Transitioning into Autumn

Trees and lake

Now that autumn has started, we have several suggestions for healthily transitioning into this new season.

First, similar to what is going on outside, fall is a natural time to start doing lessand getting more rest.

Second, start wearing a scarf when you are outside. According to principles of Chinese medicine, pathogenic factors such as cold and wind enter the body through the back of the neck, so it’s a good idea to give this area extra protection.

Third, stay hydrated. You might not feel like drinking as much water as you did when it was really hot outside, but dryness is common in the fall. Prevent dry skin and keep your system healthy by drinking enough fluids.

Finally, now that the temperatures are falling, transition your diet to includemore warm, cooked foods and fewer raw ones. For example, replace salads with steamed greens, and replace your cold cereal with oatmeal. Look for foods that are in season this time of year, such as root vegetables (beets, carrots, sweet potatoes) and fruits like apples, pears, grapes, and figs.