Spring is finally here; symbolizing new growth. In traditional Chinese Medicine, spring belongs to the wood element and plays a major role in liver functions. It is important to adapt to the weather and season change as it can prevent the susceptibility to seasonal health problems—like the flu, pneumonia, or a relapse of chronic diseases. During the springtime, it is best to reduce the ingestion of sour foods while increasing the consumption of sweet and pungent foods as it aids in the liver to regulate its energy, or qi.
Examples of food to eat during the springtime
Some foods that are good to incorporate in your diet during the spring are
- Leaf Mustard
- Chinese yams
- Bamboo Shoots
These foods will uplift the body’s overall energy, and help soften the transition from winter to spring.
What you may be feeling during the springtime
During the springtime, it is possible you may be feeling out of balance with yourself, and your body. Examples of how your body can be processing the different feelings are foggy thinking, tendon tightness, blurry, red or dry eyes, or dry skin. In addition to this, a person can experience rib pain and abdomen distension. The imbalance not only can effect the body physically, but also emotionally; such as outbursts of anger and/or increased frustration.
The alteration between spring and winter may have a major impact on your body and it’s response to the change. Incorporate these foods during this time to see what it can do for your body, in addition to your energy.