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Spring has officially sprung. This is the perfect time for spring cleaning after winter hoarding and dietary heaviness and abundance. We need to give our Liver all the help we can to carry out its detoxifying role. Your spring diet should be the lightest, simplest and most natural and digestible of the whole year. Full of fresh, local, organic lightly-cooked green vegetables. Now is the time to shun all those processed or chemically treated foods, alcohol, coffee, sugars, and saturated fats which put a strain on the liver. Avoid all heavy and late meals at all costs.

Here are some good ways to give your diet a spring overhaul.

It’s time to tackle your kitchen cupboards. Spring is a perfect time to clean out and filter through your cupboards. Don’t put it off any longer. Start purging your cupboards of any processed foods. Sugary breakfast cereals, cookies, and all other junk foods should be thrown out. Avoid temptation when the cravings hit. Switching to fibre-rich options such as wholegrain breads, quinoa, brown rice, wholegrain spelt pasta and buckwheat noodles are far better options.

Load up on whole foods.

Stock your fridge with a variety of fresh whole foods like in-season fruits and vegetables, legumes, seeds and nuts, oily fish, eggs and yogurt. Buy organic fruits and vegetables when you can. The less pesticides and other chemicals your liver has to deal with the better.

Activate your nuts, seeds and grains.

Eating meals like raw salads and steamed vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds will help aid the body’s natural cleansing processes. Try activating your nuts, seeds and grains (can be done at home through a process of soaking and heating) as they’re thought to have more enzymes and other nutrients and be easier to digest.

Drink plenty of lemon water.

Start each day off on a good foot with a glass of water and freshly squeezed lemon. This is a great way to help improve digestion, alkalize your body and boost your vitamin C levels to support immune function and radiant skin.

Add brassica vegetables to your daily diet.

Brassicas are a family of vegetables, known for their disease-fighting substances. They're low in calories, fat and sodium. They're a great source of fibre and contain a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. One of the best known benefits is their apparent cancer-fighting properties. These super vegetables support liver function and improves detoxification.

Say goodbye to coffee.

If you are really spring cleaning your diet a great place to start is saying goodbye to coffee. Instead, give herbal teas a try. Green tea is full of antioxidants, ginger improves circulation and reduces inflammation, peppermint enhances digestion and chamomile helps calm the nervous system.

Try juicing.

Vegetable juices are packed with important nutrients and potent antioxidants, which help promote optimal health and vitality. Replace that morning coffee with a green smoothie or veggie juice. This delivers those essential nutrients and antioxidants to your cells and boost energy.

Give aloe vera juice a go.

Aloe vera juice can help to maintain a good digestive function due to its natural detoxifying and cleansing effects on the bowel.

Try lighter meals.

In the winter we tend to eat heavy, richer meals. Now that spring is here and warmer weather is on the horizon it’s time to switch to lighter healthy meals with plenty of salads. Reduce your red meat intake and opt for more vegetarian options.

Apple cider vinegar.

The digestive system can become sluggish in winter when fatty comfort food are often enjoyed. Try having 1 teaspoon of good quality apple cider vinegar with water about 15 minutes before each main meal.

Eat seasonal superfoods.

Seasonal superfoods like mango, papaya, blueberries and cherries boast high levels of antioxidants, vitamin C and beta-carotene, which bolster our immune defences and help prevent free-radical damage and disease like cancer.

Choose the good oils.

Give artery-clogging trans fats the heave-ho and use heart-healthy alternatives. Commercially baked goods and chips contain hydrogenated trans fats that increase bad cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

For more spring cleaning diet tips, visit us at Heron Creek Yoga in Ancaster today. Our community of instructors and students all have diet tips, recipes and knowledge to provide you with support on reaching your body's ultimate health.