Autumn Foods to Boost Your Health and Mood

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Although consuming healthy foods may not relieve all our symptoms of anxiety or depression, we know our bodies require whole, nutritious foods to heal and thrive.

So even when we feel anxious about going to the grocery store or feel as though what we have for dinner does not matter, it is wise to act according to facts instead of feelings.

Seven of Autumn’s Best Foods

One way to get the most out of nature’s abundance is to eat fruits and vegetables that are in season. Plus, October is National Vegetarian Awareness Month, an excellent time to brush up on the benefits of the earth’s Autumn bounty, even if your diet includes meat and dairy products.

  1. Cruciferous vegetables. Fall is the best time of year for collards, Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and turnips. Cruciferous veggies are some of the most nutrient-rich foods available, providing loads of minerals, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Eating these vegetables is helpful for maintaining mental focus and a sharp memory.
  2. Pumpkin and sweet potatoes. These dark orange autumnal vegetables are loaded with vitamin A and offer an abundance of calcium, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants. Carrots and butternut squash are also good orange veggie choices.
  3. Beets. Beets are full of folic acid or folate, a nutrient many of us do not get enough of. They also contain betacyanin, which is known for its cancer-fighting properties. Beet juice may help lower blood pressure.
  4. Pomegranates. You will flood your body with antioxidants, muscle-up your memory, and protect your brain by eating pomegranates. They also protect and strengthen the circulatory system, helping to prevent thickening or hardening of our arteries.
  5. Beans. Not only are there many types of beans to choose from, the variety of bean recipes available seems endless. This food provides fiber, complex carbohydrates, protein, potassium, folic acid and antioxidants.
  6. Red grapes. Nutritionists cannot say enough good things about grapes and grape products. Red grapes offer plenty of vitamins B1, B6 and C, and grape skin also contains amazing phytochemicals such as the phenolics. With their anti-inflammatory, anticancer, healthy heart and antioxidant benefits, phenols such as resveratrol are why you should consider putting grapes or grape juice in your shopping cart.
  7. Alliums. What are alliums? Chives, shallots, leeks, onions, scallions and garlic belong in this food genus. Eating them helps the body detoxify. They help our system eliminate carcinogens and toxins that can stress the liver.

More Good Fall Choices

Apples, pears, tangerines, kiwi and grapefruit are good fruit choices during the fall. You might also want to pick up some fiber and potassium-rich dates or calcium-loaded figs.

Source: Natural News, Health.com

Photo of squash by John Nyboer

 
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