Gold is the Element of Fall in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  This element is all about Letting Go of that which no longer serves us, and Fall is the perfect time of year to work on this practice in preparation for the Winter to come.  Remember, it’s all about eating healthy so you can be happy!  

So how do you keep your Gold Element in balance and make sure to nourish it this Fall Season?

Why Do We Need to Let Go in the Fall?

During the Fall, your body needs to get rid of the accumulated toxins it has built up throughout the year.  It also needs to take in nutrients and purifying elements to help nourish the body in preparation for winter.  This prepares your immune system for the coming winter months when we tend to be less active and spend more time indoors.  

And as far as your emotions are concerned, Fall is a great time to let go of any grief or sadness you’ve been keeping locked inside.  This is a time to reflect back, forgive, and see the blessings of what has occurred in life, so you can reap the abundance of the gifts life has offered you.  This is key during the fall to make sure you can find your happiness!


What the Gold Element is All About

The Gold Element is aligned with the Lungs and Large Intestine, and also the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands.  The Lungs and Large Intestine are two organs that help your body to excrete waste, which is so important in Fall to release any toxic build up.  The lungs remove carbon dioxide from your body and the Large Intestine helps to remove toxins from the body. The physical removal of these waste products from the body helps to create an environment for you to let go of the emotions that are no longer serving you too.

When the Gold Element is out of balance, you may feel certain energy draining emotions.  These can be grief, extended sadness, feeling like you are keeping things locked inside, and feeling unable to let go of past trauma, experiences and emotions.  When the Gold Element is in balance, you feel more forgiving, truthful, encouraging and full of positive communication with yourself and others.

How to Nourish Your Gold Element and Find Balance

We all want to achieve happiness, and eating healthy is a great way to create an alkalizing environment in the body to do just that!  When it comes to the Gold Element, there are certain nutrients and herbs that can help you nourish the associated organs and glands to create an environment for the positive emotions of the Gold Element.  Eating the foods that contain the Gold Element nutrients is a powerful way to help you let go of that which is no longer serving you during the Fall season.

The foundation of balance for every TCM element are the B-Complex vitamins, chlorophyll and organic, nutrient dense foods.  But when it comes to the Gold Element, the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K play an important role in releasing sadness and being able to let go.  The mineral Zinc also plays an important role in nourishing the Gold Element, and so do probiotic supplements and probiotic-rich foods!

When you eat foods that contain these nutrients, it helps to nourish your Gold Element, let go of that which no longer serves you, and encourages more forgiveness, truth, and positivity!   So what foods are best to eat this time of year? Here is a quick snapshot of some great foods to nourish your Gold Element this Fall: 

Top 3 Vitamin A-Rich Foods

1)     Sweet Potato 

2)     Carrots

3)     Spinach


Top 3 Vitamin D-Rich Foods

1)      Salmon

2)      Sardines

3)      Tuna


Top 3 Vitamin E-Rich Foods

1)      Sunflower Seeds

2)      Almonds

3)      Spinach


Top 3 Vitamin K-Rich Foods

1)      Kale

2)      Spinach

3)      Mustard Greens


Top 4 Zinc-Rich Foods

1)      Beef

2)      Lamb

3)      Sesame Seeds

4)      Pumpkin Seeds


So how will you get more Gold Element nutrients into your diet this Fall?  Are you ready to let go of that which no longer serves you and nourish your body?  

Remember, if you need help with Eating Healthy and Being Happy, I’d love to support you on your journey!  You can learn more about my client programs here.  And, if you’re ready to get on my calendar to discuss how we can work together to relieve stress, alleviate anxiety and ease depression, sign up for a Complimentary Health Strategy Session with me here.

And if you want to know even more about which foods contain these nutrients, I highly recommend you check out The World’s Healthiest Foods website to see what other foods you can include in your diet to nourish your Gold Element this season!


Wishing you the Best in Health,

Susan Renee