No one looks forward to washing windows or storing the ski gear or the other chores associated with spring-cleaning. But this annual ritual does not have to be a drag, if you approach it in a slightly different way. "You've been cooped up with this cave-like mentality all winter; now it's time to break free and play," says R.D. Chin, a feng shui architect and consultant in New York City. "It's time to follow the cycle of nature, get rid of the clutter, and free up your mind." Here's our idea of what a truly effective spring-cleaning can look like.
Do an easy cleanse.
When was the last time you thought about your liver? The organ plays a role in 500 vital processes, from digestion to balancing hormones to ridding the body of toxins. "Not one of us is immune to environmental toxins," says Linda Page, author of Detoxification. "A detox is one of the best ways to remain healthy in today's world." This three-day cleanse, she says, will boost energy, brighten your mood, and improve your complexion.
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- On rising: Squeeze a lemon into an eight-ounce glass of water and drink. Add a dozen or so drops of herbal extracts that aid digestion, like dandelion root, cardamom, or orange peel.
- Breakfast: One eight-ounce glass of carrot/beet/cucumber juice or organic apple juice. One eight- to 12-ounce bowl of miso soup.
- Midmorning: One eight-ounce glass of vegetable juice; or mix a green superfood powder – spirulina, barley grass, or chlorella – with water or vegetable juice.
- Lunch: One eight-ounce glass of carrot juice or organic apple juice.
- Midafternoon: One cup of peppermint or dandelion-root tea.
- Dinner: A cup of cooked brown rice; a cup of steamed, organic veggies; and a glass of mixed vegetable juice or carrot juice.
- Before bed: Another glass of lemon juice in water or pineapple or papaya juice.