1915f31b56e54b17d870db7377d18a69Summer is time for energy to be yang and expanding in nature. This energy is moving out and upwards with new shoots growing in the garden. People who suffer from headaches and migraines will find this time of year can make their condition worse. Other health concerns such as constipation, acne and high blood pressure can be aggravated due to the summer heat.

According to traditional Chinese Medicine “warming foods” raise circulation and qi or vital energy where as “cooling foods” help clear heat and toxins from the body.  To balance the heat in your body it is important to drink 1.5 to 2 litres of water or herbal tea to keep the body hydrated. In addition the following foods have a cooling affect of the body:

  • zucchini
  • citrus fruits
  • soy products
  • avocado
  • banana
  • kiwi fruit
  • peach
  • pineapple
  • strawberries
  • watermelon
  • alfalfa
  • asparagus
  • celery
  • crabmeat
  • cucumber
  • lettuce
  • millet
  • mung beans
  • peppermint
  • radish
  • tofu
  • tomato
  • watercress
  • barley
  • wheat
  • kelp

Read more about keeping your body cool this summer through your diet.

To find out more about Traditional Chinese Medicine and how this can improve your health, please contact Banksia Women’s Healing Centre on 07 3351 4691