Nature’s Influence on Health
How easy it is to forget that we are part of Nature and are influenced by her natural cycles, I often consider during a nutritional consultation the power of the moon and how we are affected by her cycles. However, the equinoxes and solstices, each happening only twice a year, often pass by without due recognition. Working on the Living Health Nutrition Course I will be giving soon reminded me of their importance…and the Spring Equinox has just passed us by. (March 20th)
What is an Equinox?
The equinox marks a significant turning point in the energies of both the planet and our bodies. (The word equinox comes from the Latin word ‘equal night’; during the equinox the day and night are of equal length worldwide). One occurs in March, the Spring Equinox, another in September, the Autumn Equinox. Spring is the season of new life, new beginnings, a time to plant the seeds of new ideas and intended goals, a time to nourish these seeds allowing them to flourish and reach their full potential over the coming year.
Why does the Spring Equinox Affect our Health?
Around this time there are subtle differences in our health that we may not notice, choose to ignore, or even suppress. You may be aware of ‘mucous’ issues in yourself; friends and colleagues … did you all ‘catch’ that cough or cold? Probably not. There is a natural cellular cleanse around the Spring Equinox and if your routes of elimination (liver, lymph, colon, kidneys, lungs, skin) are not functioning efficiently, this ‘detox’ can manifest in excess mucous and other symptoms of ‘dis-ease’!
How will You be Affected?
Physically you can expect to see an increase in mucous issues, allergies, coughs, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections, asthma, skin problems, headaches, fatigue, wind, constipation and diarrhoea…if you don’t experience any of these yourself, observe those around you, you may be surprised!
However, it’s not just on a physical level that you can be affected by the seasons. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, an ancient philosophy practiced by many acupuncturists, every major organ of the body has many associated attributes including taste, smell, colour, time of day/year and emotion. These organs are grouped into 5 named elements – Fire, Water, Earth, Wood and Metal. If anything is out of balance in Spring (the time of the Wood Element), then the liver and the gall bladder are the organs indicated. The emotion associated with liver is ‘anger. The gall bladder is of ‘frustration’. Pent up anger stored in the liver will therefore seek to release in Spring, and if this emotion can’t be processed effectively, frustration can easily set in; both emotions can become quite overwhelming.
When emotional issues do build up and are not acknowledged, released or processed appropriately, then you may experience a physical reaction … it is just your body’s natural way of communicating with you. This shows perfectly how the emotional and physical are intrinsically linked.
The simplest and easiest way to support your body through this time is with a daily green smoothie. Simply add some baby leaf spinach and or kale to a blender with a little fruit of choice (pineapple and mango work well), 1/2 avocado for essential fats, a slice of fresh ginger and/or a slice of lemon for a vibrant kick.
Listen to your body, hear what it is trying to communicate on a physical and emotional level and nurture it accordingly.