Fall is most definitely my favorite time of the year and I can't wait for it to officially get here. I love waking up in the morning to the fresh crisp air and hearing the leaves crunch under my feet when I go for a walk in the evening. But most of all, I love pumpkin spice coffee creamer. I love it so much that I've been known to scoop up as many bottles as I can each grocery shopping trip to make sure that I've got enough to last through the winter.

I see so many people cracking on pumpkin, saying how much they hate this time of year because they feel like pumpkin is being shoved down their throats, but consider this, there's actually a lot more to pumpkin than the gourd is given credit for. According to Mindful Yoga Health, these are five reasons you should definitely try to incorporate more pumpkin into your diet (the squash, not the fake processed drink).

  • 1

    Pumpkins Pack Tons of Fiber

    Having digestion problems? Eat some pumpkin because it helps with digestion. I've bought canned pumpkin and given it in small amounts to my toddler when he's had plumbing issues and it's fixed the problem within a couple of hours.

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    Pumpkins Fight Charlie Horses

    Pumpkins are packed full of minerals such as magnesium, zinc, iron, and potassium. If you're like me and get really nasty charlie horses when pregnant, but can't stand to eat bananas, reach for some pumpkin because it'll help prevent your muscles from cramping.

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    Pumpkins Make You Feel Good...Literally

    Bet you didn't know this- pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, which is the same thing that turkey contains and that stuff helps your body produce serotonin which is an all-natural mood-booster! Win, win!

  • 4

    Pumpkin Lowers Bad Cholesterol

    Has your doctor told you that you need to lower your bad cholesterol? Munch on some pumpkin seeds and they'll help get the job done!

  • 5

    Pumpkins Have Anti-Inflammatory Properties

    Studies say that eating pumpkin will reduce your risk of disease and cancer. I mean, isn't that reason enough?