Changing of the Seasons – Welcome to Autumn

Changing of the Seasons – Welcome to Autumn

By Arianne Koven, N.D., C.N.H.P

Hello Friends in Health,

With the advent of fall and much cooler temperatures it is likely that your diet, exercise regime and especially your nutritional supplement routine are in need of some tweaking. Staying healthy and vibrant during seasonal shifts can be challenging as erratic weather patterns can easily take their toll on your health.

Let nature be your guide as you incorporate the many fresh fruits and veggies of the season into your diet. Head out to your local farmer’s market and stock up on fresh-picked foods such as apples, peaches, pears, pumpkin, squash, and zucchini.

Crisp autumn weather is the perfect time for soups. Make some vegetable barley soup with added root veggies like carrots, turnips, parsnips, onion and garlic. Throw in some greens like celery, dandelion, kale, watercress and spinach, to make a very effective, immune-boosting chowder that will keep you and your family warm all over.

Pumpkin or squash soup seasoned with rosemary, cayenne, and ginger is another tasty alternative. As autumn progresses, the energy in nature’s plants moves away from the leaves and into the roots making the whole family of root plants an ideal source of concentrated nutrition.

The intake of wholesome seasonal foods and proper supplements can play a significant role in fortifying yourself for this year’s flu and cold strains. Even if you do not avoid them entirely, you can certainly expect to minimize their effects. Remember, you are in complete charge of mounting the proper defenses. Make sure you eat properly, get enough exercise, and set aside enough time for rest and relaxation.

As simple as these words of advice may sound to you, few of us actually do it. We get so caught up in the activities of the moment that we forget our responsibility to our own well being.

Prepare yourself by stocking the medicine chest with natural cold and flu remedies.

1. Make an appointment for a CHECK UP with your health practitioner.

2. Check your supplements to evaluate what you have for fortifying your immune system and make an appointment if you need advice.

3. With the yearly flu season flu season, It is important to remind you that bolstering your immune system is your best line of defense.  Natural remedies can be very effective in helping the body to build up its own immunity. Homeopathic medicines that match the characteristic symptoms of the illness can be very effective against the viruses. Epidemics (or pandemics) tend to have a common set of characteristic symptoms which most affected patients will exhibit. If the symptoms can be precisely matched to the specific homeopathic remedy, the body should respond quickly by being supported in its innate ability to overcome the severity of the condition.  Make an appointment with your health professional if displaying symptoms of intense chills, high fever, bone aches, headaches in the sinuses or back of the head and severe fatigue. Flu can also be light sensitive and symptoms can progress to the chest quickly, accompanied by burning pain sensations in the chest area and shortness of breath.

Take extra care of yourself as the seasons change.

Onset of Cold and Flu Symptoms

Colds and flu are distinct and separate upper respiratory infections, triggered by different viruses. (Outdoor environment–drafts, wetness, and temperature changes, airplane travel, in the company of others that have symptoms).

The common cold is caused by any one of 200 different viruses. When infection occurs, the walls of the respiratory tract swell and produce excess mucus, giving rise to the typical cold symptoms. Symptoms range from sore throat, running nose, and nasal congestion, watery eyes to hacking cough, headache, and fever. Most colds run their course in 7-10 days. Recurrent colds (almost constantly suffering) may indicate a lowered immune capacity and too much stress and often not enough sleep.

Colds spread from person to person and are highly contagious. Coughing, sneezing or hand to hand contact will easily pass the virus on. The virus can also live for several hours on everyday surfaces.

The flu is more serious, because it can spread to the lungs and cause severe bronchitis or pneumonia.

In the beginning stages, the symptoms of colds and flu can be similar. Both conditions begin when one or more of the over 200 hundred viruses that cause a cold or flu penetrate the body’s protective barriers. Viruses cannot breathe, digest food or eliminate, but they replicate themselves with a vengeance. Nose, eyes and mouth are usually the sites of invasion from cold viruses.

 

 

© 2012. All Rights Reserved. Arianne Koven is a Traditional Naturopath, Certified Natural Health Practitioner and Voice Dialogue Facilitator practicing in the Vilcabamba Valley, Ecuador. She has been involved in the holistic field for the past thirty years and has been trained in a broad spectrum of healing modalities. This article may be freely reprinted, copied, or distributed in either print or electronic form provided this notice is included in full. For more information, see: www.arikoven.com

Any information provided in this article is not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any specific medical condition and is not intended as a substitute for the advice and counseling of your own health care practitioner. Before you treat any illness or make changes in your current medication, seek the advice of a qualified health care practitioner who is familiar with your medical condition.