Spring is the season of a new birth and new growth. It corresponds to the “Wood” element and is related to the liver and gallbladder organs. In Chinese Medicine the liver organ is responsible for the smooth flowing of Qi (energy) in our bodies. This qi circulates throughout the whole body system, when the liver functions smoothly, all physical and emotional actions throughout the body also runs smoothly. So, for optimum health this spring, move your Liver Qi (Energy)!
We are more susceptible to season health problems such as allergies, flu and pneumonia during the spring. If the liver is not healthy, it could affect the spleen and the lung organs. These symptoms can include: sneezing, hay fever allergies, running nose, itching eyes, chest congestions and other allergy related problems. It is very important, especially during spring, to cleanse the liver and lungs and bring balance to these organs.
Tips for a healthy Spring Season:
- Pay attention to weather changes – It is an extreme change to our body from winter to spring. With spring, there is usually some extremely windy conditions. Health conditions tend to occur during or immediately following a change of season.
- Do some stretches! The liver controls the tendons. The liver stores the blood during periods of rest and winter, now is the time to invigorate and body and increase exercises such as yoga, tai chi, swimming etc.
- Change the diet – We should change our diet according to the season. Spring means eating green foods that cleanses and strengthens the liver. These foods include young plants that are fresh green leafy vegetables, onions, leeks, mushrooms, celery, carrots, dandelion, variety of fruits such as citrus fruits, pears, apples, bananas, pears.
- Sour foods and drinks – sour tasting foods stimulate the liver’s energy. Add lemon slices to your water, have orange and citrus juices, use vinegar and olive oil for salad dressings and add fermented vegetables to our diet.
- Watch the eyes – the liver organ’s energy is connected and opens into the eye. Take frequent breaks from the computer screen and do some eye exercises and look at some greenery.
- Sour Tasting Foods – Foods and drinks with sour tastes are thought to stimulate the liver’s qi. Put lemon slices in your drinking water, use vinegar and olive oil for your salad dressing. Garnish your sandwich with a slice of dill pickle.
- Outdoor activities – fresh air helps move liver qi. Try taking a hike, brisk walks by the beach or park are good for the body.
- Avoid the wind – Spring time can be extremely windy so ensure you stay inside on windy days or wear a scarf to protect the wind from the neck and head. In Chinese Medicine we say “The wind is the cause of 100 diseases”.