Food for the Season: September in Colorado

Planning a menu based on the weather and the season has many health benefits. Right now in Colorado, the air is filled with wildfire smoke. It is hot and dry. Often, the lungs take the brunt of the heat. They start to dry out, leading to sinus congestion, flus and colds, or nosebleeds. You can help your lungs stay healthy with a delicious fruit—pears!

Pears moisten lung tissue and tonify the lung qi. Each of the organs in our body require energetic fuel—known as qi (chi)—to run optimally. When an organ is taxed by illness or overuse, it uses qi more quickly than normal. The stores of qi become depleted. In the case of the lungs, hot, dry weather and the fall season make them work extra hard.

What to Eat (or Drink!) in September

Support your lungs by drinking some pear juice every few days. Or cook the delicious dish of pears poached in honey. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pears
  • Honey
  • Fresh ginger
  • A couple of cloves
  • A cinnamon stick

For cooking instructions, check out this recipe from The Blind Cook. Pretty simple and very tasty!

I already talked about pears, which moisten lung tissue. Honey creates moisture in the stomach and lung tissues. Ginger, cloves, and cinnamon keep everything from getting too sticky and support the lungs in their healthy function.

Of course, don’t use this recipe if it contains ingredients you know you are allergic or sensitive to. Another note: Use organic products whenever possible. They always yield a richer flavor and are packed with healthy nutrients.


If your lungs are taking a beating this September, come in to see me for a tune-up. I can reset your lung qi with acupuncture and consult on menu planning for seasonal food health benefits. Make an appointment now!

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