The spring is the season which focuses on the rejuvenation of liver and gallbladder. We naturally eat less in spring or fast for a certain period of time to cleanse the body of the heavy foods that have been consumed over winter. The spring diet should be the lightest of the year. Fresh vegetables and fruits as well as sprouts and cereal grasses should be consumed. This can be accompanied by whole grains, legumes and fresh herbs. Salty foods such as soy sauce, tamari, miso and sodium rich meats should be reduced or eliminated during this season. Also, too many heavy foods should be avoided as they clog the liver and may contribute to spring fevers. Click here for more information on the root cause of liver stagnation and its myriad of symptoms and here for dietary protocols for a healthy liver and liver /gallbladder cleanse.
Enjoy sweet and pungent foods in particular. Honey mint tea is a classes example. The pungent cooking herbs such a fresh basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill, bay leaf can be well combined with whole grains, legumes and seeds. Young beets, carrots and other sweet starchy vegetables provide a refreshing sweet flavor. In spring we can also increase the amount of raw foods. When cooking the food, we should reduce the cooking time but use higher temperature. This enables the foods not be cooked as thoroughly.
Enjoy the fresh produce of spring!