Fall is here. This is the season when the energy of plants is moving down into their roots, and when it is important to help the body become aware of the energy of the season. This season is a time for the body to begin gathering energy for the colder months to come.

The lungs and large intestine are the organs associated with autumn. The lungs are responsible for the circulation of Qi (the body’s natural flow and circulation), and are also very susceptible to cold and illness. For this reason, it is important to stay healthy and warm during the season. If the Qi circulation is weakened, the body will not be able to warm itself properly.

Autumn Foods:
Vegetables of autumn like carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and kale can help purify and protect your body against free radicals. These color-rich vegetables are packed with beta-carotene, which then turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for our immune system, especially as the cold and flu season rolls in. These vegetables can also strengthen your lungs and large intestine to fight illness.

Autumn vegetables to cook with:
● carrots
● winter squash
● pumpkin
● broccoli
● parsley
● kale
● turnip greens

Autumn weather becomes more yin, calling for warming dishes. Additional foods to cook with:
● sourdough bread
● sauerkraut
● adzuki beans
● yogurt
● rosehip tea
● ginger
● garlic
● horseradish

Some find it hard to let go of summer, with the longer days and warm air transitioning into the crisp and shorter days of fall. Acupuncture in autumn is a great way to reset your body. If you haven’t been lately, now is a great time to visit Dr. Mike for some acupuncture as your body and mind adapt to the changing of the season.