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As the days gradually become longer and warmer, and we prepare for the increased activities of spring, our bodies respond by mobilizing the eliminative organs to detox the accumulated waste of winter. While the colon, kidneys, lungs and skin all play a major role in this important cleansing process, it is the liver that is most in focus now as springtime energies stimulate the liver to cleanse the blood and internal organs of impurities. These impurities may be due to fatty, processed or undigested foods, a deficiency in enzymes, or environmental toxins including heavy metals, drugs, poisonous chemicals, polluted air and contaminated water. When the body is overburdened with toxins, the liver may be stressed causing symptoms such as allergies, headaches, nausea, irritability, foggy thinking, muscle tension, skin eruptions, itching and fatigue. In women, PMS, fibroid tumors, and endometriosis are signs of liver stress, since the liver must process excess estrogens out of the bloodstream.
The Body in Spring
The body is moving right along with its yearly cycle of rebuilding and cleansing various organs and systems, whether we acknowledge it or not. Throughout spring, our bodies mimic the plant cycles, for as the sap rises in the trees, it is time for us all to move upward, also. Thus, in the Chinese elemental system, the first part of spring is called the season of the Wood element. If we are not cleansing the past toxins from our bodies and minds and rebuilding consciously now, the possibility exists that we could become as the trunk of the tree, somewhat rigid. Instead of rigidity, lightness and joy are our passwords entering spring.
The organs rebuilding and cleansing in spring are ones located high up in the body. Winter focused on the lower organs – reproductive, bladder and kidneys, the water organs of the Water element season. During the season of the Wood element, the body focuses energy upwards to the liver and gall bladder. The Fire element season begins during the last month of spring and the energy moves on to the heart and small intestines, including the circulatory and endocrine systems.
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Anita Ivic (Owner • Pilates & Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer • STOTT PILATES® • CYA • BFA)
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