Preserve Good Health through
Autumn is fading into winter. Your health changes in specific ways as you phase from one season to another. The
workings of the body are continually being altered with seasonal
Seasonal transitions can be times of physical, mental and
emotional health crises if you are out of balance. You may
experience chronic tiredness; muscle pain or stiffness;
digestive difficulties, poor or excessive appetite; congestion;
and more intensity of existing health issues. Sadness, apathy,
and depression are common.
Adapting yourself, health, and emotions to environmental
conditions is a process that begins before the seasons change.
In summer and spring, people tend to eat a lot of raw food,
smoothies, juice, soft drinks, alcohol, ice cream and other icy
cold, frozen foods and beverages. While small amounts of some
of these can help balance summer heat, too much creates excess
coldness, phlegm and mucus.
When the seasons begin to change, your inner climate changes
too. Your internal climate is attempting to adapt to the dryer,
cooler weather. All the coldness and mucus manifest as symptoms
ranging from allergies, colds, hayfever, arthritic pain,
respiratory and digestive problems, and other health issues.
Your body tries very hard to adapt to foods and substances it
does not want. When it is on overload those excesses manifest
This article is not about a specific disease. The focus is to
help you understand how to adapt during fall seasonal transitions
which begin mid-August, and winter transition which begins mid-November.
tips – Autumn to Winter
Make adjustments in your diet by eating less cooling foods such as
raw fruits and vegetables, salads, smoothies, and icy cold foods
and beverages. Include more warming foods like stews, hearty
soups, and roasted root vegetables.
Include pungent foods and culinary herbs during the transition from
autumn to winter.
of Pungent Foods
Produce more warmth and stimulates the body;
Stimulate circulation of blood and energy;
Keep the lungs clear and open;
phlegm mucous, and congestion;
Improve sluggish liver function;
Relieves some types of arthritis;
Increases blood flow;
Helps heal respiratory infections;
Keeps the lungs clear and open;
Pungents include spicy, hot and aromatic flavors.
black pepper, crushed red pepper, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric,
horseradish, and rosemary are some common culinary pungent
herbs. Use one or more daily during autumn and winter. Eat
turnips, broccoli, daikon, celery,
kohlrabi, mustard greens, kale, and green cabbage regularly for
the above benefits.
unprocessed grains are the most grounding, centering foods for
body and mind. Brown rice and millet are especially
helpful for the autumn transition. Eat them daily.
Trade your aluminum and coated cookware for stainless steel,
glass, ceramic, or cast iron. Doing so will eliminate toxic
chemicals that harm your immune system and make you feel
sluggish and irritable.
Activate Circulation with activities such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Chi
Gong, Biking, Hiking; and with therapies such as acupuncture,
The most inexpensive and effective way to improve your physical
and mental health is to practice long slow deep breathing. 70% of the body’s wastes
are processed through the breath. Most people get one-quarter
to one-fifth of the amount of oxygen the lungs were designed to
hold. That’s a major deficit for cells that are trying
desperately to process food, release toxins and provide energy
for all your body’s needs. Without enough oxygen your cells are
suffocating, can’t process food properly, are filled with sludge
and toxins, and you run out of energy.
Conserve your energy to preserve good health. Slow down the pace
of your life, and get more rest. Your body renews and restores
when it is at rest. You need more sleep during transitions.
This may require a change in lifestyle; learning to say no more
often; stop committing to things you don’t want to be doing; and
changing your priorities.
You can restore the resilience and strength of your body. You
have inner reserves that can be tapped if you eat and live in
harmony with the seasons. Take your cues from nature which is
contracting and moving its energy inward during autumn. It’s
time to draw inward and focus the more outward energies of the
summer season. This is a time of harvest. The more “in balance”
you are, the greater your personal harvest will be. When you
adapt yourself to seasonal changes it is easy to avoid fall and
winter illness and maintain good health.
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