To cleanse or not to cleanse seems to be the question come spring time in my clinic.
We know that some detoxing or cleansing methods can be great after a weekend away with the girls or when you have started to feel a little stagnated and backed up. Most often, cleansing programs highlight the benefits on the liver and flushing out toxins that have accumulate over time.
In Chinese medicine, the season of spring brings us into the wood element and connect with the Liver organ and meridian system.
Can you see the connection here? Considering clearing out lingering toxins in the body involves the liver, then spring would be the best time to incorporate some daily cleansing rituals.
Now juice cleanses or fasting may not be appropriate for everyone but there are a few things you can try at home.
Drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning.
Warm water is more absorbable and easy to digest, especially first thing in the morning when you have been warm and cozy all night. (Please avoid cold smoothies and cereal first thing in the morning, no matter what season!) The lemon flavor is sour which connects with the liver and acts as a mild diuretic to flush out toxins from the day and night before.
Eat an artichoke!
Consuming artichokes can help clear liver heat. The plant also contains a compound called cynarin, which promotes bile production and urination.
Pick some weeds!
You likely know dandelion as a pesky little weed that pokes up through cracks in the sidewalk. Did you also know that we can use all parts of the plant medicinally as well? Considered the ideal liver remedy because it is completely non-toxic and gently restores liver function. It enhances the flow of bile and supports the kidneys during cleansing and detoxification of the liver and bowels. I like to send my clients to the farmers market to pick up some organic dandelion greens to toss into a salad or stir-fry.