Just Like the ‘Law Of Rhythm’, we have seasons that change. Our body likes to have a variety of foods and supplements that assist it to travel smoothly through those seasons. So now we are coming into Autumn here in Australia, although if you live in Sydney you would be wondering if Autumn got left out this year. When I look at the USA and Canada going into spring, they are still having winter cold snaps complete with ice and snow. Even though the seasons are appearing to be out of whack with what we are use to, we are still having those seasons. So let’s have a look at how we can prepare our immune system for the changes of seasons coming.
According to Terrie Beresford from New Age Naturopathics, “Autumn is a time of nurturing, building and supporting your organs for the cold change ahead”. “In traditional Chinese Medicine, Autumn affects the lungs, skin and large intestines. It also affects our nasal passages leading to an increase in sinus, allergy and congestion ailments”. Traditional Chinese medicine tells us that the condition of our skin reflects the condition of our lungs.
The predominant emotion for Autumn is Grief and Sadness so a great time to get those emotions cleared as they also sit in the chest area, hence the difficulty for some people in clearing the chest health problem.
We also need to pay attention to dehydration as the air tends to be dryer. Our skin and our gut can be affected by this dryness bringing some wrinkles, dandruff, itchiness, dry cough and constipation for some. I notice it in the back of my heels, and the need to pay attention to night moisturising on my face and lips.
So How Can We Build Our Immune System to Cope With the Change?
We may be better to turn those summer salads into soups and casseroles. Terrie says it’s also “great to eat the foods that are in season for this time of the year including apples, pears, sweet potato, beetroot and pumpkin, zucchini and carrots, figs, spelt and sour dough bread, brown rice and sustainably caught seafood. Soups are excellent as are leeks, yoghurt, lemons and limes, ginger, grapefruit, cabbage and fresh nuts”.
To help alleviate the dryness we may like to increase the amount of good oils into our diet for both our skin, intestines and lungs.
Antioxidant sources from your foods and or nutritional supplements include:
- Beta-carotene – orange foods such as carrots, pumpkin, apricots, sweet potatoes and some leafy greens such as kale.
- Lutein – green, leafy vegetables such as spinach.
- Lycopene – tomatoes, watermelon, papaya.
- Selenium – rice and wheat.
- Vitamin A – carrots, sweet potato, milk, egg yolks.
- Vitamin E – almonds, vegetable oils, mangoes, nuts, broccoli.
- Vitamin C – available in many fruits and vegetables such as parsley, broccoli, berries, oranges, cauliflower, kale.
So What Herbs and Nutritionals may be Important for Autumn?
I love these Nutritionals in Autumn to assist my body through the change
- A good Antioxidant with Bioflavonoids, Vitamin C, Green Tea, Tumeric, Evening Primrose Oil, Grape Seed Extract, Vitamin E just to name a few, to remove the heat and toxins left over from our summer of indulgence.
- A Krill oil for the bowel, brain, lungs, joints and skin
- Zinc for the skin and the chest and to avoid colds and flue symptoms.
- Echinacea with Rosemary, Ginseng, Thyme, Hawthorn and herbs that allow the Echinacea to do its job for Immune Health. This can be taken in large doses over a small number of days to relieve cold symptoms and to act as a natural flue shot. I do the 3 tablets by 3 times daily over 3 days. I have not had a cold in 20 years or more. This is like a medicine jar in the cupboard to nip things in the bud.
- Minerals with Magnesium, especially to offset stress and to keep muscles strong and active.
- CoQ10 is normally used for Heart Health, however there have been some studies showing that it is very effective for skin health over a few months.
- Green Wholefoods Mix including Spirulina, Parsley, Kale, Green Tea Leaf, Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, Papaya, just to name a few. I take this amazing Mix every morning in 300mils of water with 20 mils of liquid minerals….great start to my day and my system.
- Probiotic is fabulous to keep the good bacteria well and active. Most illness stem from Gut Health so a good Probiotic is essential to keep the gut healthy.
Of course eating a well balanced diet is essential, however sometimes with our busy lives and schedule we may need to supplement to keep us ‘on track’ and to cope with both autumn and winter. I love my supplements above and my immune system stays healthy and vibrant to cope with any change that comes my way. If you need assistance with your health supplements contact email@example.com
This is extremely important as emotions sit in certain areas of the body and we can suppress them with drugs, alcohol, bad food choices or too much food, or we can pretend to ignore them and think that they will go away. In Autumn we tend to be more vulnerable around the Emotions of Grief and Sadness which sit in the Chest and lung area so these would be great to let go of if you suffer from Bronchitus, Heart Disease, Cancer, Colds and Flue, Asthma etc. If you have Negative Emotions in your body come and clear them so you can fly free this autumn and all the months and years ahead. I am running Letting Go of Limits Workshops around the Country including Sydney, Victoria, Perth and Geraldton. You have so many opportunities to ‘LET IT GO’ if you choose to. I am here for you. Contact me at Lynda@mindpowerglobal.com.au