FRESH STARTS

A good detox can help or­gans work more ef­fec­tively, bol­ster your im­mune sys­tem and boost en­ergy lev­els.

Amazing Wellness - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

Spring has ar­rived a lit­tle early here in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. As I’m writ­ing this, it’s sunny and 80 de­grees out­side. It’s hard to imag­ine that just a few short weeks ago we were cel­e­brat­ing the hol­i­days, overindulging in rich food and drink. For many of us, hol­i­day par­ties took prece­dence over hit­ting the gym and, if you were one of the un­lucky ones, you were hit hard with the flu.

What­ever the rea­son, by early spring, rel­a­tively few of us are feel­ing our ab­so­lute best. Un­der­tak­ing a detox now can change all that. The body has its own detox meth­ods — the liver, sweat and urine are all ways the body rids it­self of tox­ins — but some­times your or­gans work too hard and need a break. A good detox can help them work more ef­fec­tively, while also bol­ster­ing your im­mune sys­tem, boost­ing en­ergy lev­els, and leav­ing you clear-headed. In our “21-Day Spring Detox” on p. 40, you’ll read about safe and easy steps you can take to flush all the garbage out of your body, leav­ing you feel­ing en­er­gized and healthy. It’s like a fresh start for your body — and your mind.

Spring is also al­lergy sea­son. Time for con­ges­tion, headaches, itchy eyes, and sneez­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion, more than 50 mil­lion Amer­i­cans suf­fer from al­ler­gies each year. If you’re one of those mil­lions prone to sea­sonal al­ler­gies, we’ve got you cov­ered. In­stead of turn­ing to over-the-counter med­i­ca­tions, the “Al­lergy Sur­vival Kit” on p. 46 shares seven nat­u­ral reme­dies that will help ease your symp­toms and pro­vide re­lief. Af­ter all, now that the weather is get­ting warmer, the last place you want to be is in­side. On p. 58, we give you nine rea­sons to take your train­ing out of the packed, germy gym and into the great out­doors. Plus, we share a zero-equip­ment body­weight work­out that will help you burn fat and build mus­cle.

We hope you have a healthy and ac­tive spring!

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