Foods to help you spring into Spring
Making a few dietary changes with each new season can help our bodies work better to help us get the most out of life
In Chinese Medicine different organs in the body are linked and influenced by different seasons.
Spring is associated with the liver. Overeating, especially rich and greasy foods, (so easy to do in Winter) can make the liver sluggish. Since the liver influences the eyes and the tendons, you might find your tendons feeling a bit stiff or inflexible, or your eyes may be red or itchy. Or you just might feel you need to give your body a bit of a Spring clean. Eating foods that help strengthen and cleanse the liver during the Spring can really help set you up for the rest of the year.
Green is the colour of the liver and of Spring, so lots of green leafy vegetables can help cleanse your system. Wild garlic is already out in abundance and dandelion works really well as a Spring cleanser so get picking….
Eating a balanced diet with a variety of juices such as citrus fruits, pear, apple, celery and carrot will be a real bonus in Spring. And now’s the time to get out your sprouting beans; mung, radish and alfalfa are great this time of year.
In Chinese Medicine every organ is linked to an emotion; anger and irritability are the feelings associated with the liver. So if you’re feeling a bit tense, go for a walk to get your energy moving. Foods that can help get your liver energy moving include foods with pungent and sweet flavours. So try watercress, cardamom, oregano, dill, pepper or rosemary.
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