Spring Clean for Health

April 7, 2011

104278945Are you a spring body type?

The concept of detoxing by the seasons targets major detoxification pathways and is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine’s approach to health throughout the year. The seasons, which last approximately three months each, have their own rhythm and character, bringing temperature and weather changes, as well as differing hours of daylight—all of which affect health. The Chinese understood that the Earth has its seasonal periods when certain organs are more vulnerable and need special care. For example, the focus is on your liver and gall bladder in the spring, your heart and small intestine in the summer, your lungs and large intestine in the autumn, and your kidneys and adrenals in the winter.

Cleansing and creating a lifestyle in harmony with the body’s natural cycles can help fortify your well-being, season in and season out. Each of us has a “seasonal beauty type” based on our looks, the way our body functions, and our overall temperament. Since spring is upon us, the characteristics of the spring body type are listed below. As you look over the list, you will notice that seemingly unrelated symptoms (like eye problems in the spring) are grouped together. This is not an oversight. Acupuncture meridians connect various organs (such as the eyes and the liver) to one another.

• Reddish complexion
• Deep vertical crease between eyebrows
• Unresolved anger, frustration, and irritability
• Prone to acne and oily skin
• Split or thickened nails
• Eye problems, such as light sensitivity, redness, sties, and tearing eyes
• Hemorrhoids or varicose veins
• Chronic tension in the neck and across the shoulders
• Digestive problems such as gas, bloating, and belching
• Light-colored stools
• Hormonal imbalances
• Rib cage sensitivity, particularly under the right ribs
• Waking up between 1 am and 3 am

If you relate to at least two of the symptoms mentioned above, then it may be time to take your body to the cleaners! Here are a few of my tips to “spring clean” your body from the inside out:

1) Go for the green. Fresh veggies, especially purifying, dark green, leafy ones like kale and parsley—which are high in chlorophyll—can help to gently cleanse the liver and gallbladder.

2) Get into tea time. Dandelion Root Tea is the premier springtime herbal tea because it has a long history of gentle, effective liver cleansing and decongesting. It’s known as a primary liver tonic and offers more nutritional value than most vegetables. Dandelion root also helps alleviate liver inflammation and congestion by stimulating bile.

3) Lemonize! The juices from fresh lemons, limes, and natural diuretics have antiseptic, germicidal, and mucus-eliminating properties. They have been used for centuries as liver toners and bile thinners.

4) Nourish your liver with liver-protecting herbs. Look for blends that contain gentian root, which stimulates the gallbladder to increase secretion and flush out bacteria; milk thistle, which protects and generates the liver by preventing free-radical damage through its known potent antioxidant properties found in the active component known as silymarin; yellow dock, which acts as a liver purifier and toner through cleansing the bloodstream; and Oregon grape root, which is helpful in liver-connected skin conditions, such as overly red or oily skin.

Weight Loss Formula is a stimulant-free two-in-one product because it supports healthy weight loss and optimizes liver function at the same time. For weight control, it provides 400 mcg of chromium, a mineral which plays a major role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, and a hefty dose (500 mg) of L-Carnitine tartrate, a fat controller which transports fatty acids into the metabolic furnace of the cell. Liver-lovin’ herbs are also blended together in a proprietary blend containing lecithin, lipase plant enzyme 2,000 FIP, turmeric root, dandelion root, milk thistle seed, and Oregon grape root—offering all the support your liver needs for its two primary detoxification phases.

Giving your liver and gallbladder special nurturing during the spring will help you attain better overall health and beauty. Let this spring herald a time of new beginnings in all areas of your life, starting with your precious body.

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  1. Lauri

    wow! I relate to 10 of those…looks like I need to really spring clean!

  2. Administrator

    Hi Ann: Gett thee some fish oil – pronto 🙂 One to two tablespoons per day and follow a yeast and gluten-free diet. If you don’t have my books Fast Track Detox and Gut Flush Plan, they may be a great investment at this time.

    Laurie: Spring has sprung and cleansing will be of such great help to you to fortify your system!

  3. Carole

    Wow I had all but 1. Thank you for the info, I will Spring Clean today!!! Thanks

  4. Muriel

    I’ve noticed that when I drink the hot lemon water as recommended in the Fat Flush Plan, I get instant hot flashes. I take that to mean I have a sensitivity to lemon, which I’d not noticed when I used the Plan seven years ago to lose over 50 lbs. The other substances that give me instant hot flashes are red wine and chocolate, which I now avoid. What is a good substitute for the lemon, which is such an integral part of the Plan?

  5. Liz

    Try lime juice and see how that works for you.

  6. Ann

    I have just finished week eight of the fat Flush Plan which basically covers much of the Spring Cleaning guidelines. I have lost 20 lbs, reached my goal weight and feel great. Looking forward to getting the Fat Flush for life book so that I can do some year round cleansing. 🙂

  7. Laura

    I said yes to 5or 6 of the above mentioned spring symptoms.I am diligent about eating well all year long .Since mid March I have focused on eating many vegetables including kale, parsley,romaine, dandelion tea, artichoke,lemon and lime water etc.I eat only organic produce, grass fed meats and raw dairy products, mostly fermented. I am gluten free and stay far away from any packaged foods and sugar. I shop at my local Farmer’s Market and I’ve been taking a good liver cleansing/support supplement that is considered mild as well. I still have some of these issues, how long can it take for the body to cleanse itself and be free of these symptoms?

  8. Sierra

    Laura, it sounds like you have a very healthy diet, so these symptoms may have other underlying causes. You might try some of the self-testing kits from UNI KEY, depending on your main complaints. For mostly digestive issues, energy, or skin problems, I would do the Expanded GI Panel to learn about inflammation markers, food sensitivities, parasites, pathogenic bacteria and more. For hormonal symptoms, I would do the Salivary Hormone Panel to asses your levels of 6 hormones and the ratios between them. If none of these so far stand out in your mind, try a Tissue Mineral Analysis to see your levels of mineral nutrients and ratios between them, and your thyroid and adrenal function. Another option is a Micronutrient Test, which shows how your body is using its nutrients and all of your antioxidant function, too. Hope this helps you!


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