Welcoming liver and gallbladder season

All winter long you've sipped warm mugs of hot tea, roasted vegetables, and spooned up endless amounts of savory soups and stews, but we're here to tell you—spring is finally here! And with the arrival of spring, green and other bright colors must be brought back onto your plate. Thank goodness, right?

The liver is a mysterious organ in our bodies. Western medicine has no idea what to do with it or how to treat symptoms connected to the liver. According the Chinese Medicine, spring is liver and gallbladder season. Eating according to the seasons will naturally assist your body to do what it already wants to do.

Common symptoms during spring

There are a couple of common symptoms many people experience during this season. You should be aware that all of these symptoms are connected to how well your liver is functioning this time of year. Have you experienced any of these this spring?

  • Frontal headache—a headache located in your forehead
  • Back of the head headache—usually only on one side of the head
  • Digestive difficulties—feeling bloated or constipated
  • Eyesight differences—temporary changes in vision
  • Irritability—according to Chinese medicine, anger is the emotion stored in our liver

If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, take a minute to think how you might best support your liver. One way you can help your body do what it already wants to do is to eat according to the seasons. Let's talk about what that means.

Dr. Brad's spring eating tips + Liver Cleanse

In spring, your plate should hold foods like:

  • apples
  • beets
  • onions
  • garlic
  • carrots

Colorful root vegetables and leafy greens are especially helpful to the liver this time of year. Juicing your greens is another great way to get that extra kick of veggies.

Springtime is the ideal time to cleanse the liver. Here's a great trick for cleansing the liver: take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and drink it with a 12 oz glass of apple juice. Watch out, it might be a little tart! But, if your body needs it, it probably won’t taste too bad.

If you or someone in your family might need extra liver support this spring, come see us at the clinic. Watch our short video to learn more about what your liver needs during spring.