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!

4 Responses to “Spring Foods”

  1. Nanette says:

    My daughter has been suffering from nausae & feeling like she has to throw up (but doesn’t) since Nov 2010. She could not eat & stopped because of the pain & nausea. She had 3 ER visits & they IV’d her to get fluids into her. In Jan 2011 they admitted her, did endoscope & CAT scan which did not lead us to any diagnosis. The GI doc told us to let it take its course but things did not improve. We tried a nutritionist/herbal doc who told us to have her eat gluten, fat & sugar free… the kid has a very limited diet & was feeling better on & off for a month but now we seem back to square one & she is totally frustrated & emotional. It is very hard for an 18 year old to eat this way …yet she hasn’t ate out…I make all of my own chicken stock, tomatoe gravy, only gluten/sugar free, make our own fennel tea, & cook with a lettle bit of olive oil… I have tried to look what the cause can be? Liver congestion? something that is not showing up in blood work. She has been on Synthroid for 1 1/2 yrs (only 25mcg)… this helped with extreme fatigue. Please what kind of a doc do we go to next? If you have any suggestions… we are at a loss… my daughter is so frustrated & tired of being constantly nauseous after eating. She is little, only 5′ & 95 lbs… she recently lost 5 lbs.

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