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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