It is a safe bet that most Americans are deficient in magnesium. Our soil used to be rich with this important mineral, but due to poor farming practices and mono-crop agriculture, our soil is sorely depleted of many important nutrients, among them magnesium. Coupled with the fact that magnesium is used up quickly in our bodies during periods of high-stress, it is vitally important that we replenish magnesium levels everyday with supplements, herbs, foods and spices.
What do you reach for on a hot summer day to quench your thirst? Ice water, iced tea, iced or frozen something? If you said yes, you are in good company. We’ve been brought up to believe that iced beverages are the best thing to cool our bodies in the summer heat.
But let’s look at what actually happens to our bodies when we ingest cold/frozen liquids or foods:
Warmer weather is here! Rising temperatures turn our minds toward cold water, iced tea, chilled cold brew coffee, ice cream, salads and raw foods to cool down in the heat. I’m here to share some (possibly bummer) news with you: all that cold food and drink can really do a number on your digestion. If you’ve ever had a stomach ache after drinking cold water, or had an urgent trips to the bathroom after a huge raw salad, you know what I mean. But no fear! We can be cool AND support our digestive system at the same time.
Want to know what's all the rage again now that spring has sprung? Liver and gallbladder detoxes!
This might be an unpopular opinion - but hey! I'm full of unpopular opinions. So here's my bomb drop:
I hate detoxes.
I hate the trendy idea that our bodies are toxic and need to be starved clean. (Our bodies have some pretty amazing systems in place to make sure we don't become toxic. How many people do you know that have had toxic shock syndrome, toxic megacolon, or sepsis?)
I hate how so many cleanses and detoxes limit food and are purely focused on juicing. (Can you say blood sugar roller-coaster much?!)
I hate the misconception that our liver is just a dirty filter that needs to be rinsed out. (FYI it's not. The liver doesn't store toxins, it transforms unsafe molecules into safe molecules that can be more easily removed from the body.)
While I'm not the biggest fan of juices cleanses or fasting detoxes, I do understand why focusing on liver health is always so popular during spring: In Chinese medicine, every season is associated with one of the five elements. And every element has a color, sound, taste, emotion, and yes, organ system that is affiliated with it too. Spring's organs? No surprise, the liver and gallbladder.