Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Autumn Is Here

Well Summer is over and Autumn is in full swing and that means many things for both our health and nutrition. According to Chinese Medicine each season corresponds to specific Meridian and Organ system and Autumn is the season when the Lungs and Large Intestine are most active and susceptible to both positive and negative influences. 

If the Lungs become imbalanced Qi (pronounced "chee") can be weakened and we become susceptible to illness and conditions such as allergies, asthma, colds, flu, dry skin and much more. The Lungs and Large Intestine are also vulnerable to problems caused by sadness and grief. Should you notice any signs of either in your life be sure to seek help whether though therapy, exercise or even a vacation to somewhere sunny and warm.

In Autumn, also known as the Harvest Season we see how nature provides us with foods that we need for our health and well being. The harvest season is a time to prepare the body for the cold weather ahead. With winter approaching your diet should shift toward richer, denser foods that will provide you with energy and warmth. It is also important to nourish your immune system through your diet. Be sure to take advantage of dark green and golden-orange vegetables that are rich in beta-carotene. Such foods include: carrots, pumpkin, squash, broccoli, kale, mustard greens and much more. 

Here is a list to help you shop for foods this season:

Apple, Banana, Clementine, Cranberry, Date, Fig, Grape, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Kumquat, Mandarin Oranges, Pear, Permission, Plum, Pomegranate, Quince

Avocado, Beet, Bell Pepper, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Corn, Garlic, Gingerroot, Leeks, Onion, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Shallot, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potato, Turnip, Yam

Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Quinoa, Rye, Wheat

Almond, Brazil, Cashew, Pecan, Pignolia, Pistachio, Walnut

Black, Carob, Garbanzo, Kidney, Lentil, Lima, Navy, Soy

Flax, Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower

Enjoy all the season has to bring!!!! 

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