Fall Superfoods!

Autumn is a great harvest season.  The fruits and vegetables that grow best in during these cooler months are hearty and nutrient dense.  The ground is filled with root vegetables and the trees are abundant with fresh, crisp fruits.  Here are a few of fall’s superfoods that you should include in your diet in these coming months.

Winter Squash (Pumpkin, Butternut, Delicata, Acorn & Spaghetti Squash):  Winter varieties of squash are much denser and hearty than the summer varieties; they are high in fiber, potassium & Vitamin A.  From a TCM standpoint, winter squash are cool and sweet – they can dry dampness, reduce fever and relieve pain.  Try all the varieties baked or roasted with warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

Apples: We’ve all heard the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and that’s because apples are a great source of Vitamin C which helps keep our immune systems strong.  In addition, they are also a great source of fiber and Vitamin A.  In TCM, apples are cool, sweet and slightly sour.  They help strengthen the heart, tonify the Qi, quench thirst, lubricate the lungs and resolve mucus – another reason they are great to eat during the peak of cold/flu season.  Apples are great to eat as is, baked or boiled and mixed with cinnamon & agave to make homemade applesauce.

Beets: Bright in color and packed with nutrients like folate, magnesium and Vitamin C, beets are a root vegetable that shouldn’t be passed up this fall.  According to TCM dietary theory, they are cool and sweet and nourish the blood, tonify the heart, lubricate the intestines and cleanse the liver – they really are a superfood!  Beets are sweetest when roasted with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.

About Jenna Ferraiolo

Jenna is a CA state licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and a nationally certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.). She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her bachelor's in Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation/Exercise Science from Ithaca College in New York. After graduation Jenna worked as a Medical Assistant in a Cardiology practice in Hartford, CT. Looking for a more integrative approach to health care, she then went on to obtain her Masters from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). During her time at PCOM, she worked with HIV/AIDS patients at UCSD’s Owen Clinic and also with NCAA athletes at the UCSD campus. In 2006 she had the opportunity to travel to Beijing, China to study in several area hospitals with Traditional Chinese Medical Doctors. In 2008, Jenna had another amazing opportunity and was able to travel to Uganda to volunteer with the PanAfrican Acupuncture Project. While there, she trained both Traditional health care workers and hospital nurses on how to utilize Acupuncture to help treat the symptomology of HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria. She also traveled to refugee camps at the southern border of Uganda to treat refugees from several neighboring African countries. Immediately after graduation, Jenna worked with Neuro Acupuncture Associates in Carlsbad, CA inside of an internationally-renowned, non-profit Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation center for 2 years. In December 2010, she moved to Northern California and co-founded Earth and Air Wellness in Walnut Creek. Jenna is committed to educating her clients on the many benefits of using natural methods to obtain optimal health. In all aspects of her life, she tries to live by example by eating a nutritious, well-rounded organic diet and getting regular exercise including yoga. Since having her first child in 2010 and seeing the positive impact it has had on her daughter, she has gained an interest in treating pediatric patients with TCM.
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