Seasons

How Spring Can Affect Your Thyroid and Your Hormones (for most of us….it’s good news!)

Spring has got be one of my favorite times of year.

I absolutely love the fresh smell in the air, the new growth, and the sense of new beginnings.

spring tips
spring tips

When it comes to our hormones (and especially our thyroid), there’s two important reasons why Spring is a welcome relief:

There’s more light!

Yes- by the time spring rolls around there is a heck of a lot more light. It’s almost like a huge sigh of relief for those of us who struggle with a low-functioning thyroid.

More light = more energy.

It seems like a simple equation (and it is). But most of us don’t fully grasp how hard winter can be for low thyroid types.

All that extra light that comes with Spring brings a much needed boost to our system. We feel more energy because there’s way more energy available to us from our environment- the sun!

It’s Liver time (according to Chinese Medicine)

In Chinese Medicine, every season has an element and an organ association. Spring brings with her all the newness of the wood element and relates to the liver and gall bladder.

Spring is all about new growth, new ambitions, and having the gumption to get ‘er done.

Your liver is absolutely amazing. Seriously, there’s no better words for it.

Your liver is in charge of over 500 biological functions and works like a champ 24/7. One of it’s most important functions is as a hormone metabolizer. Yes, your thyroid makes thyroid hormone: T3, T4, and calcitonin.

Of the 3 hormones, T3 is known to be the big fish in the hormone community because there are T3 receptors in every single cell of your human body.

T3 just might be the big reason why your thyroid plays such a big role in your overall health. But guess what…

Your thyroid doesn’t make all that much T3. Nope- your thyroid makes quite a bit of T4. And, that T4 is converted to T3 , by your liver!

If your liver is up to speed, spring time can bring a hormonal boost. 

How to Get More out of Spring to Help Your Hormones

Want to get the most out of spring to help set your hormones straight? Try one or two of the following tips. No need to feel like you have to do everything- do what feels good and make sure to spread the love (hit your social share button of choice) and pass this list along to a friend.

1. Lemon and/or Apple Cider Vinegar water first thing in the mornin’. Now I l.o.v.e. my apple cider vinegar warm or even hot in the morning. Often us low thyroid types are chilled in the am, so this little number can do double duty.

2. Rub your spring toes. Your liver meridian runs right between your first (aka. big toe) and second toe. Rubbing along this area between the two bones helps to soothe and soften an overworked liver.

3. Spend some time outside. OK folks. It’s spring, get out there and start soaking up some sun. Skip the sunscreen and the sunglasses (for at least 10-20 mins) so that your skin and eyes can soak up some of them healing rays.

4. Start a new project (one that makes you feel accomplished). Your liver loves to check things off the list. Spring is just the time of year to brush off the cobwebs and start something new.

5. Try dry brushing. Dry brushing can help soothe the liver by getting the lymph moving a long. Dry brushing helps with detoxification and it’ll help wake you up in the morning. Dry brushing is best right before a hot shower or bath.

6. Go for gelatin. Gelatin is loaded in amino acids. It’s a natural detoxifier and a helpful liver soother. You can use gelatin as you cook, or try my favorite hot, comfort drink by clicking here.

7. Take 100 paces After Dinner. A brief walk after dinner gets in a little more fresh air and a bit of movement. It’ll help your liver start the digestive process, and it'll help you unwind after a long day.

Here's to longer days and warmer weather!

~ Kristin

It's Liver time!

Spring is here! Can you feel it? I love the change of seasons. It brings a sense of renewal, wonder and anticipation. And right now, I am so looking forward to opening spring windows, smelling spring flowers and soaking up the sunshine.

In Chinese Medicine, spring is all about your liver. Your liver is a big, old workhorse for your body. It’s got over 500 functions- from regulating hormones to filtering blood. It’s a mover and a shaker, and when your liver is not functioning at it’s best it can get really bogged down.

Sometimes, your liver is known to “stagnate”.

Stagnate? Yuck!

How is your liver feeling this spring?
How is your liver feeling this spring?

When your liver “stagnates” it means that it gets stuck, it’s sluggish, it’s having a hard time getting it’s job done.

When your liver gets clogged up it can really feel like a quagmire- physically and emotionally. When it comes to hormones, if your liver is moving on the slow side, then you’re going to have a heap troubles like erratic temperatures, sore breasts, painful periods and sleepless nights.

Because your liver is in charge of so many functions, a lot can go haywire when it’s not at it’s best. Aside from the physical complications, your liver can have a pretty hefty hand in your emotions too. A stagnant liver can make a gal moody or cranky.

So, if you’re feeling yourself a little on edge, or you just want a little more spring in your step, then it might be time to put a little lovin’s into your liver. Here are my top three tips to get your liver moving again.

1. Just a squeeze of lemon in your water will get your liver groovin’. That bitter/sour taste of lemon can help kick your liver into action. Lemon is known to detoxify your body and wake up your system. You don’t need loads. Just a little squeeze in your water will freshen things up and give your liver a little perk.

2. Rub the tops of your feet. The liver meridian begins near the end of your big toe and goes up the top of your foot. There’s a few other meridians that are there too, but often tightness on the top of your feet will relate to your liver.

If your liver is stuck or bogged down, expect the top of your feet to be tight. If your liver is free and clear, then I bet your feet will feel pretty good too. Take a couple of minutes to rub the top of your feet. Working out any soreness will help stimulate your lymph and get your liver cranking.

3. Take a hike. There is nothing like fresh air and a brisk walk to help your liver out. Remember, your liver is like a general. It’s coordinating and telling all the other organs what to do. Gentle movement tends to help your liver get it’s message out.

In Chinese medicine, we say that movement helps to soothe your liver. Exercise can clear your head and help work out your emotions. But, be careful with this one. A gentle walk is far kinder to your liver, than an all out exercise catharsis.

With these three tips and a little bit of sunshine, your Spring is sure to be sweet. See you out there!

~ Kristin