This is the second part of our Eating Well Series. You can find the first part here.
Each season or element has it’s own purpose in life’s cycle of change. We can celebrate these elemental shifts with our diet to support our health. In this article, we will help you explore how to eat well and stay healthy in summer.
Summer is a time of warmth. Plants mature and fruits ripen in summer. In the human life cycle, summer corresponds to adolescence, the transition into adulthood where sexuality blossoms. In Five Element Acupuncture, summer is symbolized by the fire element, which governs the heart, small intestine, pericardium and three heater meridians. The heart, small intestine and pericardium organs also correspond to the fire element and play an important role in regulating circulation and body heat, extracting nutrients from our food and protecting the heart from shock.
Too much of the wrong foods or beverages will impair the fire element and it’s ability to fulfill its role.
• Take advantage of summers longer days with increased physical activity.
• Eat light and enjoy the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
• Coffee, caffeinated teas, chocolate, bitter herbs are fire foods. A little is sometimes good. Too much can lead to agitation and ultimately, depletion.
• Avoid consuming too much sugar in both it’s natural and refined forms.
• Minimize consumption of rich and fried foods that can make you feel sluggish.
• Include some raw or lightly cooked dark leafy greens like kale, collard greens, watercress or arugula in your diet.
• Melon, in moderation, can help you clean house.
By getting our “house in order,” we strengthen the body, but also the mind and spirit. We become empowered to mature and fulfill summers promise. The contents of this article are not meant to be diagnostic or prescriptive. Dietary needs are often complex. Always consult a health care practitioner before choosing it a course of treatment.
Additionally, Five Element Acupuncture is a wonderful tool to support your heart and your health as you transition through the seasons.