We’re all familiar with the changing seasons and we condition ourselves as best we can.

Every so often, you’ll find the need to spring clean – not just the house – but also the body. Sometimes, your body will ask for it and when that time comes, dig in to root vegetables like beets, carrots, ginger, radish, onions, garlic and turmeric. These spring roots stimulate liver function and blood purification and basically ensure a good cleaning of the gut.

Then, there’s the actual green factor. As a natural probiotic, green vegetables, especially the spring greens, are loaded with chlorophyll. Chlorophyll aids in the proliferation of the good intestinal bacteria, essential for digestion, assimilation, detoxification and removal of intestinal waste.

And perhaps not the final, but one of the most important reasons to eat those vegetables is that they deliver vitamins that the body does not make, including the water-soluble B-complex vitamins and Vitamin C that are not stored in the body and need to be ingested daily.

If you’re still not convinced about how great vegetables are or you’re picky about brinjals or that bitter gourd on your plate, it might be easier to first discover a vegetable you like. And then, slowly expand your culinary palate. Your body will thank you.