do you feel tired lately? Are you lacking appetite? Do you feel sick off and on? All these symptoms could be a sign that your body is chronically acid. When your body is not capable any more of balancing the acidity it is high time to act.
Especially now in springtime the body needs to detox and get rid of winter’s slags. You should eat a light, rather cooling diet. Do not overload the body with heavy food since the change of seasons to a warmer climate already is a bit stressful for our organism. Thus it requires nourishing and refreshing food. During winter you have probably eaten more meat and more carbohydrates than usual and these produce acidity in our body. Turning back to alcaline helps avoiding the usual springtime flu as your immune system works better and it can also ease hayfever.
If the body is acidic, it starts to consume its mineral depots, which would be hair, teeth and bones as well as tendons and muscles. Avoid the consumption of these very important parts of your body and start to get back into balance now!
All sour foods, like for example oranges, lemons and tomatoes, are part of the element of spring and help to regenerate the liver. Sour food preserves life energy (Qi in TCM) in our body and prevents the intrusion of germs and bacteria.
Green colored food (as usual!) brings new vital energy. There is a lot of greens available now, cabbages are still around, first new greens are available, just steam it, put it on a plate, add some high quality olive oil, fresh lime and some sea salt. Salty food removes blockages and makes energy flow. These would not be your potato chips of course!
After a lot of warm food during the cold season, you can now re-insert raw food into your diet – always if you are able to digest it well and feel good with it. Best eat them during lunchtime when our digestive fire is burning high.
Spicy food is anti-inflammatory and invigorating and relieves blockages in our body’s meridians so life energy can flow.
Still the evenings can be very cold and something sweet in the evening warms you and harmonizes. Try dark chocolate, steamed fruits, a light sweetish rice dish. There are many options. Try to eat all variations of tastes throughout the day.
Every season’s fruits and vegetables grow during that season for a reason. We digest them best and they help us to stay healthy. In springtime for example asparagus, zucchini, strawberries, radish and cucumbers make great and light dishes. Barley and chickpeas as well as lentil dishes provide wonderful carbohydrates. The sweet side can be satisfied by pumpkin, which is still available, apples, pears and honey. Use spices like tumeric, saffron, asfoetida, mustard seeds and cumin.
Spring is the beginning of another cycle. It’s considered the first season of the year so brings with it a sense of renewal and creativity. It’s about birth, youth and inspiration and its energy is rapid and upwards. Help your body to keep up with the energy of the season! Move a lot, especially in fresh air, use the first warm sun rays wisely to charge your batteries, but not damage your skin.