In Chinese medicine the Spring is connected to the liver and the gallbladder. These two organs are blood cleansers and they both work hard to keep your body free of toxins. In Western medicine the liver is also associated with detoxification and blood filtration. Its job is to filter and neutralize the harmful substances in your body so that they do not do any damage.
When there is a toxic buildup in the liver and gallbladder the body can start to experience physical reactions such as exhaustion, colds, weight gain and depression, to name a few. The liver wakes up in the Spring and when imbalances exist in the body, it is not uncommon to experience feelings of anger, headaches, rashes and/or sleepless nights during this season.
With over 500 metabolic processes, the liver is the ‘Master Detoxer’ of the body. When the liver is congested, your digestion is impaired which results in a toxic overload. In honoring the Spring season, the goal is to cleanse the liver and improve its functioning.
The other organ of focus in Spring is the gallbladder. Bile is produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. A toxic and overburdened liver leads to impaired release of bile from the gallbladder, which affects the breakdown of fats and overall digestion.
The liver and gallbladder work in harmony to support a strong immune system, balanced moods, and healthy digestion.
Eating with the seasons supports detoxification. Spring brings with it wonderful dark leafy greens like kale, swiss chard and spinach. Peas, artichokes, asparagus, garlic, nettle and dandelion are also wonderful cleansing foods for Spring. Choosing the right foods to heal the body and support proper detoxification by the liver, helps with cleansing the liver bringing you more vitality.
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I just completed a 3-day juice cleanse and I am feeling refreshed. I needed to get caffeine and sugar out of my diet for a few days and while the first day was tough, I am feeling so much better! I want to offer you my guide for a 3-day Juice Cleanse.
Below is just the beginning of what you will find in my 3-Day Juice Cleanse. Juicing is great in Spring when the weather starts warming up and we feel like having cool drinks. Juicing is a great for jumpstarting weight loss, cleansing the body of toxins, enhancing digestion and boosting your immune system for the Spring Season. Juicing nourishes your body with nutrients, vitamins, and raw enzymes that are easy to digest and that enter the blood stream immediately. How amazing to be able to give your body this gift!
There are myriad benefits of juicing:
While many people can do a juice cleanse for 5 - 10 days, I recommend starting with 1 to 3 days and adding in clean meals as needed. You need to ensure you are getting adequate nutrients to support the regeneration of cells and organs while purging your body of toxic waste that can lead to health issues or a lack of vitality.
A juice detox gives your digestion a break and a chance to completely rest. Juicing is different from drinking smoothies because you are having just the juice without any pulp. The body can easily consume up to ten pounds of vegetables in juices, which would be very difficult to accomplish while eating vegetables with the fiber. This is ideal for people with IBS, leaky gut & candida. For those without hampered digestion, the combination of both methods – juicing and smoothies – can be very effective. Juicing is also a powerful way to replenish and hydrate the body.
Depending on where you live, buying freshly squeezed juices can run up to $12 per juice.
So, if you are going to make the life-changing commitment to juicing regularly, I would recommend empowering yourself by saving up to invest in a juicer. For a comparison of the various models available, refer to http://www.top10juicers.net.
After much investigation and even trying one juicer and returning it, I settled on the Omega NC800 HDS 5th Generation Nutrition Center Juicer and I LOVE IT! It’s easy to set up, easy to clean, and NEVER jams on me.
So if you want to take a chance with juicing, sign up for my free guide - The 3-Day Juice Cleanse. Even if you just want to try some recipes, grab the guide. I hope you enjoy it! Please share how you feel after the cleanse below :)
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