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					The surroundings is getting wintry, and you are able to find soft, dry leaves covering
up the roads and gardens - autumn has come and with it the whole surroundings has
turned a little depressing. On the other hand, autumn also offers a cure for your taste
buds as a vast variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables fill up the stores. Moreover, a
bit of food indulgence is just what you need to beat the autumn doldrums and pep up
your spirits.
  Treat yourself to the deep, dark colored juicy fruits and vegetables rich in nutrients
and phytochemicals that will not only delight your senses but will also build your
defense and prepare you for the cold season.
  Here's a list of some of the best Autumn Comfort Foods -
  * Apples - Apples contain flavonoids, which are one of the most powerful
antioxidants available in food form. From lowering the risk of health conditions to
preventing cancer, apples have many health benefits. There are two reasons why they
are good choice, especially in the autumn season - first they have powerful
anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties that will attack the common
infections and allergies that crop up in the autumn season; and secondly, they're
excellent for your skin and can help your feel and look younger. Have them with your
breakfast, or as a mid-day snack, and you can really keep the doctor at bay!
  * Cranberries - Cranberries are juicy, delicious and absolutely healthy fruit widely
available in the autumn season. They're low in calories and are loaded with
Anthocyanins, heart-healthy antioxidants. Cranberries also play an essential role in
curing gum conditions, mouth ad stomach ulcers, urinary tract infections and many
forms of cancer. You can find fresh cranberries from September to December, but
most of it's used for cranberry juices and sauce.
  * Pumpkin - Pumpkins are surely another important autumn comfort food, for they
are loaded with antioxidants, beta-carotene, Folate and Vitamin C. Even the seeds are
packed with nutrition and are a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids and Zinc . The air
gets really dry in autumn, which can have an effect on your skin and make it look
chapped and dull. Making pumpkin a part of your diet, can keep your skin supple,
moisturized and infection free.
  * Garlic - Garlic definitely is nature's own medicine. It contains Allicin, a chemical
that is highly effective against viruses, fungi and bacteria. Internal consumption of
garlic can prevent cancer and reduce the LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. As for
the autumn blues, consuming garlic can significantly enhance your mood too.
  * Ginger - Ginger has a lot of inherent heat, which is what helps it be a great autumn
comfort food. Either you prefer ginger pickle, or ginger tea or just plain julienned
ginger with honey, the good aspects of this root are many. It can heal cough, cold and
throat congestion, soothe your stomach and provide relief from digestive problems,
fight nausea and even work wonders in driving away the allergies. According to
recent researches, ginger works as a natural anti-inflammatory agent and is quite good
for musculoskeletal ailments.
  * Parsnips - Parsnip belongs to the carrot family and it is a root vegetable. They are a
rich source of Vitamin C, Fibre, Calcium and Iron. These are abundant in colder areas,
and are mainly a winter vegetable. You can either steam and cook them with various
vegetables or you can eat them raw, for their sweet and delicate flavor. * Kale - Kale
is a deep, green leafy vegetable mostly available in the autumn season. Kale works as
an immunity enhancer (a must in autumn), clears lung congestion, wards off the
allergies and infections. It is particularly beneficial for stomach and liver infections.
Kale is full of iron, beta carotene, calcium, potassium and Vitamin C, and is a must
add in your list of autumn comfort foods.
  * Sweet potato - Aside from the fact that sweet potatoes are generally available in
autumn and taste excellent, they're also a storehouse of health benefits. These tasty
delights have high amounts of Vitamin C and beta-carotene (vitamin A), so you can
very easily ward off cold and other infections. Sweet potatoes are a fantastic food
choice for diabetics, as they are low glycemic food. The large quantities of dietary
fiber present in sweet potato relieves constipation and promotes a healthy digestive
tract. For better flavor, eat these hot.
  * Cinnamon - It is one of the most well-known known spices, and a perfect choice
for autumn. Cinnamon is usually used in conventional Ayurvedic and Chinese
medicines for curing cold, cough, flatulence, nausea, diabetes, diarrhea and many
other physical diseases. It can soothe your senses and keep your body comfortable and
warm in the autumn. Cinnamon is also believed to enhance energy and vitality, and is
especially useful for people who have warm upper bodies but cold feet. You can
sprinkle cinnamon powder over salads and side-dishes, mix it with juices or drink it
with tea.
  * Pepper - One more group of herbs, which are great for your taste buds as well as
your health, are different forms of pepper. Introducing pepper to your food can help
you in many ways - it reduces flatulence, improves digestion, deals with
gastrointestinal disorders, kills bacteria and viruses, clears chest congestion, treats
cough and cold, and so on. It's also a rich source of antioxidants. Whichever form of
pepper you prefer - cayenne, black or white, they are all a great and healthy addition
to your recipes specially during autumn.
  Autumn signifies the beginning of the cold season, and that's why a lot of people
suffer from bouts of cough and cold and different types of allergies. Your skin will
also feel very dry and lifeless, and will be more prone to fungal infections and
bacterial.
  Different autumn foods stated earlier are warming in nature, and work toward
preventing the common infections and allergies associated with this season. These
fruits, vegetables and spices will enhance your immune system and keep you
comfortable and warm, so you are prepared for the cold days.
  For more information on Autumn Foods, please visit our health related website
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