Transitioning from Winter to Spring (Part 1)

Daniele Poggio

Daniele is an italian entrepreneur with a passion for health, technology, behavioural psychology, western and eastern medicine and phylosophies, languages, travel and sport. He lives in London, UK.

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Spring has arrived, and with it comes a change in our bodies. The longer, warmer days and bright sunshine have a direct impact on mental and physical health. The change in our bodies isn’t just a mental one; the arrival of spring has a direct correlation with the body’s physical health and well-being.

The Aqualibria guide on how to get that spring into your step emphasizes certain aspects for rebalancing, rejuvenating and reenergising, but all the suggestions for improving your well-being can be applied to everybody!

Physical Changes in the Spring

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Vitamin D deficiency is common during the winter, as Vitaming D is produced, in part, by exposure to natural sunlight. During the winter, people get very little exposure to natural sunlight, due to the cold weather necessitating long coats and more time indoors. Vitamin D deficiency can cause bone-thinning disease, as well as a susceptibility to chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, cancer, multiple sclerosis, memory loss, autoimmune diseases, and many more.

The arrival of spring signals a return to warmer weather and increased sun exposure, which can reduce Vitamin D deficiency and all of the health risks that go along with it. In addition to the body’s changes related to Vitamin D, the Chinese believe that various bodily organs are related to and function better during certain seasons. Spring is associated with the liver. As the liver is the organ that is responsible for removing toxins from the body, spring is a time when the body becomes more efficient at toxins’ elimination. By helping the liver and removing toxins from our bodies and diets, we can enhance the bodily ‘spring cleaning’ thus preparing us for improved health.

Mental Changes in the Spring

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In addition to the physical changes, spring also brings along mental changes. Serotonin is responsible, in part, for those mental changes. A decrease in the amount of serotonin in the body, caused by lack of exposure to sunlight, can lead to symptoms of depression. Symptoms of serotonin deficiency include loss of energy, decrease in exercise habits, increased sleeping, and craving starchy and sugary foods.

When we start being exposed to sunlight in the spring, these symptoms decrease and may even reverse. You might find yourself with more energy, and find it easier to follow exercise programmes. Finally, your food cravings will likely change. With the mental changes associated with spring, it’s a great time to change your lifestyle.

Rebalance

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To facilitate the transition from winter to spring, it’s time to look at a change in diet. As the new season arrives, you’ll naturally begin craving healthier food, including fruits and vegetables, instead of the winter cravings for starchy, heavy food.

Rebalance your body by changing your diet this spring. Foods that will help balance your body during the transition from winter to spring include:

· Whole grains
· Broccoli
· Green Beans
· Zucchini
· Leafy Greens
· Carrots
· Sea Weeds
· Alfalfa Sprouts

While fruits and vegetables are a healthy supplement to any diet, you should maintain a ratio of eating more vegetables than fruits. Fruits are higher in carbohydrates than vegetables, and should be eaten in the morning so that your body can burn the sugar during the day. Vegetables are a good choice at lunch time and during the evening.

As you switch to a diet rich in greens and healthy vegetables, you should decrease your intake of food that adds toxins to the body. To reduce toxicity and help your liver function more efficiently, drastically reduce or eliminate the following foods from your diet:

· Caffeine
· Alcohol
· Red Meat
· Eggs
· Whole Milk Products

To help your body prepare for spring, you might consider a cleanse. A cleanse can help remove some of the toxins that have built in your body all winter, and make it easier for you to assume a healthier diet this spring that can provide your body with nutrients and help keep it free of toxins.

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Aqualibria Tip!

Hydration is key to eliminating toxins in the spring. Consider drinking a mixture of three parts mineral water and one part organic apple juice or carrot juice. The nutrients in the juice make it easier for your body to absorb and process the water, thus hydrating your body more efficiently.

Rejuvenate

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Skin care changes during the transition from winter to spring. During the winter, the air is dry and you typically need to hydrate and use a richer moisturizer. With spring’s arrival, the air is warmer and has more humidity, which changes your skin care needs. Rejuvenate your skin by cleansing your whole body through a course of colonics.

· Adjust your moisturizer.
With the increase in humidity during the spring, you should switch to a lighter moisturizer. You don’t need the heavy moisturizers from winter, as a lighter moisturizer can help avoid break outs. Use a moisturizer that isn’t oil based, as the spring increases your body’s production of natural oils. A moisturizer with a higher SPF rating can help protect you from dangerous UV rays as you spend more time in the sun.

· Exfoliate.
Dry skin is inevitable during the winter, so as spring returns, it’s time to exfoliate. Use a good exfoliant in the shower to remove dry skin build up. Avoid using strong exfoliants on the face, as they can damage skin and cause breakouts.

· Diet and Skin Care Unite.
Your diet is directly related to your skin’s health. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good for your body, and they’re also good for your skin. Leafy greens and antioxidant-rich fruits and berries can help you rejuvenate your skin and help you maintain good skin throughout the season.

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Aqualibria Tip!

Spring means warmer temperatures, more exercise, and more sweating. Sweating can lead to breakouts. Use a diligent skin care regimen to avoid acne breakouts. Beware of skin care products that contain harsh chemicals, as they can actually damage your skin. Instead, focus on natural remedies, such as using steam rooms or hot showers to open your pores and prevent acne.

Reenergise

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The spring is a time for naturally improved energy levels. As we transition from winter to spring, you’ll find your energy levels rising, and may find it easier to maintain a workout programme. Utilize this increase in your natural energy levels to reenergise your body through an invigorating combination mind and body workout.

A mind and body workout combines cardiovascular exercise with relaxing flexibility training, such as yoga or tai chi. Start by running or hiking, preferably outdoors. After 30 minutes of hiking or running, stop and practice a 10 or 15 minute yoga or tai chi sequence. This will help to relax your mind and improve strength and flexibility. When your sequence is complete, hike or run back to your starting point, or for another 30 minutes, to complete your workout.

This combination workout not only helps you build your body’s strength and energy levels, but rebalance and reenergise your mind. By stopping for a relaxing yoga or tai chi sequence, you maximise the cardiovascular benefits of the cardio exercise and enjoy the relaxing and calming yoga or tai chi sequence, leaving your body full of energy and well-being.

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Colon hydrotherapy improves your metabolism, and produces a surge in energy levels. Capitalise on spring by combining a spring diet, mind/body exercise programme and colonics to produce a significant change in your energy levels, and prepare you for the warmer season ahead!

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Aqualibria Tip!

Make sure to hydrate sufficiently during exercise so that you don’t deplete necessary moisture from your body. Your body needs hydration to function effectively, and if you don’t hydrate sufficiently during exercise, you can easily experience negative side effects from dehydration.

Finally

Spring is a time of natural rejuvenation, but you can help your body eliminate the winter toxins and move into spring with renewed energy. Utilize an effective spring diet, rejuvenating exercise techniques and proper spring skin care to maintain your body throughout this transition from winter to spring. With the right care, your body can become healthier during this new season, and you can eliminate chronic illness and low energy levels – just by taking better care of yourself during the spring transition!

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Clean Gut Book Review

Velile Ndebele

Founder and Clinical Director at Aqualibria UK Premier Colon Hydrotherapy MediSpa
Vel is a British entrepreneur of Zimbabwean descent. With a healthcare background as a trained nurse, Vel is a life long student of digestive health and detoxification using conventional and complementary methods. She holds a second degree in economics and finance and she has appeared on numerous printed, radio and TV interviews.

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Dr. Alejandro Junger brings us Clean Gut to show us that “life these days is not gut friendly.” With the help of what he calls the four pillars of gut repair – Remove, Replace, Reinoculate and Repair – Dr. Junger explains the essential steps that need to be taken in order to clean the gut and begin a healthier life full of energy and disease-free. In Clean Gut, Dr. Junger traces some of the most common chronic symptoms and diseases in the world back to their origins in the gut.

In the first half of the book, Dr. Junger talks about how he learned that gut repair was the answer to most illnesses, both ordinary and chronic, through personal experience from past struggles with his own health. With the help of clever analogies of LEGO pieces, bamboo shoots, wildfires, terrorists, artillery and other things, Dr. Junger helps readers to understand how the gut and the immune system work and how the condition of both, the immune system and the gut, affect our overall health.

Dr. Junger shares his journey in the medical field and describes how the diet plan explained in Clean Gut worked wonders for his past patients, friends and even for him. While Dr. Junger makes it easy for audiences of all backgrounds to understand the book through stories and analogies, he is still able to explain things in a literal and scientific way to backup his claims. Clean Gut is simply the perfect mix of personal experience with professional facts and knowledge.

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As you read Clean Gut, you will find that Dr. Junger’s message is all about food and that “food is medicine, and the gut is the key to a long, vibrant life.” He emphasizes the importance of proper nutrition along with cleansing of the colon as the secret to prosperous health. According to Dr. Junger, “the most common toxins come in our food, and your gut bears the brunt of these toxins.” – based on this fact, Dr. Junger created the Clean Gut diet to help people like you eliminate these toxins that come into your body with food.

Not only does Dr. Junger explain the basics of cleansing the colon in Clean Gut, but he also shows us how to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, depression, back pain, etc and why poor health of the gut is responsible for these illnesses. “Before chronic disease, there is inflammation; but before inflammation comes gut dysfunction. Anti-inflammation treatments help, but gut repair corrects the problem right at its source.”

The second half of the book gives you a detailed diet plan that is referred to as “The Clean Gut programme,” which is based on the four Rs of functional medicine –

  • Remove
  • Replace
  • Reinoculate
  • Repair

The programme is divided into two phases. The first phase consists of a twenty-one day diet that cleanses the system and repairs the gut by only allowing for easily digestible food to be consumed during this phase. The second phase is a seven-day process that reintroduces normal food into your diet in a way that allows you to identify which foods cause the most harm to your gut, so that you can stay away from toxic triggers.

As “the body’s health begins in the gut, its own internal roots,” Dr. Junger advices to do everything possible to have a healthy colon with the help of colonic hydrotherapy and a healthy diet.

“I received colonic hydrotherapy treatments daily to help flush out all the toxins that were being released from my tissues via my intestines. By the third day of the detox program, my energy was returning and my constant hunger and headaches were dissipating.”

-Dr. Alejandro Junger

Clean Gut encourages people to take the necessary steps to get healthy and spreads the message that “we no longer have to get sick to get healthy.” Taking a step forward to better health will prevent chronic illnesses and provide a longer and better quality of life.

While the book is about why and how we should maintain a clean and healthy gut, the message is not just for patients, but for doctors as well. In the book, Dr. Junger encourages professionals in the medical field to be more prudent and vigilant about prescribing antibiotics so promptly, which could weaken the immune system and kill good bacteria in the gut, causing a long-term negative impact rather than positive.

After having been introduced to a plethora of gut-health-related information and the Clean Gut diet programme, you can find numerous recipes for the diet, such as Shepherd’s Pie, chicken pot pie, turkey chilli, garlic lemon chicken, sweet and spicy chicken wings, salmon salad, fish and chips and much more. Plus, so that you don’t cheat, there is also a list of recipes for salad dressings, like clean Caesar dressing and clean ranch dressing.

Overall, Clean Gut is a very complete guide that provides valuable nutritional information to keep your gut clean and healthy. Dr. Junger does an excellent job describing how chronic and regular illnesses happen so that you can do everything you can to prevent them to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Dr. Junger approaches health in a relatable way by discussing his own dilemmas with his personal health and takes it a step further by providing samples of special cases from his patients that were chronically ill and improved their health significantly thanks to the Clean Gut programme.

Clean Gut is undoubtedly an invaluable, reliable and life-changing resource for anyone – healthy or ill. This is a great way to take a step towards a healthier lifestyle with professional advice from one of the most sought-after doctors.

As a professional, not only do I recommend Clean Gut, but I praise it as a valuable source of information for anyone who would like to change their lives significantly. I highly recommend Clean Gut and encourage everyone to try the Clean Gut programme complemented with colon hydrotherapy, just as Dr. Junger did. This is a great read – so interesting that you will not be able to put it down until the end. When you finish reading the book, you will see why Dr. Junger is Gwyneth Paltrow’s go-to doctor.

What do you think? Have you read the book yourself? Do you agree with its content? Let me know by commenting below, I will attempt to reply as soon as possible.