Dr. Mel Baker-Thompson
Spring Is Here!
Spring! Spring! Spring!
Welcome back to life!
This time of renewal sparks flights of fancy and inspires us to action.
As we cast off the doldrums of winter, we welcome the freshness of the season and prepare to emerge cleansed and clear and...
...where did those 8 pounds come from...?
Do things differently this time. Mindfully. Smoothly. Simply. Easily.
Chinese Medicine 101
Spring is the season of the Liver and the Wood Element. The Liver governs all qi and emotions in the body.
The surging forth you feel with the arrival of Spring is the bursting forth of your Liver qi getting your qi and blood moving again after the deep Kidney Yin time, all shrouded in cold and darkness.
The liver loves to plan and loves when things run smoothly; it gets frustrated and stagnant when plans don't run smoothly. Read: TMJ.
And as the Liver governs the blood, ladies if you find yourself cranky and irritable before your "moon time", your Liver Qi is stagnant, blocked, and frustrated.
The emotion of the Liver = Anger.
What can happen when you don't care for your Liver Qi? If you see these symptoms in yourself or someone you love, send them in for treatment today. The earlier you start treating the smaller signs of stagnation, the better chance you have of avoiding clinical disease.
Anger (Rage, Resentment, Frustration)
Liver and Wood Element
Blurry Vision/ Red Eyes
High Blood Pressure/ Bursts of Anger
Internal Wind (trembling from anger or an onset of Wind symptoms such as a seizure)
Pain in the Coastal Region, especially in the Liver
Liver Attacks - Spleen and Stomach
Spleen Qi Deficiency -- Loss of appetite or Craving sweets during times of stress
Rebellious Stomach Qi -- Heartburn, acid reflux, GERD
Bleeding/ Stomach Ulcers
Liver can harm Gall Bladder (Yin/Yang paired Organ)
Inability to make decisions (I'm so angry, I can't think straight)
Nutrition Tip of the Week
CLEANSE YOUR LIVER!!
Here are Dr. Mel's top five suggestions for an optimal spring cleanse, which should last a week:
Start every day with an 8-ounce glass of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Adding a dash of cayenne will definitely get your blood moving.
Eat a very simple diet for seven days: a high-quality protein from food (not a nutrient supplement shake), good-quality fat, and some lightly steamed or raw veggies at each meal, including breakfast. You get a bonus if your vegetables are spring greens such as slightly bitter dandelion, watercress, or fresh salad mix.
Each day, snack on two cups of fresh vegetable juice made with kale, celery, an apple, cucumber, beets, lemon and ginger. This is cleansing and nourishes your blood.
Make sure your bowels are moving each day-- at least once. Take between 300mg and 600mg of magnesium citrate every night and 2 tablespoons of freshly ground flax seed in your food to get things going.
Drink a bitter tonic twice daily for one week: To make your own Spring Liver Tonic / Cleanse, try this bitter drink:
Use 1/4 teaspoon each of the following herbal tinctures: (available at Whole Foods):
Mix into plain water, with lemon for taste if you'd like, and take 1-2 cups daily for a week. It can also be used as a digestive aid after meals on a more regular basis
This cleanse is NOT for pregnant women or individuals with known liver disease.
Essential Oil Detox
The liver carries out over 500 crucial bodily functions each and every day and has a remarkable capacity for regeneration; an important ability to have considering all the liver does to keep us healthy. Every single minute, the liver processes and filters 2.5 pints of blood. Harmful wastes and toxins are sent off for excretion while other elements are converted into useful components for use for elsewhere in the body.
Support your liver detox with the following essential oils blended and applied to your pulse points:
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