Survive the Spring with Ayurveda – Part 1
When spring starts in March we often say it is In like a lion, out like a lamb, so we all know it is a time of change. Winter, a cold (kapha) season, gradually gives way to the increasing warmth (pitta) of summer. But it doesn’t happen easily. During the unpredictable beginning of spring, our bodies don’t know who to believe- Old Man Winter or the green grass of spring. Does our immune system still have to guard us against colds, or do our adrenal glands have to get us up and out the door? It’s a confusing time for the human body. During this time of transition, the goal is to support and stabilize the health of the body and make sure we are detoxified from the stored products of our sedentary winter metabolism. During spring, concentrate on cleansing foods and teas.
We’ve been hibernating all winter- now it’s time to get up, get cleaned out and get active. Spring is the time to eat a balanced diet, and to begin to transition to the cooler summer diet.
Ayurveda says that mucus tends to develop in the spring, and recommends limiting milk products in the morning during the spring. To counteract this mucus tendency, instead drink a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of honey in the morning.
In part 2, we’ll look at some specific foods and herbs for the spring season.