As nature moves from the stillness of winter into the warmer and lighter months of spring there emerges a new energy of rebirth and growth. The wood element of spring has been at rest during winter, storing and conserving energy to burst into the full bloom of spring. This is a time of renewal, new beginnings and a whole new life cycle. Spring is a time when our ideas and plans made in winter can be put into action. It’s a time when we plant the seeds of our ideas with a clear vision and direction for where we need to go. If you have been thinking about changing areas in your life, spring is the perfect time to do so. We naturally feel the urge to discard what is no longer needed, letting go of clutter that is no longer serving us. Whether it be a simple clearing of the cupboards, a spring clean from floor to ceiling, or a complete diet overhaul now is the time to take action.
In traditional Chinese Medicine spring is associated with the wood element which represents the liver and gall bladder. The liver is in control of our strategic planning, an architect of our future whilst he gall bladder allows us to make decisions and good judgements. If the wood element is out of balance and we have a loss of vision and direction we become frustrated and irritable.
To feel harmony, balance and a sense of direction during spring we need to keep the liver and gall bladder in harmony. Yoga, meditation, acupuncture and a cleansing diet can assist us with rebalancing the wood element.
If your diet is full of processed foods and chemical toxins this put strain on your organs of detoxification.
Include nutrient rich vegetables, fruits or blended nutritious smoothies
Stay away from toxic relationships and environments that you know will lead you astray
Include fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, fresh coriander, fresh parsley, broccoli, artichokes and asparagus to help support liver detoxification
Avoid heating foods in plastic containers in the microwave, wrapping foods in plastic and drinking/eating out of plastic. The plastic can leach toxic chemicals into the foods. The softer the plastic usually the more toxic it is so avoid wrapping food, particularly high fat foods, in plastic. These chemicals can have an oestrogen like activity within our bodies which accumulate over time in fatty tissues such as our brain, breast tissue and liver. This can lead to oestrogen dominance and increase the potential health risks that come with it such as infertility and oestrogen based cancers
Avoid taking unnecessary medications unless prescribed by a doctor. Medications such as paracetamol put strain on the liver so only take them if you really need to
Spinach and artichoke detox soup