Late summer is a time of transition in nature and of adjustment in our lives. It marks a shift from the outward expression of spring and summer to the inward focus of autumn and winter. During this time of year, we change our lightness in diet toward a bit more density, providing us with additional fuel for energy. Dietary changes may include heavier protein and fats, whole grains, seeds, nuts and beans. Of course your diet should always include a good percentage of fresh fruits and vegetables for proper alkaline balance. The organs relating to this Late Summer / Earth Element are the Stomach and Spleen. Nourishment is important to your overall well being, so the proper functioning of these organs is vital to your feeling good and preventing illness. Late summer is an ideal time to come in for an acupuncture treatment to tonify your spleen and stomach.