By Renee Pilgrim R.Ac, R.TCMP
Finally! The sun has just reached its peak, the summer solstice has come and the heat is on.
What tips does Traditional Chinese Medicine offer us in this most Yang season? Here are the top five.
The oxygen rich blood that pumps through the body fuels and cleans each organ system. The heart’s job is to pump it. Activity is attributed to Yang nature and in the most Yang season of the year we can best harmonize by increasing our physical activity.
These are the warmer days and to balance the heat from the outside it’s important that we moderate the amount of heat we expose ourselves to. Water can balance fire, so be sure to drink plenty of it. Add some mint, lemon, cucumber or melons to mix it up!
Summer is the season for drinking smoothies and eating raw foods – so embrace more of it in your diet. More robust, heat-type people need more cooling foods in general. But summer is the time when everyone can enjoy more uncooked fresh veggies and fruits. They can also be very hydrating! Specifically sprouts and snow peas. Cooling foods like mung beans, broccoli, summer squash and bok choy are particularly good for anyone who generally indulges in alcohol and eats fired or greasy foods. These cooling foods as well as Chinese cabbage, asparagus and white mushrooms can be a great addition for your overall health.
Moderate the later nights and earlier mornings with a midday rest. When the sun is at its peak it’s a good time to take advantage of the summer heat and just lounge in its glory. Outside on the grass under a tree is one of the most nourishing places.
Joy is the emotion associated with the heart. The heart being the Monarch of the fire element, needs to reach out and connect with others. Enjoy the activities that your city has to offer, from small festivals in various neighbourhoods to bigger music festivals, both are a great way to spend time with friends. Even a game of badminton in the park can do wonders for the spirit!
As a registered practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Renee works with patients individually to determine the individual food and life style needs. As we move through the seasons there is much we can do to support our health with general movement and food modifications. It’s a great place to start!
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