Why You Should Consider a Liver Cleanse this Spring!
First of all, congratulations! You made it to March of 2022 and it's ALMOST springtime! Can we all agree that it's been a looong winter, and a long past two years. Raise your hand if you feel tired, overworked, more stressed than you usually do and in need of a re-set. Also raise your hand if you are still eating a bit too much, drinking a bit too much and moving your body not quite enough! If you raised your hand to any of these, then you should consider a spring-time liver cleanse!
In the winter, we naturally slow down, and eat more filling foods. When life is stressful like it's been during these covid-times, we might fill that stress with sweets, alcohol, just comfort carbs in general, or anything else we can get our hands on. What happens then, is that not only does weight add up, but inflammation and stagnation can accumulate as well. Both of those can increase aches & pains, digestive upset, anxiety, sleep issues and more. The good news is, that the antidote is cleaning out the body by dialing back on those unhealthy choices and adding some simple foods, beverages, herbs & supplements that can undo all of the issues that may have surfaced. Remember, your body is naturally designed to heal itself and it's always working hard to do so, but if we work WITH the body, instead of against it, then amazing health & mood transformations can occur! A cleanse is an opportunity to give your body a break and allow the self-healing & self-cleansing process to kick into gear.
Ok so why does the liver need a cleanse you ask? The liver is the body's natural filtration system, converting toxins into waste products, cleansing the blood and metabolizing medications and nutrients into essential proteins. While certain things like alcohol, heavy foods & medications can burden the liver, other things like green smoothies, lemon water and a plant-based diet can support it's optimal function! The liver is ALWAYS cleansing, so we are not trying to make it happen, just supporting it by lightening the toxic load from the body!
Another way we need cleanse in through the bowels. Remember, if you are not pooping, you are not cleansing! Healthy regular movement of the bowels is essential to our health and to the release of impurities from the body. When your body detoxifies impurities from the liver and gall bladder, they are sent into the intestinal tract to be released from the body via our daily bowels movements. So, if things are feeling stuck or stagnant, make sure you are hydrating VERY well! Warm water with lemon first thing in the morning can work wonders (combining it with a a healthy fat like extra virgin olive oil is even better!). Also, increase your fiber intake, and specifically the insoluble fiber that passes through the digestive tract supporting healthy bowels. Examples of insoluble fiber are ground flax seeds, wheat bran/germ, beans, whole grains, green beans, apples & pears with the skin on, plus many more veggies!
So hopefully I've convinced you that spring cleansing is a good idea! Now I hope you will join us as we do a week long cleanse together! Open Circle Acupuncture is hosting a week long liver cleanse from Monday April 4th, 2022 until Monday April 11th! Often spring cleanses continue for 2-3 weeks, so we will do a week together and if you are feeling motivated to continue, then please do!
Stay tuned, my next blog will have all of the details of our cleanse including daily practices and suggested supplements & detox teas! If you would like to sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be well and happy spring!
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