Pop quiz: What are the 2 organ systems affected most during these hot, sunny days? The answer: our Brain (specifically the Hypothalamus) and our skin.
Our master regulator, the Hypothalamus works like a thermometer to regulate our body temperature. Once heat raises in our body core, the skin and sweat glands are activated to cool the bodies surface and blood vessels move blood & heat away from the skin. And even though this man-made system is more advanced than any cooling system, our master cooling system can go awry. Signs of this imbalance show up as heat stroke, fatigue, hot flashes, fever, headaches & insomnia. If you or anyone you care about is suffering in this heat, please read the helpful hints shared by Dr. Dianova (our Acupuncturist) to help cool and bring balance back to your system.
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Yours in health,
Dr. Heidi & The InnerMovement Wellness Team
REGULATE YOUR TEMPERATURE
Keeping Cool in the Summer with Chinese Medicine
Summer is the season filled with abundant energy, long days and sunshine. This is the most yang time of year. Summer is about expansion, growth, activity and creativity.
Many people feel much, much better in the summer; everything from joint pain to depression to menstrual cramps eases in the warm weather. People with internal heat, however, often struggle with the hot season. One central aspect of Chinese medical diagnosis is the differentiation between illnesses caused by cold in the body, and those caused by heat.
Common conditions that may be aggravated by heat include hot flashes, skin rashes, irritability, and excess sweating. People with a warmer constitution may also notice an increase in other symptoms such as headaches, digestive issues, insomnia, body pain, or fatigue. And, many people simply feel yucky all over when it's too hot.
To cool down your system and restore balance, try these things:
Check out the list of cooling foods below, and incorporate them into your diet (watermelon is actually listed in ancient texts as a medicinal substance for a condition called "summer heat," which is similar to sunstroke or heat exhaustion)
Drink plenty of fluids.
An ice pack behind the knees can do wonders to cool the whole body; one of the main acupuncture points for clearing heat is located there.
Get up earlier, stay up later, and rest at midday if possible. Chinese medical texts suggest this as a way of living in harmony with the season.
Add pungent flavors to your diet.
Eat in moderation. Over consumption of any food, especially cooling foods, can lead to indigestion, sluggishness and possibly diarrhea.
Do not leave your food out for too long. The hot weather tends to increase food spoilage.
Stay away from dairy, heavy, greasy, and fried foods.
Refrain from anger; keep calm and even-tempered.
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A Traditional Chinese Medicine Primer
The food we eat every day affects our body's balance. During the Summer Season, hot and dry temperatures cause the body to acquire heat and can dry out our body leading to dry skin, constipation and lack of fluid in the body.
Cooling foods has an effect of clearing heat and toxins, cooling and calming the blood and nourishing yin. Thus if we eat more cooling food, it can balance the body which has been attacked by the hot summer climate.
Try these cooling foods for Summer:
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|NUTRITION CORNER: |Recipe of the Month
Cooling Cucumber Salad
makes 4 side servings
- 2 Cucumbers (Organic)
- Fresh Mint
- Fresh Parsley
- Fresh Chives
- 1 Lemon
- 4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- Clean and partially peel the cucumbers, then cube them. Place in a bowl.
- Washed the herbs well and dry in a salad spinner. Mince and add to cucumbers.
- Squeeze the lemon, straining out the seeds over a measuring cup. (One lemon usually yields about a quarter cup of juice, but it varies.) Add to bowl.
- Drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Add salt and pepper (to taste).
- Toss and serve.
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