Foods for Autumn Health
ęDeborah Barr; all rights reserved.
Conditions related to Autumn --Lungs, Digestion, and Skin
According to TCM Health Philosophy, Autumn impacts the lungs and
large intestine. Colds, sinus problems, lung ailments such as
allergies and asthma, digestive problems, skin conditions,
weakness in the arms, flaccid biceps, weak abdominal muscles,
pain and/or weakness in the thumb and index fingers, rounded
shoulders, (as though carrying the weight of the world on one’s
shoulders) are some common health disharmonies that are
prevalent during this season.
mental/emotional level, if there is disharmony in these organs,
specific emotions and characteristics will be more pronounced.
Perhaps during this time of year you’ve
noticed that you become indecisive, lethargic, depressed, unable
to see positive solutions and move beyond adversity. Or you may
engage in self-blame and not-good-enough syndrome; become
unresponsive, indifferent, negative, ineffective, isolated,
self-destructive, and overly self-protective. These symptoms are
caused by lung and large intestine imbalances, and originate
from poor diet, excessive or insufficient activity, climate,
and/or organ malfunction.
dry conditions are exacerbated during this season and are
related to the lungs—dry skin and throat, itchiness and
most skin conditions, chapped lips, and excessive
thirst. Even more common are conditions caused by an excess of
mucus forming fluids. This creates problems in the lungs by
inhibiting the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. When too
much moisture or mucus collects in the lungs, these gases cannot
pass freely. Fruit and cow’s milk products, including cheese,
yogurt, and ice cream, cause a lot of mucus in the respiratory
Too much mucus in the tissues of the lungs makes them
susceptible to inflammation and hypersensitive to the effects of
irritants in the air. Mucus traps
harmful pollutants allowing them to accumulate rather than be
excreted. Phlegm in the lungs is often caused by weak
digestion. Each person’s health plan should be individualized;
however, some general guidelines are listed below.
Foods to Emphasize
help clear mucus in the lungs and intestines. They
include onions, garlic, turnip, ginger, cabbage, horseradish,
radish, daikon, small amounts of hot peppers and chilies,
seaweeds, and ground flaxseed.
Read more about pungents
and all five flavors
cooking herbs include garlic, ginger, black pepper, basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary,
caraway, dill and bay leaf. The rich beta-carotene content of
golden-orange and dark green vegetables helps protect these
organs. They include carrot, winter squash, broccoli, parsley,
kale, mustard greens, and watercress.
fiber foods help to cleanse the colon and lungs and whole,
unprocessed grains are the best source, including brown rice,
barley, quinoa, oats, and millet. Eat 2 cups or more
conditions such as dry cough, dry skin, itchiness, excessive
thirst, and sluggish bowels or constipation, emphasize these
foods: seaweed, peaches, pears, apples (best to cook fruit in
the autumn and winter), string beans, soy milk (Edensoy Original
is best quality), tofu, tempeh,
brown rice syrup, black sesame seeds, flaxseed, organic butter
or ghee, organic eggs, oysters, and clams.
Minimize bitter, spicy, and sour foods. Eliminate dehydrating
substances such as coffee, alcohol and cigarettes.
the lotus family are beneficial for lung health and other
to read about this little known food group and its uses.
give your lungs and immune system a boost by incorporating
medicinal mushrooms both as a food and in supplement form.
Learn which ones are best for you.
are many safe and effective herbal
medicines that can clear these conditions without the
negative side effects of pharmaceuticals. Consider some
professional guidance for the right nutrition and
health plan for
reversing your health and weight issues, and removing the degenerations that cause
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