Fall is the perfect time for a cleanse—a perfect time to wash away any excesses we experienced during the summer months and to prepare our bodies for the cooler weather ahead.As fall approaches, we begin to notice the days growing shorter and darkness setting in much earlier. We notice changes in the weather patterns and begin to bring out warmer clothes in preparation for the cooler weather ahead.
We begin to reflect inwardly and to engage in activities that will allow us to connect with our inner wisdom. That's why fall is such a wonderful time to engage in self-reflective activities like yoga, meditation, or journal writing.
In ancient Chinese medicine, the fall season is associated with the element of metal, as well as the lungs and large intestine of the physical body. Metal represents a time of harvest, when we store food sources rich with energy that will help sustain us through the harsher months.
It also symbolizes a time to release those things that no longer serve us so we aren't carrying excess burdens—whether it be negative emotions, excess weight, or toxic buildup—into the winter months.
In this regard, fall is the perfect time for a cleanse—a perfect time to wash away any excesses we experienced during the summer months and to prepare our bodies for the cooler weather ahead.
Our bodies are more susceptible to illness in the fall because of the increased dampness in the air and the shift to a cooler climate.
That's why we see more cases of flu and colds during these months. In fact, when we experience imbalances in the metal element, we're more vulnerable to health issues like colds and chronic coughs, respiratory allergies, flu, and asthma, all which can affect the lungs.
We also can experience gas, or bouts of constipation or diarrhea, which indicate that our digestive tracts are not functioning properly.
These health conditions are all signs that our internal organs and systems are out of balance; and, when that occurs, they tend to slow down and become sluggish, allowing areas of stagnation and blocks in the flow of vital energy.
And, when our digestive systems aren't working properly, we can experience a buildup of undigested fats, starches, and proteins that can release dangerous toxins into the bloodstream. This toxic buildup can sap our energy and impede the body's ability to absorb vital nutrients.
So, how do you stay healthy during the fall months? The answer is to engage in regular cleanses to keep your inner workings light and clean. Cleanses effectively eliminate toxic waste from the body and improve its overall functioning.
This is extremely important since toxic waste left in the body for prolonged periods of time can lead to serious health issues.
In addition to regular cleansing, eat healthy, balanced meals. This means eating plenty of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, which are easy to digest. It also means minimizing your intake of processed foods, refined sugars, caffeinated beverages, pasteurized dairy products, fatty meats, and hydrogenated oils.
These foods are extremely difficult to digest and can interfere with the normal processes of digestion and elimination.
Finally, keep your attitude positive and full of gratitude. Remember that the fall season is a time to give thanks for the bounty we have in our lives.