WIN-ning Wednesday: Happy Liver

As the season of Spring rolls in, so does the desire to clean, clear out, de-clutter and freshen up.  All the fresh flowers sprouting up, grass turning green, buds on the trees and warm weather is so renewing.

Naturally, many people I visit with at this time of year are ready to dust off the winter blahs and get refreshed for Spring and Summer.  This is a great time of year to go with that trend for internal health.

I’ve never been a big fan of the “detox in a box” or a bunch of cleansing pills for that matter. I know that spring cleaning for our bodies can be more balanced, healthy and practical.  Just by using fresh food, water, movement, restorative time and good sleep, our bodies have the capacity to initiate the cleansing process.  Then, if there is an organ system that specifically needs support, which is different for everyone, that can be worked on in an individualized way.

The Liver is such a powerhouse detox organ for the body.  It does its huge job 365 days a year, not just during the times we feel like cleansing.  It’s important to take care of our Liver… think of it from time to time… go easy on it… do things it likes.  Sure, Spring is a good time to detox, but the little things we do each day to support our liver will take us a long way.

What does our Liver love?

– Bitter things… Hot water and lemon, Dandelion lettuce (or tea)

– Vegetables from the Brassica family… Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Kale

– Beets

– Green Tea

– Avocado

– Apples

AND…

– HAPPINESS:  Letting go of anger & resentment.  In Asian medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine & Ayurvedic Medicine) these emotions are considered to be very damaging to the liver.

Why they always look so serious in yoga?  You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy.  To meditate, only you must smile.  Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clear away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. — Ketut, from Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love”

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