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March 13th, 2016

Spring Cleansing the Balanced Way

Cheers to Wheatgrass at the Hippocrates Institute, so good for the blood!

Cheers to Wheatgrass at the Hippocrates Institute, so good for the blood!

Think New, Eat New and Feel Renewed!  

It’s starting to feel like Spring here in Wisconsin the daffodils and tulips are peaking up, tender spring shoots are everywhere, the trees are budding and frankly we’re all excited and we hope it’s here to stay.   It’s that time of the year that we can’t help but think about cleansing not only our homes & yards but our lives and that includes our bodies too.  What is the best way to do a cleanse and is that what we really need to do?

Yes, not everyone needs to cleanse but everyone needs to balance themselves into spring, from eating heavy soups and baked root veggies and meats if you eat them, to a lighter greener cleaner diet.  Springtime in Chinese Medicine is the time when the Liver and Gall-bladder are most active.  It encompasses not only your physical liver and gall bladder, but the parts of the body associated with its’ element, wood,  with the tendons and connective tissues and the eyes.  Emotionally there’s a big shift now when we want to let go of that which is not serving us into a more free flow of emotions.  Our creativity is sparked and we want to start something new, change our work place and get out of any rut we may be in.  Planning, decision-making goes along with this time of the year as does the emotion of anger (short temper, impatience, frustration also). Doing the appropriate cleanse for you can help your energy to move upward and outward in a more balanced way!

Let’s face it we all have it, winter sludge storage in the digestive tract as we may have it in the sinuses and throat area as well.  So how do we cleanse without throwing ourselves off balance?

*Go outside and breathe some fresh air, exercising for 30 minutes. Healthy lung qi helps invigorate stuck Liver qi.

*Do some qigong or yoga to allowing your qi to flow freely, and to maintain flexibility in the tendons and connective tissue, which is associated with the Liver.

*Forgive someone. Holding onto anger and resentment constrains the Liver Qi. Let it go!

*Eat Lightly. Our Livers help us get rid of the heavy stagnation we might have accumulated during the winter (which might manifest as seasonal allergies as the sludge moves up to eyes and nose). Leaving behind the heavier foods of winter, especially heavy meats, dairy products, and wheat, can help you move into spring feeling lighter.

*Consider cutting down on your liver’s workload by eliminating alcohol, refined sugar, and alcohol. Even if you don’t want to do this forever, consider giving your liver a week or two off from known toxins — a spring vacation from toxins.

*Eat green and pungent. Foods with a pungent taste like onions and garlic, peppermint, basil, dill, fennel, turmeric, rosemary, parsley resonate with the upward, outward direction of the season and can be helpful in eliminating venting the winter sluggishness.

*Young, tender shoots and green leaves, like asparagus, rabe, bean sprouts, and pretty much anything green and leafy kale, collard greens, watercress, romaine, dandelion, parsley are tremendously beneficial to detoxify that liver. If your digestion is weak, stick to cooked vegetables as opposed to raw, which require more energy to digest.
*Drink hot water with lemon first thing in the morning. A little bit of the sour taste helps to gently help the liver slough off toxins. But too much sour will not be good for the liver, so think moderation.

*Take appropriate herbs and enemas to cleanse the colon and GI tract.

*Meditate and Give Thanks

*Enjoy life!

Come to my Spring Cleanse talk on Thursday March 31, 7pm  at Indiglo Med Spa,  2372 South Oneida Street, Green Bay, WI

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