Feeling Sluggish? Lacking Energy? Fighting Colds or Allergies?
A Spring Cleanse May Be Just Right for You!
by Dolphyn Boschman
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), each season correlates with an organ system, and spring is liver/gallbladder season. The liver is our dominant cleansing organ that works closely with the kidneys. It is called the General of the body as it communicates and directs all the other organ systems. If the liver is out of balance, it doesn’t take long for the other systems to become unbalanced.
Everything that goes into the body goes through the liver to be filtered. This process helps to purify the blood, ensure nutrients are transported through the body, and toxins are removed through the kidneys. Fats are metabolized through the liver with the help of bile stored in the gallbladder. The liver is also responsible for helping to produce many of the hormones in the body.
Needless to say, this organ works very hard. It has
to work even harder if we indulge in bad
habits like excessive alcohol, drugs (pharmaceutical or other), saturated fats, overeating, eating late at night, just to name a few. This in turn can lead to sluggish digestion, gallstones, reduced immune function, insomnia, heat in the body in the form of rashes, heartburn or burning sensation in the digestive tract, and excessive anger.
In spring, your body will automatically desire to eat lighter, rest and rejuvenate, and release toxins. Some signs are sluggish digestion, allergies, and mood swings to name a few. GREEN is the colour for spring and the liver. The liver LOVES leafy greens, like spirulina and anything rich in chlorophyll. It also loves LEMON. Simply drinking lemon water can assist the liver. Eat smaller meals and stop eating after 8:00 pm. This will help you sleep better. The liver’s restorative time is 1:00 am–3:00 am. If you eat late at night, it then has to pull a night shift processing that food rather then resting, and it will wake you up to let you know its displeasure.
I have personally been doing cleanses for over 25 years and have tried pretty much every one out there. What I learned through the journey was there are easy and hard ways to cleanse, cleansing and fasting are not synonymous. It can sometimes be dangerous (my students enjoy it when I tell my horrific coffee enema story…I lived to tell the tale C). It is often an emotional roller coaster, and I definitely prefer to go through it with a supportive group rather than doing it all alone (having done both numerous times). Through this journey, I have created a gentle yet effective program to allow the body-mind-spirit to rest, detox and regenerate in a safe and supportive environment. We go through an elimination process where we slowly decrease the food we are eating. On our liquid days (2–4 days) we consume nutrient dense liquids, so the body is continually being nourished. I use and recommend ONLY WHOLE FOOD products (foods and supplements). We also take a break from our usual habits that can feed our bad eating habits (example: watching TV, social media, playing computer games, etc.). The classes give much-needed moral support and lots of great information on nutrition, how the body works and how to breathe, meditate, get into nature, utilize qi gong and yoga, etc.
The purpose of the cleanse is to give the body a healthy break and to create some new healthy habits that can be carried into your daily lifestyle. If you believe you are in good health (sleep well, wake up feeling refreshed, abundant energy throughout the day, heal quickly, etc.), then cleansing can be a part of your preventive health care. Not getting sick does NOT equal being healthy! If you are health challenged, then cleansing can assist your body in becoming healthier and starting a new journey of abundant health.
The majority of people who have done the Inphynite Phreedom Cleanse discover how easy it is, how profoundly great they feel after the experience, and return to join the circle again each year. I have many repeat cleansers who each spring can’t wait to give their organ systems a much-needed vacation. I hope you will consider joining us! This year’s guided cleanse will be April 29–May 8. For more details, location, and cost, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-291-8968.
In Good Health.
Dolphyn Boschman, RRHP, BEd, has been a certified Holistic Health Practitioner for over 25 years. She received her diploma at the prestigious Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB) in San Diego, California. She has studied with many Masters in different holistic fields throughout her career. Her private practice includes massage, reiki, holistic nutrition, qi gong, and cleanses. She offers Guided Group Cleanses every spring or private programs by appointment. She is also the only certified instructor of Jikiden Reiki in Saskatchewan and teaches certification courses in this healing art throughout the year. You can learn more about what Dolphyn offers at her Inphynite Phreedom clinic at www.dolphyn.ca. Also see the display ad on page 14 of the 24.6 March/April issue of the WHOLifE Journal.