Spring is a time when the nature is awakening. The winter is behind us, a period when we had limited choices for fruits, we consumed more solid food and our bodies suffered the consequences. This in turn can manifest as spring fatigue, activation of chronic diseases, weakened muscles and disturbed digestion. Therefore, it is very important to make a spring cleaning of the organism (detoxification).
In spring, certain plants that have a role in purifying the body (nettle, dandelion, wild garlic and shallots…) start to grow. By consuming these plants you can significantly mitigate and eliminate the harmful effects that occur at this time. Besides the aforementioned plants, in this time of the year, on our markets, we can also find cabbage, watercress, burdock, thistle, plantain and primrose.
The most important thing is to enrich your nutrition with as many fresh fruits and vegetables, as you can. Use freshly picked cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, leaf cauliflower and broccoli. You still can also find some winter salads, such as endive and arugula.
This is the time of the year when in your nutrition you should include young onion and garlic. There is a real wealth of minerals, vitamins and enzymes in these vegetables.
On your menu you should also have young carrots and radishes – they contain plenty of vitamins and minerals. In early spring, some fruits are starting to appear on the markets. First, there are the early strawberries, then cherries and raspberries later. Also there are the citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, grapefruit, bananas and kiwis.
In summary, it is important to eat the right seasoned fruits and vegetables, even if your local store has all kinds of vegetables and fruits throughout the year. The most important thing is the nutrients to be freshly picked and breed organically. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are fighting against free radicals and cells aging of the organism.
The best foods are the foods that travel shortest to your table. So, with proper selection of foods and proper preparation, the spring gives us true wealth of useful and vitally important ingredients for our bodies.