The natural cleansing process that occurs every spring is essential to the maintenance of our long term health. If we get excess toxicity out of our bodies fully and effectively now, in the spring time, then we are far more likely to remain healthy for the rest of the year.
The process of cleansing has been a part of the fabric of human life throughout history - not only to cleanse the body, but to regain a sense of perspective and direction in life. Weight gain and many problems of aging are the result of not paying attention to this need to cleanse.
When we follow our natural rhythms, spring is the most important time for cleansing. When spring arrives, a new cycle begins and the body naturally wants to burn off the excess fat stored over the winter and lighten up. To support that Mother Nature provides an abundance of spring produce that aids in the detox of the liver and gallbladder. Giving special attention to liver health and detoxification is a spring time ritual in many cultures.
"According to the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine, spring is the season associated with the liver, which is the primary detoxifying organ of the body. Herbs and lifestyle practices to support the liver function were recommended by health care practitioners during this season in order to prevent problems in the following seasons."
The liver is an amazing organ and has been identified as having over 500 vital functions - including detoxification, metabolic regulation, nutrient synthesis, hormone processing, cholesterol and bile production, and more.
Detoxification is the process the liver uses to break down and eliminate harmful substances from the body. Everything we eat, drink, breathe, and absorb eventually ends up in the liver to be detoxified.
"To explain what liver detoxification is, we can use the analogy of the oil filter in the engine of a car. The oil in the car over time becomes dirty as a part of the general day-to-day wear and tear. If this filter is not maintained and changed regularly, this filter becomes dirty, blocked and overworked, causing malfunction and eventual engine breakdown. This is exactly what happens in the body and can cause a range of symptoms so wide-spread they are often not identified as being related to each other, let alone related to the liver."
Holistic Nutritionist, Nicole Eckert, in her article 16 Early Warning Signs Your Liver is Sluggish and Toxins Are Being Stored in Your Fat Cells, lists the following symptoms of a stressed out liver:
Brain fog/lethargy/feeling drained
Dull headaches improved with rest or migraines behind eyes
Chronic joint or muscle pain
Trouble digesting fats
Gall bladder removed
Acne or skin conditions
Gas, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea
Anxiety & depression
Chronic stinky breath
Unexplained weight gain
If you don't do a detox or cleanse any other time of year, please consider a spring cleanse - one that uses real, clean foods. Taking time to purify your body in the spring will bring increased energy, mental clarity, and balance to the entire system for greater health in the coming year ahead.
Whether you are new to cleansing or an old pro and just want to tune-up your diet, the Nutritional E-Cleanse Program's 23 DAYS TO A HEALTHIER YOU! is a gentle, easy, effective, and pleasurable way to cleanse the body from the inside out and transition to a more healthy way of eating for the rest of your life.
This 23 day on-line program will guide you, step by step, to reduce and then eliminate the foods that rob you of your health, and replace them with lots of delicious, nutritious, whole foods that will satisfy you completely while helping your body to remove toxins, rejuvenate, and heal.
I invite you to give your health a boost and join me for the Spring Nutritional E-Cleanse Program and 23 days to a healthier you!
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JoAnn Newton is a Holistic Nutrition Educator and Master Massage Therapist with a private practice in Graton, CA.
Passionate about helping people transform their health through holistic nutrition, she facilitates the 23 day online Nutritional E-Cleanse Program with coaching, compassion, and humor.