Spring: Season of Renewal and Growth

According to Chinese Medicine, spring is represented by the wood element and is the season of the Liver which is responsible for the free flow of energy throughout the body. Wood represents the time for fresh ideas and new starts. Unsurprisingly, its color is green like the fresh growth of spring.

Wood governs your spine, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. A wood imbalance can lead to spinal problems, poor flexibility or arthritis. Wood also governs your eyes.

But most important for your mood, wood governs your liver. The emotion associated with your liver is anger. If your liver is imbalanced your Qi will be disrupted and you’ll be angry.

Tips for a healthy spring diet that supports your liver.

Overeating taxes your liver. Therefore eat light. Eat greens like sprouts, wheat-grass, spinach, kale and dandelions. Milk thistle tea detoxes your liver.

Pungent spices like basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill and bay leaf are excellent for spring cooking.

By keeping your wood balanced and your liver healthy you will be

happy.

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