Surefire Health Tips to
Transition to Autumn
ęDeborah Barr, 2011-16; all rights reserved.
The Autumn Equinox provides a tremendous
outpouring of energy for your use or misuse. Your
thoughts, feelings, words, choices and actions can create
greater health and an abundance of all good things if you are
consciously directing them toward what you DO want--right NOW.
Equinoxes represent balance and autumn is harvest time. What
seeds have you planted in the spring? What were your dominant
mental seeds? How healthy have your food choices been? You
will most likely reap the results of your efforts of the past
two seasons to fulfill your goals, vision and dreams. Does that
scare you or excite you? Either way, it's never too late for a
fresh, new approach to taking control of your health and
personal life. Autumn represents letting go. Are you
ready to release all that's been intensifying your challenges
and keeping you stuck?
Eating and living in harmony with the seasons is one aspect of
my Holistic WholeHealth approach to creating radiant
health and energy; a healthy fit body and mind; emotional
harmony and an abundant, joyful life you love. Many of the
reductionist and one-size-fits-all methods of western medicine
and many alternative models are inadequate in assisting you
with complete recovery from physical and emotional health
distress and personal crises.
There is a more accurate Holistic method for you to determine
what is needed for healing your emotional, physical
and lifestyle problems. My WholeHealth approach is based
on centuries old traditional health wisdom founded on solid
principles rather than popular trends that contradict each other
and fade in time. I have several offerings that can benefit you
and details are at the end of this article.
Health Challenges – Lungs, Immunity, Digestion and Skin
Each season brings the potential for specific physical and
emotional health issues. If your health is weak you are more
likely to experience health challenges during the transition
from summer to autumn. The well being of your body, mind and
emotions in any season is dependent, to a large extent, on your
food and lifestyle choices of the previous seasons.
According to the centuries old wisdom of traditional health
philosophies, autumn impacts the lungs and large intestine.
Colds, sinus problems, lung and immune ailments (including
allergies and asthma), digestive problems, skin conditions,
weakness and/or pain in the arms, thumbs and index fingers; weak
abdominal muscles; and pain and/or weakness in the thumb and
index fingers are some common imbalances related to lung and
digestive health and prevalent during this season.
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, or 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.
Anxiety, depression, and other emotional disharmonies will be
covered in great detail in my upcoming
Emotional Harmony Webinar.
Subscribe to free e-newsletter, Whole Health
Matters, for details.
Most 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 system even if
they are labeled low-fat. Too much mucus in the lung tissues
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.
Therapeutic Foods for Autumn Health
help clear mucus in the lungs and intestines. They
include onions, garlic, turnip, broccoli, celery, ginger,
cabbage, horseradish, radish, daikon, small amounts of hot
peppers and chilies, seaweeds, and ground flaxseed. Use several
of these every day.
Pungent cooking herbs include garlic, ginger, black
pepper, basil, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, 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.
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 daily.
dry 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, tofu, tempeh, brown rice syrup, black sesame
seeds, ground flaxseed, organic butter or ghee, organic eggs,
oysters, and clams.
bitter, spicy, and sour foods and eliminate dehydrating
substances such as coffee, alcohol and cigarettes.
3-5 day cleansing diet of simple, easy to digest foods
can help bring you back to balance. Eat only whole, unprocessed
grains, steamed vegetables and
Soup. Start the day with warm lemon water
and drink plenty of liquids including water and herbal teas.
Chew well to alkalize the food, sit down and eat in a relaxed
way, and avoid eating after 6 p.m.
Foods in the lotus family are beneficial for lung health
and other conditions.
about this little known food group and its uses.
You can 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.
There are many safe and effective herbs that can clear lung,
digestive, skin, and all conditions without the negative side
effects of pharmaceuticals. Some herbal remedies
are described. There are others not listed since
it’s best to consult with a professional herbalist to determine
the best remedies for your constitution and condition. If you
have chronic problems, you'll save money, time and trail and
error with a
professional consultation so that
recommendations can be customized for your entire health.
Exercise and activities that promote higher oxygen levels in the
blood will make you feel more energetic, alert and positive.
Raising oxygen levels also allows the brain to function better
and promotes a positive mental outlook. Try yoga, tai chi or
qigong. Brisk walking, hiking, or riding a bike outdoors are
helpful especially in autumn. These all improve lung health and
help to eliminate some of the above symptoms.
have far more control over your health and happiness than you
realize. Adopting some of the suggestions in this article can
help you take control by adapting to the changing seasons with
harmony and well being. Your mental and emotional state
will improve and I'll give more tips on this in a future article
Barr. All rights reserved.
With all the uncertainty of
our health care system, it's more important than ever to be
proactive and invest in your well being. It's difficult to do
This does not mean you stop seeing your physician
or eliminating your medications. It means educating
yourself and learning about your body and personal imbalances
from a holistic perspective. If it makes sense to you,
then begin to implement gradual changes. You can get to
anywhere that you want to be. Small, consistent changes
will get you there.
you resonate with a Holistic approach,
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health plan for
you. You can greatly improve every aspect of your physical,
mental and emotional health with a customized holistic approach.
Schedule an Introductory Holistic Health
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