Spring and Wood Element foods

This is the season to attend to the liver and gall bladder. In spring we naturally eat less or even fast, to cleanse the body of the fats and heavy foods of winter.The diet should be the lightest of the year and contain foods which emphasis the yang, ascending and expanding qualities of spring-young, fresh greens, sprouts and immature wheat or other cereal grasses. Salty foods such as soy sauce, miso and sodium rich meats all have a strong component of sinking energy and are best limited during springtime. Too many heavy foods clog the liver, resulting in ring fits and fevers. The expansive, rising quality of sweet and pungent-flavoured foods is reccomended by the classics as a means of creating a personal spring within.