3 Easy Spring Health Tips from Ayurveda

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Have you noticed that — with every change of season — there is a corresponding change in your body?

At springtime, you may notice a rise in:

  • colds, congestion or mucus
  • feeling lethargic, lazy, tired or stagnant
  • food cravings for sweets;
  • slow digestion or decreased appetite (including candida overgrowth / dampness);
  • seasonal depression or lack of motivation;

Spring is Kapha Season

Spring is ruled by kapha dosha, the earth-water elements in ayurveda.

Kapha’s qualities are cold, wet, slow and heavy.

Over the winter, you need a little extra kapha to insulate you from the cold, like a good winter coat.

When the snow melts, you may notice symptoms of excess kapha, including:

  • colds, congestion or mucus
  • feeling lethargic, lazy, tired or stagnant
  • food cravings for sweets;
  • slow digestion or decreased appetite (including candida overgrowth / dampness);
  • seasonal depression or lack of motivation;

Here are 3 Easy Ways to Balance Kapha for Spring:

  1. Get Yourself Moving Using Herbs
  • Kapha reducing teas can be used to boost metabolism and aid water retention. Try ginger, cinnamon, tulsi, sage, chai, turmeric or hibiscus.
  • If your digestion needs a boost, try taking trikatu powder before meals, or taking 1-2 teaspoons fennel powder after meals.
  • On an empty stomach, take 1-2 teaspoons daily of raw honey. Honey helps scrape congestion, toxins (ama) from the digestive tract.
  • Before bed, taking 1-2 teaspoons triphala powder to naturally detoxify and balance food cravings, iron levels, weight and to support a beautiful skin tone.

2. Exercise Daily until you Sweat

Vigorous exercise is one of the best ways to boost to your mood, immunity and energy levels. A 20 minute walk or a few yoga asanas or stretches will make a big difference in how you feel each day.

3.  Lighten Up Your Meals

To lighten up your diet, to emphasize bitter, astringent and pungent tastes, including:

  • Bitter, leafy greens such as kale, chard, broccoli (try Spring Steamed Ayurvedic Greens)
  • Vegetable soups and pulses (try Kicharee with coriander chutney)
  • Add ginger or extra spices to your food, such as cumin, tumeric, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, spring onions and garlic;
  • Reduce dairy, desserts or fried foods for a few weeks.
  • Favouring kapha balancing desserts, such as homemade apple sauce or chai with almond milk.

Spring is also the best time of year to learn a new habit, or to consider a detoxification program, since nature supports letting go at this time.

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Briya Freeman has been teaching courses in meditation and natural healing since 2011, including The Bloom Project, an online course for women in natural self-healing and radiant living.

Briya is a long-term student of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin. She also holds studies in ayurveda at Anjali School of Ayurveda (Kerala, India) and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Ottawa. For more information, visit briyafreeman.com or follow her on Instagram or Facebook.

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