5 Tips to Support Your Body This Spring
Spring is the season for planting seeds, growth and cleansing. In Chinese Medicine, it is the season associated with the Wood Element which corresponds to the liver and gallbladder.
In restful winter, we tend to eat a more heavily for warmth and comfort. The liver and gallbladder have done some work digesting fats and sugars and now it's time to help them rest and rejuvenate.
This is the perfect time of year to cleanse your body because the liver and gallbladder are at their strongest right now. This will ensure your efforts to cleanse your body will yield the best results possible.
Here are 5 tips to support your wood element this spring.
1. Lower fat intake allows for detoxification. One of the best things we can do for our wood organs is to cut back on some fat come spring time. This usually happens naturally. Instead of pot roast, we're having fish with asparagus. Opting out of baked comfort foods, choosing more fruit and less hearty, more greens and salads.
2. Greens! Speaking of greens, nothing supports the liver and gallbladder quite like leafy greens. The dark ones like kale, collards, chard, spinach; and the light greens such as romaine and butter lettuce. Raw is even better. So instead of cooking the kale or collards, try a kale salad or collard wrap.
3. Drink lemon water upon waking. One of the most helpful foods for the wood organs is lemon water. Not just a slice, but half of a lemon in a big glass of water. Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This helps flush the liver from the cleansing it did overnight and get rid of "ick" in your first bowel movement of the day.
Continue adding a little lemon or lime during the day to make the water "living" so that it's more hydrating as Anthony William author of Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal shares with us.
4. Get moving! Exercise, especially, of the cardio variety, will help flush the body and support the wood organs. The more this is done outdoors around trees and nature and in the sunshine, the better. This can be ANY activity you ENJOY that gets your heart rate up and a sweat to break.
If exercise isn't your thing, that's okay. The idea here is to cleanse and flush out the lymphatic system from the cleansing done by the liver. So adding things like sweating in an infared sauna, dry skin brushing, rebounding, and epsom salt baths will do the trick.
5.Get to it! Because spring is about new beginnings and growth, now is the time to start new projects and plant "seeds" that will flourish for the summer and harvest in the autumn. Whether it be for personal growth, professional growth, or skill development, now is a great time to get to it.
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