Spring - Every Seed Counts, Plant with Purpose
Liver - Largest internal organ assisting 500+ bodily processes. Affects fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Plays key role in detoxification.
Gall Bladder - Small pear shaped organ located behind liver. Stores bile from liver (necessary for breaking down fats)
Season for new beginnings; cleansing; creating. Include these cleansing foods in your Spring menu: Leafy greens, Sprouts, bitter herbs, Berries and other early fruits. WATER - hydration is paramount to proper organ function.
Summer - Healthy Roots Produce Healthy Fruit
Heart - Circulates blood to transport oxygen to the cells and remove cellular wastes. Four-chambered pump circulating 3,000 gallons of blood per day.
Small Intestine - Long narrow tubing from stomach to large intestine that collects, digests and assimilates food. plays key role in fat and carbohydrate digestion. Separates nutrients from wastes, then transports nutrients to the blood.
Season of Increased Activity and Energy. Include these cooling foods in your Summer menu: Cucumber, Watermelon, Fresh fruits, Summer squash, and other vine-ripened fresh produce. WATER (hydration cools the body’s internal temperature and aids digestion)
Late Summer - Nature’s Grace Period
Stomach - Digestive organ in the upper-slightly left abdominal cavity that connects the esophagus to the small intestine. Receives nourishment and prepares food for more complete digestion.
Spleen - Sac-like mass of lymphatic tissue situated near upper left of the abdominal cavity. Forms white blood cells; filters blood and stores red blood cells; destroys and removes old or weakened red blood cells.
Season For Change. Include these balancing foods in your Late Summer menu: Summer squashes, Corn, Carrots, Cabbage, Peas, Millet, Rice. WATER (hydration assists the digestive process; blood is 83% water)
Fall - Gather & Celebrate the Harvest
Lungs - Large cone-shaped organ with dual chambers of porous tissue. The body’s primary respiration organ and one of the body’s organs of detoxification. Transports oxygen from the atmosphere into the blood circulation and releases carbon dioxide from the blood into the atmosphere.
Large Intestine - Long tube-like organ that facilitates elimination of solid wastes from the body. Contains numerous probiotic bacteria (healthy microflora) that promotes healthy digestion and boosts the immune system.
Season for Preparation and Storing for the Next Season. Include these sustaining foods in your Fall menu: Beans, Winter squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti and pumpkin), Cabbage, Onions, Root vegetables, Apple, Pears, Cranberries, Cinnamon,WATER (hydration maintains tissue moisture)
Winter - Season for Inner Nourishment and Rest
Kidneys - Organ pair that circulates body’s water. Filters blood through the bladder and eliminates urine. Maintains body’s acid/alkaline balance.
Bladder - A thick muscular pear-shaped organ in the pelvic region attached to the kidneys by two long thin tubes called ureters. The holding sac for urine from the kidneys until it is ready to be eliminated; a healthy adult bladder can hold up to 18-ounces of urine comfortably for 2.5 hours.
Season for Warmth and Rest. Include these warming foods in your Winter menu: Whole grains, Nuts, Seeds, Root vegetables, Apples, Pear, Dates, Cranberries, Cinnamon, WATER (hydration is critical to proper function of kidneys and bladder)