Stay warm through the change of season with Chinese medicine

Autumn is the time of year when temperatures become cooler, the wind picks up and the air becomes dryer.  In Chinese medicine, autumn is the season of the Lung organ.  The Lung in Chinese medicine represents your breathing patterns, immune system function and your skin.

Has anyone every told you to wear a jacket and put on a hat or else you’ll catch a cold? If this has every happened to you it is because the Lungs  (ie your immune system) are  susceptible to being invaded by the external cold, dry and windy weather.

When you catch a cold, Chinese medicine classifies your symptoms as ‘Cold Wind Invasion of the Lung.” This pattern of imbalance characteristically manifests as fevers alternating with the chills, but the person is mostly chilly, headache, sneezing, scratchy throat, body aches, and stuffy nose with clear mucus.

In order to support the Lung during the fall season, it is important to incorporate seasonal warming foods into your diet.  The warmer your Lungs are the less susceptible they are to becoming cold by the exterior weather.

Here’s my list of the top 5 seasonal warming foods to include in your diet:

1. Pumpkin

2. Squash

3. Onions

4. Ginger

5. Sweet peppers

How about making a Pumpkin and Butternut Squash soup? Enjoy!

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Dr. Simone strongly believes that the mind and body are connected to your overall health and wellness. As a primary health care provider, her practice provides ongoing support throughout your healing journey. Her role as your Naturopathic Doctor is to assist you in discovering your needs, support you in personal growth and help you reach your health and wellness goals. With the belief that happiness and balance is possible for everyone, Dr. Simone strives to help her patients live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She has experience with reproductive health, working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children have also been a primary focus in Dr. Simone’s life in both her professional role as a naturopath and in her volunteer work. She believes that setting healthy habits at a young age can be critical for long-term health and wellness.

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