Spring – The Time for Renewal by Barbara Kempen | Mar 20, 2011 | Uncategorized While Winter was a time to conserve your energy and reduce activity, Spring is a time of regeneration, new beginnings, and a renewal of your spirit. Spring is the ideal time for cleansing and rejuvenation for your overall health and well-being. In Chinese Medicine, spring is represented by the wood “element”, which in turn is conceptually related to the liver and gallblader organs. The liver is responsible for the smooth flowing of Qi (energy) throughout your body. When the liver runs smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout your body also runs smoothly. Here are some healthy tips how to increase your energy! Stretch – The liver controls the tendons. According to Chinese medicine, the liver stores blood during periods of rest and then releases it to the tendons in times of activity. Try to start your morning with 10 minutes of morning stretches and yoga exercises. Eat Green – Green is the color of spring time. Eating young plants, – fresh, leafy greens and sprouts can improve the liver’s overall functions and give your energy. Taste Sour – Foods and drinks with a sour tastes are thought to stimulate the liver’s Qi. Put lemon slices in your drinking water, use vinegar and olive oil for your salad dressing. Do more outdoor activities – Outside air helps liver Qi flow. If you have been feeling irritable, find an outdoor activity to smooth your energy. Try hiking, playing with your dogs or take up golf. Drink Milk thistle tea – Milk Thistle tea helps protects liver cells from incoming toxins and encourages the liver to cleanse itself of damaging substances, such as alcohol, medications and environmental toxins Laugh out Loud – think about something funny and allow yourself to laugh out loud.