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November 2004
This Month's Topic: Eating Seasonally for Your Health

In my private practice I am continuously encouraging people to eat plenty of fresh produce. Throughout the summer I have emphasized eating big salads that included a variety of leafy greens, red, orange and yellow peppers, cucumbers, grated zucchini and fresh herbs such as basil and mint. I have also emphasized eating fresh seasonal fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and peaches.

As the season changes and those foods are no longer available it is time for us to move on to other foods. The foods of summer are perfect for that season. They are light, refreshing, hydrating, and cooling to the body. As the temperatures get colder we need a different kind of fuel. We need foods that are grounding, provide sustained energy, and generate warmth. From the standpoint of produce this includes sweet potatoes and yams, acorn and other squashes, and root vegetables such as carrots and beets. Ginger root and garlic can be used to generate warmth and promote circulation. The fruit of the season is certainly the apple, and all of these foods are beautifully accented by nuts and seeds.

in this Bulletin

• Eating in Autumn
• Finding Seasonal Foods
• Increased Nutritional Value
• Herbal Support for Fall
• An Apple a Day .......


Finding Seasonal Foods

Farmers' markets are a wonderful way of finding fresh seasonal foods to eat while supporting local farmers. To learn more about Farmers' Markets go the Northeast-Midwest organization's Resources for Farmers' Markets' website. Click the link there to find a Farmers' Market in your area. The link provides locations for Farmers' Markets in each of the United States along with dates and hours of operation.

Resources for Farmers' Markets


Increased Nutritional Value

Eating foods grown in your area means that the food goes from harvest to your mouth more rapidly, maintaining flavor and nutritional value. Eating foods in season also increases nutritional value. A study in Japan showed spinach harvested in July to have three times the vitamin C content as spinach harvested in the winter.

This season look for winter squashes, such as those pictured here, at your local food markets. For some useful information and research on the value of eating seasonally visit the World's Healthiest Foods web site. They are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the latest information and research about healthy eating to as many people as possible.


Herbal Support for Fall

Another way of including season appropriate plants in your diet is in the types of beverages you choose to drink. Mint tea is the classic summer brew because of its cooling and refreshing qualities. Also, the deep green mint leaves are available fresh in the summer. Fall is the time to harvest roots, so drinking teas made with roots rather than leaves is appropriate at that time.

The Art of Health Alteratives tea is made of cleansing and immune supportive roots such as burdock, dandelion, and oregon grape. The tea also contains cinnamon bark which provides not only a delicious sweet taste, but also the warming that is needed as the temperatures outside drop.

Alteratives tea is available at www.art-health.com or Toll free in the US and Canada at 1-877-224-8411.

An Apple a Day....

Is there any truth to the old saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? There is certainly considerable research to suggest that there is something to this familiar phrase. The health benefits of eating apples are numerous. Studies have shown apples to be preventative against, cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes, constipation, diarrhea, and cancers including colon, prostate, liver, and lung.

The apple's solubule fiber pectin helps to bind excess hormones in the colon and draw them out of the body. This alleviates symptoms of hormonal imbalance associated with pre menstrual syndrome and peri-menopuse. 110 grams of whole apple have the antioxidant value equal to 1500 mg of vitamin C. Detailed information on the health benefits of apples as well as creative ways to eat them are available following the link below.


Eating in Autumn

As I write this bulletin, the change of seasons is so clearly upon us. The hot dry days of summer have definitely passed, and have been replaced by the cooler, crisper days of fall. The colors in my environment are changing. Green leaves turn to yellow, orange and red, and fewer bright colored flowers are in bloom each day.

The freshly available foods are changing as well. In this issue of The Art of Health Bulletin I discuss some of the benefits of seasonal eating, and what that means for us as summer turns to fall.

If you appreciate this information, pass it on! You can use the link at the bottom of this page to send this bulletin to all of your friends wanting to live a healthier life.

Yours in Health,

Laura Washington, ND

 
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