We're moving into fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, which means that our immunity might be feeling a little impact. You may feel congested, low energy, and a little ungrounded. Luckily, there are different foods to help with our bodily transition from dry, hot summers to damp, cooler environments.
Besides boosting your immunity with elderberry syrup, eating with the seasons is a great way to support your body through this transition. Here are 8 grounding foods to start integrating into your diet this fall.
1) Minerals: Magnesium And Salt
Did you know the majority of Americans are lacking in magnesium? Magnesium deficiency is linked with countless diseases. Adding magnesium to your diet is super simple through a liquid supplement like this one. I add a few dropper fulls of it to my drinking water every day. You'll find that magnesium helps you sleep deeper, too.
Himalayan or sea salt are a great addition to any diet. The American diet is full of sweet foods, so balance your body with one of the best naturally occurring minerals our body needs!
Himalayan salt is called "white gold" because it is said to contain ions of stored sunlight. Since it comes from the undeveloped regions of the Himalayas, it contains the natural elements that were found in the original, primal ocean. It also has the essential minerals that are found in the body. via Longevity Warehouse.
Harvested in fall, squash is a regular at the market this time of year. You can easily integrate squash into your diet by sauteing or baking it. It can also be added to soups and stews.
3) Potatoes: Regular and Sweet
Does anyone else love potatoes?! There's something so grounding about eating potatoes. Probably because because these babies grow beneath the surface of the earth. Chop regular potatoes up, toss in a little oil, salt, and pepper, then bake at 400F for 20-30 minutes. Be sure to flip / turn them halfway through. Eat with Turkish Cous Cous, or eat on their own.
Sweet potatoes are good going in the oven around 350F for 45 minutes, or until you can easily insert your fork through the skin and into the potato. Sweet potatoes are good for balancing hormones according to Traditional Chinese Medicine; however, they are also cooling, so be aware of this if you already run cool like me. If you struggle with digestive issues, sweet potato can also help in it's healing.
Black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and lentils are perfect for connecting with the earth. Pair your beans with quinoa and squash and you've got a plate full of nourishing and grounding foods. Yum.
Quinoa is earthy in flavor and tastes delicious when paired with beans. Create your own 'nutribowl' with quinoa and beans for the ultimate earthing meal.
Next to squash, pumpkin is another delicious plant for grounding. Pumpkins grow and ripen while sitting on the earth. They are high in fiber, vitamin A, and antioxidants! Make an easy pumpkin pie smoothie to change up your smoothie routine.
Ginger grows beneath the dirt and is a wonderful healing root. Make some fresh ginger tea, or add it to your smoothies for a little kick.
Garlic is good for everything I'm convinced! I love sauteing onions, garlic, and peppers together for a little stirfry with rice. You can also make an immune boosting tea, or roast garlic heads for spreading over your bread, or eating on their own.
Integrating these foods into your diet during the fall season helps your body shift from summer more easily. A happy body means you're better able to keep your immunity high, especially when those around you are sick.
What are some of your favorite grounding foods for fall? Leave a comment below.
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