7 Dietary Tips to Prevent Spring Allergies & Boost Digestion
1. Avoid or Reduce Heavy, Congesting Foods
Minimize or avoid refined, processed, excessive salty and sweet foods. Including dairy (especially cold dairy), wheat, grains, nuts, and seeds. Especially if you tend to have kapha imbalances, these foods may be too heavy to digest.
2. Add Beans and Lentils to the Menu
These foods fall under the astringent taste, they help “soak up” water and reduce kapha qualities from the body. To prevent bloating, eat your pulses, lentils and beans warm. Check out our favorite lentil recipes.
3. Eat More Greens & Spring Vegetables
Fill half your plate at each meal with vegetables, including breakfast. Generally, greens and spring vegetables tend to be bitter and have a natural detoxifying effect on the body. Helping create lightness to help boost energy. Here’s a quick & easy stir-fry with digestive spices.
4. Stay Hydrated
Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day at room temperature to help flush the lymphatic system and nourish the tissues.
5. Warm Herbal Tea is Your Best Friend
We recommend ginger, dandelion, tulsi, hibiscus or CCF to keep the digestive fire active and help boost immunity. Hot water is a great way to support and cleanse the lymphatic system. (Herbal tea counts towards the 6-8 glasses of recommended water a day)
6. Eat Your Biggest Meal at Lunch
In the spring, our metabolic rate can slow down, making lunch the biggest meal will help ensure sufficient time for digestion. Another way to harness our natural circadian rhythm. As the digestive fire is at its peak from 12-2pm. For dinner opt for a light soup or steamed veggies – especially important if your primary constitution is kapha. Read about kapha dosha.
7. Avoid Snacking or Opt for Fresh Fruit Snacks
Snacking throughout the day confuses the digestive process and leads to undigested food. Creating ama or toxins in the system. If you are hungry in-between meals, opt for fresh fruit. Fruit takes about an hour to digest, which makes it a perfect snack food. We like vitamin-c grapefruit in the spring. Dress it up a little and try it spiced.
Bonus Tip: Consider a seasonal cleanse. A cleanse is especially helpful if seasonal imbalances are a reoccurrence issue. A guided cleanse can help de-stagnate the lymphatic system and re-ignite the digestive fire. Helping to boost digestion and the assimilation of nutrients. In the long-term, helping to foster a stronger immune system.