YOUR MID-SUMMER ENERGY BOOST
Thankfully, we're only halfway through the summer - there's still plenty of sunshine and social activities ahead. But if you’re feeling exhausted from the madness of summer or need a boost before your next weekend getaway, you might benefit from a quick internal refresh.
During the summer months, most of us are on the go, go, go with all the amazing happenings - family BBQs, strenuous hikes, cocktail parties, outdoor concerts, long road trips, and generally indulging in delicious food and drink under the sun. With this flutter of activity, we often don’t take time to support our body and its detoxification systems. The liver is your main detox organ and is hard at work daily processing everything that we put in our bodies. When the liver is overworked, the body builds up toxins and byproducts from all these fun activities, which need to get packaged up and shipped out of the system. If we don’t hit the refresh button once in awhile, inflammation occurs throughout the body and this can contribute to fatigue, bloating, puffiness, brain fog, joint pain, etc. Now, let me be clear - I’m not suggesting that you halt your summer fun altogether, but a short stint of some self care can do you, your body, and your liver wonders!
Here are a few simple and easy tips to optimize detoxification and help your liver:
add herbs and spices such as parsley, cilantro, and turmeric to homemade salads and marinades / rubs for vegetables and meats
add beets, artichokes, lemon, and lightly steamed cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, collard greens, cabbage) to your daily salads
enjoy bitter foods such as arugula and mustard greens at the beginning of your meal to aid in digestion and assimilation of minerals and nutrients
take a walk within 30 minutes after your evening meal to prevent insulin spikes that can further burden your liver
try skin brushing and castor oil packs - two naturopathic therapies known to cleanse the liver, improve circulation and encourage lymphatic drainage
try gentle twisting yoga poses to stimulate the liver
sip on cold infusions of stinging nettle tea daily (see below)
If you’re not sure how to incorporate these tips into your daily routine or want to learn more, I encourage you to make an appointment to come see me!
Nettles are a great detoxifier of the liver. They are also chock-full of minerals and nutrients and can even help to reduce allergies!
To make a stinging nettle cold infusion:
place 1/4 cup of dried nettle leaves in a 1-quart jar of filtered water
steep overnight in the refrigerator
strain out the nettle leaves in the morning
enjoy your delicious green drink throughout the day (you can add a small amount of honey, if needed)
You can buy dried nettles at your local herb store or online at mountainroseherbs.com. (I have no affiliation with this company. They are just awesome!)
Happy mid-summer energy boosting!