Besides changing out thought processes, how else can we boost our immune system for Autumn? 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
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, and will affect your immune system and create inflammation in the body, hence the difficulty for some people in clearing their 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. I’ve actually been making hot vegetable salads and they are yummy. Even my Dad and his friend loved them when I made one last weekend. 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.
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 check out www.modere.com.au and use this code 910422 to get a discount OR contact firstname.lastname@example.org