Spring is a time of renewal, of change. As the Earth begins to renew so do our bodies. Our internal rhythms are naturally balanced to the external rhythms. Just as spring is the time to air out and clean your house from the long winter months, the same holds true for our bodies. According to Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine the body energy mirrors the seasons. Ayurveda sees spring as a time of transition: early spring is Kapha (because of cooler temperatures and rain), later spring is more Pitta (because of warmer temperatures), and Vata is involved because of the changeable nature of the weather. The increasingly longer daylight hours, along with warmer temperatures, gives new energy.
Winter is the time to nourish the body and let it rest, to conserve and build our vital energy. During this time of rest for our bodies, food and other nutrients can become undigested and stagnate. Ayurveda maintains undigested food stagnating in the system "ama" is the root cause of disease. Ama is experienced as fatigue, heaviness, constipation, indigestion, gas, diarrhea, and bloating. When the body becomes unbalanced because of poor diet and lifestyle and/or negative thoughts and emotions, this first affects "agni", the body's biological fire, which governs digestion and assimilation of food. When this process is weakened or disturbed, digestion is further impaired and food is not digested properly. These undigested food particles accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract and turn into ama, which is sticky and toxic. When this goes on long enough, these toxins are absorbed through the intestinal wall and overflow into other body channels. You can tell if ama is present if you can see a thick white coating on your tongue. Spring is the time to clear ama out of the body.
Spring is also the time of year in which the liver’s energy is resurging. Nature gives us cues that it is time to cleanse by providing fresh new plants that assist our bodies in the cleansing process including dandelion and thistle. These two plants are especially beneficial to the liver. The liver does the the brunt of the detoxification process in the body, as it converts toxins into easily removable substances and helps eliminate them from the body. The liver also helps filter pollution and other environmental toxins in our foods and environment. Fresh new greens begin to grow in Spring, helping to alkalize our bodies and remove the acidic wastes and toxins that may have become stagnant and stored during the winter months. Both of the ancient healing systems, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, say that Spring is the time for cleansing, especially for the liver and the digestive system. This serves to flush out the system from the richer, heavier foods of winter.
Regardless of whether or not you smoke, drink, eat right or exercise, the truth is we live in a toxic environment. Toxins are found in the air we breathe, pesticides, herbicides, food additive and preservatives in food, and biological chemicals found in plastics, personal care and household products. We are part of our environment, not separate from it, so if our external environment is polluted so is our internal. Cleansing is one of the best approaches to preventative health care and an important component in a healthy, natural lifestyle. Spring is the optimum time to cleanse and detoxify.
The benefits of cleansing include:
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