Have you noticed spring is around the corner! Do you see and feel the gentle change in weather? Are we experiencing a subtle change in our bodies? Are we in tune with our body? Are we preparing our mind and gut for the spring? According to Ayurveda in spring the Kapha dosha gets out of balance, affecting our Agni (Digestive fire). Spring wellness is a great way to bring the doshas in balance, re-ignite the Agni and rejuvenate mind and body. So what can we do to equip our bodies to react better to the get our
bodies spring ready and boost our immunity? It all starts with using Ayurveda and nutrition to guide us. Here are a few tips to equip our bodies for spring wellness.
- Eat for the season and what’s in the season: Look around and see what fruits and vegetables are in the season. The fruits and vegetables available in the season are full of nutrients. According to Ayurveda Include foods that are more bitter, astringent and pungent in taste: Foods with bitter, astringent and pungent tastes help to balance out
kapha. Steamed, Cooked, Greens, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Peppers are good add to the diet. Fruits to include are different kinds of berries, pomegranate, Peaches,Pears, apples. Include Legumes, lentils, fruits and vegetables that are more abundant in nature in this time!
- Keep yourself well hydrated: Make sure to have enough fluids coming through water, warm teas and soups. Avoid ice cold beverages and sodas which tend to have more sugar and empty calories.
- Add more color to your palate: Include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet. They not only add fiber but are packed with vitamins and minerals naturally. The more oranges, greens, violets, blues, and reds we add from our fruits and vegetables to our daily nutrition, the more phytochemicals we consume. Lot of these phytochemical have anti-inflammatory properties and help with boosting our immunity.
- Add Spices to your wellness: Add spices to meals such as Ginger, Garlic,Turmeric, Black pepper, green chilies, Cayenne pepper, cloves, and cinnamon to make food more flavorful! These spices not only add flavor to the food but are anti- inflammatory, help with better digestion and are immunoboosting.
- Eat wholesome Foods: Add a balance to your meals by adding foods from all the different foods groups such as whole grains, lean proteins and fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, avocados and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Choose least processed foods. The more processed a food is, it loses its food value.6.
- Eat Mindfully: We want to eat mindfully! Eat fresh! Be aware of the foods we choose.We want to eat to nourish our mind and body with foods that give us energy and exuberance. Here is a wonderful 4 Spice Gut Wellness tea to sip warm with your meals! Enjoy!
4 spice Gut wellness Tea
Recipe yield: 2 servings*
1 serving: 1 Cup (8 fl Oz)
Ingredients & Materials:
2 cups water
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1/4 Teaspoon whole fennel seeds
1/4 Teaspoon whole Cumin Seeds
1/4 Teaspoon whole Coriander seeds Optional: Mishri (Rock sugar) or organic cane sugar per taste as needed.
1 Medium saucepan,1 Steel trainer and stove
Cooking Method: Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes Total Time: 8-10 Minutes
- In a saucepan or kettle, add the water and all the ingredients
- Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes
- Turn off the heat.
- Let the tea cool for 2 mins
- Strain the tea and serve it, sip it warm. Add rock sugar or organic cane sugar to taste if needed.
- Enjoy the 4 spice Gut Wellness tea by itself or with a meal!
Article and recipe written by Gauri Junnarkar MS, BAMS, RD, LD, CDE, LMT. Gauri is the founder of AyurNutrition: Integrative and Holistic Wellness practice in Dallas FortWorth. Gauri is an Ayurveda & Nutrition expert, classically trained Vaidya (Ayurveda Practitioner), Registered Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator and Speaker. She is the Co-author of the book ‘Primer on Ayurveda’ and host of the wellness show ‘Wellness bites with Gauri’ on YouTube.