It's cold in New England. It doesn't feel like Spring, but we've had enough long days and rainfall to green up our surroundings and send a few brave buds blossoming.
If you have had spring allergies in the past, you know they can be miserable. Gloppy runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and so forth. How and what you ate in Winter has a direct effect on how likely your body will be susceptible to these Spring annoyances - or not. Forecasters are already showing high pollen levels on their reports, so we'd better get ready.
Oil and Water
A key factor in developing a mucous-y Spring is the degree of lubrication your nose, lungs and digestive tract might have. When I work with clients, I am always asking what you eat. It's not just what you eat, but when you eat it, that matters. Foods align with seasons, and when you eat in alignment, you give your body what it needs. It's intuitive, but not always practiced because all foods are available at all times today due to globalization of the marketplace.
think green not white
If you want to dry up mucous, look to green vegetables, especially things like chard, dandelion greens, scallions, and arugula. Greens have an astringent quality that helps dry up phlegm and mucous.
What won't help is dairy. That includes milk, cheese and yogurt. If you are prone to Spring allergies, avoid these foods during your high sensitive times.
Drink Your Water
While you may not feel thirsty in Winter, your body needs as much, if not more, hydration than it does in Summer. Again, the dry atmosphere is everywhere. See if you can make most of your water warm to hot by drinking herbal teas and hot water with lemon or grated ginger. Have soups and stews for more fluids.
A good indicator of whether you are drinking enough is the condition of your skin. The condition of your skin will be similar to your "inner skins" - nasal, digestive and lung linings, so if your outer skins dry, your inner skin likely is too, and this is what leads to inflammation and development of mucous. So drink your water and eat your good fat foods.
When allergies kick in, they can make you more sensitive to everything. Do your best to keep windows closed on windy days, avoid close contact with furry pets and any pollens you know you are sensitive to. Lilacs especially bother me so I stay away from them.