Spring Season (Vasanta Ritu) in Ayurveda is kapha season. Kapha is an Ayurvedic dosha that is unctuous, cool, heavy, slow, smooth, soft and static.
In spring, snow melts and raining starts, making the rivers full and muddy. Weather gets warm and wet. Our body reflects mother nature’s seasonal changes. In winter, kapha accumulates due to the cold. Then in spring, the accumulated kapha melts and starts to flow. Kapha fat along with toxins melt away from tissues into the blood, releasing a flood of mucus into the body. Melting fat and mucus enrich the blood, provoking Kapha dosha. Blood is too rich and thick. So body feels heavy and wet. The symptoms of spring Kapha are stiff muscles, arterial plaque buildup, mucus and fever.
Spring is a time of cleansing and renewal. Body needs to cleanse the excess fats from the blood and remove mucus from the body.
The best diet and remedies in spring season are the foods and herbs that are bitter, warming and drying. You can take the following herbs in spring season:
Spicy, bitter and dry foods help cleanse the excess fats and remove mucus. In spring, you should eat light, dry, hot foods with pungent, bitter or astringent tastes. These tastes open the channels and clear excess mucus and moisture from the body.
Eat fresh vegetables to lighten up the heaviness of accumulated kapha. The Kapha pacifying vegetables available in the spring include daikon, asparagus, spinach, okra, bitter gourd, cabbage, celery, leafy greens, radish, and beets. Fruits like apples, berries, cherries, red or dark grapes are beneficial to control Kapha aggravation. Avoid heavy, oily, sweet and salty foods. Do not eat too much foods that increase moisture.
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