Flowers are blooming, days are getting longer and the winds of change are in the air as we move from Winter to Spring. Spring is the time of birth and rejuvenation- the new. It’s a great time to reset as in ancient times Spring was considered the beginning of a new year.
As with each season, we want to be mindful about changing up what we eat in accordance with the time of year. This way we get the best nutrients from our fruit and veggies. Our body experiences a transition from one season to the next and what better way to support it with the foods that were designed for this time of year.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) each season is associated with not just seasonal food but a pair of organs, temperature, color, taste, body structure and sense, to name a few.
FOR YOUR INSIGHT, HERE ARE SOME OF THE SPRING CHARACTERISTICS THAT INFLUENCE THE BODY:
Organ: Liver/Gall Bladder
Sense organ: Eyes/Seeing
Body area: Nails
Body area: Joints
It’s a great time to nurture and revitalize the body and seasonal food is one of the best ways to do this.
HERE ARE 5 HEALING FOODS FOR THE SPRING:
An awesome bitter herb that’s known as a protector of the liver. It also help support the liver’s detoxification process.
Lemon water (or lime water for that matter) is an easy way to get in the sour taste associated with Spring. Sour helps to stimulate the digestive process. Lime may be better if sensitive to the initial acidity of lemon.
Dandelion greens, spinach, lettuce and kale provide gentle detoxification support for the liver.
Cucumber, celery, radish
Powerfully cooling, these food are light yet mighty. When experiencing signs of liver heat such as being warm natured, easily irritated, prone to migraine, insomnia, or skin rash- cucumber, celery and radishes can be helpful.
Micro algae- (chlorella, spirulina, blue green algae) and sea greens
Think green. Micro and sea greens can be beneficial most of the year and particularly so in the Spring. They are cooling for the liver which has a tendency to overheat. Mirco algae and sea greens also provide helpful minerals and are great for cellular renewal.
Of course, like always please make sure these foods are harmonious for you mind-body-spirt. Check with your healthcare provider before incorporating a new herb/food to ensure no interactions or allergic reactions.
I hope this has been insightful for you!