Spring-Summer Cleansing!

Spring-Summer Cleansing!

Spring-Summer Cleansing!
By Jesse Daya-Washburn EAMP, Dip. OM
Pinnacle Integrative Health

While people can detox any time of the year, warmer weather naturally lend itself to detoxing. Animals that had packed on pounds to survive the cold season normally shed those pounds as they move into spring.  

Here in the Seattle area of Washington, it feels as though spring lasts longer than anywhere else. Our extended spring allows us to do Spring Cleansing well until August, then it’s time to prepare for the coming of fall, after a supershort summer. So if you haven’t done it yet, it is still time to do a Spring Detox!

In this article, we will talk about cleansing the body and mind, we will talk about detox herbs you can use in your cooking and your green smoothies, how to detoxify your home, and local shopping.

Detox Herbs 
Start adding a green smoothie to your daily routine. Herbs such as parsley and cilantro are some of the best green herbs for detoxification, so toss some in your smoothie.  You can also throw them in your salads, chop they up for a garnish on different dishes.  Here is a great recipe to get you started:

Cilantro Mango Chicken
Prep time: 
10 minutes
Prep notes: 
Cooking time: 
30 minutes
4 people

2 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts, split
8 ounces plain yogurt (almond or coconut yogurt)
1 cup cilantro, finely chopped 
1/2 cup fresh lime, juiced
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 large ripe mango, peeled, finely diced


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine1/4 cup yogurt,1/4 cup of cilantro, half of the lime juice, cayenne pepper and garlic. Coat chicken breast with this mixture, marinate for at least 1 hour.
  3. While chicken marinates, purée remaining yogurt, 2/3 of cubed mango, 1/2 teaspoon lime juice and 1 cup cilantro in blender.
  4. Bake chicken in a glass baking dish for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Place chicken on serving plates, pour on sauce and sprinkle with mango and extra sauce on side.
  6. Add a sprig of fresh cilantrofor garnish.

Cleansing the Home  

Late Spring cleaning—Have you already dusted off ole man winter from your house? Pulled aside the blinds, opened up those doors and cleaned your house, your yard and gardens? If so, you are right on track to start enjoying the benefit of Spring renewal.

If you have not done so, do it RIGHT now.

organize and clean ONE area of your house or your car that needs attention now. That’s it. Just one.  

*Schedule it in right now into your calendar and ask a spouse or friend to hold you accountable. Doing one thing right now instead of feeling overwhelmed to do everything, will make you feel so much better about taking action. Then you can plan for the other tasks just like you did the first one. Get the whole family involved! Ok, so where are you going to start?

Local Shopping 

Try and take advantage of your local co-ops, farmers markets, and local produce at the stores to purchase a variety of greens and vegetables. This is a great way to support local farmers. Here are some of the local wonderful greens you can start enjoying:

Greens include: arugula, collard greens, iceberg lettuce, kale, mustard greens, romaine, spinach, swiss chard, and turnip greens.
Vegetable and fruit choices are endless. Do not forget the Good fats that include salmon, nuts/seeds, avocado, olive, grass-fed butter.
The more nutritious food you put into your body more often, the less you will eat of the junky stuff. You will even change your taste buds and actually enjoy eating healthy nutritious foods.  How awesome is that!? You can do it! START NOW!

Any of our patients have spring rituals or routines? LET US hear from you.