According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Summer is the season of the Fire Element and of heat, light and warmth. Full of energy, its long days and abundant sunshine flow into our own lives bringing a sense of energetic expansion, passion, enthusiasm, activity and creativity.
It is characterised as follows:
Organs: Heart, Small Intestine
Outlook: Live life to the full!
What this means for you
As a Yang season, summer is a time of great metabolic activity, passion and outgoing expressiveness, as we begin to warm up, expand and move out into the world around us.
Anatomically, summer is associated with the organs of the heart and small intestines, which encompasses literal functions of circulation of blood, digestion and absorption of nutrients. TCM also associates mental activity and the flow of electrical communication throughout the body, mind, and spirit, with heart function, so memory, thought processes, emotional well-being, and consciousness all need to be nourished at this time of year.
Likewise, our digestion and the function of the small intestine can be supported by eating for the season and adding bitter foods, such as: dandelion, parsley leaves, collard greens, mustard greens, arugula, kale, celery, burdock root and sesame seeds, to your diet.
When the fire element is IN balance, the heart is strong and healthy, the mind is calm and sleep is sound.
When the fire element is OUT of balance, we may either lack joy (depression) or have an excess of joy (mania). Indicators of an imbalance in the fire element include agitation, nervousness, heartburn, and insomnia.
What you can do
You can stay in good health this summer, by simply living in harmony with your environment.
Ways you can do this, include:
Waking earlier in the morning
Going to bed later in the evening
Taking a nap during the day
Surrounding yourself the colour red
Drinking plenty of fluids
Adding bitter foods to your diet
Keeping your cool and staying calm and even-tempered.
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