Winter is a time when we tend to crave heavier, fattier foods so it’s remarkable that it’s also the time of year when citrus fruits are in season, as they help promote digestion. Citrus fruits are high in antioxidants including Vitamin C, which are great for boosting the immune system during cold and flu season. The bright scents and flavors of citrus fruits round the palate and uplift one’s mood.
According to Ayurveda, winter is associated with kapha dosha. Kapha has the quality of being heavy and dull. Eating fattier, heavier, more sugary foods creates an imbalance of Kapha in the body, meaning there is an overall sense of lethargy and digestion slows down.
A simple way to do incorporate citrus into your day and help bring your body into balance is to squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a cup of warm water and drink this first thing in the morning. Doing so triggers the production of bile by the gallbladder, which breaks down fats in the digestive tract.