Tips for Health & Happiness

Here's to a Happy, Healthy Spring

Spring Diet Enhancers

In Oriental Medicine each season has a correlating yin/yang organ pair that is predominant. In the spring it's the gallbladder and liver.  It means that healthy actions you take to balance out your liver and gallbladder during this time will have a quicker response than during other times of the year.  

Fortunately for my patients who live in San Diego, we have more organic farms here than any other county in the US.  Ideally you eat organic as much as possible since sustainable agriculture is good for the environment and your body. If you want more information on organic qualifications see link at the bottom of this article.  

The following can be signs and symptoms of an out of balance liver and gallbladder; headaches, irritability, frustration, inappropriate anger, depression, premenstrual syndrome, irregular periods, gallbladder or liver stones, cirrhosis, hepatitis, fatty liver, high blood pressure, acid reflux, stomach ulcers, IBS, constipation, erectile dysfunction...Acupuncture and herbal medicine can also help reverse these conditions and restore you to a state of optimal health. 

Springtime foods that help detoxify and balance your liver/ gallbladder are ;
Dandelion greens, cilantro, olive oil, lemon juice, all types of greens, beets, carrots, sour tasting fermented foods ; Kimchi, sauerkraut, sour pickles, and yogurt, tomatoes, grapefruit, asparagus, walnuts,turmeric, garlic, cruciferous vegetables; cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, radish, wasabi, rutabaga and turnips. Some helpful grains are millet, quinoa and buckwheat. Green tea and milk thistle are also detoxifying.  Foods to avoid are alcohol, processed sugar, fried foods,dairy (excluding yogurt) and gluten containing grains.

Cindy Saylor