Eating with the Seasons: Spring Dietary Information

Springtime is a period of growth and renewal. It’s also a time for drastic weather fluctuations, from snow, heavy rain, wind, and sunshine.  During the springtime, you may experience traveling body pain that comes and goes, insomnia between 1 and 4 am, headaches, PMS, irritability, shortness of breath, or visual disturbances. Also, the variations in temperature outdoors can weaken your immune response, so colds and the flu are still a risk.

If you feel unbalanced proper self-care behaviors such as good sleep hygiene, stress management, and routine acupuncture can help you through this transitional time of year. Diet can also play a beneficial role in regulating your body until summer arrives. The following dietary recommendations can help keep you healthy through spring:

  • Plums
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Chard and kale
  • Leeks
  • Kohlrabi
  • Garlic Chives
  • Celery
  • Brown Seaweed
  • Marjoram
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Crayfish
  • Prawns and shrimp
  • Vinegar
  • Coriander (in small doses)

Avoid or limit:

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Food coloring
  • Preservatives
  • Sugar
  • Large quantities of hot spicy foods

To learn how Chinese medicine dietary therapy can support your health, contact Boynn McIntire, licensed acupuncturist in NE Portland, for a free consultation.

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