9 Ayurveda tips for a healthy spring

9 Ayurveda tips for a healthy spring
9 Ayurveda tips for a healthy spring
by Liz Eustace

If you feel like it's time for some internal spring cleaning, Ayurveda can help. “Spring is the time when kapha dosha liquefies, melting mucus and the stored winter fat,” says Ayurveda practitioner Karen Klutznick. “This is a good time to re-evaluate some of our eating habits, boost digestive fire and support the liver.”  Feel better with Karen’s 9 ayurveda tips for a healthy, happy spring.

Refresh yourself:

The big 3

If you do nothing else, start with these 3 steps: Reduce the amount of processed and fast foods you eat--freshly prepared foods are more nutritious and contain prana (life force). Reduce your use of plastics. Reduce consumption of soda, coffee and ice-cold drinks. (Drinking warm or hot beverages kindles digestive fire, which is key to good health.)  Start slowly, ayurveda has a preference for small, gradual changes that last.

Scrape the scum

Scrape your tongue every morning with a stainless steel scraper to remove "tongue scum" and energize your internal organs. Ayurveda holds that the tongue is divided into sections, each tied to one of our internal organs.

Skip the drip 

Use Nasya, ayurvedic nose drops, in the morning and in the evening. Nasya contains eucalyptus oil which helps fight off the dreaded "spring cold”. It also keeps sinus passages lubricated and creates a barrier between sinus tissue and environmental toxins.

Eat your greens 

Eat a green vegetable every day. Asparagus, arugula, watercress, broccoli, kale and romaine all support the liver while it gets rid of winter's sluggishness.

Use herbs

Take triphala nightly. Drink tulsi (holy basil) tea. Or, try a tea made from equal parts cumin, coriander and fennel. Eat a bit of chyavanprash. [Ed. note: We love Mockingbird Meadows Triphala Honey Spread.]

Prevent allergies

If you're prone to seasonal allergies, start taking freeze-dried stinging nettle capsules daily in preparation. Stinging nettles contain a natural antihistamine and can help stave off allergy symptoms, if taken early enough.

Meditate

Start a meditation practice if you don't already have one. Taking some time--literally just 10 to15 minutes--each day to quiet your mind and re-set your nervous system creates space for healing and change.

What's your dosha? Take this quiz to find out.

About the Author

Liz Eustace

Present: Leadership coach, author, presenter, brand expert and momma of two!

Inspiration: my kiddies, laughter, countless yoga teachers, my creative hubby, my youthful mom & dad, my wacky sisters, kindness, my unpredictable brother, stillness and Prudence Bruns. 

Comments

Allergy from dust ,cold .climatic changes

Trouble in breathing from one nose .morning sicness. Headache..feeling relief if taking steam.or breath eassy inhealers. Pl suggest some permanant remedy.as feeking very uneasyness.thanx

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