Ayurveda places a lot of emphasis on eating according to the seasons. Vasant Ritu or spring is the time when the accumulated kapha of the body is gradually lost, and many people may experience a runny nose, allergies and a flow of mucous out of the body. Ayurveda recommends that one should support this outflow of mucous and not curtail it.
Why does mucous accumulate in winter? That’s because this is the time when the body accumulates strength and energy. As a result, one’s appetite increases, and there is a tendency for the body to accumulate rather than let go. In such a biological state, if we eat too many rich or fried foods, this may led to an over accumulation of mucous in the system.
This could lead to problems later. This problem is acute in people who may have a basic kapha constitution.
Foods that are recommended in spring include: Cereals like wheat, ragi and barley. Also eat vegetables with a basic astringent quality like spinach, leafy vegetables, karela, methi etc. Light dals like red gram and green gram are also suitable. Other recommended foods include garlic, ginger (which help to loosen phlegm), turmeric (it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic), carrots, radishes, onions and spices like cumin, pepper and coriander.
Foods to cut down on are: All dairy products, heavy foods and oily foods. Drink hot water with honey – pure honey is one of the best ways to remove kapha from the body. Or drink hot water with half a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of black pepper. Drinking vegetable juice with a dash of ginger or using turmeric in cooking are other ways of including such herbs in one’s diet. Vasant Ritu is the time to cleanse the body and prepare it for summer. So get started!