7 Ways to spring clean your health and wellbeing
As I’ sure you’re aware, a lot of how you choose to look after yourself can impact your health and wellbeing. If you want to feel super-healthy this season, here are seven easy-to-follow tips for spring that I regularly share with patients in the clinic. I hope there’s something here for you.
1. Start your morning with a gentle Liver cleansing drink. Try waking up to hot water with a squeeze of lemon juice, or a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar, ten minutes before eating your breakfast. Or why not try dandelion root tea or dandelion coffee? I dislike herbal teas but do love a cup of the Vitabiotics Cleanse Vitamin tea with a mixture of selenium, vitamin C, milk thistle and dandelion root due to its sweet tang. Choose what works for you!
2. Avoid caffeine after midday. With some patients, caffeine is disastrous, in particular, coffee due to it often affecting the Liver (energetically). One of the main ways the body rids itself of toxins is through the Liver, and so a gentle cleanse once in a while is always a good idea. My stopping caffeine after midday tip is worth trying because it can make a massive difference to your energy levels and quality of your sleep. Why not give it a whirl?
3. Eat more chlorophyll-rich foods. It’s essential to eat plenty of dark, green leafy spring vegetables in your diet. These greens are a rich source of natural chlorophyll and antioxidants necessary for your all-around health. Try spring artichoke, arugula, asparagus, purple sprouting broccoli, samphire, spinach, spring greens, sprouts, watercress and wild nettles. Choosing local, seasonal foods as close to nature as possible is important for your unique constitution, health and wellbeing.
I like this site to see what’s grown seasonally, or in the UK, Eat the Seasons.
4. Spring clean your skin & hair. This tip is off the beaten acupuncture track, but I thought it was worth mentioning. There are many beautiful ways to spring clean your skin and hair. I love using Himalayan rose bath salts for helping to eliminate toxins and to stimulate circulation. I also highly recommend exfoliating with a skin brush to get rid of any dead skin cells. And it’s worth trying some organic coconut oil for a natural overnight hair mask once or twice a week. I guarantee your skin and hair will feel well and truly beautified!
5. Traditional acupuncture. If you’re feeling tired or lacking in vitality this spring, have you considered trying some traditional acupuncture? It may sound biased, but treatment can help to put a spring back in your step (excuse the pun!) by topping up your energy levels. Or if you’re going through a stressful period in your life, it can be incredibly calming and may even promote that feel-good factor. To give it a go check out acupuncture.org.uk
6. Spring organising. Strange as it may sound, in Chinese medicine, when you are in balance spring is the perfect time of year to formulate plans and strategies in your life. Think of an acorns power to grow into an oak tree; surprisingly, with the right insight, you can grow similarly too. Put simply, spring is about change and taking new directions in life. I always mention this to patients, so, get things going by making some new and exciting plans!
7. Spring exercise- why I LOVE it! Exercising outside in spring can be wonderfully energising. If you have been sitting down all day, try stretching your legs. I guarantee you’ll feel better for getting the blood and oxygen circulating around your system. Take off your work head and maybe try walking daily. I know for sure your mind, body and spirit will benefit from this. Even if it’s a 10-20 twenty minute walk around your local park or to the shops these snippets of exercise will benefit your health and wellbeing. Plus you don’t need a gym, it’s effective and easily accessible. Need any more convincing?