The energetic qualities of spring and fall make these seasons an ideal time to fast, but any season may be appropriate depending on your own unique body and circumstances. The spring time, with its upward and expansive energy, may be best for major cleansing with fruit and vegetable juices for five to ten days or longer. Autumn is also a good time to do light cleansing and get rid of excessive waste before the winter, which is a time of storage. The abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that are available in the spring, summer and early fall make it easier to eat more light and healthy. The winter may be the hardest time to do a cleanse, especially where the weather is colder and most people need more food to keep warm and energized. You may also consider doing a strict juice cleanse for a few days every month, or one day a week to really help to keep the build up of toxins from accumulating.
The timing and type of cleanse you may choose to do will also depend on your personal level of health and your schedule of commitments. For example, a strict juice and water cleanse may not provide enough calories for a person who has a demanding physical job, and this person may wish to juice cleanse only when they have a few days off or incorporate more foods in their cleanse if they plan to keep working. Someone in very poor health will want to do any type of cleanse under the supervision of a health care practitioner, and take things slow. Pregnant and nursing mothers also have specific nutrient requirements to upkeep momma's health and baby's growth and development, and will not want to do strict juice and water fasting.
Ideally, during your cleanse you will be able to take it easy; do light exercise, like walking, yoga, and tai ji, meditate, and not have to overly exert yourself. It is best to do some research and speak with a health care professional about what type and length of cleansing may be most appropriate for you and you current level of health. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are also great to do in conjunction with your cleanse to assist your body in its elimination of waste and accumulated toxins.
Please let us know of your experiences with cleansing and if you have any questions or comments about it! Happy Cleansing!