As gray winter days give way to sunny spring ones, it’s time to spring clean your surroundings – home, backyard, or garden as well as your body and mind. You will notice a gradual shift in your food preferences from warm foods to those that cool the body and mind.
Your body is adapting to the changing season and an internal cleansing is beginning to take place. And you need to be mindful enough to aid this process. It’s also a season when most allergies play out, thanks to the pollens in the air!
Prepare your body to be spring-ready with these tips on healthy food and daily habits, bodily toxic cleansing, managing allergic and bugs attack.
Ayurveda recommends making adaptations to our daily routine at each change of seasons, but the special energy of the beginning of spring makes it an ideal time for cleansing. The stagnation that insulated us in the winter now naturally tries to make it’s way out of the body. When we don’t cooperate, this process can manifest into sluggishness, allergies, asthma, dullness in the mind and slow digestion, among other complaints.
Start with a fresh cleaning of your home. Get rid of anything that no longer serves you. I always tell my kids if you haven’t used it, worn it, or played with it in 6 months, you don’t need it. Have a yard sale or donate any items that you or your kids no longer need or want. Now that the house is all cleaned out, time to clean up.
It is hard not to feel joyous as we leave the dark coldness of winter and transition into spring. As nature bestows us with warmer weather and budding flowers, you may notice an increase in energy and feel a sense of newness. You might notice that you are craving lighter, greener foods and a general desire to clean not just your house but your body.
Drinking enough water is a foundational aspect of any allergy elimination program. It is important to drink ½ your weight in water. If you weigh 120 pounds, drink 60 oz water. To make sure you drink enough water, measure it out first thing in the morning. Be familiar with how many ounces your water container holds and set aside the amount of water you will drink for the day before the day begins.
Although it is just the beginning of April, Spring allergies are already in full swing. Believe it or not, there is something known as “snow mold” that can occur when too much snow has covered your lawn over the winter. As the snow starts to melt, snow mold is released and some folks show signs of allergies similar to those of seasonal allergies.
Drinking enough water is a foundational aspect of any allergy elimination program. It is important to drink ½ your weight in water. If you weigh 120 pounds, drink 60 oz water. To make sure you drink enough water, measure it out first thing in the morning.
Although allergens are external, it is actually our body’s response to them that is the cause of the allergy — it is an allergic reaction. If your body is already inundated with food allergy triggers, your immune system will be hyper-wired to react to external allergens. Eliminate wheat, dairy, and excess sugar, the most common allergens.
Allergies are defined as the body’s response against any external stimulus. Many people are allergic to the various chemicals that are present in the atmosphere during spring season. Sneezing, coughing, running nose and congestion are the major characteristics of the seasonal allergies.