Feeling sluggish, tired, and low on energy?
Spring is the perfect time to begin thinking about cleaning things unwanted out of not only our bodies but also out of our houses and minds. Spring is the season of the Liver and Gallbladder, a time for it to regenerate and cleanse itself. This is a perfect time to eat the right foods for it and also to begin moving more, getting out in the sunshine, and plan new ideas and goals for ourselves.
There are many ways to go about this, but start by drinking more lukewarm water in between your meals, less dairy and heavy carbs during the day, and go for a 30 minute walk or some fun activity out in the nice weather. If you can sneak an hour in each day even better! This will get your metabolism to increase, your intestines to move faster, and in the end, be the most healthy way for the accumulated toxins to get released naturally out of the congested liver with less side effects. The solution to pollution is dilution!
After that step, begin to assess in your home what is no longer needed, wanted or used for the last year, and pass it along to someone who has those needs. Secondly, assess in your mind what are your new goals, inspirations, or pathways you would like yourself to take in the second half of this year. Let go of what is no longer working in your thought process and allow yourself to transform! My favorite phrase from our long-time mentor and friend, Ray Reitze, is “get out of your own way!”
The next phase could be a long discussion but I will review enough to get us rolling for the month ahead. Firstly, increase your greens!! Beet greens, spinach, brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, aspargus, all those lovely greens will aide in the correct detoxification process that naturally occurs in your liver already. There are many others but here are some ideas for you: garlic, carrots, beets, liver, green tea, avocados, apples, lemons, limes, walnuts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, tumeric, brown rice (some grains are high in B vitamins). I usually advise patients to eat at least 1-3 cups of their choice per day to aid the liver.
Toxins are in our environment everywhere. You should consider yourself toxic until proven otherwise because there is no way anymore to avoid antibiotic overexposure, plastics, metals, herbicides, and pesticides anymore. Studies are proving that babies are even born with over 286 different toxins in their umbilical cord blood at the time of birth. If you are suffering from increased depression, anxiety, worry, or anger this time of year, you are probably not along and it may very well be related to your liver. And believe it or not, I have had some patients not sleeping well between 1-3 am (liver meridian regeneration time in eastern medicine) apply the above corrections and in a few short days have great improvement.
Spring is a season to enjoy and begin new ventures for ourselves, so shed some of the old along with winter heaviness, and enjoy the sunshine and warm breeze of the day!