By Mem Davis & Kris McIntyre
Spring is the time of the year when your body naturally wants to cleanse itself. So it is a good time to allow your body to let go of all the stuff that it doesn’t want including ‘naughty’ foods, toxins and bad eating habits. Let go of those and you might see some of those old aches and pains disappear too.
Eating locally grown, seasonal vegetables helps you adapt to your surroundings by subtly connecting you to the rhythm of the seasons. In spring, the energy in nature becomes lighter and so should our diet – shifting away from heavy, oily and sweet foods of winter to fresher and more earthy tasting foods.
The fresh sprouts and leafy greens and vegetables that grow in spring support the liver and gall bladder function in the body – so it is a good time of the year to heal these organs and energy systems.
Spring cooking is lighter than in winter with a greater emphasis on quicker methods. It’s a good time of the year for pickling, preserving and fermenting. Try:
It is a good time to allow the body to detox naturally by eliminating heavier items including dairy, sugar, bread, fats and oils, alcohol, coffee, tea and other stimulants including spices. Ten days of clean eating is enough time to allow your liver to cleanse and rejuvenate.
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Why spring greens are good for you
Spring greens and vegetables – including first cabbages of the year, spinach, kale provide vitamin C, to support your immune system, and vitamin K, to build bone strength. Evidence also suggests that the natural compounds contained in them have anti-inflammatory properties, which could help protect against heart disease and stroke.
Healing foods for Spring
There are several supplements which can support your body to feel lighter and less sluggish after winter.
These herbs and nutrients work to improve your digestion, liver function and energy levels, giving you that extra spring in your step. See our shopping list below and as always, check with one of our qualified practitioners to choose the best supplement for you.
SPRING SHOPPING LIST
Vitamins & Supplements
Fruit & Veggies
Healing Teas & Beverages