Spring is here.
We begin to emerge from our winter hibernation to a feeling of new life all around, and our spirits feel lifted and renewed.
The skies are blue, the sun is beginning to shine and warm the earth and flowers are in bloom.
In my garden the air is full with the scent of jasmine, the bluebells and orchids are not too far from opening up and gracing us with their beauty, and the little honeyeaters are busy flitting from flower to flower enjoying the nectar. There is such a beautiful buzz in the air.
Spring is the beginning of the next cycle of life; it is an awakening of sorts in nature and for us as well. Springtime is considered the first season of the year and it brings with it a sense of renewal, creativity, inspiration and expansion. It is a time for new beginnings.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Spring is associated with the wood element, which is related to the liver. The liver has got a huge role to play and one of its major functions is to process toxins from our bodies.
Emotions such as anger, resentment and frustration if not dealt with, are stored in the liver and create disharmony within the body. These negative emotions lower our vibration, and have the potential to lead to disease. Flower Essences can help to dissolve anger and rebalance the flow of energy within the body to create harmony and flow.
Spring is a wonderful time to purify our liver and as a result we feel lighter in our spirits and our bodies as well. There are many different ways that we can support our body's cleansing systems, and one of them is through choosing foods that nourish and heal.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" hippocrates
Below are 5 different foods for you to incorporate into your diet to support your liver and improve your wellness this Spring.
1. Leafy Green Vegetables
Loaded with plant chlorophylls, greens are able to neutralise heavy metals, chemicals and environmental pesticides and also help to purify and cleanse the bloodstream. Greens are some of the most supportive foods you can incorporate into your diet to support your liver. Think of leafy greens such as rocket, spinach, bitter gourd, dandelion and mustard greens. These bitter greens increase the flow of bile, the substance created by the liver that removes waste from the blood.
These humble little guys are super high in pectin, which is a type of soluble fibre that helps the body to cleanse and release toxins from the bloodstream. Apples also contain vitamins, minerals and are loaded with beneficial phytochemicals which are used in the body's detoxification process.
Full of Vitamin C, lemons stimulate the release of enzymes and help to break down fats and toxins and convert them into a form that can be easily eliminated from the body. Need another reason to start your day with lemon water?
4. Cruciferous Vegetables
Broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, garlic, cabbage, leeks and radishes, are full of sulfur which is a mineral that helps to rid the body of toxins. Sulfur is a building block for the production of glutathione, which is the most important antioxidant required by the liver during the detoxification phase.
Full of the amazing Omega 3 fatty acids, which are little super stars for our health, walnuts also contain a high amount of arginine, an amino acid that supports the liver to detoxify ammonia which has the potential to cause disease. Walnuts also help to oxygenate the blood and their extracts are often used in liver cleansing formulas.
By choosing to nourish our bodies with seasonal foods from the earth, and learn from ancient systems of healing, we can take care of our beautiful selves and live happy, whole lives.
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