This liver cleanse regiment is all about dietary changes to help support a healthy liver during this transition from winter to spring.
Spring is the time for cleansing. As the temperature gradually goes up, fat and other wastes accumulated in the tissue during the winter start to melt and go back into the blood stream, just like snow melts into the mountain stream. Now this muddied (acidic) blood may cause some uncomfortable symptoms while circulating all over the body, such as allergies, fatigue, pain and aches, or even mental and emotional distress. A liver cleanse can help your body make the transition into spring.
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This “impure blood” has to be detoxified by the liver, therefore this organ is particularly busy in Spring. If your liver is not functioning optimally, the blood can’t be cleansed thoroughly, and this acidic blood continues to circulate in your body, including the brain. Now you can imagine how problematic it can be! Therefore, the most important thing in terms of “detox” in spring is a liver cleanse so that the clean and healthy blood can continuously nourish billions of your body cells.
6 Signs of Exhausted Liver
1. Eye-vision problems e.g. red eyes, yellow eyes, dry eyes, poor or cloudy vision, itchiness
2. Yellowed skin
3. Cramps, especially in the legs
4. Strong cravings for fatty foods (deep fried, pizza, nut butter, ice cream, etc), spice, and other stimulants
5. Vertical lines between eye brows *possible fatty liver
6. Irritability, impatience, anger, *acidic blood my be affecting your brain. also a sign of excess bile in the blood
Spring Detox Challenge: The Liver Cleanse
Stay away from “liver stressors” for 10 days* , and give your liver a “spring break.” No matter what the government’s dietary guideline says, there are certain foods that put extra stress on this detox organ, especially fat and sugar. Pick at least one food from the list below (multiple if you can), stay away from it for 10 days and see how you feel.
- dairy (especially cheese & butter)
- nut butter
- fried foods
- sugar and other sweeteners (including honey)
- unnecessary pills & supplements
*10 days is the time frame when white blood cells are replaced by the new ones.
Eat “liver-friendly” foods
Some foods have been eaten for centuries around the world to nourish the liver, some of which are proved to be nourishing for the organ. Now include them in your regular diet and see how it helps you. You can google recipes with these food, or take my cooking lessons!
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Leafy greens such as kale, broccoli rabe, arugula, collard green, turnip tops, radish tops, mustard greens, dandelion greens, napa cabbage, bok choy, mizuna, etc, Spring greens for spring organ!
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Don’t over cook them. Quick steam, water saute or simple salad is the best.
Burdock root (gobo), daikon radish and its green, miso, umeboshi plum, whole barley, roasted barley tea or dandelion tea *warm tea
Also important for your liver is….
- Eat less, don’t eat at least 3 hours before bed, chew well.
- Engage in moderate and regular exercise, good sleep, and manage stress.
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Green juice may work for some people temporarily, But just a few glasses of juice won’t solve the root problems or cleanse your body or liver in a real sense (sorry, but human body is not that simple!). You may feel good at first because of a kind of rush or high this intense drink brings, but if you want more significant detox or change in your body, shift the focus to taking care of your liver instead of and instant solution.
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