Q: Biologically speaking, is spring a good time to cleanse? Why?
A: Spring is a great time to start fresh again. Think of your body like a house that has an attic or basement that needs cleaning from time to time. Spring cleaning just makes sense, especially if you spent part of the cold winter eating lots of comfort food! In winter our instincts are to eat comfort foods and foods high in fat. Remember all those Christmas cookies? At some level, we all worry a little bit that food may not be plentiful during the harsh conditions to come, so we eat comfort foods and/or overconsume. In the past, this was how many people lived as a civilization, loading up on calories during winter. This instinct leads to greater toxic overload for the body systems to process daily. Also, spring brings a sense of renewal. So a good “spring cleaning” is definitely in order.
I recommend that if you use supplements to help detoxify daily (as you should), then a quick 10–14 day cleanse is the perfect way to jump into spring. If you are new to herbal formulas or cleansing, then a longer cleanse may be better due to a lifetime of toxic buildup. Toxins are everywhere in our world today, and our precious bodies need all the help they can get to fight against the onslaught. Put a “spring” in your step with a spring cleanse! It’s like a shower for your insides.
Fall is also a good time to cleanse, to help clear out any uninvited critters we may have picked up during the summer months.