Springtime vegetables

Here are some very beneficial foods recommended in TICM to consume during the springtime in order to best support the Liver and the Gallbladder systems. This can enhance your creativity, your mood, and your overall well-being. However, due to this 'virus' we should also try to consume at this present time to keep our vital energy and Blood flowing smoothly. These foods are highly benefical for 'Livery' people. If you are 'Livery' I would have told you in clinic.

1. Green foods — green is the color associated with the Liver and also spring. Because we always look to nature for guidance, we consume green foods to help match that vibration. Foods rich in chlorophyll help to awaken and rejuvenate the Liver. Think spirulina, chlorella, parsley, wheat grass, kale, dandelion greens, Swiss chard, asparagus, chives, and collard greens. Broccoli rabe is amazing, too. Bitter greens further help and support the Liver.

2. Sour foods — lemons, limes and grapefruit to help draw out the fats that could have been stored up during the colder months and help to smooth out energy.

3. Radishes — both the radish and radish top are very healing for the Liver. This vegetable is pungent and can breaks down sluggish fluids in the Stomach and intestines, helping the Liver detox. eat the radish greens/leaves too please.

4. Bone broth — chicken bone broth from organic, pasture-raised poultry supports the Liver in its resurgence, hence the name Spring Chicken.

5. Sprouted foods — seeds, grains, peas, beans, and some nuts that sprout.

Now is the time to limit salty foods. Reduce quantities of sodium rich foods and heavy foods which clog the Liver.

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