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Ayurvedic Spring Diet

March's weather in Chicagoland is crazy. You experience wind, rain, snow or sunshine - all in one week. Everything feels wet and soggy but fertile and rich at the same time. Hibernating animals come back to life and Netflix binges are not so appealing. The heavy wetness and gray thick clouds of March have emotional effects as well. Psychologically, March is a month of laziness, sadness, depression and overflow of deep rooted emotions.

As your layer of winter body fat begins to melt, it enriches your blood and congests your circulatory system. This change leaves us acceptable to respiratory congestion, loss of appetite, and sinus infection. Just as you catch common colds in fall, spring colds are a thing, along with the fight of allergies of emerging new growth. Eeven on cool days you'll notice a warmth still vibrating from the chest. With the fertility of March, the first fresh buds of spring are starting to pop, and our bodies are naturally ready to lighten up.

The answers to lightening up can be found in the wisdom of the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda. In brief, Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.