According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, summer is associated with the fire element and corresponds to the Heart organ system.
During the summer months, both our environment and our bodies are filled with Yang energy. This is a time of heat, movement, activity, abundance and socializing within our community. In contrast, winter often brings a pull to stay indoors, rest and reserve your resources.
To maintain balance during the hot and active months of the Fire season, here are some tips:
Include cooling or “Yin” foods in your diet
These foods do not necessarily need to be iced or cold, but rather should be moisture-rich, fresh, and have a cooling effect on the body when consumed.
Examples include watermelon, citrus fruits, berries, stone fruit (ie. peaches, plums), cucumber, lettuce, zucchini, bok choy, and water chestnuts. By incorporating cooler foods, we can help regulate our body temperature, prevent overheating, and promote the generation of body fluids to keep us hydrated.
Avoid consuming excessive amounts of heavy, spicy, greasy foods, and limit your alcohol intake
Engage in physical activity & socialize!
Summer is the perfect time to be active and (safely, remember, the pandemic ain’t over…) socialize outdoors. Activities such as walking, hiking, biking, swimming, and more can promote cardiac health and embodying the emotional, intimate and social nature of Fire season, which aligns with the Heart organ system.
Stay hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water
This is especially important during the warmer months and when engaging in outdoor activities. If you find yourself sweating a lot, consider replenishing your electrolyte balance by consuming beverages specifically designed for this purpose.
Here’s a simple recipe for a DIY electrolyte drink:
- 2 cups of water
- Juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
- 1/8 tsp of sea salt
- 1-2 tsp of honey
Mix all the ingredients in a jar or water bottle. Consume regularly, especially if you are outdoors, exerting yourself and sweating.
These tips will help you maintain balance and well-being during the summer season. Enjoy the vibrant energy and warmth while keeping your body in harmony with the season.