Friday, May 5, 2017

Kapha Season - Time to Clear Out Our Sinuses and Lungs

In the northern part of the United States, we are getting excited for spring and summer.  Until spring arrives, the earth and our bodies prepare.  There is water everywhere nourishing the earth for the growth season.  Our bodies are draining the fat we needed in the winter to stay warm and moist.  Many people tend to get colds this time of year or have allergies.  The congestion in our sinuses and lungs can be uncomfortable and make us feel stuck.

Usually to counteract kapha (one of the ayurvedic body types), extra movement is recommended. Eating the right food for kapha is helpful too. Foods with the tastes of pungent, bitter and astringent counteract the heaviness of kapha.

Horseradish is perfect to break up the congestion because of its pungent and heating character.  Modern science also confirms its healing properties of relieving sinus and respiratory congestion, but horseradish additionally has anti viral and anti infection properties.

Horseradish works by helping your body get rid of the mucus, when stagnant, can become a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause serious infections. Horseradish thins the mucus, making it easier to cough out. Sometimes at first the mucus production might increase, but it is the body's way of signaling that it is getting ready to cleanse. Therefore, it may take a couple days for the body to get relief. If horseradish can be taken at the first sign of a cold or at the start of the season, relief can come faster and prevent the need for commercial medicines.

Horseradish should be eaten when freshly grated to get the highest potency of its medicinal qualities.  The recommended amount is a half to whole teaspoon grated horseradish three times a day.  Some people need to build up slowly because the sharpness can be difficult to tolerate.

Ayurveda teaches how nature can work to our health and well being.

Stay healthy & well,

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