5 Ways to Detox for Spring. Wisdom from Ancient times.


5 Ways to Detox for Spring using the Wisdom of the Ancients.

Spring has sprung (Oh how I love a good pun)! Are you excited?

The days are starting to get longer and sunnier and new life is all around us. Walking to clinic today smelt the Jasmine on the breeze and felt the sun on my face and along with being in that present moment I felt a renewed sense of energy and the gratitude knowing that the dark days of winter are once again behind me.

It’s time for us to come out of our shells and bask again in the sunlight. However many of us will find ourselves still sluggish from winter as we realise that we have too much on our plates to be able to put it aside and step into the light.

The ancients knew the importance of balance and of harmonising our energies with the energy of the seasons. Ayurvedic philosophy (India), TCM (China) and Hippocratic medicine (Greek) all pointed out how we can achieve abundant health by harmonising with the energy of the season, they all also marked Spring as the season to detoxify the body.

Spring is about new life, new beginnings and setting roots to sustain through the party season that is summer in Melbourne, Australia complete with sunlit days that seemingly last forever… YAY!

This spring, can you commit to sustaining and thriving- through and mindful, balanced living in the same way the ancients did?

Here are my top suggestions based on the wisdom of the ancients to help you prepare for a wonderful Spring and Summer.

1. Drink Warm Water With Lemon (Ayurveda)

Start your morning with a glass of hot water and the juice of half a lemon or lime. This will cleanse your digestive tract and perhaps initiate a bowel movement to the get the toxins out of your digestive tract. The sour taste will enkindle the digestive fire or Agni setting you up for good digestion and metabolism first thing in the morning

2. Use Herbs and Spices to Improve Digestion and Metabolism (Ayurveda)

Make use of your herb garden and drink warm herbal teas throughout the day. Cinnamon, ginger, fennel, and mint are good options. You should also cook your food with liberal doses of herbs and spices. Use culinary herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, and oregano, and spices such as turmeric (my favourite for allergies), cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mint, sage, and parsley in generous amounts.

3. Cleanse your Home and Body of Chemicals (TCM)

Cleanse your home and body of chemical toxins and allow your liver to rest and regenerate. According to TCM, spring is the season of the wood element which encompasses the liver and the gallbladder. These organs regulate a smooth flow of energy throughout the whole person (body and mind). Unfortunately, they’re prone to stagnation because many of us eat poor quality fats and denatured foods and unwillingly poison our poor bodies with chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and exposure to pollution.

4. Breathe (TCM)

Go outside and breathe some fresh air, and get some exercise. Movement of any kinds helps to move energy through the channels and healthy lung qi helps invigorate and move stagnant Liver qi. The cleaner the air the better so get together with a few friends and plan a bushwalk or beachwalk followed by a healthy seasonal picnic.

5. Fast (Hippocratic medicine)

When fasting, the body’s digestive organs are no longer burdened with the processing of new or considerable food intake, and can start to consume and metabolize toxins. The ancient Greeks were great believers in the curative powers of fasting.  It can also be a partial fast, or a restricted cleansing diet such as the 5:2, or it can be a total fast, with nothing more than water or herbal teas consumed.  To design the fast or cleansing regime that is right for you, both in terms of your natural constitutional makeup, disposition and temperament as well as the various health conditions or imbalances you may have acquired, it is helpful to consult with a physician or holistic healthcare professional.

Kinesiology to help you Detox for Spring.

Kinesiology helps us to identify the causes of stress and toxicity by accessing the subconscious mind to gather information about the issue at hand. By working with knowledge from traditional medicines, kinesiology can help to work out the best detox program for you and to shift energy through the channels to speed up the process of detoxification.

Kinesiology works with the Chinese medicine meridian system and the Ayurvedic chakra system to balance energy centres. Kinesiology can also be used to detremine nutritional deficiencies and toxicities.

Suggested treatment plan.

When treating an issue with the help of kinesiology I recommend:

  • An initial 90 minute kinesiology consultation followed by 3 – 5 standard consultations 1 -2 weeks apart.
  • Further follow-up standard consultations should be spaced between 2 -4 weeks apart or booked as needed.

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