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Naturopathic nutrition principles encourage us to eat foods that are in season. This is because this is the time when certain foods can bring you the most health benefits. Autumn is a time for reflection after the heat and activity of the summer. Our bodies are preparing for winter, colder and darker days. The colour of food is a strong indication for it’s benefits and to which season it belongs. Just as the leaves are red, gold, orange and brown at this time of year so is much of our food. Orange foods like pumpkins, butternut squash, carrots and sweet potato all contain betacarotene which is essential for vision and protection of skin. protection of skin. Betacarotene is an important antioxidant with impressive disease fighting powers. It can boost immune fighting cells helping you stay healthy during the winter months. The deeper the colour the more antioxidants the food will contain.To get the most from the autumn harvest cook up a soup with pumpkin or butternut squash or create a vibrant and warm roasted vegetable salad to boost your vitality today. For the freshest and most beneficial seasonal vegetables buy from a local store, farmers market or online delivery service like Abel and Cole.

Here are some autumnal foods for your shopping list: Almonds, Apples, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Dates, Pears, Sweet Potato and Pumpkins.  Take time to look around your supermarket and see what is new each month.  Keeping a varied intake of seasonal fruit and vegetables will help you achieve optimal health.

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