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Summer Diet

11 July 2006

Summer season not only causes an increase in our body temperature, but also makes us hot-tempered. Statistics show that one in every five people suffers from summer syndrome, and most of the sufferers are women.

The nature of summer, corresponding to fire in Five Agents and to heart in five internal organs, is to be hot and dry. An overwhelming dry hot condition could seriously deplete yin qi and body fluids.

Then how can we keep the yin-yang balance and maintain a healthy level of fluidity during the hot season? Here are some tips from Chinese medicine experts that you may find useful:

1, Have a daily intake of fresh milk

According to Chinese medicine theory, milk is mild-cold in nature that helps reducing the heat of liver. As milk is about 87% water by weight, it is also a good source of fluid which relieves the internal dryness.

2, Go to bed before 11 pm

Chinese medicine believes that qi and blood proceed to liver area during the time between 11 pm at night and 1 am in the morning. Getting good quality sleep in this period is crucial for liver to successfully detoxify the system and get recuperated.

3, Increase the amount of cooling yin food in your diet

  • Strawberry

It helps decrease the internal heat.

  • Watermelon

It is an excellent source of potassium and vitamins A, C, and B6. Just make sure they have not been kept in fridge for more than 3 hours.

  • Soybean

It provides extra fine protein to cope with the stress of high temperature, and protects the blood vessel walls.

  • Balsam pear (Bitter melon)

It helps reducing internal heat and the content of blood sugar.

  • Tomato

It contains minerals, vitamins and organic acid, is a rich source of beta carotene for the immune system.

And finally, just stay away from any hot, pungent food so you can better protect your lungs during the summer months.

Reference: 中华网


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