As the leaves start to turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold, and the crisp scent of autumn fills the air, it’s a clear sign that summer is bidding farewell and making way for the enchanting season of fall. Fall, with its cool breezes and changing landscapes, marks a significant transition not only in nature but also within our bodies. Like the trees that shed their leaves, it is a time to let go of what is no longer serving you in life. This letting go is a death of part of who you are; something that once shed, will create space and fertile ground for new aspects of yourself to become fruitful.This transition can be beautifully supported by the foundations of Naturopathic Medicine.
- Seasonal Nutrition: Fall is a time when our dietary needs naturally shift. We bid adieu to the lighter, cooling foods of summer and welcome heartier, warming options. Naturopathic medicine often emphasizes the importance of eating seasonally. Incorporate autumn’s bounty of squash, sweet potatoes, and dark leafy greens into your meals. These foods are not only delicious but also rich in essential nutrients that support your immune system, energy levels, and overall well-being. Consider incorporating more root vegetables into your meals, as they are grounding and can anchor you into the cooler seasons, as your energy turns inward.
- Immune Support: With the changing weather, and increased activity of the upcoming holidays, the immune system can become more vulnerable. Naturopathic Medicine places a strong emphasis on strengthening the immune system through natural means. This includes optimizing your diet, staying hydrated, and incorporating immune-boosting herbs and supplements like echinacea and elderberry. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress management also play pivotal roles in immune health.
- Mind-Body Balance: Fall often brings a sense of introspection. Naturopathic Medicine recognizes the mind-body connection and encourages practices like meditation, yoga, journaling, and mindfulness to maintain emotional and mental equilibrium during this transition. These practices help reduce stress, improve sleep, and enhance overall resilience.
- Seasonal Detoxification: As we transition into fall, it’s an ideal time for a gentle detoxification. Naturopathic doctors may recommend methods like herbal cleanses or liver support to help your body eliminate accumulated toxins from the summer months, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and ready for the new season. This can help keep your system strong and may reduce the impact of seasonal colds and flus.
- Herbal Remedies: Naturopathic Medicine embraces the power of herbs. Fall offers an abundance of medicinal herbs like chamomile, ginger, garlic, and turmeric, which can be used to address various health concerns, from soothing respiratory distress and aiding digestive issues to reducing inflammation and supporting overall vitality. Herbal medicine is powerful, effective, and generally recognized as safe by the FDA.
The changing of the seasons to fall is a magical time, and Naturopathic Medicine provides a holistic approach to help you embrace it with health and vitality. By aligning your lifestyle and dietary choices with the principles of Naturopathic Medicine, you can savor the beauty of this transitional season while supporting your body’s innate ability to thrive in every season of life. So, grab a warm cup of herbal tea, take a mindful walk through the rustling leaves, and allow Naturopathic Medicine to guide you on your journey toward a harmonious and healthy fall season.
While the suggestions in this blog post are helpful for many, they may not be specific to your needs. For the most tailored and optimal support, connect with a Naturopathic Doctor near you and find out exactly what you can be doing to keep yourself strong and healthy this season.
By: Dr. Kelsey Asplin | Denver Naturopathic Clinic
Dr. Kelsey Asplin is the President for the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She is a Colorado native who became a Naturopathic Doctor to change the narrative on healthcare. She has maintained a private practice since 2015 and now manages the Denver Naturopathic Clinic in south Denver, which has served patients for over 30 years. Dr. Kelsey focuses on supporting high-performing professionals enhance their energy, focus, and productivity. She works alongside CEOs, athletes, entrepreneurs, celebrities and other highly motivated patients to investigate their health on a deeper level using modern testing methods, science backed treatment programs, and superb listening skills. She frequently sees patients struggling with anxiety and depression, thyroid imbalances, gut disturbances, and fatigue.