Spring is a time of regrowth and change in the natural world, and according to Traditional Chinese Medicine it's the best time to start making changes in our diet too!
During the winter we tend to eat heavier, fatter foods for comfort and warmth. In spring the air gets warmer and brighter and we get up and moving again, and the foods of springtime all assist with this transition back to activity.
Some of the best foods to incorporate into your diet this spring are:
Young greens (arugula, baby spinach, kale)
Nuts (pistachios in particular are associated with liver health)
"Sour" foods (dill, kombucha, vinegar, kimchi, citrus, and green apples)
"Pungent" foods (spring onions, mustard greens, turmeric, cardamom, fennel, and pepper)
"Sour" foods will all help detoxify your liver, break up fat, and relieve lingering seasonal depression. The "pungent" foods will boost your immune system and help ease the seasonal shift in our bodies that can lead to those pesky springtime flus and colds.
If you suffer from springtime allergies, incorporating slightly bitter foods such as romaine lettuce, chamomile, asparagus, and Oregon grape root will ease the symptoms of itchy eyes, post-nasal drip, and sneezing. They can reduce inflammation and redness in the joints as well.
Though not a bitter food, local honey can also help with your seasonal allergies, and can be paired with chamomile tea for even greater effect.
During springtime, vegetables should be steamed or lightly sautéed. Be sure to use a lighter, organic oil like olive oil or sesame oil if you're sautéing your vegetables!
This is also the best time of year to consider a cleanse or fast to help reduce liver toxicity and shed some of the fat left over from our heavy winter diets. I personally recommend VegeCleanse Plus to my patients, a 14-day paleo-friendly series of supplements and shakes that give you a boost on your fresh springtime start.
Indications of seasonal imbalances include:
unclear thinking and forgetfulness
red, blurry, and/or dry eyes
dry skin or rash
bloating, constipation, and other abdominal issues
increased irritability and frustration
If you feel out of balance, call us at (321) 972-2940 to set up your initial health consultation. Let us get you up and moving this spring!
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