Moving The Body
The organ related to spring is the liver which controls the smooth flow of Qi (energy) in our bodies. In Chinese Medicine, when the flow of Qi is smooth, there is health, when the flow of Qi is blocked, there is pain and illness. It is the time to come out of our winter hibernation, stretch our muscles and start to do more outdoor activity. Through movement we can supplement the liver and move our Qi, which can help lead to better health.
The element of the liver is wood and just as in nature, we need to use this time to grow. If we deprive our bodies of this natural progression, we may become stressed, angry, or depressed. These emotions can also negatively affect the health of the liver. Spring is the perfect time to start a meditation or deep breathing practice. It can help to move the Qi and prevent stagnation.
Cleansing With Food
In Western medicine we know that the liver works to detoxify the body. This is why many people will do a cleanse in the spring. It is a good time to rid the body of the toxins that accumulated during the winter months. Instead of doing a radical fast or cleanse, try adding foods to your diet that can naturally help to detoxify your body.
The flavor associated with the liver is sour. Lemons have a wonderful detoxifying effect on the body. Adding lemon to your water or tea can be help stimulate digestion and aid the liver in cleansing. Lemons are also filled with vitamins and antioxidants which help to flush toxins from the body.
The color of the liver is green. Leafy green vegetables are especially important for the health of the liver. Incorporating vegetables like spinach, kale, chard, and collard greens can aid the liver, support immune function, and can also act as a diuretic to rid the body of toxins. Lightly steaming these foods will preserve their nutrients and make them easier to digest. You can add lemon, garlic, and herbs to make a tasty springtime dish! Also, try boiling dandelion greens, strain, and drink the tea for its healing properties!
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can also help improve the overall health of your liver, balance the body, and soothe emotions, stress, and pain.
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