What are we to eat during autumn? Hints and tips

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Autumn is a season of transition and change from the summer biorhythms to the cold wet winter biorhytms.

The organs that are to be protected during autumn are the lungs and the large intestine; the colour associated to this season is white. If during spring and summer the suitable vegetables were those that grew above the ground, now the ones that grow underground should be eaten: potatoes, carrots, parsnips, celery root, turnips, parsley root and tubers, spicy rhizomes such as ginger.

Food advice. What should we eat?

Autumn is the season when we should particularly avoid incorrect combinations of food. Be extremely careful and do not associate animal protein (meat, fish, cheese) with cereals (bread, rice, pasta). To ease digestion, it would be wise to eat only one protein food at a meal. We are not to associate meat with fish or cheese at the same meal. During autumn you can find: leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beets, pears, quinces, apples, squash, beans, peas, beans, lentils, nuts, Brussels sprouts, endive, fennel, mushrooms, tangerines, grapes, chicory and edible chestnuts. Elder flowers and fruits are also very wholesome. They stimulate metabolism due to their diuretic function. Grapes can be eaten for their depurative effect, but avoid excess, because they contain a lot of sugar. People who suffer from diabetes should consult their doctor before eating grapes.

Hazelnuts and walnuts are excellent foods when consumed in moderate amounts (5-10 nut cores, 15-20 hazelnuts per day,  not roasted and unsalted), because they contain a lot of anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids omega-3 and high quality proteins.

During autumn we should eat beet – raw, in salads or baked – as it contains a lot of minerals and is refreshing (it cures anemia).

Pumpkin and its many varieties are rich in carotenoids and other valuable nutrients; it protects the liver, stomach, gail bladder, prostate. Raw pumpkin kernels eaten with honey fight against intestinal parasites and are used to prevent prostate cancer.

White or black radish, ginger, beet, celery are extremely beneficial for the functioning of the liver. Therefore, once the cold season starts we should have a larger dose of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other phytonutrients and be as little intoxicated as possible, so as to cope with the toxic heavy foods eaten during winter, as well as face the cold weather and humidity. The immune system must be strengthened this season by eating fruits and vegetables that prevent the occurrence of specific winter diseases.

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