Summer, according to the Nei Ching (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine), is a most active and fully expanded time of the year. It’s a time when everything is in full bloom. It can also be a time of extreme high heat! And, that can be unbearable for many folks, especially those that are eating out of season.
As we move into a new season, we need to switch-up our food choices once again, to help us naturally cool down. During the summer months, crisp cooling salad greens are available as a well as an abundance of succulent watery fruits, cucumbers, tomatoes, sea vegetables, and fish.
Eating the foods that Nature provides for us at this time of year can naturally cool us down. Foods that grow with a lot of sunshine contain high levels of potassium. Excess potassium in the diet has a cooling effect on the body. On the other hand eating foods high in sodium, and/or eating an excess of meat and meat products at this time of year has a warming effect on the body.
Basically, that means if you go to the family BBQ this summer, remember to enjoy lots of cooling summery foods, and have smaller portions of warming foods and meats. Especially, if you are trying to chill out!
It’s amazing how the earth effortlessly provides us with the foods we need to satisfy our physical body at every time of year.
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