It’s cleanse season again! Spring is the time of the Liver in Chinese medicine, which makes it the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning in your body. The liver is a major organ in the body that helps to detoxify and clean the blood. It relies on the kidneys, urinary bladder, intestines and skin to take the waste products out. Most cleanses are designed to take stress off these organs so that they can do their jobs better. Many also include supplements to support these organs to help speed the detoxification process. By modifying the diet during a cleanse, energy is freed up to focus on cleaning. It’s like taking the weekend off, gathering the right cleaning supplies, and focusing only on cleaning your house. Think of how much you’d get done! Imagine having a whole week to do it! Read
by Emma Thake
In Chinese medicine, your digestion plays an absolute central role in optimal health. Having a weak digestive system (which for us encompasses functions of the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, liver, and immune system) can lead to countless other health problems. In fact, I often see patients coming in for problems in other areas such as fertility or insomnia but if their digestion is weak, I have learned to treat that first in order to make real lasting change elsewhere. If digestion is poor, a patient cannot process and assimilate food or medicine correctly, rendering treatments or dietary changes less effective. Recent scientific research is emerging that emphasizes the importance of this concept, mainly through the exploration of the human microbiome. Read
My excitement for participating in the annual YinOva cleanse disappeared by day two. I live a healthy lifestyle, cooking most of my meals, practicing yoga daily ,and reading wellness journals for fun. As someone who understands the value of cleansing and caring for your body, a ten day cleanse shouldn’t have been too hard. But it was. Read
I like to think of a cleanse as a concentrated time to rethink our habits and let our bodies rest. The obvious habit to start with is usually our diet. Whether you are having only fresh juices for your cleanse or are just attempting to “clean up” your diet, a cleanse can provide the motivation to test out new ways of taking care of ourselves for a finite amount of time. I often find at the end of a cleanse, no matter how simple or intense I make it, I’ve always let go of some old poor habits, usually involving that special treat after a meal that has become not so special or rare anymore, the relaxing glass of wine (or several) at the end of the day, too much take out, too many tacos, etc. Read
Let’s face it, we all have a sweet tooth and now and again we need a little sweet fix. I’ve found with minimal effort, these treats really hit the spot.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
- two tablespoons of chia seeds in a bowl
- add a cup of water (you can use coconut milk, almond milk, or your milk of choice)
- stir to disperse the seeds
- allow it to gel (I like to keep it overnight, but 30 minutes is usually sufficient)
- add about two tablespoons of organic, 100% cocoa powder
- stevia to taste
- stir it up
- experiment: you can add cinnamon, greens powder (NanoGreens) or reds powder (NanoReds), or maca powder for an extra nutritional boost!
- eat up!
Chocolate Banana Ice-Cream
- take one overripe banana
- mash it up in a bowl (almost looks like applesauce)
- add some 100%, organic cocoa powder (one tablespoon is sufficient)
- add stevia powder to taste (you may not need any at all)
- if you want straight-up banana flavor, omit the cocoa
- add cinnamon for some extra oomph!
- freeze overnight
- remove from freezer, thaw