Happy 4th of July!
Summer is here
To all my US friends, Happy 4th of July!
Well Summer is here. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Summer is a yang time. It's the time to get outdoors and exercise. Time to top up on your vitamin D, eat light, sleep shorter hours and rest during lunch period. During Summer,it's good to eat pungent herbs and foods, which increase energy flow and can help maintain normal, healthy sweating. Those living in the North region where the sun is not as hot as here in the tropics, more neutral foods such as yams, sweet potato, mushroom, olives, brown rice, almonds, and most ocean fish, is recommended.
If you live in hot and dry environment, cooling and hydrating foods are very important. A rice soup with mung beans (which are cooling) would be appropriate. Try stir frying some cucumber,and/or spinach, and eat fish, tomatoes, watermelon, melon, and strawberries.
Other hydrating vegetables include: iceberg lettuce, celery, radish, peppers, cauliflower, and carrots. Try eating fruits like pear and star fruit.
Of course, remember that these are general guidelines. It is good to have an assessment from a qualified health professional to see your own physical needs before implementing any recommendations.