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On June 20th the sun settled into the highest point in the sky in 2020, marking the beginning of Summer. Summer is the season of abundance and it is ruled by the rising action of the Fire element. It is a time when nature's energies are at their peak, the magnetic fields of the Earth and Sun intertwining and causing hot weather and extra sunlight that can help bring our minds and bodies back into balance.

As Yang energy begins heating up the Northern Hemisphere this Summer, look for things to continue moving and changing fast, challenging us to remain rational, centered, and in our hearts.

Raising Consciousness

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Summer is ruled by the element of Fire and it is the season of utmost Yang. Fire is symbolic of the maximum energetic activity on full display in nature and in our lives. In our bodies, the Heart and Small Intestines embody the activity of Fire, and should be given top priority for staying healthy in Summer.

The Heart’s main function is to pump oxygen and nutrient-rich blood through the body. But it also governs mental activity and is associated with memory, thought processes, emotional well-being, and one’s overall level of consciousness.

If Fire energies become imbalanced in the body during Summer, there may be lack of joy or empathy, or there may be confusion, excessive worry, anger, resentment, anxiety, indigestion, and insomnia. This makes Summer a very special time to nourish and pacify the mind and Spirit, and raise our level of consciousness.

Prevent and Treat Winter Diseases

seascape rocky beach during afternoon

Summer has always been the season of vibrant abundant energy, making it the perfect time to also treat and prevent diseases the arise in the Winter. Diseases that occur during the Winter season tend to originate when Yang energy dips to its lowest point during the Winter months.

During Summer 2020, one can draw on the abundant Yang energy to try to push disease out of the body and reverse the course of illness prior to the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons. Traditionally, it is considered a good idea to visit your acupuncturist during this time, especially if you experienced health problems during the previous Winter or Spring seasons.

Be Wary of Indigestion

During Summer, indigestion and malabsorption can easily occur, so eating a light and bland diet is strongly recommended. It is the perfect season to introduce some cool, Yin foods into your diet. Food with cool and cold properties can clear heat, reduce toxins, generate body fluids, and strengthen the body.

Cool Down With Yin Foods

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In general, Yin foods provide the body with fluids, and the best kind are fresh fruits and vegetables. The dark leafy greens like spinach, arugula, dandelion greens, wheatgrass, cucumbers, and sea vegetables, as well as melons, strawberries, citrus, lotus root, radish, watercress, lotus root, green tea, chamomile tea, mint tea are some of the best foods to nourish Yin. Fish and seafood are also cooling foods, but most meats are warming.

Here are some suggestions to keep you cool and balanced all summer long. These fruits and vegetables will help your body adjust its temperature and protect you during the long, hot summer days:

  • Watermelon
  • Apricot
  • Cantaloupe
  • Lemon
  • Peach
  • Orange
  • Asparagus
  • Sprouts
  • Bamboo
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Corn
  • Mint
  • Dill
  • Cilantro
  • Cucumber
  • White mushroom
  • Seaweed
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Summer squash
  • Watercress
  • Mung means

Other Helpful Tips for Summer 2020

  • Get grounded (click here for article)
  • Sip on warm Chrysanthemum tea to cool the body down (click here for recipe)
  • Eat in moderation and avoid red meat
  • Avoid dairy, and heavy, greasy, and fried foods
  • Meditate at sunrise

About the Author

authorRene M. Rodriguez is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and board licensed acupuncturist with 20 years experience in alternative natural medicine. He's in private practice in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in digestive disorders, skin conditions, infections, environmental illness, and mind-body health and wellness. For more information, please click here.

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