There’s something magical about Summer — that time when the warm sun shines until late in the day, the grass is green and lush, large blooms dot the landscape, and the animals scamper about.
An abundant amount of fruits and vegetables are in season, from juicy watermelon and sweet berries to crunchy peppers and pungent garlic. There is a reason why certain foods are harvested in Summer and others are harvested in Spring or Fall. Nature knows best! Eating foods that are in season keeps your body in tune with Nature. In many areas, fresh produce is available at farmer’s markets or farm stands, making it easy to eat according to the season.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Five Element Consciousness Framework, the Heart is the organ that corresponds with the Summer season. And keeping your Heart peaceful and happy is key to your overall well-being.
Key Tips for Summer Heart Health:
- Smile from your Heart: Look in the mirror and smile. Now do it again, and really give yourself a genuine smile—one that makes your whole body tingle. Now that you know what that feels like, practice it on everyone that you see.
- Be peaceful: Carve some time out of your day to meditate, sit peacefully, or simply be in Nature. Let this peaceful feeling wash over you and stay with you throughout your day.
- Trust your intuition: You were born with a powerful gift—the ability to self-heal. Tap into this gift by developing your intuition. Begin to listen to your body. What is it trying to tell you?
- Eat seasonally: There are many foods to choose from in Summer. Eat lighter foods that are cooling in nature, such as watermelon, plum tomatoes, broccoli, and broccoli rabe. You can also add mangoes, cucumbers, and avocado to your dishes.
Have a peaceful Summer!