In North Carolina, March Madness can mean many things. Of course, ACC Basketball fans know the craze, and our excitement naturally builds as we await the results to find out who will have bragging rights.
March also “rolls in like a lion and out like a lamb.” In NC, this phrase is a true as any. We often get ice storms (no jinx) at the start of March, weighing down our flowering trees. We can experience allergies and final winter colds in the same week!
In Ayurveda this is the season known as kapha season. Cold and wet, making way for growth, the energy of the season is predominantly heavy. It’s why spring allergies manifest symptoms of thick mucus and often give way to lung infections like bronchitis. If we aren’t clearing the way for the movement of kapha, it just gets stuck.
Did you know that all of this is optional? Personally, I experience fewer allergy symptoms each year. I don’t even need over-the-counter support – just regular rinsing and oiling of my sinuses and good, seasonal nutrition. I’m not saying I never catch a cold, but it only happens when I ignore what my body needs this time of year: regular movement, hydration, tons of greens, and proper use of spices. I know how to use food as medicine. For example, bitter greens have a drying effect and naturally reduce mucus production. I also avoid foods known to be congesting, such as sugar, dairy and soy.
Ayurveda provides guidelines for simple food-based detox routines in Spring and Fall. These routines have become an integral part of my healing journey. Carrots, Kohlrabi, radishes, lettuce, spinach, chard, turnips and more are all fresh and locally grown at this time of year. They also fight mucus production. Coincidence? No way! Nature is so intelligent in guiding us to what we need to be vibrantly healthy in every season. We just have to follow her lead.
Would you like to learn to follow nature’s lead, too? New this year, I’ll be offering a Spring Nutrition Reset to help you tap into nature’s wisdom to get and stay healthy as the seasons change. In this short course I’ll teach you everything you need to know about Ayurvedic nutrition basics. You’ll receive group support while you build a plan to nourish and balance you through this season (and all year long). The course starts on April 20. And the best part? You can bring a friend for free!
Stay tuned over the next few weeks. I’ll share some recipes and ideas to keep you healthy through March and ready for a Reset in April.
Here’s to your Vibrant Health!