Traditional cleansing programs that call for freshly pressed juices, raw foods, and even room temperature water with lemon juice, maple syrup, and pepper may work for most people when the weather is warm.
But how do you experience an effective cleanse without feeling exceedingly cold and frail during late fall, winter, and early spring?
There’s a reason why our bodies crave hot soups and cooked foods during colder months. To ignore the need to support a minimum core body temperature is to allow significant enervation, which is never conducive to supporting optimal health.
Are Water-only fasts any good?
These short periods like 2 days to a week of deprivation do little but cause you to lose healthy muscle tissue . To give your organs a significant period of rest and to experience a solid, system-wide cleanse during colder months, I typically recommend using hot vegetable broth. If you make your own vegetable broth with generous amounts of nutrient-rich vegetables, you’ll have a mineral-rich liquid to fuel your everyday activities while you avoid slowing down your self-healing and self-cleansing mechanisms with large meals.
You can sip on hot vegetable broth throughout the day. And whenever you feel like something more substantial, you can have room temperature vegetables and fruits – lettuce, celery, carrots, avocados, apples, pears, and persimmons are good choices throughout fall and early winter.
So long as you heed the desire to have some healthy, whole foods whenever your body calls for them, you can do this vegetable broth plus whole vegetables and fruits cleanse for one to seven days during colder months whenever you feel the need to rest, get lighter, and be rejuvenated.
To make nutrient-rich vegetable broth for this cleanse, you’ll need: 2 small or medium yellow onions, halved One bunch of celery, roughly chopped 2 large carrots, roughly chopped One bunch of leeks, roughly chopped One large bunch of red Swiss chard, potatoes or beet root roughly chopped.