Advice from our herbalists, nutritional therapists, and Chinese medical practitioners.
Chinese Medicine doesn’t discuss the concept of detoxing as such, rather the focus is on creating balance within our bodies through living in harmony with the seasons and the changes in
Living in Rhythm with Spring
Spring is a time to grow and to start putting plans into action. There is often a sense of tension, felt in the energetic potential of the young buds, and the uncertainty as to when the warm weather will be here to stay.
In Chinese Medicine Springtime is associated with the Wood element which relates to the Liver organ. The Liver is thought to smooth the flow of qi around the channels of the body, removing physical, emotional or energetic blockages.
It is important therefore to support the Liver energy during this time to assist in 'detoxing' the channels. The following Qi Gong exercise can be used to activate and energise the Liver qi.
TOP TIP #8 Fish n Fibre
Oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines), nuts, seeds and olive oil are all good sources of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that help reduce inflammation and regulate liver and gallbladder function.
Also, having enough sources of dietary fibre such as brown rice, oats, rye, quinoa along with beans, pulses, lentils may help to prevent constipation and help excretion of toxins.
TOP TIP #7
Drink 1.5 – 2 litres of filtered water per day this can help relieve constipation and prevent water retention.
Herbal teas can be included in this quota – Dandelion and nettle teas are diuretics that can assist in liver and kidney function in detoxification.
Also, supplement with super green foods such as Spirulina or Chlorella as they contain a rich source of chlorophyll that can help bind to heavy metals such as nickel, mercury and aluminium, thus aid liver detoxification.
Top Tip #6 Fruit & Veg
Eat a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts. They are
a rich source of B vitamins, iron and magnesium, and also contain phytonutrients called glucosinolates, and indole- 3 carbinol, which can all aid liver
Top Tip #5 Sucking lemons
Lemons are rich in vitamin C along with phytonutrients such as beta carotene, lutein and zexanthin - all excellent to aid
detox after a period of indulgence.Hence, starting off the day with a glass of lukewarm water and slice of lemon can aid cleansing of the digestive tract and set you right up for the
Tomorrow we'll be looking at which vegetables are especially beneficial to eat during a detox...
TOP TIP#4 - A palatable and safe traditional detox recipe
Dandelions, Nettle and Cleavers cold infusion for a cleansed body & beautiful skin:
Take a good handful each of cleavers, dandelion leaves and nettles (use gloves for this one!)
Rinse and place in a 1-2 litre jug of cold water.
Leave to infuse overnight.
In the morning, strain and drink the liquid.
DANDELION is a diuretic and encourages detoxification through the increase of urine. Therefore it has an effect on the kidneys.
Dandelion Latin name: Taraxacum officinale
TOP TIP#1 Top Spring Herbs to make yourself beautiful!
Cleavers Aka sticky willie, goosegrass, clivers. Latin name: Galium aparine
This long, stringy, sticky herb is recognised by some people as the tool of playground games: children enjoy throwing the plant at each other, with the goal of sticking it to someone's back without them noticing. However, look closely and you will notice that it is because of thousands of tiny hooks rather than a sticky glue that gives it this effect.