Fall weather can affect children, elderly and people with chronic lung disease. During this season, people with chronic lung disease usually struggle due to the dryness, especially individuals with asthma. The TCM principles state that man should live by the seasons and go with the flow of nature. In the fall, you should increase your fluid intake to keep the lungs moist.
With that in mind you can control this through dietary changes such as consuming seasonal fall produce like pears and squashes. A bad fall food would be watermelon because it is a summer fruit which acts as a diuretic by draining critical fluids from your body. Your goal should be to persevere and maintain the fluid level in the body and not to drain fluids that are needed to keep the lungs moist. Try to avoid pungent foods that are considered warm and hot, like ginseng and hot spices. Meats, like lamb and beef are also considered hot and should be avoided during the fall. Vegetables that can increase fluids are pumpkin, winter squashes, kale and broccoli; these types of foods nourish the fluids in the body.
Grief and sadness are emotional aspects in the fall that correspond to the lungs. If the lung function is already weak it will naturally have a tendency to feel grief and sadness, so during this season you need to strengthen the lungs and provide more fluids to help physiological and emotional aspects of your health. Every season there is a change and by living with the season and adapting to the change it can help improve wellness.