How-To: Spring Allergy Detox

On Monday, we talked about how we can reduce your allergen load—aka clearing out your allergen barrel. And in some cases, we can also increase the size of your barrel using Chinese medicine.

But what else can you do on your own to reduce your spring allergies? If you detox in the spring, you can help cleanse your Liver from the heavy food and chemicals that have built up from being inside all winter—and it will make you less susceptible to pollen and airborne allergens.

Here’s your very own how-to on Spring Allergy Detoxing. The nice thing about this detox is that you can choose to do pieces at a time, or you can do a 7-day detox—whichever feels more comfortable for you.

Diet
The most critical step in spring detoxing is to follow a detox diet. You want to eat fresh, organic foods with minimal toxins. Cut out all processed foods, caffeine, sugar, hydrogenated oils, and alcohol. I’ll caution you to wean down on the caffeine a week before you do the detox, otherwise detox week can be pretty painful!

Then change how you’re eating during the day. Eat smaller meals, but more frequently: 4 to 5 times a day. Only eat until you are about 80 percent full. This will free up your energy by not weighing your digestion down.

During a spring allergy detox, here’s what you should eat (a fall detox would look a little different):

You can drink a couple of things: A teacup of hot water with meals or up to three cups of Yogi Detox tea per day. In the morning, drink lemon water or apple cider vinegar.

A special note: For any detox, and especially an allergy detox, avoid cured meats because the chemicals that are used to cure them are highly allergenic.

Exercise and Wellness
As for exercise during a detox, there are a couple easy things you can do: A 30-minute walk will get your Qi moving and detox your Liver. You can also do the nearly self-explanatory “bounce and shake”: Stand in place, and for 10 minutes bounce, shake, and loosen up your body to get energy circulating.

You can and should avail yourself of your neti pot, and you can also take a detox bath by adding some Epsom salt to the water. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, too!

Acupuncture and Herbs

Talk to your acupuncturist about acupressure points or self-massage you can use during your allergy detox. They can also stimulate the cleansing process by doing specific acupuncture protocols or doing cupping. For severe allergies, herbs are a must to help your Liver and Lungs detox.

Spring Cleaning
Lastly, do a deep spring cleaning. Go through your body and haircare products and toss products that have fragrances and chemical loads—from lotion to face wash to body wash and shampoo. Replace with fragrance-free and natural products, which are kinder to your skin and body. My favorites are Evan Healey and Burt’s Bees, but don’t be afraid to try a few new ones. Natural products have come a long way in the last few years!

Deep clean your home—and especially your bedroom where you spend eight hours a day! Sweep, dust, and deep-clean your bedroom by washing all the bedding and pillows, making sure to vacuum the mattress and under the bed. Detox the rest of your home by deep cleaning it as well, but don’t use toxic cleaning products. Vinegar, citric acid, borax, and baking soda will do the trick! If you want an actual cleaning product, I recommend the brands Generation Restore or Ecover.

Ahhh, I feel better and lighter just writing about it! Hope you’re feeling inspired to clear the clutter and the allergens. Stay tuned for Friday, when I’ll give you a couple of fab suggestions to stay feeling your best during your detox!