Detox is all we hear in relation to getting healthier, losing weight and reclaiming aspects of our life which seem lost. The word detox is thrown onto teas, supplements, drinks, powders and diets. There's also detoxing from habits like the time we spend on our phone, and certain relationships and environments.
TICM has a different viewpoint on detoxing. Too much detoxing without taking necessary steps prior to doing so can actually cause further imbalance and strain on the organs. In TICM we believe that the body has the ability to correct any imbalance one is experiencing, whether physical or emotional.
The first thing to do before detoxing is restoring balance through what you choose to eat. A basic principle is focusing on nutrient dense foods. Think organic vegetables, fruits, clean proteins, rice, sweet potatoes, beans, potatoes, seaweed, yams, broths, miso, walnuts, etc. Taking time away from sugar, processed foods, dairy, refined grains and stimulants like alcohol and nicotine does a system very well.
Our Liver acts as the army general of our body. When the Liver is functioning at its highest level, the body is healthy and working efficiently. It is said that when the general has excellent soldiers to fight battles, toxins, there is nothing that can penetrate our body to cause illness. Toxins are always entering our system, it is more important to build a strong army than trying to shoo away aggravators, that will just lead to exhaustion because the job will never be done.
A happy Liver means excess weight will shed, emotions will feel balanced, periods will come and go without discomfort, and our hearts will be joyful and happy.
What can you do:
Sleep before 11pm.
Connect with nature everyday.
Meditate and pray to calm emotions and mind.
Acupressure, acupuncture and cupping.
Moderate exercise like walking, yoga, pilates, Qigong
Take Liver herns/formulas to power the Liver and balance emotions.
Eat sour foods to stimulate liver health like sauerkraut, broccoli rabe.
Incorporate greens, dandelion, aubergines, courgettes, fennel, and scallions into your diet.
Drink warm ginger powder tea to stimulate digestion and natural detoxification.
Opt out of raw food and lightly steam or sautee your vegetables for less energy spent on digesting and more time spent on healing.
Women please don't strain yourself while on your period and immediately leading up to it. Take it easy and rest as much as possible, refraining from rigorous exercise and stress.