How to prepare for spring? The nutritionist Fiorenza Conti explains it to us with tips and 3 recipes to awaken the body
Spring is not only the awakening of nature, but it is also the awakening of ourselves. It is the rebirth of the body, one rediscovery which also passes through a necessary detoxication, a renewal at a deeper level, like removing the winter coat to wear fresher and lighter, cleaner clothes.
We asked Fiorenza Conti, clinical and holistic nutritionist with over 20 years of experience in Eastern and Western health practices, as we can report energies, which have also been inside our body throughout the cold season, on the surface and making them emerge.
"It is necessary to harmonize them and pay particular attention to two areas of our body: liver is intestine. The liver is very important at this stage of the year because it helps us process all the positive and less positive substances (for example, toxins or pollutants that may be in the air, etc.), which we have released into the organism explains Fiorenza.
How to prepare for spring?
From the point of view feed it is important to introduce a generous portion of green salad into our daily diet before each main meal, especially using it dark green leafy vegetables, for example the raw black cabbage cut into thin strips, the dandelion, the leaves of the red beets and the fresh spinach, to be combined with a mixed salad.
This will serve to introduce substances that help the liver to eliminate toxins, while promoting the activity of the intestine thanks to the supply of fibers.
For a gentle detox they are very useful centrifuges (fruit or vegetable juice obtained quickly from very sharp blades) ed extracts (cold pressing which is obtained much more slowly), mainly of vegetables, to drink immediately after having prepared them!
The important thing, in fact, is that they are fresh and consumed on an empty stomach to avoid fermentations, and therefore swelling and abdominal pain, to allow nutrients to enter the circulation without getting lost in the food bolus.
So here it is 3 simple drinks, which you can also prepare yourself at the bar or make at home so that it becomes a healthy and practicable habit!
1. Pure celery juice
Perfect this season because it is full of mineral salts and with a very high power detoxifying: use only the stem as the leaves would make the juice too bitter, keep the latter to give flavor to sauté and soups or to enrich a tomato sauce.
2. Carrot, lemon and ginger
A must from power anti bacterial is anti viral thanks to the high vitamin C content of lemon, the micro elements of fresh ginger (not in powder, I recommend!) and the antioxidant substances of beta-carotene.
You can add half a teaspoon of fresh turmeric root which has anti bacterial and anti viral properties thanks to curcumin. A powerful cocktail to protect against seasonal infections.
3. Black cabbage
We can also make a juice of black cabbage, celery ribs, lemon and ginger useful substances in detoxify and fight seasonal gluttony.
And the fruit?
Fiorenza recommends excluding the fruit because we need vitamins and minerals, but not so much of the fruit sugars that he recommends eating whole and with the peel, slowly and in small bites always alone and on an empty stomach, to avoid an annoying fermentation. If we want to drink the fruit, we can blend it in order to conserve sugars and fiber, slowing the assimilation of sugar in the body.
To awaken the body, therefore, first of all do the spring cleaning! Then we can dedicate ourselves to renewal.
Text by Romina Ciferni