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TCM Spring Element

Happy first day of spring! I'm sure we are all looking forward to the warm sunny days that are ahead. Spring is a time for expansion, new beginnings and outward growth!

In TCM, the element that is correlated with spring is wood, which is related to the Liver and Gall Bladder organs.

When the Liver is in balance, our energy moves smoothly throughout our body. When the Liver becomes disrupted symptoms like aches and pains, red and irritated eyes, anger and frustration will begin to appear.

Another example is if we are feeling stuck and/or restricted with our day to day life, we can become angry, irritable and frustrated. Especially during the spring, we need to move forward!

3 Easy Tips on how to Support your Liver and Gall Bladder this Spring:

1. The color of spring and the wood element is green -- therefore, increase green fruits and vegetables in your diet (broccoli, beans, peas, kale, lettuce).

2. Move your body! Just like the energy in our body likes to move and not become stagnant, you need to also do this with your physical self. Start going on daily walks or learn yoga poses!

3. Spring is a windy season! In TCM, we call wind the "Mother of 1,000 Diseases". As much as we want to start wearing shorts and tank tops, be sure to cover the back of your neck when going outside on a windy day. The nape of our neck is where wind enters which causes sickness and allergies.

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