Hippocrates, in teaching the doctors of his day, said, “Consider the seasons of the year and what each of them produces.”
In the winter, we detox differently than at other times of the year, aiming to nourish and strengthen the body. Some animals hibernate, and we humans have a similar instinct to slow down. No matter where you live and what the climate is like in the winter, our bodies and minds naturally go inward this season. It is a time to allow for stillness and just be.
Each season’s detox supports a different organ, emotion, and a different way to cleanse the body. For the winter season, in Chinese medicine we honor the organs within our bodies that give us energy, life, and vitality, which are the kidneys and adrenal glands. The element associated with these organs is water. By eating seasonally and honoring the seasonal elements, we intuitively bring our bodies back into balance.
According to Chinese medicine, the kidneys are your energy source, also known as your vital Qi (pronounced “chee”). The following symptoms are associated with weak kidney function:
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, my Winter Reboot is a great place to start. By eating the foods in this winter program, you will begin to strengthen and support your vital energy force. Also, the exercises included in your Winter Detox Tool Kit will nourish your mind and spirit by releasing the emotions that are related to the kidneys: fear and anxiety. When we release fear, we step into power, strengthening our vital Qi, or life force. You can think of your kidneys as your engine tank. Every car needs a well-functioning engine to run efficiently.
As you nourish your kidneys, you will start to see changes such as:
During my winter reboot you will also be removing the foods you may be eating that are weakening your adrenal glands, such as excessive amounts of coffee, processed foods, sugar, white flour, dairy, and gluten.
Stress also negatively affects the adrenals, so think about other areas of your life that might be causing stress or disharmony. Again, the exercises in the Winter Detox Tool Kit will help you discover and address these areas of tension, preparing you for a winter season of health and happiness.
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