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Summer Eats in Chinese Medicine

Summer food is about balancing out the energetics of the Fire element. Too much heat (Fire) in the body can manifest as poor sleep (insomnia), dehydration, dry skin, increased anxiety or agitation. On the other hand, not enough Fire can manifest as lethargy, depression, and nervousness. Try these summer eats to nourish your Heart this season but remember that with any food, moderation is key.

Eat foods that are cooling and hydrating:

  • Warm/hot weather is a summer given so choose fresh fruits & vegetables such as grapes, apples, watermelon, cucumbers, lettuce.

A slice of watermelon held over a sparkling clear pool of water
Xi Gua aka Watermelon

Reach for the color red:

  • Red is the color of Summer, the Fire element, and the Heart.

  • Nourish these systems with cherries, strawberries, red peppers, or tomatoes.

Bitter is better:

  • Bitter is the flavor of the Heart and can also help clear excess heat from the body especially if you tend to feel sluggish, swollen, and/or anxious during this time.

  • Add foods such as cabbage, broccoli, arugula, asparagus, oranges, grapefruit, rosemary or thyme.

They're yummy but too much is not good for your tummy:

A hand holding an ice cream cone with 4 colorful layers of soft serve ice cream.
Yummy but too much is not good for the tummy
  • Keep your digestion in mind by not overindulging in energetically cold & damp foods such as smoothies and ice cream.

  • Too much of this deliciousness can inhibit your digestive flow leading to gas, bloating, sluggishness, and even diarrhea.

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