Have you been feeling achy, tired and a bit grumpy lately? Craving starchy foods? Getting a few more headaches? These are all signs that your body is trying to adapt to the change in seasons, from summer to fall.
The change of seasons, particularly spring and fall are considered good times for cleansing the body. In the spring, according to Chinese medicine the organs which need cleansing are the liver and the kidneys. In the fall it is important to detox the lungs and the large intestine. This makes sense, as in the fall more people experience respiratory and skin complaints such as excema, asthma, dry skin and respiratory infections.
Eating with the season
According to Kimberley Stakal of Organic Authority, eating lightly prepared seasonal foods can help to ease the transition into fall. She suggests incorporating more lightly cooked whole grains, seasonal squashes and cooked root vegetables (think carrots, beets, parsnip) into the diet. As well, include the use of warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. It is interesting that many of the traditional fall recipes in North America include these spices.
Kimberley also suggests cleansing juices that include seasonal fruits and greens, such as grapes, apples, beets, leafy greens such as kale. Foods which increase mucous in the body such as sugar, flour, dairy and alcohol should be limited.
The Bowen Technique is a good way to assist with cleansing and tuning up the body, as it helps the body to detoxify and restore balance on a physical level.
The Bowen Technique is a gentle, non-invasive form of body work that has a systemic effect on the body. The systems that are affected by a Bowen treatment include the circulatory, lymphatic, digestive and nervous systems, as well as the musculo-skeletal system. Because of its effect on the circulatory, lymphatic and digestive systems, Bowen can act like a gentle detox for the body. As well as improvements in sleep, pain or discomfort levels and digestion, many patients report improvements in energy and emotional well being after Bowen.
Consider scheduling a series of 3 Bowen treatments at each change of season, but particularly in the spring and in the fall. This fall, combine your Bowen treatments with eating lightly prepared seasonal foods and limiting your sugars, flours, dairy and alcohol. Your immune system will thank you for it.