When I think about spring
the first thing that comes to mind is the blooming of the flowers everywhere.
The second thoughts are cleanings and renewal.
Spring Cleaning is a part of so many cultures.
From my own personal experience, spring is the time to clean, by tradition before Pesach, a Jewish holiday.
There is a custom to do a total house cleaning before the holiday, in order to clean any leftovers from bread.
You can see that this cleaning is also part of the Eastern Orthodox Church week-long spring cleaning tradition,
that is conducted right before or during the first week of Lent.
Spring Cleaning is also related to the Persian New Year celebration, the Nouroz,
According to the 5 elements in Chinese Medicine,
the season of spring is represented by the element of wood and by the green colour,
characterized by renewal energy (like the trees upward and outward) and growth.
Spring Cleaning gives us a connection to the future and the flexibility to plan and design in all areas of our lives.
In order to balance the Wood element in Chinese Medicine,
we need to do some cleaning and clear out those things we no longer need during the spring season.
The ancient Chinese wisdom also teaches us that in the spring we need to consume plenty of young plants and fresh greens.
Legumes and seeds are also good to eat, especially if they are sprouted.
Basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill and bay leaf are all very healthy herbs to use in spring.
In Naturopathic Medicine we have specific herbs and nutrition protocols to advise when one wants to start a detox.
This detox takes few days or weeks and during that time you aim to adjust your nutrition.
Usually, this includes limiting consumption of several food types and give the body support by using herbs as well as other techniques that work on the mind.
We usually recommend consuming herbs that support a healthy liver function like:
Turmeric, Milk Thistle Seed, Dandelion, Nettle and many more… adjusted to the needs of each person.
We focus on the liver: the liver is the primary organ responsible for expelling and breaking down toxins entering the body.
Inspired by nature, the renewal and the coulters habits
You can start to do a spring DETOX for your body and mind.
I hope that I inspire you to take an active part in your own life and to clean out the habits that you are not suitable for you in your life anymore.
Once you decide that it is a good time to start “detox” for your body and mind..
you should start doing both simultaneously.
Because one will impact on the other.
You can see that when you start with your body, your mind get a clearer view of its visions and the other way around…
So just start with what is easier for you and you will see the difference in everything.
Mind Setting Goals
you are filled with inspiration and have more energy to achieve your health goals.
You’re more active, creative, and more open to attaching to your routines.
It’s a great time to set goals and follow them and also have a clearer view of your desires in life.
Choose the actions, behaviour, thoughts and activities that make you happy.
Practice Positive Thinking. See the good in every situation.
Take action in the direction of the thing you truly want in your life.
I think that the main goal is to help your body to be at its best.
For you to feel strong, energized and happy.
So for that, we can determine Sub-goals
Good and balanced nutrition-
The first thing you should do is to eat balanced breakfast
And the second thing is to Increase your Green veggies consumption
Greens are rich in chlorophyll that help your body to get rid of environmental toxins and heavy metals.
Start your day with Green Tea
Green tea has high levels of catechins which help keep your liver healthy while also speeding up your body’s production of detoxifying enzymes.
Be more active – workout.
You just need to start gradually and commit to the process,
when you just starting to work out it’s usually the hardest.
Most of the people want to quit each time when they feel tired or stressed with other areas of life.
Therefore the best solutions are to work out with a friend, to join the gym, or to have high self-discipline.
Give your body the time for rest and you will have more energy.
Don’t forget to start gradually and have faith in the process.
Practice makes perfect
What you plant now, you will harvest later
My name is Pazit, I’m a registered Naturopath N.D. , MNNA (a member of the Naturopathic Nutrition Association), Herbalist, Aromatherapist and Bach Flower remedies therapist based in London.
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