To make the transition to warmer weather easier some simple changes to diet are a great way to assist the liver in it's self cleansing. Many find that shifting to more vegetables and fruits allows for easier digestion. Creating periods when we don’t eat is also beneficial and gives the liver a break. Holding a 12 hour time period between the last meal of the day and breakfast gives the liver a chance to balance the blood sugar and repair. Foods such as lemon, lime, kiwi, dandelion, parsley, leafy greens and daikon clear the liver according to Chinese Medicine. Sour is the flavor that strengthens the liver. Adding lemon or a bit of vinegar to water can be a wonderful spring tonic.
Our liver and gallbladder are two important organs in our body that help us with many daily functions like digestion and hormone regulation. The liver is known for detoxing, holding, and releasing impurities from our bodies. It is best not to overwork our liver by consuming harsh foods and substances. Spring is the perfect time to give the liver a break so that it can restore itself. The gallbladder rests behind the liver and stores bile that helps in the digestion and absorption of food in the small intestines. An acupuncture treatment can give the liver support in its natural cleansing process. There are also wonderful herbal formulas that can also support the restoration of the liver and gallbladder.
Mark is a board certified and licensed acupuncturist