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Summer fatigue, sleepy, irritable? Chinese medicine practitioners teach you summer diet tips

By: anna May. 16,2022


The main points of summer Chinese medicine health care, focus on nourishing the heart and strengthening the spleen, Meng summer to transform dampness, midsummer to clear heat to transform dampness, seasonal summer to clear heat to produce fluid, according to the characteristics of the season to protect Yang Qi not damaged outside the leak.

Summer is the hottest season of the year and the season when everything grows most luxuriantly. However, every summer, many people feel irritable, easily fatigued, with poor appetite, emotional ups and downs, and poor sleep quality. From the perspective of Chinese medicine, summer corresponds to our five organs: heart and spleen. We generally divide summer into monsummer, midsummer and seasonal summer. Monsummer is the time of spring and summer, when dampness is predominant, and dampness is tangled, making it easy for the spleen and stomach to become tired and weak due to obstruction of their functions of transportation and transformation. Midsummer, i.e. the peak of summer, is a period of both dampness and heat, and many people will have abdominal distension, dry mouth and bitterness, poor appetite and other manifestations. Seasonal summer, that is, the end of summer, the climate is hot, easy to heatstroke, injury to the body.


Therefore, the main points of summer Chinese medicine health care, focus on nourishing the heart and strengthening the spleen, Meng summer to transform dampness, midsummer to clear heat to transform dampness, seasonal summer to clear heat to produce fluid, according to the characteristics of the season to protect Yang Qi is not damaged outside the leak.

1. diet, you can eat more bitter food, such as bitter melon, lotus seeds, kale, etc., summer eating bitter, better than tonic. In fact, pay attention to eat more fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as loofah, winter melon, cucumber, bitter melon, amaranth, hollow cabbage, watermelon, banana, poppy, yellow skin, green plum, etc. Again, eating beans in summer is better than eating meat, so you can pay attention to the diet with legumes, such as eyebrow beans, red beans, green beans, lentils, beans, soybeans, etc. In addition, because summer sweating is more, pay attention to more water, appropriate to eat porridge and soup. Try to avoid spicy and stimulating, high sugar, greasy and fried food, avoid eating too much cold and raw food, avoid blindly taking tonic.

2. sleep, it is recommended to "sleep late" and get up early, here "sleep late" relative to other seasons, does not mean that we stay up late, especially children are still recommended to go to sleep before 9:00, get up early, is to follow the sun to get up when the sun rises, in order to absorb enough Yang Qi. In addition, summer is more likely to be sleepy during the day, so you can take a proper lunch break, so that you can have a full afternoon.


3. Summer is more likely to be irritable, so learn to regulate their emotions and mentality, keep the mood happy, quiet and nourishing.

4. maintain good habits, appropriate outdoor exercise, you can choose to walk, jogging, Tai Chi, swimming and other sports to exercise according to their physical condition.

Attachment: summer food therapy recipes recommended

Powdered kudzu and chicory bean dragon bone soup

The effect] to clear heat and dampness, damp-heat heavy people can add mung beans, lentils, eyebrow beans, etc.

The method is to blanch the keel and prepare it, peel and cut the powder kudzu, wash the adzuki beans and put them into the soup pot together with the above ingredients, add appropriate water, boil on high heat to low heat, about 60-75 minutes to turn off the heat, add appropriate salt to taste. For those with weak constitution, change red beans to red beans and add a little bit of peel.

Bitter gourd, soy bean and scallop soup


Efficacy】Clear heat and neutralize, clear the heart and nourish the spleen

The method】Blanch the keel and set aside, remove the flesh of bitter melon and cut into pieces, wash the soy bean and scallop together with the above ingredients into a soup pot, add appropriate water, boil over high heat and turn off the heat for about 45-60 minutes, add appropriate salt to taste. For those with a cold spleen and stomach, add five-finger peach (strengthens spleen, tonifies qi and facilitates dampness).

Green olives, fresh abalone and lean pork soup

【Efficacy】Clear heat and promote body fluid

【Method】Pat the green olives, remove the abalone guts and cut the cross, cut the lean meat into cubes, add the stewing pot and stew for 60-90 minutes, add the appropriate salt to taste. Similarly, there is tomato and fresh abalone soup.

Three beans drink (mung beans 100g, red beans 50g, lentils 30g, a little bit of Chen Pi)


Efficacy】Clear heat and eliminate heat stagnation

【Method】 Add the above ingredients to the appropriate water, boil over high heat to low heat, about 60-75 minutes to turn off the heat, add a little sugar as appropriate.

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