17 March 2012

Spring Yogic Cleanse: Artichokes in Season

Artichokes are excellent for the liver.
Spring is around the corner with Spring Equinox beginning March 20, 2012, at 13:15 in Egypt. It is a most auspicious time for a Mind, Body, Spirit Cleanse.

Artichokes are a Perfect Food for Detox
Clinging to the Spring weather roller coaster as she freewheels us into summer, I am preparing my Spring Cleanse and Detox menu. 

Greens are my primary food for a good spring cleanse.
The other day, as my husband and I zipped across town, we passed by a little cart that was stacked with beautiful, green artichokes. My husband happens to adore artichokes. We didn't have anything for dinner, and he said he would take care of the steaming and make a dressing.

We got five bulbs and steamed them all. With a fresh and healthy mustard concoction on the side, we had a complete and satisfying evening meal.

Healing Properties of Artichokes
I was happy to read all about the beautiful artichoke and its medicinal properties. Low in calories, with only 60 calories for one medium cooked globe, it is also fat-free. It is a natural diuretic, a digestive aid, and provides nutrition to health-promoting bacteria in the intestinal tract.

It didn't surprise me to find artichokes, in season now, at the most perfect time for body detox.

According to Ayurveda principles, eating artichokes when in season over an extended period of time will result in a cleaning and detoxification of the body.

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