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Author: Dr Verna Hunt, BSc DC ND
Toronto ON

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One of the big stressors in life is transitions or changes, like moving houses, having babies and changing weather, especially from winter to spring. Everyone is talking about stress levels and the seemingly increasing speed of life. Stress can load into us in a physical form like pollution inside our cells or non-physical like worrying about paying our taxes. Our bodies keep accumulating this stress and often the release from it comes in the form of a health crisis. So before you end up sick or hurt why not take some of the stress out of your body by making it more resilient and adaptable to deal with life in 2016.

How do you make the body more resilient? Clean it up and pause often for a rest! Just like you would clean up your garden after the cold winter weather, you can clean up your body now that spring is here. Here are some suggestions you can do in everyday life:
  1. Water: drink half your weight in fluid ounces. If you weigh 160 pounds drink 80 ounces of water per day at room or heated temperatures. Increase slowly and do not use ice cold water as it makes your stomach contract and interferes with enzymes releasing that digest your food.
  2. Skin brushing to stimulate your lymph system to drain away toxicity. Eat at least 4 cups of fresh green vegetables per day steamed or raw. The fibre contained within vegetables helps move the toxins out and the minerals contained within them helps to alkalize the body and decrease inflammation. Do not eat the white stuff: sugar, white flour, dairy, food additives, lard and rancid fats. Make soups out of vegetables and have some before your meals or as a snack. You could just drink vegetable soup for 1-3 days to clear your digestive tract. Include green herbs like, parsley, basil, cilantro and thyme. Beet root tops, dandelion leaves and water cress are very mineral-rich and also have molecules that assist the liver and kidneys, our main blood filters, to release toxins to be excreted through our urine and bowel movements.
  3. Quiet time alone if possible with no phones or noise input. Walk in woods, journal about your inner thoughts and feelings, observe nature, be still and quiet your mind.
  4. Massage and body work naturally release chemicals that help you release stress and heal. Even a hot bath with a cup of Epsom salts can release stored lactic acid that causes that sore muscle feeling.
  5. Rest: Adequate sleep of 7-8 hours per night in a dark room without noise.

Do you know how toxic you actually are? Symptoms alone can indicate how much toxicity is accumulating and interfering with normal body function. Your naturopathic doctor can check your symptoms and develop a program for you. Spring is an ideal time to cleanse and it is important to have an individualized cleansing program that suits your needs.

Dr. Verna Hunt, BSc DC ND is a naturopathic doctor, chiropractor and kinesiologist in clinical practice for over 30 years, to learn more visit:
20 Holly Street, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M4S 3B1
Tel: (416) 496-8633   Toll Free: 1-800-551-4381