Summer Health Tips to Strengthen Body and Mind
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Summer is in full swing!
the season for outdoor sports and activities, picnics, and
Summer relates to maturing, growing, and flourishing as
witnessed in nature and in you. With longer days we have more
sunlight which gives energy causing movement and action.
According to the wisdom of ancient holistic healing arts, summer
represents the fire element and most affects the heart and small
intestines. Your heart regulates blood circulation; moves blood;
and carries warmth, oxygen and other nutrients to the rest of
the body. It works with lungs to gain oxygen, and with the
digestive system to obtain nutrients.
Its complementary organ,
the small intestine, works to digest foods and absorb their
nutrients which it sends into the blood supply and every cell in
Summer is dominated by heat and, when it becomes excessive,
generates too much internal heat that causes many health issues:
Inflammation, swelling and pain
Skin eruptions – red rashes, hives, welts, acne
Poor circulation and heart disease
Scattered, confused mind; unclear communication; and poor
Mental illness (from depression to mania); irrational
Insomnia and fatigue
Excessive sweating and hot flashes
effective professional herbal remedies are available for
these health conditions.
professional herbals can enhance and speed up the
effects of healing foods.
Foods and Substances that Contribute to
many warming foods, especially in a hot climate, contribute to
heart and small intestine issues. It's best to minimize or
avoid heat producing foods and substances during the summer
with the exception of necessary medications.
Excessive hot spices
Too much animal food including meat, poultry, cheese and
Strong bitter foods such as coffee and chocolate
Some drugs (medicinal and recreational) and certain vitamins
are very warming. I’m not suggesting you stop taking your
medications, but do counter their warming effects with
cooling and therapeutic foods that counter the side effects.
Minimize or avoid using the
oven in the summer. The longer you cook food, the more heat is
produced internally. Opt for lighter cooking methods such as
steaming, boiling, blanching; quick sauté; and grilling.
On a very hot
day, you'll feel more balanced by eating a chilled bean and
vegetable salad instead of a steaming soup made of the same
Red Quinoa with Black Eyed Peas
is a wonderful, hearty summer salad.
relationships, resentment, and endless worries also contribute
to heat and its related health conditions. Find healthy ways to
resolve and transform these states. There is a Higher Purpose
for everything. Each experience has gifts within it and is meant
to evolve you into healthier, happier versions of yourself.
Figure out the gifts and Higher Purpose; forgive; and let go. If
you need help talk with a counselor or work with me on
Your Body from the Inside Out
value of all food is influenced by its flavor and thermal
properties. Power your body for summer with lots of vegetables
which are cooling and provide the full spectrum of vitamins and
minerals you need to be healthy. There
is an abundance of wonderful fresh vegetables in the summer.
Try my vegan
jello for a healthy and refreshing summer dessert.
Emphasize these to help you adapt to warmer weather
Vegetables and fruits are cooling; eat lots of them (less or
no fruit if cold signs).
Peppermint and Green tea are cooling; so is dandelion tea
but avoid if on thyroid medication
Radishes and daikon radish – cooling and break down fats;
Celery, cucumbers, summer squash
Fruit is cooling and removes heat, especially watermelon and
Fresh lemon frequently in water and some of your foods
Fresh coconut water (unsweetened)
Marjoram and white pepper are cooling
Reduce portions of animal food and increase portions of
Eat some naturally fermented vegetables daily to promote
good digestive health
flavor is cooling and a good antidote for hot climates. Bitters
clear heat; cleanse the arteries; reduce cholesterol; dry mucus;
rid the body of candida yeast and parasites; reduce
inflammation; treat skin eruptions and infections; and reduce
bloating, gas, water retention and overweight conditions.
include these foods characterized as bitter: celery, romaine,
arugula, asparagus, alfalfa sprouts, micro greens, broccoli, leeks,
scallions, turnips, parsley, watercress, endive, kale, collard
greens, broccoli rabe, burdock, chicory, almonds, and papaya;
the whole grains quinoa and amaranth; oregano,; and vinegar.
Small amounts of red and green hot peppers, cayenne red pepper,
fresh ginger, horseradish and black pepper can bring excess
inner heat to the surface and disperse it. Too much will drive
the heat deeper
Replace heavy animal proteins with beans, legumes, tempeh and
tofu. Try my
Tofu Eggless Salad or
Tempeh Reuben sandwiches
as alternatives to meat, eggs, and cow's milk products.
Peach Blueberry Crisp or
vegan jello for a
healthy and refreshing summer dessert.
Keep Your Digestive System
vegetables can be difficult to digest causing bloating, belly
fat, diarrhea, constipation, gas, cramping and a wide range of
digestive issues including parasites, yeast and fungal
infections. Opt for Blanched Vegetables. They will still
have the crunch of raw, but will not create the health issues that raw foods
cause. Or try my cooling
Dilled Cucumber and Wakame Salad.
vegetables do provide a lot of nutrition; however, cooking
strengthens and energizes by adding heat and partially breaking
the food down, which aids digestion. It destroys parasites that
enter the digestive tract through raw vegetables. Proper
cooking methods can preserve most of the nutrients. Chewing well
mixes the food with alkaline enzymes contained in saliva. So
even in hot weather, it’s best to eat predominately cooked, and
therefore more digestible, foods.
your digestive system healthy with
naturally fermented vegetables.
They contain beneficial enzymes and healthy bacteria that aid
digestion. An added bonus from eating them regularly is that
bloating and belly fat will disappear. Eat a few pieces daily
with a meal. Supermarket pickles are quickly processed and often
contain sugar and preservatives; do not contain enzymes; and
will be ineffective as a health promoting food. Sugar competes
with healthy bacteria.
Wildbrine makes quality
fermented vegetables. I like their Arame and Ginger Sauerkraut
Salad and Red Beet and Red Cabbage Salad available at health
food stores in the refrigerator section.
Supplement with a high quality probiotic. I like
Essential Formulas Dr.Ohhira's
Probiotics Original Formula. this probiotic is vegan, gluten-free,
and Non-GMO. Taking digestive enzymes can help you digest a wide
range of food and eliminate bloating, cramping, diarrhea,
constipation, and other digestive issues. I like
Chzyme and Quiet
digestion. The latter two are herbal formulas with high
more you exercise and sweat the more minerals you need.
Electrolytes are simply minerals--sodium, potassium, calcium,
magnesium and sea vegetables are a powerful way to replenish
Plants from the sea are the most nutritious and
little-known food group. You could simply eat ¼ sheet of nori
sea vegetable every day. Tear into pieces and add to anything
you are eating. Nori is the seaweed used in sushi. Or try dulse
in my tofu eggless salad recipe. There are many other sea
vegetables well worth learning about.
Sea Vegetable Recipes
avoid commercial sea vegetable snacks that have salt, oil,
sugar, milk, ethanol, and other unhealthy ingredients. Order
therapeutic grade, high quality sea vegetables here.
Don't be fooled by high-sugar sports drinks. You don't need
them. Coconut water is an excellent alternative. Buy organic and
up and recharge your body with aerobic exercise every day especially
outdoors. It's also helpful to engage in exercise with a softer approach that is
meditative in its movements. This includes yoga, tai chi, and
qi gong. Doing so will insure good blood circulation, deep
breathing, and a
healthy body and mind. Exercise caution with fast paced exercise, such as running, outdoors in summer heat.
Go early in the morning and avoid doing so on extremely hot and
inside yourself and being too serious. Be playful,
light-hearted, and relaxed. Having more fun is the order of the
season. Avoid being overly conceptual and analytical. Forego
being a workaholic. You’ll have a clear, focused mind, more
energy, better sleep, healthy digestion, and be more creative
and effective at everything you do.
emotions create more fire and pressure within you and cause
physical health problems. Please work toward resolving anger,
resentment, regret, bitterness, and other heavy emotions. Seek
professional counseling, if necessary, or work with
Attitudinal Healing. You'll feel lighter, move peaceful
and balanced, and live with joy rather than struggle.
Keep an open
heart and mind. Being compassionate and giving love freely in
healthy ways heals the heart and mind. Forgiveness is a powerful
tool that will help to heal many health issues. Summer is an auspicious
time to do so.
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