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Different Types of Fasting and Recipes

Here is an excerpt from our booklet “Spring cooking, Liver cleansing” where you will find many tools as well as recipes to guide you into a process of liver cleansing that fits your needs.

The Different types of fasting

  1. Fruit Juice Fasting -  Fruit juice fasting is very common and is often based, although not exclusively, on apple juice (diluted in water)
    • Advantages: fruit sugar gives you energy, usually helps avoid serious detox symptoms, which is why you might often find a combination of hiking and fasting, very common in France and Europe.
    • Drawbacks: not the best solution for diabetics or for those who are hypoglycemic; not a good solution either for people suffering from candida. Fruit juice fasting often exacerbates sugar cravings at the end of the fast, thus erasing the advantages of the weight loss for example. Sugar craving is a common phenomenon reported by those who go on a “grape diet”, popular in France for instance. The detox symptoms are less important but the changes are also less profound.
  2. Green Juice fasting -  Usually a combination of celery juice and cucumber juice in equal amounts. One also adds some leafy greens in lesser quantity (parsley,
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Spring Cleansing | What to do and not to do

All over the world, people seem to agree on at least one principle : Spring is a time of inner cleansing and renewal. Lent time is the Christian remnant tradition, Pessah’ the Jewish one and Ramadan the Arabic one . We find spring cleansing rituals in many other traditions as well, from Celtic to American Indian.They all involve a relationship to a form of food restriction and cleansing of body and environment.

Chinese medicine helps us to relate spring time to our Liver and Gallbladder energy, something, again that people seem to know intuitively in most parts of the world. Let’s fast forward to today. What can we do to support liver cleansing? How can we fit those spring rituals into our busy lives?

GOLDEN RULE : USE WISDOM AND KNOW YOURSELF!

  1. Assess your needs and resources truthfully and realistically. Have you done fasting before? Is it your first fast? Can you take time off from work or not? What obligations do you have in your life? Can you have support and do you need it?
    • These questions are important in that they will enable you to determine the kind of spring and liver cleansing that you can choose. Cleansing
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Eco-Medicine: Taking Care of Our Inner Tree

Spring and Liver Cleansing

 

Liver Cleanse

Have you ever wondered why, all over the world, spring is considered a “cleaning” season and people choose that particular time to do an inner cleansing as well?

Do you know that, in Chinese medicine, spring is associated with Liver functions ? Liver and Gallbladder energy are ascribed “Tree” and “Wood” energy.

Why, you might ask.

The ancient Taoists might not have known the word “ecology” but their whole philosophy and medical principles were based on it, not just as a poetic image but as a deep understanding of how our body and nature interact and how each one is contained within the other one.

How can that knowledge help us?

It is my deep conviction that this ancient model of medicine is more than ever necessary and adapted to our times. Cutting our forests like we are doing is, literally, cutting the brand on which we are sitting. Our livers are suffering as much as our trees and forests are.

If we reconnect to that deep image of the Tree and its significance, we can glean from it not only a deep understanding of our Liver and

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New ebook on Liver and Gallbladder Health

Fantastic Spring Cooking Liver Cleansing booklet

with Dr Papin and Chef Didier Cuzange

Filled with information, this booklet provides great recipes to keep our Liver happy. It also provides a solid and simple theoretical handle of the Chinese medicine approach to Liver and Gallbladder health. Spring cooking refers to the association of our liver functions to the spring season; but also to the inner spring of our steps, bodies and spirit provided by a healthy liver with its promise of youthful energy through constant cleansing, renewal and growth.

In this booklet, you will find an array of cooked as well as raw plant-based recipes; description of various fasting and cleansing methods; simple “how to” guides for sprouting and fermentation; recipes for vegetal cheeses and non dairy-yogurts; and great desserts. This is a booklet packed with goodness and links health to delight for our taste buds and liver.

Purchase now for only $10!

Beets for Liver Health

BEETS

  • Beets have many health benefits. Chinese medicine considers that they nourish liver blood, which is hardly surprising given their color. That means that they are good for anemia and for replenishing and cleansing the blood of a tired and toxic liver. For that purpose though, the beets need to be in a liquid form, either juice or soup.
  • Beets are also a unique source of phytonutrients, they have many anti-inflammatory properties and they provide great support for detox; 1 or 2oz of juice a week are sufficient to make a difference.
  • Beets contain a high concentration of betalain (pigment red or yellow that makes a natural dye), which are natural anti-oxidants and protect the liver from toxins among a long list of many health benefits
  • Do not throw away the greens: they offer even a higher concentration of phytonutrients! As you can see, beets are a great ally of our liver functions!

WAYS TO PREPARE BEETS

  • When you go to France beets are almost always served cooked and it is actually the most common way you find them in grocery stores: cooked and packaged, greens thrown away of course. It is always a treat to find them in their
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It's time for another Qigong Challenge! Starting March 6th, Dr. Liliane Papin will be teaching you how to enhance your immune system, detox your liver and make yourself younger and stronger. 

Open to All

No previous experience is required, only an open-mind. Come on out and learn this 5,000 year old tradition for health improvement.

For those who have attended a Qigong challenge in the past, many of the moves will be familiar to you. Dr. Liliane, will review and deepen work on the lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys.  

Days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from March 6 - 22nd
Hours: 7am - 8am
Location: Town Park, Patagonia, AZ

 

Three Treasures Series

Qi, instrument of our health and destiny

 

Qi can wear many hats, from mundane “air” (you put “Qi” in your flat tires), “function” (the “Qi of the Heart” makes it beat) to”activity”, “strength” or “life” as no qi means death. It also includes modern concepts of “energy” “electricity,” or “electromagnetism”

The main medical role of Qi in our body is “transformation,” metabolic and enzymatic functions being its modern names. Our Lung, Spleen/ pancreas and liver constitute its main “transformers”.

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