spring clean your liver

I’m not sure what’s going on in Maine, but spring has sprung in North Carolina and that means it’s the ideal time for a liver/gallbladder detox. Spring symbolizes renewal and growth. According to traditional Chinese medicine, it is associated with the liver and gallbladder, two organs that are crucial for detoxification and smooth Qi (energy) flow. During winter, we tend to move less and perhaps eat more processed foods or those high in fats. As spring arrives, it naturally invites us to lighten up both physically and energetically. Detoxing the liver and gallbladder during this time syncs us with the natural cycles of nature and aligns with the body’s inclination towards cleansing and rejuvenation, making it more effective.

And, did you know that these seasonal changes can affect our energy and mood? I find it ironic because nothing can make me happier than the winter coming to an end, however, the arrival of spring can potentially lead to increased agitation and frustration.

If your liver is overloaded or stressed (and believe me, most of us have an overloaded liver due to the all the toxins we face on a daily basis) it can lead to stagnation of Qi, manifesting as irritability, frustration, or even anger. Spring’s energetic shift encourages movement, which can stir up these feelings if the liver is not functioning optimally.

So if you are feeling a bit agitated these days and you think your liver could use some spring cleaning, here are some suggestions that might help.

Natural Herbs for Liver Support

Several herbs are known for their liver/gallbladder-supporting properties:

  • Milk Thistle
  • Dandelion Root
  • Turmeric
  • Marshmallow Althea
  • Schizandra
  • Liposomal Glutathione
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Quercitin
  • Artichoke Extract
  • N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine
  • Chlorella
  • Schizandra

Exercises for Detoxing

  • Physical movement is vital for stimulating lymph flow and supporting the liver’s detoxification processes.
  • Dry brushing and Lymphatic massage are also very beneficial for lymphatic drainage.
  • Yoga especially poses like twists can be particularly beneficial as they massage the abdominal organs, helping to stimulate the liver and aid in detoxification.
  • Gentle aerobic exercises, such as walking or swimming, also promote circulation and help cleanse the body of toxins.

Foods and Drinks for Liver/Gallbladder Health

Incorporating certain foods and drinks into your diet can significantly support detoxification:

  • Leafy Greens: High in chlorophyll, they naturally cleanse the body, neutralizing heavy metals to protect the liver.
  • Beets and Carrots: Both are high in plant flavonoids and beta-carotene; eating them can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.
  • Green Tea: Loaded with antioxidants, particularly catechins, green tea aids in liver function and supports detoxification.
  • Garlic: Just a small amount can activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins.
  • Lemon and Lime Water: High in vitamin C, they help your body synthesize toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water, enhancing the liver’s ability to detoxify.

And let’s not forget my personal favorite way to tend to the Wood Element . . . listening to the proper set of frequencies meant to assist in bringing the liver and gallbladder back into alignment and promote detox.

This month’s free frequencies (available to all Premium members of Mariposa Energy) will include all the herbs listed above and more and will soon be delivered to everyone’s inbox. For more details on Premium Membership please click below.