With winter well behind us, and the first day of spring already past, the time has come to feel revitalized. As the good ol’ Oxford Dictionary states, to revitalize is to “make something stronger, more active or more healthy.” Situating revitalize within the context of spring isn’t just another detox or “get fit” scheme, rather, it has been practiced for over 5, 000 years in Ayurvedic system of healing.
n Ayurveda there are three primary life forces that are derived from the elements. They are called dosha’s; Vatta (air/ether), Pitta (fire/water) and Kapha (earth/water). As it goes, every human has a unique combination of these three dosha’s and naturally so do the seasons.
Right now, from March to May the predominant dosha is Kapha. The qualities of Kapha are wet, cold, dense, smooth, heavy, cloudy, static and dull. Makes sense right? Kapha represents spring. In early Kapha season nature is coming out of hibernation, flowers begin to blossom, birds sing their pretty tune.
However spring also invites irritants such as pollen along with the cold wet weather… sort of catch 22 season, no? When Kapha is irritated, mucus forming health issues occur, leading to colds along with problems such as sinus congestion, allergies and asthma. In order to counteract this, Ayurveda has given us a Kapha pacifying diet, which focuses on naturally draining the body of toxins, opening up the lymphatic channels and revitalizing the mind, body and soul.
Here are 6 Ayurveda tips for Spring:
Drink warm water, all the time. Flush out that dry winter system! Especially in the morning to stimulate the digestive tract.
Tea: Dandelion is truly an amazing liver detoxifier.
Veggies stack’em high on your plate! (Alfalfa sprouts, kale, spinach, garlic, celery, swiss chard, cabbage, bell peppers, onions…)
Lunch should be your biggest meal of the day. Take note that early morning and evening during this time of year will be the hardest for your body to digest food.
Eat predominantly food that is cooked, not raw.
Say farewell to heavy foods like ice cream, bananas, yogurt, peanut butter, cheese, and of course fried foods.
While eating for the Kapha season, it is also a great time to increase your exercise routine. Once Kapha is energized it brings about strength and endurance. There will be an initial resistance in the body, but that will turn into exhilaration and revitalization.
As the famous yogi Rod Styker states in his talk on “Yoga and Ayurveda: The Vital Essences” you can easily turn something healthy into something toxic just with your thoughts; be grateful, aware and take the time to truly enjoy what nourishes your mind body and soul.