seasonal

How to stay healthy despite seasonal changes

Sunday, November 10, 2013 by: Paul Fassa
Tags: seasonal changes, staying healthy, traditional Chinese medicine

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Cannabis kicks Lyme disease to the curb
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders
Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more
Monsanto's seed imperialism halted in Canada thanks to massive protests
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Seasonal changes are often associated with nagging illnesses. The key to staying healthy through seasonal shifts is to transform your diet, lifestyle choices and routines into a potent seasonal medicine. Autumn is the season for condensing, conserving and concentrating the life force.

To maintain our balance in body, mind and spirit through seasonal changes, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) teaches that we need to harmonize our personal energy field with the larger energy of nature of which we are energetically connected. Seasonal changes in TCM represent shifts between yin and yang energies.

In autumn contracting, yin energy replaces the expansive yang energy of summer. Yin energy moves inward and downward in contrast to extroverted yang energy which moves outward and up.

Each seasonal change requires specific adjustments in our body, mind and spirit, so we can maintain and create abundant health year round.

Suggestions for energetically harmonizing with the autumn season

Consider the Buddhist practice of letting go. Eliminate clutter in your home by discarding what you no longer need. Consider donating or selling your best and most useful unwanted items on Craigslist or eBay.

Start a journal practice. Review the year's previous attitudes, emotional patterns, values and goals.

Create a fire ceremony for letting go. Ritually, write down on little pieces of paper specific issues and/or limitations that you need to resolve but instead have been hanging onto and throw each piece into the fire.

Start a daily deep yogic breathing practice. Slowly breathe in (from the belly) healing energy and slowly breathe out via the nose old emotional baggage and negativity.

Include saunas (for detox) as well as massages with warming qualities like that of unprocessed sesame oil imbued with an earthy, therapeutic grade, aromatherapy oil such as vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli or clary sage.

Remove old energy blockages with acupuncture and/or a restorative yoga practice. Turn inward toward your source or center with a meditation practice.

Food recommendations

Chinese medicine classifies food energetically according to taste: sweet, bitter, pungent, astringent, salty and sour; and according to temperature: cold, cool, warm and hot.

Bitter foods move energy to the lower, or yin, part of the body. Astringent foods are contracting and sour, and pungent foods are also balancing during autumn.

Cooked organic root vegetables are an excellent autumn and winter food. Autumn energy is moving inward and downward (yin) toward the earth like the energy in root vegetables.

For example, beets, carrots, rutabagas, parsnips, turnips, potatoes and celeriac are widely available in the fall. Spaghetti squash and braised fennel are tasty choices.

In autumn, eliminate raw, cool and cold foods in favor of cooked, warm and deeply nourishing foods. Instead of ice cream, frozen foods, cooling vegetable or fruit juices and salads, move towards soups, stews and warm beverages.

Seasonal fruits like apples and pears and especially cooked fruits like baked apples with cinnamon are favored for fall.

Add some pungency to food with leeks, onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric and cumin, which stimulate the lungs and helps digestion by not only stimulating the digestive fire but also by eliminating excess wind or gas.

In autumn, it's important to keep the lungs slightly moistened without creating mucous and the bowels moving regularly without constipation. Your diet and lifestyle choices are the key to maintaining your health through the seasons.

There's an old Chinese saying: "When you are sick, don't look for a cure -- instead find your center and you will heal."

Sources for this article include:

http://www.5elements.com

http://straightbamboo.com

http://www.outdoorfitnesstrainingmanly.com.au

http://andreaperuzzi.wordpress.com

http://holisticnetworker.com

About the author:
Paul Fassa is dedicated to warning others about the current corruption of food and medicine and guiding others toward a direction for better health with no restrictions on health freedom. You can visit his blog at http://healthmaven.blogspot.com






















Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.