As we transition from winter to spring here are 3 simple tips that can help you leave the winter blues behind!
Tip # 1 Spring Clean Your Liver:
Do a 3-day liver cleanse:
4 medium carrots, scrubbed
2 handfuls baby spinach
1 medium red beet
1 English cucumber
1 green apple cored
1 lemon rind removed
1 inch piece ginger root add more to taste
*Push the ingredients through your juicer and consume whole or strain with a fine mesh sieve. Drink through the day.
Giving the liver a little bit of love and support by doing a 3-day liver cleanse, it can boost your metabolism and help you let go of belly fat. Unencumbered by fat, the liver is able to fire up fat burning-and belly flab goes first. In one study at the Pennington biomedical research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, overweight women who increased the availability of choline in the liver had 83 percent greater reductions in belly fat over 8 weeks compared with their counterparts who did not. Choline is a B vitamin that makes it so that the liver can’t hold onto fat.
Another way to support the liver is to get rid of bad bacteria in the gut. Dr. Ibrahim Hanouneh, M.D. says that “I blame gut bacteria for almost everything going wrong in the liver.” Bad bacteria deplete the body’s levels of choline so when you don’t have enough fat accumulates in the organ.” When fat gathers in the liver, the organ’s metabolic and detoxifying functions are further impaired. This in turn saps physical energy and mental focus-and triggers weight gain.”
Populating the gut with good bacteria quickly restores liver health. Beneficial bugs are able to crowd out the bad bacteria, curbing the output of endotoxins so the liver has more energy to filter excess estrogen and progesterone and perform other key detoxification processes. And with fewer bad bugs in the gut, choline is able to be routed to the liver, where it can help the organ start shedding its fat stores.
Tip #2 Space Clearing:
As we change seasons there is a natural urge to purge as we prepare for warmer days and months ahead. Get an early start by going through closets, drawers, dressers, and rooms that have accumulated “stuff” through the winter months. As the weather warms, clean up entry ways, mudroom areas, and closets bulging at the seams with heavy coats, mittens and boots. Transition heavy snow coats to lighter jackets and hoodies. By letting go of stuff that is no longer useful or intentional it opens up the space in your environment. De-cluttering can shift stagnant energy, and simplifies the upkeep of these areas in the home that tend to get congested.
A space clearing includes recycling and releasing old stuff and as we “let go” we open up opportunities to experience clarity, brighter moods, and an increase in available energy that can be put to better use. Even though there are still some winter weeks ahead, spring cleaning can help us transition and move into those happy, brighter days.
Tip #3 Declutter Emotionally:
As we move from winter to spring we have an opportunity to release deep seeded anger and sadness which are feelings that are directly related to liver function. Here are some tools and resources you can use to help keep stagnant, toxic emotions from building up.
- Guided visualization
- Epson salt bath
- Talking to a friend who understands you
In the winter many of these feelings are suppressed and with our lack of physical exercise and lack of the sun light we start to experience depressed moods and winter blues. Get things moving by decluttering emotionally and you and the rest of your family will start to feel better as you transition from winter to spring.
Happy Spring Cleaning!