Adding some pungent and diaphoretic herbs and spices to your spring meals will stimulate sluggish Kapha digestion, dry out a damp gut and lungs while keeping circulation strong by cleaning thick congested spring blood. Add any of the following spices to your recipes: cinnamon, star anise, ginger turmeric, mustard, tarragon and parsley or combine with fresh seasonal greens such as asparagus and kale. Also good with light legumes like red lentils for a truly stimulating menu.
For most, spring is a time of joy and relief. The days are longer and brighter and that dull winter feeling has passed. It's a time of growth, cleansing and renewal. However, many people, particularly those with a predominance of Kapha, will experience some less than desirable side effects due to the change in climate.
The added warmth and moisture in the air can wreak havoc on our respiratory tract and digestive system. Just as the snow begins to melt, so does excess Kapha. Hay fever, sinus congestion, excess mucus and sluggish digestion are just a few of the most common resulting symptoms. We need to assist our bodies through this process of eliminating excess liquid by modifying our diet. Light, nourishing foods that are diuretic in nature are key. Foods that are bitter and pungent as well as light help to purify and expel toxins. In liquid form, kale, beets and celery are efficiently absorbed and are excellent choices in spring. They allow our digestive system to cleanse with ease, help balance blood sugar levels and assist in shedding excess winter weight. Check in next week for information on what herbs and spices help to dry out a damp gut and respiratory system.
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