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Spring Cleanse/Regeneration Diet - Love Your Liver  İDeborah Barr

This cleanse can also be used during the summer months

Read my article, Liver Detox or Regeneration: What You Really Need.  Learn why it's important to give your liver and gallbladder extra attention in spring. These organs, when out of balance, cause headaches, stiff joints, eye issues, hot flashes, skin problems, depression, and much more.

Cleansing and detoxification are neither appropriate nor recommended for pregnant or lactating women; those with serious physical and mental degenerations; or those who are deficient, frail, weak, or underweight.

Many people do serious damage to their metabolic, digestive, and overall health with extreme cleanses and products.  Many people need regeneration rather than detoxification.  It's best to consult with a qualified health professional for best results for your unique condition.

This cleanse combines foods and beverages that gently cleanse and regenerate at the same time.

You’ll receive the most benefit if you follow this for 3-10 days some time between March 10 and mid to late-May. If the weather is  really cold in March, I’d wait until the end of March or April.  If you can't maintain this for more than one day, then do this cleanse 1-2 days weekly for 4-6 weeks throughout the above time period.  You can also use this cleanse during the summer.

Consider some professional guidance for the right nutrition and Holistic Health plan for you. You can greatly improve every aspect of your physical, mental and emotional health with a customized holistic approach.  Schedule an Introductory Holistic Health and Nutrition session with Deborah Barr, 30-year Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor. You'll be on your way to better health. Sessions can be done by phone, skype, or at Pittsburgh office.


Before you Begin  

Set your intention at the start of the cleanse. Identify your personal reasons, whether it be to rid your body of excess fats and toxins; to restore and improve the health of your organs; for spiritual reasons; more mental clarity and focus; weight loss; and/or to initiate better habits. You may have more reasons. Once they are identified and intended, you give much more power to the results of the cleanse.

For a 3-5 days before the cleanse, eliminate coffee, all caffeine, alcohol, intoxicants, processed and chemical foods, and sugar.  If you have trouble with the caffeine, avoid coffee, but use yerba mate for an energy boost.  For 2 days before the cleanse, eliminate animal products, eggs,  and all milk products, including cheese and yogurt.

Plan for the cleanse. Do not try to do it when you have a lot of social events that involve eating.


Starting the Cleanse

First thing in morning:  Have a 12 ounce glass of room temperature or warm water with 2 TB. of fresh squeezed lemon or lime.  You can add a small pinch of cayenne pepper which helps to break up and transform phlegm and eliminate toxins.  You can also add a little pure maple syrup, or raw, unprocessed honey if this drink is too tart for you.  Alternatively, add 1-3 drops of Sweet Leaf liquid Stevia (this brand is best; there are many inferior products).  Stevia helps digestion, mental and physical fatigue and has other health benefits. You may also have a cup of herbal tea.

Take a probiotic. I like Culturelle because it is proven to survive stomach acid and is dairy and gluten free. Order at this link: Culturelle Digestive Health Probiotic, 80 Capsules

NOTE:  if you have acid reflux lemon and cayenne may not be the best thing for you.  Drink plenty of the herbal teas listed below instead, or a cup of warm water with one tsp. of organic apple cider vinegar. You can add a little raw, unprocessed honey to this if you like.

Breakfast:   A bowl Spring Detox and Renewal Soup.  Recipe here


Mid-morning a piece of fruit, if desired—tart apple, pear, berries, or grapefruit (or a small serving of vegetables).  Have a glass of the lemon or lime water or apple cider vinegar water.


Lunch and Dinner:  2-3 cups vegetables, some lightly steamed and some raw (salads are fine—no dressing except for flax oil, lemon or lime, organic apple cider vinegar, Umeboshi vinegar, or brown rice vinegar.

Emphasize dark leafy greens like kale, collard greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens, watercress, and other greens, as well as leeks, radishes and/or daikon. 

Use a variety of  fresh  sprouts and micro greens and add them raw to the vegetables on your plate. Drink the broth from the steamed veggies.  You can also toss the vegetables with some good quality unpasteurized sauerkraut, or drizzle cold-pressed flax oil.  Do not heat flax oil.  Barlean’s is one of the better. Order at Barlean's Organic Oils Lignan Flax Oil, 32-Ounce Bottle

Fermented vegetables contain beneficial enzymes and bacteria that aid digestion and improve overall health.  Eat a few pieces with lunch and dinner. Recipes Here.  Unpasteurized sauerkraut from the health food store is a good choice. Ginger pickles are another that you can buy, but avoid it if it contains sugar. High quality ginger pickle here. Other good quality fermented veggies you can buy are these brands: Real Pickles and Wildbrine found in health food stores. Some contain sugar which competes with the healthy bacteria, so read labels and avoid those with sugar.

Sea Vegetables are the best detoxifier, health regenerator, and the most nutritious food group on earth. Try one of the arame and vegetable recipes for the cleanse.  Arame and hijiki are interchangeable in recipes; hijiki has a strong taste and arame is mild.  Use wakame every day and any other sea vegetable you like.  Recipes Here. Purchase sea vegetables here.

Try Spring Renewal Salad.  Leave the tahini out during the cleanse.  This is an excellent salad for spring and summer.


Beverages :  Drink four 12  ounce glasses of spring, filtered, or distilled water with fresh lemon or lime. (mid-morning, mid-afternoon and after meals; do not drink with meals) These are unlimitedspring, distilled, or filtered water and herbal teas, such as astra diet tea, peppermint, spearmint, ginger, dandelion, burdock, chamomile, pau d’arco, green tea, fennel tea, apple cider vinegar in water.

NOTE If you’re trying to do this for 5 or more days and it’s too difficult, add a bowl of grains at breakfast, or lunch, or mid day.  Hato Mugi (Job's Tears) and hulled barley are excellent grains for spring.  Barley contains gluten; hato mugi does not.  Sprouted brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, and millet are acceptable.  Cook grains with unrefined sea salt or kombu. Order Hato Mugi at HATO MUGI (JOB'S TEARS) - HEIRLOOM QUALITY 2.2 LB


High Chlorophyll products such as Chlorella, Spirulina, Blue Green Algae and Vitamineral Greens are very helpful during a cleanse and throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. These are  nourishing, rebuilding, cleansing, and detoxifying. They enhance regularity, supports liver, kidneys, blood, bones, circulation and immune function.   Click here for information on these products and to order.

It’s helpful to take digestive enzymes such as Enteromend, or herbs with enzymatic activity and these are very good: Chzyme and  Quiet Digestion


  • Chew until food is liquid.  This alkalizes the food; improves digestion; you'll be satisfied with less. 

  • Sit down and eat mindfully in a relaxed way.

  • Do not drink with meals, but after eating and between meals.

  • Do not eat anything after dinner and have your last meal by 5-6 p.m.

  • Get outdoors dailyTake a walk and practice deep breathing.

  • Go to bed by 11 p.m. Earlier is better.

  • Get enough sleep.  You may need more during the cleanse.

  • Slow down the pace of your life during a cleanse.



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Deborah Barr has 30 years professional training and clinical experience as a Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor/Coach, speaker, and author.  She has helped thousands of clients, nationally and internationally, reverse health and weight issues; achieve emotional harmony; radiant health; and passionate, peaceful living. In 1985 she founded Whole Health Resources, the premier Holistic Health Center in Pittsburgh.  Complete Bio here

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