Any time is a good time to take the burden off your liver. You don’t have to wait for spring. It’s just that during spring your body will naturally go intoa ‘cleansing mode’ so if you take a few simple steps (see below!) you’ll be one step ahead of the game and get a better cleanse.
Here’s a quick test to see if your liver needs your support: Place the fingers of your right-hand completely underneath your right rib cage. If it’s hard ‘congested’ and tender, or if all 3 finger joints don’t fit completely under your ribs, then your liver needs care and support.
Winter is a time to ‘build up’ your body with good fats and protein foods to stay warm. It’s a time of deep rest, quiet, and stillness. Your body won’t detoxify as effectively in the colder months.
When the warmth of spring returns, it awakens a deeper energy in our body that was laying dormant during the cold months. This new, upward rising energy has the power to push out what our body no longer needs (excess fat, toxins, etc).
Just like the earth soil warms up each spring so that colorful flowers and green grass can grow…pushing themselves up and through any remaining snow and rubble…we too experience such a movement in our own body. Out with the old, so that new can grow!
To harmonize ourselves with this upward rising and warming energy you can incorporate some of the simple steps listed below. All do a great job of bringing a deep sense of renewal and internal cleansing.
10 Ways to Detox your Liver
Putting into practice some of these ideas can help you to strengthen your liver and get your body, mind, and spirit regenerated for the year.
Eliminate gluten, sugar, and yeast to support your liver’s detoxification process. A great thing to do no matter what time of year. I’m a huge fan of The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) which eliminates these foods (and incorporates a ton of awesome ones) to help your body detox and recover from a yeast, bacteria, or viral-related health condition like Candida, herpes, GBS+. Think about cooking with the seasons when you can (i.e. spring cooking).
Eat Probiotic-Rich Food
The sour taste of unsalted, cultured foods (cultured vegetables, coconut kefir) satisfy and cleanse our body. They lift our energy, allowing the liver to naturally detoxify (esp. heavy metals, stored toxins) and relax. Such probiotic-rich foods help squelch sweet cravings and are essential for a healthy liver! The probiotic flora in these foods are the guards in your gut, like soldiers protecting you from bad “bugs”.
Your liver can’t cleanse if your colon isn’t open and dumping. If you need it, find an I-Act colon therapist in your area and get a series of colonics. This can jump-start your bowel movements and tonify and hydrate your intestines. This is most important because the liver dumps toxins into the colon and if these toxins aren’t regularly eliminated through your poop, then they’ll reabsorb back into the body.
Make colon cleansing a part of your ‘getting dressed’ or ‘going to bed’ routine. It’s most beneficial 1st thing in morning or right before bed.
What better way to start your day? This sweet ‘n sour smoothie helps open up the liver to let the bile flow. You can add in some ancient earth minerals for an alkalizing boost.
Cut Back on Animal Protein and Fat
During the warm months, give your liver a break from too much animal protein and fat. These foods slow slow down good liver function and we want to speed things up in this department! Eat lightly steamed, chlorophyll-rich food (lettuce, leafy greens). Lighten up, it’s spring!
Drink Lemon Water
Upon waking, drink 8 oz of warm water or 1/3rd cup young coconut kefir with a lemon squeezed in. Sweeten with green stevia powder or stevia extract.
MOVE your body! This increases circulation of fresh blood to your organs. My favorite way to exercise year-round, no matter what shape you think you’re in, is to jump on a Rebounder.
Go to Bed Early
The body does most of its repairs between 10pm-1am. So, it’s ideal to have a consistent bedtime so that you can be resting by the time 10pm rolls around. Make your rrom as dark as possible to promote deep sleep. For kids too! Cortisol elevates after 10pm and once this starts pumping through the body it can keep you more alert and awake into the night and will make it harder to wind down and go to sleep.
Self-care routines like meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and plenty of sleep can release anger. Negative thoughts and emotions sabotage your best efforts at relaxing the liver, so try emotional clearing approaches like Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), talking to a friend or empowering self-talk. Be kind to yourself.
Take a Nap
Take advantage of the warm sun and grab a nap in your lawn chair! You’ll need less caffeine and sugar when you’re rested and relaxed.
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Gates, D. (2010). The Body Ecology Diet. Bogart, GA: B.E.D. Publications
Lisanti, F. (2011). Spring Liver Cleansing. Retrieved at http://www.intmedsolutions.com/blog/spring-liver-cleansing-the-basics/