Beat the Summer Heat with what you Eat!

Although this morning is no solid indicator, summer in the Northwest is upon us. With recent heat waves sweeping the area, sending temperatures soaring to the 90’s, many of us are looking for ways to cool off. While some play in kiddie-pools, hide in basements, or post up in front of fans and window AC units, there are plenty of ways to cool from the inside out. Seasonal related dietary changes can help you beat the summer heat! Trust me on this one, there is no calorie counting, and no strict ‘fad-esque’ guidelines. Just add a couple of these ingredients to your daily intake and you’ll be thermo-regulating in no time.

According to Chinese Nutrition Therapy (Kastner, 2009), “Cool foods supplement the body fluids and blood, slow down qi, and clear heat…” while “…cold foods create cold, cool internal heat, and have a calming effect.” Haven’t you ever wondered why watermelon is such a big hit in the summer? Heaping mounds of striped green melons beckon from the front of every store during these sun filled months. Not only is it chock-full of nutrients, but it also has a high water content and is considered a ‘cold’ food in Chinese Medicine, and therefore has the ability to cool from within. Below you will find a list of items to help get you through the summer ‘no-sweat’! (Note: You may actually still sweat, which is a healthy response to the heat).

Cool Foods:
• Black, Green or Peppermint Tea
• Soy or Coconut Milk
• Barley
• Tofu
• Yogurt
• Belgian Endive
• Celery
• Salmon
• Cucumber
• Sprouts
• Spinach
• Zucchini
• Wheat beer/White Wine (Yep, that’s right! Beer & Wine! In Moderation, that is.)

Cold Foods

• Water
• Soy Sauce
• Shrimp
• Asparagus
• Banana
• Orange
• Rhubarb
• Seaweed
• Tomato
• Watermelon
• Dandelion
• Banana
• Kiwi
• Borage

Want to try a fun take on cake? Follow this link for a summery watermelon ‘cake’ recipe from: Paleo Cupboard

There are paramount benefits attributed to combining Acupuncture and Nutrition, with centuries of tried and true approaches stemming from Chinese Culture as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine therapeutics. The information mentioned above is just a recommendation, and may not be suitable for every individual. Please speak with your doctor, or contact Portland based Acupuncturist, Boynn McIntire at All and One Acupuncture for more nutrition tips and guidelines appropriate for you.

-Written on behalf of All and one Acupuncture by: Diana Beilman, Clinic Assistant & Master’s Student in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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