Fall

Fall is here, that means the temperatures are beginning to drop just like the leaves on some of the trees.  It’s important to stay warm because this is one of the times of year that illness tends to run rampant.  Please remember to wear warm clothes and to start eating heartier foods like pumpkin, squash, and root vegetables.  Using spices like cinnamon and nutmeg can help warm the body.  Also, adding turmeric when cooking can help your body against inflammation.  Astragalus is a good herb to begin adding to soup, rice, or anything else you cook for a long period of time.  Also, having echinacea on hand can shorten the length of illness.

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Pumpkins

It’s autumn, that means pumpkins galore.  They’re not just for carving, pumpkins have a lot of great health benefits, and I’m not talking about the pie.  Pumpkins are contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and beta carotene which is a source of vitamin A and an antioxidant.  The pumpkin seeds contain amino acids used to make hormones in the body and can also help with cholesterol.  So when you go to the store to get the jack o’lantern buy an extra pumpkin to consume.

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Potassium

Potassium is one of the body’s electrolytes, it helps maintain fluid balance in the body.

Some functions of potassium are: maintain acid-alkaline balance in the body, contracts muscles, helps body utilize protein and nerves conduct impulses.

Foods rich in potassium include: green vegetables, squash, tomatoes, coconut water, carrots, potatoes, pumpkin, apricots, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, and artichokes.