I would like to add that if you are not in excellent health, it is always best to consult with your holistic practitioner before embarking on a cleansing protocol in order to do it safely and use the products and foods best suited to you. And those of you who decide not to consult, then please make sure you drink lots of water, and are having regular bowel movements every day so you do not end up ill with toxic build up as your body clears critters!