Healthy Eating in Autumn
We have all noticed the shorter darker evenings creeping in on us. Autumn has definitely arrived and since we are cyclical beings, our physical and mental requirements flow in line with the particular time of the year
Seasonal fresh vegetables
As we transition deeper into Autumn, eating seasonal produce will help us get antioxidant rich fare to maximise our defences and support our immune system. Root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, pumpkins and squashes are full of carotenoids and photochemical. Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and linseed also contain anti inflammatory Omega 3. Green leafy vegetables full of vitamins and anti oxidants are a must especially during these more colder months. Don’t forget pumpkin seeds they are a great source of zinc which is an essential mineral for the immune system.
Eat more warming foods and nurture your gut
Replace the summer salads with more warming foods, such as soups and stews. Use garlic, ginger and turmeric in your cooking this season. As our immune system is heavily reliant on our healthy gut, increase gut nourishing foods to help boost the beneficial micro-flora. Eat plenty of vegetables especially beetroot, broccoli, carrots, brown rice, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut. Vegetable curries are perfect for utilising nurturing spices and vegetables. Turmeric is one of the most researched roots due to its exceptional biochemistry and health benefits to support our body system. It contains excellent anti-viral and anti-microbial properties and has been always traditionally used as a seasonal remedy during the colder months to boost immunity. Fresh warm ginger, lemon and honey drink is my go to when I feel run down.
Stress will have a negative impact on your immune system since it affects our cortisol levels. Remember more stressed you are more likely you are to catch a cold. Try to relax and make more time for yourself. Fit some nurturing yoga round your busy routine or go for a walk in the countryside and get some fresh air. Take advantage of the shorter evening and get plenty of sleep.