Did you know that springtime is the beginning of the official new-year? Think about it, spring is the time when nature re-births and renews its self. New life develops from new budded flowers to crops peeping from the earth. What better way to celebrate the New Year and new life than by cleaning up your environment, your home, wardrobe, and don’t forget the most intimate environment of all your body.
In many cultures, through many ages, spring cleansing has become a fact of life. Throughout the winter we tend to eat a more acidic diet, such as high protein foods, which can cause the intestines to secrete a heavy mucous coating. This means the intestine is not able to absorb nutrients as well. Too much acidic food also causes the intestines to harbor harmful bacteria. These two problems can lead to constipation and auto-intoxication. This causes the intestines to re-absorb toxic materials back into the blood stream (for more information on detoxing contact naturopathic healer Nazir Avdiyah).
Once you have detoxed your body from all of the congestion, built-up toxins and give your digestion, liver and energy level a good boost and cleaning, now it’s time to add more organic fresh alkaline foods to your new clean system. During the spring there are many great alkaline fruits and vegetables to choose from. Try to choose locally grown produce, also, shop at your local farmers markets for those items you love but are not available in your area.
In a series of recipes, I will showcase raw recipes that incorporate a spring vegetable or fruit. This week’s star is…
Dubbed the “food of kings” by Louis XIV of France, asparagus definitely have a royal nutritional profile. Low in fat and high in fiber, these tender stalks are a good source of iron, B vitamins, and vitamin C. Asparagus are at their peak from March through June but can be purchased year-round. Once harvested, asparagus deteriorate rapidly, so place them in cool storage to retain freshness and nutrition.