This year, Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 16. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, New Year’s Day is also officially the start of Spring. Springtime is a time of expansion, new life, and growth. It is also the best time of year to detoxify your body, mind, and spirit. After a long, cold winter (and even if you live in a warmer climate), the body has been sluggish and in hibernation mode. Because of this lack of movement, a tendency to stay put in order to keep warm and conserve energy, the body may also have accumulated toxins.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), each season of the year also corresponds to a particular body organ, and a particular type of physiological process. Springtime corresponds to the Liver. Your Liver is one of the main organs for detoxification, and it also stores energy, so it is important to treat your Liver well, protect it and strengthen it, especially in the Springtime when it is working very hard to detoxify your system.
Your diet and lifestyle can have a very significant effect on your Liver. The color of Spring is green, so it is beneficial to your Liver to eat green-colored foods. Foods that can help the Liver include:
• Leafy greens, such as spinach, carrots, celery, cilantro, green apple, green papaya, green grapes, kiwi, pear, and cucumber
Alcohol is toxic to the body, especially the Liver, so it is best to limit alcohol intake, especially in the season of the Liver, Springtime, to allow your Liver to function to the best of its abilities. Stress also has a profound negative effect on the Liver. Relaxation exercises, such as meditation, or even a relaxing walk, can have great benefit for the Liver.
Getting enough sleep and getting to bed early enough will also help the Liver. According to TCM theory, the hours of 11 pm and 3 am are the Liver/Gallbladder time. This means that what you do during those times will greatly affect these organs. So, it’s best to be asleep before 11 pm in order to give your Liver a rest.
Besides diet and lifestyle, there are also outside factors that affect the body during the Spring season. One of the main factors is Wind. In order to prevent Wind from entering the body and causing harm, it is best to stay warm and cover the back of your neck with a scarf to prevent colds and flus. Close your windows at night when you sleep. If wind enters your body during the night, you may wake up with a stiff neck. Wind also causes other more serious illnesses, such as Bell’s Palsy, which is similar to a stroke.
Because of wind in Spring, many have a tendency to have more sensitive skin. This may cause you to be more prone to skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, hives, and other skin disorders. Merry Clinic’s Skin Detox formula is the perfect addition to your normal skincare routine. It will help to nourish the Liver and strengthen its detoxifying function, and will help to reduce skin sensitivity, and prevent future skin problems from occurring.
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