According to traditional Chinese medicine, spring is the time for us to reach outward, develop deeper roots and remain flexible in the wind. In the body, that means paying attention to your spine, limbs and joints, as well as muscles, ligaments and tendons. It also means paying attention to your liver, which works to detoxify the blood and make bile to help metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
To support liver functioning, think spring-cleaning. Drink plenty of fluids and add lemon to your water, because ingesting some, but not too much, sour or vinegary foods will nourish the liver. Try eating light, raw foods like greens, sprouts, fruits, nuts and seeds. Avoid heavy or fried foods, anything with chemical additives, and alcohol.
Since exercise and sweating aid liver detoxification, spring is a great time to develop a regular exercise program. In addition to diet and exercise, there are other ways to balance your wood element. Wood governs the early hours of the morning, when we first awake. Just as morning is a great time to plan the day ahead, spring is a great time to look at your life and where you want to be in the future. Spring is a good season to: Eat light, raw foods such as greens, sprouts, fruits, nuts, seeds and celery add lemon to your drinking water to help detoxify the liver. Take herbs in the form of herbal teas. Especially liver detox and support herbs like dandelion, Saint Mary’s Thistle, dandelion, burdock and mint. Develop an exercise program to further detoxify the liver. Make plans for your future to capitalize on spring’s association with being awake and alert, and to have a plan for summer, the season of activity.
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