By Amy Pawliuk, Registered Nutritional Therapist

Amy Pawliuk is a registered nutritional therapist residing in Valemount. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook @wildwellnessholisticnutrition. /FILE PHOTO

Spring is in the air! Many associate this time of year with spring cleaning and the refreshing of our homes after winter.  Often this feeling can extend past our homes to our bodies needing a bit of spring cleaning too! 
When symptoms like weight gain, fatigue, headaches, brain fog, or digestive issues show up often they are a cry for help from your body.  Don’t ignore them, your body will get louder and louder until you have no choice other than to pay attention.  

Toxins and detox are words that get thrown around way too much in the wellness industry.

Our bodies have systems in place to remove ‘toxins’ and naturally ‘detox’ all the time.  These amazing systems however can become overwhelmed if we do not take care of them, resulting in the above symptoms.

Support your body this spring in its attempt to ‘clean house’ from all that winter comfort food and lack of movement.  

Going back to the basics is a great place to start when supporting your body!

Move your body.  Whatever this looks like to you, walking, yoga, biking, running, rock climbing or playing with your dogs!  Movement helps your body to get goodness to and waste from each of your cells.

Even something as simple as getting up and walking for a few minutes if you notice you have been sitting at your desk or on your couch for a while will make a difference!  

Supporting proper digestion is essential for supporting detoxification because it helps with nutrient absorption, waste elimination, gut health, liver function, and overall reduction of your body’s toxic load.

Eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and legumes to support your body’s detoxification processes. Incorporate antioxidant-rich foods like berries and leafy greens to help neutralize free radicals and promote liver health.  

Making sure that you get enough water is HUGE!  Literally every single thing your body does needs water and will not run as smoothly as it could if it doesn’t have enough. 
How much is enough water for you? Take your body weight in pounds and divide that in half. That is the number of oz you should drink spread throughout the day. So that means a 130 pound person should drink about 2 litres of water each day.

I have tips and tricks for getting enough water on my social media accounts if you need a little inspiration go check it out! 

Every year I run a Spring Reset program that lays out step by step how to go about giving your body some spring cleaning in a safe and reasonable way.  We go into detail on how your body naturally detoxifies and how to support and maintain it to feel your best.  I include meal plans, shopping lists, daily education and a supportive group to keep you on track.  I would love to have you join us! Check out my webpage for details or more information.

As always, if there is a topic you would like me to cover please let me know!