Spring Equinox Health Tips

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The flowers are blooming, the earth is moist and the air has a fresh scent that inspires you to create. But to create, we first have to create space and to do that we need to let go of what is old and outdated- what we wish to release once and for all. We want to move into the summer season with lightness and health, but this begins by investing in our health in the Spring. Spring is the time of the liver in Chinese Medicine and it is, for this reason, the best time to cleanse the liver. The liver also governs our vision and if we can’t see what we want, then we won’t be able to create what we want.

Signs of a liver that is in need of cleansing is:  acne, skin issues, inflammation in the eyes, sluggishness, foggy head, poor elimination, digestive issues, anger, frustration, hormone imbalances, fatigue, pain on the right upper portion of your abdomen, malabsorption of nutrients, chemical sensitivities and the list goes on. The liver is a very important member of your body and when it’s not functioning optimally, the rest of our body suffers.

We need to do some ‘Spring Cleaning’! Cleaning the external and the internal. We must let go of old clothes, clutter, dysfunctional relationships, unhealthy lifestyle patterns, whatever is dead.  Reflecting on what is outdated and dead in my life? What am I carrying around that is done and doesn’t nourish me anymore? This applies to everything in our life, as well as our health. This is the time to do cleanses, detoxification of the body, to shed old skin like a snake and welcome rebirth.

There are some simple changes you can make that can have a positive effect on your health. They are:

  • Eating lots of fresh greens and veggies- if your digestion is sensitive or you feel cold often, steam them.
  • Eating more foods that have a bitter taste like bitter melon, kale, dandelion leaves etc
  • Drinking warm water with some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in the morning
  • Incorporating herbs into your diet that help your liver like Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Burdock etc (Please check with a qualified health practitioner or a Medical Doctor if you have any health concerns or issues before taking any herbs. A qualified herbalist will be able to tell you if a specific herb is a good choice for you).
  • Camomile Tea is gentle and effective in assisting the liver and is calming
  • Reduce and eventually eliminate refined sugar and wheat
  • Cut back on red meat and dairy
  • Decrease consumption of fried, oily foods
  • Exercise daily to break a sweat

Have full integrating these tips into your life and feel revived and revitalized after winter. Spring is a time of creating a vision for the coming year and with a healthy liver, you will be ready to do it!

 

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Adrenal Fatigue- The Illness of the Modern Age

After years of pushing myself, I finally got the message my body was telling me. Enough is enough. Balance is key.

Well.. after striving and pushing for most of my life, my body finally had enough.  The last two years of working in the film industry pushed my adrenals past their reserves. Lack of sleep, long hours and extended periods of stress have had their impact on my body.

Yoga and meditation helped to keep me afloat, but after a certain amount of time the weight of stress was too much and my body needed to get the message to my mind, to stop what was killing me.

I didn’t want to change my life, I didn’t want to change my way of living.  But the body knows otherwise. Humans are not meant to be operating at such a high level of intensity for a long duration of time. The flight and fight response is meant to only last minutes, not days, or weeks, or in many peoples cases, years.

So here I am now, in a sense of awe.. That my body is forcing me into hibernation.

It doesn’t care that my mind doesn’t want to stop, it doesn’t care that I had plans. It only cares about survival and its health. It wants me to live in balance and its forcing me to do so.

I don’t know how the future will be, but what I do know is that I will change. I will change in how I use my energy. I will change in how I work and I will change in the person I become. This has long term consequences and will take 1-2 years to recover.

I knew throughout the whole experience that this was happening, but I kept going forward chasing after money, consciously running myself into the ground.

Our society as a whole, is running towards this illness. Our gas tanks operate on coffee and sugar. Every morning it shocks me how many people are in line at coffee shops, and how many coffee shops are on each block. It is the drug of the modern age and most of us are sleep deprived.

When we are stressed we eat poorly, make bad decisions and smile less. I see these hurried people, miserable faces all over the place. Their bodies screaming “listen to me!!” But they don’t, just like I didn’t and then illness sets in to wake them up.

Wake up before you have no choice. I had my warning. Im changing my life. Because the other option isn’t a choice.

If you have these symptoms you are probably moving towards Adrenal or Chronic Fatigue, talk to a nutritionist/ naturopath sooner rather than later.

  • Still very tired when you get up in the morning, even if y0u had 8-10 hours of sleep
  • groggy and tired at 3-4pm
  • easily overwhelmed and stressed
  • digestion is off
  • as a woman your cycle could be off
  • low mood
  • irritable, easily angered
  • have no reserves, once you are tired there is nothing left.
  • wired, but tired
  • foggy, memory problems
  • need sugar or caffeine to keep going
  • candida overgrowth

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