Spring is here and nature is coming alive after a long, winter slumber. Maybe you can feel that natural transition from the yin (restful) energy, to one of the yang energy (active) within your own bodies. Maybe you’re feeling a little more energized as you begin to wake up and shake off your own winter slumber.
According to Chinese Medicine, Spring is a time of renewal and an ideal time for creating, cleansing, and moving. It is associated with the Liver and Gallbladder organs, which means it is a great time to release emotions that no longer serve you and help support the function of these two organs. When the liver is out of balance it may show up in symptoms such as; headaches, depression, digestive disorders, menstrual disorders, and high blood pressure, to name a few. With simple lifestyle adjustments, we can harmonize our liver and ensure we are living in sync with nature, which will allow our own health to thrive.
Get Moving: Just like nature, we too should feel the energy of Spring season and get moving! Movement helps support the Liver energy and get blood, lymph and circulation going. Walking, yoga, daily stretches are all excellent ways to support your body this spring.
Detox: Everything we eat and drink is processed by the liver. Thought of as the commanding general in the body, the liver has over 500 responsibilities in the body and is our main organ for detoxification. Support this detoxification process with some epsom salt baths, take to an infrared sauna, soak your feet in epsom salt/baking soda, get a reflexology session to help support the detoxification process.
Get Outside: Let nature rejuvenate you this spring and get outside. Reconnecting with Mother Nature not only soothes the liver energy, but it has been proven to decrease stress. With the warmer temps, Spring is a wonderful time to take in your fair share of fresh air and let nature revitalize you.
Think Green: One of the best ways to support your liver is with green foods. Leafy greens like chard, lettuce, kale, dandelion are all beneficial for detoxification and helping support the liver. Moving away from the heavy, winter foods, Spring is a great time to lighten up your diet by introducing a few raw or lightly cooked meals.
Let Go: In addition to filtering everything we physically consume, our liver is also the filter for our emotions. When the liver is taxed, frustration, anger, resentment, and jealousy, can show up more frequently. Practice letting go of emotions that no longer serve you by meditating, journaling, or any other ritual that resonates with you to practice the release of emotions.
Acupuncture: Regular Acupuncture treatments will help support the smooth flow of Qi and stuck energy and support the function of the Liver/Gallbladder. Acupuncture will help support your body’s natural ability to heal and decrease debilitating symptoms associated with the Spring Season.