In traditional Chinese medicine, spring is associated with the liver and the gall bladder. Both of these organs work together as blood cleansers, and have probably been working hard these last few months. In winter, we typically have heavier foods, move less and have fewer fresh vegetables and fruits. As a result, it’s easier to accumulate toxins. As we transition to warmer weather, we can help our bodies clean out the liver and the gallbladder so they can function at their maximum potential.
Liver dysfunction is the root of a lot of diseases. The symptoms of a sluggish liver can include many things such as chronic fatigue, increased irritability, skin problems, and digestive issues, amongst others.
Here are some easy ways to lighten your load:
• First thing in the morning, drink some freshly-squeezed lemon juice (1-2 tablespoons) in warm water to encourage detoxification.
• Remember to stay hydrated all day by drinking more water than you normally do to help flush toxins (6-8 glasses of spring water is ideal).
• Eat clean, high-quality food – including organic vegetables, grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, wild-caught fish, and good fats like olive and coconut.
• Eliminate processed foods as much as possible. Stick to whole foods to increase nutrition and minimize toxins.
• Incorporate detox-specific foods into your diet. Beetroot, apples, carrots, garlic, onions and artichokes are some of your liver’s best friends. They help get rid of toxins, have antioxidant properties and can even help in the elimination of heavy metals.
• Increase movement to get your lymph moving which moves the toxins out of your body. Toxins are released through body fluids so move and make a cleansing sweat.
• Another important way to move toxins out is through breathing – make time for deep cleansing breaths throughout the day.
Spring really is the perfect time of the year for cleaning. Detoxification means cleaning our bodies from the inside out. Feel lighter and have more energy in time for the warmer weather so you can make the most of your time outdoors and of your coming summer vacation. Your body will thank you for it!