We made it! Here we are in spring! As I touched on last week, spring is a time of birth and new beginnings. And in Chinese Medicine, this season is associated with wood and the liver.
If we think about a tree made of wood, it creates deep roots into the ground, reaches outward and upward and remains flexible in the wind. To me, this maps directly back to the idea of finding your desire, staying grounded but at the same time, letting go and surrendering to the present moment. So cool how it all fits together, right?!
The liver is the organ of detoxification. It detoxifies the blood and produces bile to metabolize the nutrients we ingest. So this week, it’s time to think about some spring cleaning for our bodies!
And, just in case you missed it, you can read the blog from a couple weeks ago on how to spring clean other areas of your life here.
Here are 4 steps to spring cleaning your liver and body:
- Start your day with a glass of water to rehydrate your body from a long night of sleep. Add fresh squeezed lemon, which will benefit your liver. And, if you’re looking to add some adventure, you can also take a couple teaspoons of apple cider vinegar! The sour and astringent nature of the lemon and the vinegar are nourishing to the liver and help the detoxification process.
- Add greens and raw foods back into your diet. Now that the weather is warming up, it’s beneficial to eat some raw foods again. As always, balance is still important here. But as the days warm up, you’ll notice that your body is now starting to crave lighter foods. So cut-back on the warm spices and heavy fatty foods, and add back in your green smoothies and veggie-filled salads.
- Exercise, preferable outdoors. It’s important to move your body for many reasons. One that you may not realize is that movement actually helps your liver do its job easier. In Chinese Medicine, the liver is known as the bully on the playground that easily gets frustrated and stuck. So the best thing to do with stuck energy is to move! Take a morning walk. Do some light yoga or finally try out that class you’ve been meaning to try. Your liver will thank you!
- Set some intentions around your health. Sit down and think about what you desire for your health and make a plan. And remember to be kind to yourself. Making changes in our health is not always easy and can even be emotional for some people. So, set yourself up for success. If you haven’t been exercising regularly and want to start, begin slowly with 2-3 days a week. If you desire to eat “healthier” add a green smoothie to your morning or one new vegetable to every meal. Here’s something I did recently: each week I picked a new vegetable to try. I made it fun by researching cool recipes to try with each new veggie. Whatever you decide to do, have fun with it!