Orange is the New Black

Orange Tree

Orange Tree

I was fortunate enough to spend the Monday with my mom at Niagara on the lake.  We’ve adopted a tradition of buying Starbucks and walking around the park there.  While at the park I found the most amazing tree, in the middle of the park, and of course it had a beacon of light shinning down on it to illuminate its gorgeousness.   Being the professional I am I ran, nearly skipped, to this tree as it screamed “come visit me and bask in my awesomeness”.  I can’t describe how amazing this tree is, it just shines and sparkles orange and I was uplifted being in its presence.

This tree inspired me to write this post on how much I appreciate and enjoy the colour orange.  We get a bit of an orange attack thanks to pumpkin spice everything and Halloween neon decorations (so artificial orange assaults our senses!), but orange is a very powerful colour in Nature.  Trees first come to mind, where the changing of the leaves bring a certain joy to all observers (even as we are raking them).  These colours are inspiring to artists and crafters alike, giving life to beautiful fine art painting and wonderful crafty collages.   Leaves are a free and plentiful medium for crafters to use from lampshades to mobiles, making Pinterest super popular in the fall!  Art and crafting brings joy to us – it is an essential human need to create things.   From a physiological point creating increases endorphins and mood elevating neurotransmitters (i.e. the feeling of love and joy), improving our mood and making us feel more connected to people and nature.  From an energetic point orange is a colour related to the sacral chakra, which is centered around creation (sacral = reproductive), joy, abundance and happiness.  No wonder this orange tree gave me a feeling of instant joy!

The sacral chakra is all about abundance, including food and nourishment.  Hence, the colour orange is an important sign of nutrient status in foods.   Foods naturally orange are high in vitamins A, C and zinc – great for skin and our immune system.  It’s amazing how we are subconsciously trained to visually choose orange foods in the fall season since they are best for the immune system and fall is typically when we get sick (nature and intuition are so smart, we just have to listen to it!).  Orange foods such as carrots, pumpkin, squash, potatoes, oranges, etc. are perfect for eating in fall.  Don’t forget the spices too!  Eating warm and gently spiced food is optimal for fall and a healthy happy digestion.

So make a pumpkin spice latte (with almond milk) and find yourself an orange tree to sit near.   Your mood, and immune system, will thank you!  Orange you glad I blogged about orange?

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About healthyhappynaturopathy

I am a board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor working in Newmarket and Maple, Ontario I am an advocate of individualized and specialized medicine, about treating individuals as a whole, and evoking our own healing properties. To me, being happy is being healthy, and health flourishes with a positive mindset.
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