STAYING HEALTHY IN SPRING


Image of a couple enjoying spring cherry blossoms

I'm a Spring born! So I guess I am naturally drawn to this season. I love everything about it - the happy colours, the active energy, and the celebratory vibe. There is a spirit of hope that comes with the newness of this season, a sense of renewal, and a message of 'breaking free'. It feels like nature is finally happy blossoming and blooming after all those months of staying quiet and waiting for the harsh winter to pass.

Since the energy of spring is about moving upward, from below the earth and out into the open, we too naturally begin to move out of our cozy nests to enjoy more time outdoors. Animals slowly start coming out of hibernation and birds begin to migrate back to their places of origin.

It's also the time when many people complain of respiratory issues, allergies, sinusitis, and moving pains. Well... with all that upward and outward moving energy, some of this is bound to happen for those who have weak immune systems or haven't been living according to the seasons. If you have suppressed anger, it is also going to show up in spring... either as impatience, irritability, full-blown anger, or as PMS, menstrual issues, and headaches.

Here are some things you can do to stay healthy this spring!

Open your windows on low pollen days. In winter, most people close their house windows to stop the cold air from getting in. So, over a period of time, the air inside the house becomes stagnant and full of accumulated toxins. This causes a lot of respiratory problems. Opening your windows moves the stagnant air and energy out of your home. It also provides you with fresh air to breathe. Remember that a lot of tree pollen is dispersed by the wind in spring. So, if you suffer from allergies or don't want pollen accumulating indoors, make sure you only open your windows on low-pollen days.


Clean your home. Spring is the time for new things. So, clear your space and remove things that you no longer need. By doing this, you make space for new things to come into your life.


Start a new project or set a new goal! Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth. So, it's a great time to start something new or set a new goal and work towards it!


Get active. Yes - That's the message of spring. So do some light stretching, yoga, qigong, etc. or head outdoors whenever you can. Ensure you do some physical activity everyday to keep your energy moving.


Eat a mix of warm foods, lightly stir-fried foods, and some raw foods. Since this is a period of transition, you also need to transition your way into a dietary change. Move away from baking and frying. Continue to eat winter roots, soups, and stews. Bring in some stir-fried foods and a little bit of raw food too.

  • Have a mix of roots and greens this season.

  • Add a small side of seasonal greens to your diet, especially the bitter and pungent greens such as nettles, baby dandelion greens, fiddlehead ferns, baby arugula, etc.

  • Incorporate a small shot of green juice (with little ginger) into your daily diet.

  • Opt for dry grains, such as corn and millet, and beans to balance the mucus secretion in your body, which is high this time of the year.

  • Liver is the organ of this season. So lighten its load by going easy on your intake of protein, fat and dairy. Avoid alcohol too if you can and specially if you are prone to seasonal allergies.

  • A little bit of sour, such as a dash of lemon (although not in season), in your tea or salads helps the liver in getting rid of toxins, which it does naturally this time of the year.

  • Reduce dairy in your diet as it is mucus building and will increase mucus levels in the body.

  • Drink warm fluids (warm water, ginger-tulsi herbal tea) throughout the day and keep yourself hydrated.

  • Eating pungent vegetables and spices, such as garlic scapes, scallions, black pepper, and ginger during this season helps keep viruses at bay and clear your air passages, which tend to get clogged this time of the year!

  • Make the transition from from heavy protein (red meat) to lean protein (eggs, chicken, beans, tofu) this season.

  • Go easy on sugar and desserts this season. Avoid it as much as you can.

  • Enjoy dry fruits and fresh fruits available during the season, such as pears, apples, and berries.

Take Vitamin C. A lot of spring ailments are caused because the immune system is weak. So, make sure you get your Vitamin C through food such as kale, broccoli, or tomato.


Try dry brushing this season. It moves the lymph in the body and aides the body's upward and dispersing energy during this season. It is detoxifying and helpful, especially if you suffer from seasonal allergies. Make sure you apply a lotion or moisturizer after your shower to keep the skin protected from allergens.


Keep your sinuses clear. There are many ways to do this.

  • Practice pranayama (breathing) exercises everyday.

  • Drink warm fluids (warm water, ginger-tulsi herbal tea) throughout the day and keep yourself hydrated.

  • Use a humidifier to help keep the respiratory airways moist thus reducing the chances of sinus infections.

  • On days your sinuses are clear, use 1-2 drops of nasya oil to lubricate your nose and protect it from allergens. Use the oil on an empty stomach in the morning before taking a shower and eating.

  • Cleanse your nasal passages with a neti pot. I do!

  • Steam when you feel that your sinuses are getting clogged.

  • If you feel your sinuses getting blocked, try a spoonful of fire cider.

  • Eating scallions and ginger during this season is helpful too!

  • Reduce dairy intake as it is mucus producing and will clog your sinuses more.

  • Don't overeat... it will clog you up.

Wear your layers. Spring has fluctuating temperatures, so make sure you continue to wear your layers on and protect yourself from strong gusts of wind, especially if you are a spring born!


I will leave you with a parting note. Observe how nature celebrates this season. Go out and celebrate it too! Take a spring vacation or simply enjoy walks in nature. Listen to the birds chirp, watch children play, meet friends, observe the changes in nature, laugh, giggle. Be happy! Direct your energy outwards, but every now and then, go within as well! Meditation helps you through this transitional season.

NOTE: The tips listed here assume that you are reasonably healthy and don't have any disease or chronic condition because of which you have to follow a restricted diet.