Green Drinks are In
April 26, 2012 § 10 Comments
Spring is born out of winter’s quietude, allowing us to move forward with renewed creativity, enthusiasm, and energy for life. In Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Five Element Theory (TCM), the Wood element is assigned to spring. The creative energies of spring are described as simultaneously moving up and outward and down and inward. It’s exciting to think about, isn’t it? Endless possibilities!
The organ and meridian systems represented by Wood are the Liver/Gall Bladder systems. These systems work in harmony with the Kidney/Bladder systems (which are assigned to winter) to cleanse the blood of toxins. A healthy Liver/Gall Bladder system allows us to flourish while an overloaded Liver leads to autointoxification. A Liver/Gallbladder imbalance shows up in our thought patterns when we experience a difficult time thinking clearly, focusing, or making decisions. Interestingly, the color green is assigned to the Wood element so a Liver imbalance will also show up on the skin when it takes on a greenish-yellow hue around the cheeks and the eyes, an indicator that the Liver is under stress.
Traditionally, springtime is a time of internal cleansing. Hippocrates wrote: ‘Food is your best medicine.’
In addition to nutritious foods, he also followed the practice of fasting. Today, thousands of years later, many follow the same practice. Juicing and fasting are favored by many as ways to wake-up body systems from the slumber of winter. Did you know that even a one-day fast will allow your liver/gallbladder system to rest, helping it to eliminate toxins? While some choose to fast with only water, others will juice for the day. Juicing and fasting are favored by many as ways to wake-up body systems from the slumber of winter. We like to use the Green Drink recommended by Julieanna Hever “The Plant-Based Dietitian” which is loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Here is my version of the Green Drink (which is so appropriate because green is the color assigned to the Wood Element).
To make this yummy drink, pour 8-10 oz water or your favorite non-dairy beverage into a blender. Add fresh or frozen berries, pineapple, cherries, papaya, mango, banana (whatever appeals to you–using a variety of fruits is best so as to get the most nutrients). Then add spinach leaves, kale and/or collard greens (remove thick stalks), sprouts, and seeds like flax, hemp, or chia. Blend together and drink. It is delicious, satisfying, and cleansing. I like to add fresh mint leaves too.
Do you have a favorite Green Drink recipe?