According to many ancient healing systems we can look to the seasons and the natural world to fine tune our diet and lifestyle for optimal health.
Chinese Medicine//Ayurveda and the Summer
According to Chinese Medicine the season of summer is related to the fire element and Heart energy. Ayurveda (the medical system of India) also tells us there is an increase in pitta or fire this time of year. Fire is the most yang element. It is connected to heightened activity, expansion, connection and expression. The Heart which is related to fire governs the spirit and circulation of blood. When the Heart or fire element is disturbed we may experience anxiety, insomnia, a feeling of heat or skin eruptions.
During the summer you can generally eat lighter, eat more fresh foods, and cook foods for less time. Avoid alcohol and too much heavy, oily food including nuts, meats, eggs and grains. And only use small amounts of salty and sour foods. Especially if you live somewhere hot. For example a meal of heavy pasta with tomato sauce and a beer would be a no no this time of year. This kind of meal will increase heat in your body and could lead to a feeling of stagnation, digestion problems and maybe even skin outbreaks.
Instead choose more greens, salads, sprouts, fruit, cucumber, tofu, flower and leaf teas, mung beans, watermelon, apples, lemons and drink lots of fluids. Keep a semi-cold pitcher of water with some slices of lemon or some fresh mint on hand.
If you’ve been following my suggestions in other posts about self massage using coconut oil is best this time of year.
Summer is great time to connect with others. Enjoy gatherings and being more extroverted! So wake up earlier and be more active in the mornings not the evenings. Eat your dinner meal earlier and use evenings as a time to relax. When fall comes around you’ll be glad you didn’t burn yourself out.