Summertime! Well it seems in Minnesota we’ve completely skipped Spring and jumped right into the hot weather of Summer. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been working quickly to adjust to the new way of life, it is so different from Winter and early Spring practices.
Welcome to the season of longer days, lazier afternoons and an increase in energy to match the bustling months to come!
It is likely that you are already eating lighter, more cooling foods and doing things to match this Summer energy (spending time outside, swimming, connecting with friends) These simple changes are what seasonal harmony is all about, and will help promote health for your body and mind.
The Summer season is ruled by the element of Fire and contains the energies of expansion, movement, energy and growth. The emotion related to this season is Joy. The mind and the spirit of the Heart are very important and typically thrive during this time of year. It is a good time to connect with loved ones and actively practice those pursuits that bring us great joy and happiness. When a lack of joy or and overabundance of manic energy is present, then we know it is time for some shiatsu or acupuncture to help bring us back into balance. Practioners of Chinese Medicine can also provide lifestyle advice so that you are able to come back into balance on your own.
Living in harmony with the seasons is at the core of Traditional Chinese wisdom. Health is nurtured by living in harmony with nature, one’s environment and found through preventative practices and practical eating.
Align with Summertime
Foods for Summer Season
Here is where I remind you that it is always best to talk to your physician before making any major changes to your diet. Professional practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine can also provide safe advice on lifestyle practices and foods that will suit you! This article is for information purposes only and cannot substitute personal advice from a professional.
Fall is in the air! Things are drying out, cooling off and beginning to change. Yet, I bet we can expect a few more sweet summery days this month before the weather truly shifts! I'm beginning to dream of cool autumn walks, bonfires and soup. How about you? Here are a few good links below for you to enjoy. See you soon!
SEAWEED :: love it? never tried it? scared of it? curious?
Here is a great introductory article that explains a bit about the health benefits and how to get started with eating these delicious vegetables of the sea!
You've probably heard me talk about the Spleen by now. And if not, check this out! Here is a very well written informative article all about loving your Spleen!
I love eating soup and I love making soup. Here is one I can't wait to make this season, it is a Mulligatawny (Indian Stew) made with root vegetables, lentils and coconut milk. Soooo good!
Spices for Good Health
Everyday spices are powerful health and wellness remedies. The best part is that we usually have them on hand in the kitchen!
Ginger is an incredible spice that helps with digestion, appetite and many other things. Fresh ginger is used to help break down the high protein packed foods such as meats and beans. Boiling a peeled and chopped piece of ginger in water for 15 minutes makes an aromatic and powerful cup of ginger tea which is useful when there is a lack of appetite, nausea, congestion or cold extremities. Also, ginger and other warming, drying spices such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and cardamom all aid digestion of sweet foods like yams, squash, sweet potatoes, dairy and fruit dishes. And they taste amazing!
Garlic and Cayenne
This is a combination fit to fight the common cold! A soup or tea made with these will have antiviral, antibiotic and diaphoretic properties which means it will help disperse colds and flus at their onset. Did you know that cayenne is one of the highest plant sources of Vitamin C?
This wonderful yellow root spice is very medicinal. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant spice that also helps to lower cholesterol. Its been show to reduce joint swelling in cases of rheumatioid arthritis as well. Tumeric is also used to improve digestion, decongest the liver, increase ligament flexibility and reduce menstrual pain. It is usually taken in a capsule to achieve these types of effects.
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