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Guest post..Alex Yates, Acupuncturist
We're already well into Spring! I was suffering from winter stagnation (Procrastination) But you know what? This is perfect timing as Spring detoxes are best started in October. You can't wake the winter bear with a shock of juicing and fasting. It's too cold and raw straight out of winter.
Spring is the season of growth and renewal. Birth and new beginnings. The emotions that come up though can be one of frustration at things not happening fast enough or in the way you want. There is a bit of aggression in the air as the winter pot is stirred by the winds of Spring. Issues that have been percolating during winter can come up to the surface to be dealt with. Also a lot of animals are protecting their young and you can sense their aggressive energy. Magpies are a great example of this;-)
The element involved in spring is the wood element. It has a wonderful expansive and creative energy that needs to be expressed without restrictions. Just like a tree needs to spread its roots and branches.
Restrictions come in all sorts of sizes and packages and we have a lot of them around us at any given time. That’s why diets suck so much and why I am not particularly a fan. But what about Spring Detoxes??
What about them? Are they necessary?
As one of my amazing Ayurvedic practitioner friends Lesley says actually a detox should be not be started until October .This gives you a month to plan and get your head into that sort of thing. It’s totally normal not to be 100% feeling a detox right at the beginning of Spring. Listen to yourself. It is also normal to start feeling the need to get active and change lots of stuff. It’s normal to be frustrated at your conflicting lack of motivation in changing lots of stuff right now. You are waiting for the “official thunderclap of spring!” Also quoting my friend Lesley. And I literally heard that thunderclap the other night so there you go. Time to get moving.
So why is it so important to have a detox and how hardcore should you go?
In Chinese medicine, if you are respectful and living by the seasons as in eating seasonal vegetables and adjusting your cooking methods to the seasons for example, soups and stews in winter, lightly sautéed veg in spring, lots of colour a little bit of spice and light cooking on high heat in Summer etc. If you live in harmony with the season you mostly shouldn’t need a detox except when you are coming out of winter and also Summer. But that's a way off.
Winter foods are heavy and fatty and the body hasn’t been moving as much as it does in the other seasons. So there is a bit of stagnation and if the diet doesn’t change from those heavier and oilier food of Winter into the lighter younger sprouts and vegetables of spring, the liver and gallbladder suffer.This leading to feelings of anger, irritability, depression. And a lack of moving forward in life when that’s exactly the nature of spring. It has the energy of youth and growth like little green shoots of spring.
Signs you need a Detox:
So, how hardcore do you want to do your Spring detox? 2 Options. If you don't you will be hot, itchy, irritable and with a bit of extra padding.
Ayur Botanicals is offering the Space to Heal Spring cleanse from October the 6th-26th. It's a whole system detox where you can go as gentle or as hardcore as you like. Also includes an Ayurvedic tongue diagnosis so the detox is tailored to your individual constitution. Learn more...
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Alex Yates, BHSc (Acu), Registered Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist and Beauty Therapist in Palm Beach, Gold Coast.
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