Spring is the Season to Attend to the Liver and Gallbladder

According to Chinese medicine spring is the season of the liver and gallbladder. If these organs are supported during this season the entire system will benefit the rest of the year.

The liver is the body’s largest organ, only the skin being larger. Healthy liver function is very important affecting almost every organ in the body. Bile is produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder; through it the waste products of the blood are eliminated, fats are digested and fat soluble vitamins absorbed.

 

The spring diet should be the lightest of the year and contain foods which emphasize the Yang ascending and expanding quality of spring. Young plants, fresh greens, and sprouts are suitable for this season. Foods should be cooked for a short time at high temperature.

 

These vegetables and fruits cleanse the liver and gallbladder and should be part of the spring diet:  Apples, artichokes, asparagus, avocados, beets, Brussel sprouts, burdock root, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cherries, chicory, cucumber, daikon radish, fennel, grapefruit, greens (kale, collards, mustard, and dandelion), lettuce, lemons, lime, milk thistle, mushrooms, nettles, rhubarb, seaweed, spinach, strawberries, and sweet potatoes.

 

As well as herbs like basil, bay leaf, dill, ginger, marjoram, mint, rosemary and turmeric.

 

Beneficial Grains are millet, amaranth, and quinoa.
Flax seeds, aloe vera, black walnut and fish oil assist in the detoxification process.

 

To support the liver and improve digestion, drink one teaspoon of cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey in a cup of water. Eat dinner early to give the liver plenty of time to cleanse the body.

 

Get and acupuncture treatment to harmonize the body to the changes in nature.