The signal of bitterness on the tongue begins a cascade of digestive activity throughout the body and stimulates the detoxifying actions of the liver. This ‘bitter reflex’ triggers the release of digestive hormones and enzymes from the stomach through the liver and pancreas.
For the spring session of the Seasonal Detox we will focus on awakening our digestive fire and shedding the metabolic sluggishness of winter.
When we reach the stage in our life journey where we can recognize the impact of stress on our health, we need to begin gathering tools. Herbal adaptogens are an invaluable means for boosting our body’s stress intelligence as we slowly work on the basics of a healthier lifestyle.
One of the primary jobs that the adrenal glands do is to regulate our energy levels under stress by liberating glucose stores and converting fat and protein to sugar for energy which is why stress and blood sugar are very intimately linked together.
If we want to coast through the Cold and Flu season in relatively good health the core concept we want to work with is “It’s not the bug, it’s the host.” Our internal ecology is either a welcoming home to pathogens or it is an unwelcoming place to merely pass through.