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posted by on Chinese Herbal Medicine, Energy, Nutrition, Seasons

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Here are some delicious cooling foods to help you balance the intense heat and activity of summer while treating your body—and taste buds—at the same time:

  • Watermelon
  • Tomatoes
  • Bananas (especially great out of the freezer)
  • Avocados
  • Lettuce
  • Asparagus
  • Apricots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapple (makes anything a tropical treat)
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Peppermint (makes a great, refreshing tea)
  • Bamboo
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Cucumber (add a few slices to water for a tasty beverage)
  • White mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Watercress (one of the most nutritious greens you can eat)
  • Seaweed
  • Mung beans
  • Dill
  • Sprouts (easy to add to any salad or sandwich)

A few more summer eating tips:

  • Avoid overeating or large meals. Lighter meals and snacks throughout the day will keep you feeling perkier and more energetic.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water and other fluids, even when you don’t feel particularly thirsty. Ice water with sliced citrus fruit or cucumber makes a wonderful cooling drink!
  • Stay away from heavy, fried foods and dairy whenever possible.
  • Find creative ways to combine the delicious cooling foods of summer with inventive salads and cold soups.

Got recipes and ideas of your own to share? Add them in the comments section!

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posted by on Elements, Energy, Seasons

Since our lives, beings and bodies reflect the cycles and seasons of nature, we can always find clues to our balance and well being by paying close attention to each  season.

As the Atlanta heat has made quite clear, summer is here!  In Chinese medicine, summer is the element of Fire, which goes hand in hand with connection, joy and friendship. It’s a time of warmth, maturity, relationships and love. In summer, the activities of spring have reached their fullness and flowering. The future has become the present, and hopes and dreams are realized.

Think about what summer vacation was like when you are a kid—hanging out with your friends all day, laughing, playing, enjoying every moment. There’s a carefree attitude and feeling of elation and joy that comes only with summer. Even though we don’t all get summer vacations as adults, it’s important to make a point of letting those joyful summertime feelings in! Why not give it a try right now?

More About Summer and the Fire Element:

Meridians

The meridians and organs associated with summer and the Fire element are the Pericardium and Triple Heater (also called Triple Energizer), the Heart and Small Intestine. They’re involved with warmth of relationships as well as spreading warmth through the body.

Emotions

The emotion associated with Fire is joy. It’s also tied to the ability to express deep feelings for others, passion and compassion. The sound associated with Fire is laughter; the color, red. When Fire is deficient, it can limit the ability to feel joy and have satisfying relationships.

Body

A Fire deficiency may cause physical coldness, low energy, and sexual, urinary, or menstrual dysfunction, as well as problems with digestion or breathing. When Fire is excessive, it can show itself in painful inflammation in the joints, chronic infections, sore throat and sinuses, burning diarrhea, anxiety and sleep disturbances.

Relationships

In summer, the sense of community, freedom and fun, enhance all our relationships. We are able to give and receive equally when the Fire element is in balance.

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