Transitioning in to Fall

August 27, 2013 0 Comments
Ancient Cedar of Inchmahome All things in this creation exist within you, and all things in you exist in creation-Kahlil Gibran

Ancient Cedar of Inchmahome
All things in this creation exist within you, and all things in you exist in creation-Kahlil Gibran

It’s still a hot summer in Iowa, but fall will be here in a couple of weeks.  With fall comes farm dust, pollen and debris in the air. We are also blessed with a jet stream bringing both welcome moisture and (not so welcome) ashes from the fires in the West.  How best to adapt to changing atmosphere and seasons?  Here are a few tips.

Using a neti-pot  or sinus rinse kit on a daily basis will help fight fall colds and allergies by clearing allergens from sinus and nasal passages.

As the air gets dryer, it is important to drink plenty of water. Warm teas are the ideal source of hydration.  With the shorter fall days, we also have an excellent opportunity to coax ourselves to bed a little earlier for more sleep.

The heat and humidity of summer naturally give way to cooler fall days.  We can imitate mother nature and release the build-up of summer heat from our bodies. An excellent way to do this is to eat plenty of apples and pears, which are in season. Their soft fiber and mild astringency help cleanse the bowels and the blood of excess heat.

This is also a great time to fortify the diet with nutritious, warm foods.  Fall harvest foods like whole grains, seeds and nuts are known for their concentrated protein and oils. Proteins are building foods that give us the strength for the long winter. Oils compensate for the dryness of  the season and help raise our metabolism to provide more warmth. Well-cooked whole grain and bean combos with added high-quality oils along with porridges, grain soups, stewed veggies and roots are welcome additions to the fall table.

Qigong move:  Stand erect with feet shoulder width apart.  Bend knees slightly.   Swing both arms gently to the front and then to the back making a large arc.  Breathe naturally and expand the stomach with each intake.  Enjoy the transition to fall.  Namaste, Becky.

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