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. And, it can also be a time of extreme high heat!
The high heat of summer 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, like cucumbers, watermelons and tomatoes. Cooling sea vegetables, and eating more fish is wise too.
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 excessive amounts of meat at this time of year has a warming effect on the body.
Basically, that means if you go to the family BBQ, 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!
Here’s a cool Sweet and Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho to help you beat the heat: Watermelon Gazpacho