Outside my kitchen window this morning, I see many animals doing what they do in the Spring. There is the robin sitting on her nest of eggs, the baby bunny (who has taken up residence on the side of our garage) exploring the world for the first time, and the young chipmunk finding seeds and food scraps from our compost. These animals seem to know just what to do as the weather warms and the season changes, without having to-do lists and smartphone reminders. I am amazed by the ease in which they move into their new Spring routines. I feel like there is a lot to be learned from these animals. Making small changes in your diet, exercise, and self-care routines can really support your body as we shift into this new season.
Allergy Tips: As things start to bloom outside, many of us start to feel those common allergy symptoms. Here are a few suggestions to help you feel better and support your body.
Local Raw Honey
Eating a teaspoon of local raw honey during allergy season can reduce allergic symptoms. Honey contains very small amounts of the same pollen spores that cause symptoms. Additional tip: Add chopped raw turmeric to a container of raw honey, mix and let sit for a few weeks. The honey is then infused with the medicinal anti-inflammatory properties of the turmeric.
Staying hydrated (8-10 cups daily) can help flush your system and help your body’s natural cleansing process. I also recommend taking an evening bath before bed to let the steam open your sinuses and wash allergens from your skin and hair.
Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many foods. It is an antioxidant which reduces the effects of inflammation and can therefore reduce allergy symptoms. The best food sources are apples, citrus fruits, onions, parsley, red wine, and tea. You can also take Quercetin in supplement form.
Nettle is an amazing plant that has the ability to dispel toxins and bring relief from allergy symptoms. You can sauté the greens as you would spinach, add it to soups or casseroles or make it into a tea. Nettle also comes in a supplement form.
Neti pots are small teapot shaped vessels that are used to flush the sinuses which can help reduce allergy symptoms. You can buy one for kids that is shaped like a large syringe. Make sure to use distilled water or water that has been boiled and then cooled.
Often people associate Spring with cleansing and cutting out many foods for a period of time. While I believe that this can be helpful for some, I also feel that many people can get substantial benefits from smaller dietary changes. Spring can be a time to minimize processed foods and to increase leafy greens, fruits, whole grains, and water to help hydrate and flush our systems. Just moving in this direction will help your body leave Winter behind and move towards a healthy Spring.
Recipes to Try