Kapha Season, the season of Earth and Water
Season of Cleansing
In New England the season of Earth and water goes from February 1 to June 1.
The element of water and earth predominate this season and are responsible for the body’s structure, and provides the “glue” or cohesion that holds the cells together. When these elements are in balance our joints are lubricated, skin is moist, immunity and vitality are strong. The expressive emotions of love, calmness and forgiveness flow easily. When the elements of water and earth (Kapha) are out of balance it leads to emotions such as attachment, possessiveness, greed, depression and physical symptoms such as congestive disorders, excess mucus, sinus related problems (are you doing your nedi pot?), allergies, sluggishness, dull aches, water retention, and pains, acceleration of arthritic conditions, especially osteoarthritis, fibrocystic changes and digestive related problems.
Water and Earth (Kapha) Predominates in the lungs, stomach, pancreas, white matter of the brain, cerebral spinal fluid, plasma, joints and sinuses and is responsible for taste and smell. Any conditions related to these systems are significant to a potential imbalance of these elements.
Put away the ice cream, cheese in excess, heavy unctuous foods such as nut butters, duck, creamy sauces, and rich foods. Now you can break out Juicer get back into salads, and foods that are drier and lighter in nature. Break out the spices to enhance that digestive fire.
As we progress into the season our bodies will want to excrete what we have held onto during the winter months which makes of a great time to do cleansing diets and foods, even fasting is great this season.
A few tips for the season
- Consider preparing to do a Pancha Karma cleanse.
- Start increasing Bitter tasting foods.
- Support that liver with Swedish Bitters, Dandelion, Yellow Dock, Milk Thistle and/or Bhumy Amalaki.
- Add Cardamom to dairy to decrease mucus potential.
- Start your day with Salt, honey and Lemon in hot water.
- Drink plenty of ginger tea.
- Favor more dry, light and warm foods.
- Break out the Bean and Rice dishes.
- This is the season for Juicing and sprouting.
Seasonal diet and other helpful hints are always posted on Dr. Linda’s web site (www.integrativeayurveda.com) under Seasonal Newsletter.
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