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Spring Diet and Lifestyle

Spring diet and lifestyle blogSpring Diet and Lifestyle

Welcome to Spring! 

The undeniably most popular season of the year is here.  The wisdom of Ayurveda is here to help us balance the shift of seasons and get us glowing.

Spring is a time of increased warmth and wetness. Spring is also associated with the qualities of ‘Kapha,’ which are heavy, cold and oily.

      During Spring the Climate gets warmer and the heat reduces the digestive power of body, As a result Kapha increases  leading to various diseases like Cough, Cold, Allergies, Sinusitis,  Indigestion to name a few. 

     It is a known fact that Spring is the time of year for seasonal allergies. As the trees start to bloom and the pollen is released into the atmosphere, allergy sufferers begin their annual ritual of sniffling and sneezing.

   As per Ayurveda, the duration from mid March to mid May constitutes the Vasant Ritu or Spring.

Diet and lifestyle :

To stay balanced, focus on foods and activities that are light, dry.

  • Eat more foods that are Pungent (Spicy), Bitter, Astringent / Light, Dry, Warm: such as flavourful steamed veggies,soups, brown rice.
  • Eat less foods that are Sweet, Sour, Salty / Heavy, Cold, Oily: such as fried foods, ice cream, heavy dairy.
  • Consumption of Honey, Barley,roasted meat, mango juice are advice during the spring season
  • Drinking sips of hot water would also aid the digestion.  Kapha is predominant during day time from 6am to 10 am so its best to avoid eating a heavy breakfast and is best suited if one has a light breakfast. It is best if one avoids cold, oily foods & excessive sweet or sour foods.
  • Herbs which could be used to reduce kapha and fight the allergies during spring season are spices, which can be added to your food such as coriander, cumin, turmeric, onions and horseradish . 
  • Fresh ginger tea prepared by boiling fresh ginger in water also reduces the kapha , honey could be added to this tea.
  • Raw honey clears mucous and kapha due to its heating, drying and channel clearing effect. It is the best sweetener for kapha types and is good for all in spring.
  •  Regular Exercise and avoiding sleep in daytime can prevent kapha accumulation.
  •  Exercise appears to have the advantage of being able to jump-start the immune system.
  •  Oil Massage and Dry massage should be done regularly. Herbal Bath with help of herbs like sandal wood which have a cooling effect also help in strengthening the body and improving the immunity.
  • Yoga postures benefit the immune system by increasing the circulation of blood cells, decreasing stress hormones, and stimulating the lymphatic system.
  •  Kapha should be controlled quickly, by resorting to strong emesis therapy (Vamana Panchakarma procedure),Nasya (nasal medication) and other therapies.

   Kindly note:

     It is advisable to attend Panchkarma therapies which are performed under the supervision of an Ayurvedic Physician.

Enjoy reading!!

2 Comments to Spring Diet and Lifestyle:

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CarrolGarris on Thursday 26 April 2018 18:19
Nice post
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Stacey on Monday 30 April 2018 17:47
Nice post
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