In the eyes of an acupuncturist, seasons are a big impact on physical and emotional wellness. To maximize your full health, take a page out of the self-care tips that acupuncturists use themselves for their best health.
– More hydration, less ice
Drinking plenty of water is always important, however, acupuncturists advise that cold water can bring an icy shock for the digestive system, particularly the stomach. This can add to digestive woes. Stick to room-temperature water instead.
– Choose watermelon
In Chinese culture, watermelon is always chosen in the summer months to help keep the body cool. Plus, it’s sweet so it tastes like a treat but is incredibly good for you.
– Use the right spices
Certain spices and seasonings have a cooling effect on the body that will prevent you from overheating. Fennel, cilantro, and cumin are just a few of them. They add bold flavors and help beat the heat.
– Stretch it out
Stretching is always good for your body, but in the summer, the Yang energy in the body is the most vibrant. As the body is warmer, it helps your qi circulate. Many people tend to sit around in the heat because of their discomfort, and if you’re one of them, acupuncturists advise that you get up and boost that circulation.
– Find the joy in your life
According to traditional Chinese medicine practices, the heart is associated with summer. Joy is the emotion associated with the heart and it’s advised for you to seek out the things that bring you joy. It could be appreciating nature around you, building the relationships you have, and doing anything that makes you feel good inside and out. This joy is stored with you to fulfill your heart through the other seasons.
– Make some tea
Refreshing herbal teas like jasmine, green tea, or chrysanthemum having a cooling effect on the mind and body. If you don’t want to drink something hot, enjoy it when it cools instead. These also contain plentiful antioxidants to head off environmental aggressors that are strongest during summer. Do one even better and go for pure peppermint tea as peppermint is the best for cooling your inner temperature and helping you handle the heat.
– Stick your toes in the sand
Harmonize with the earth by doing what acupuncturists call grounding. Whether you put your bare feet in the grass, the ocean waters, or in the sand, it reconnects you to the earth. You can also make this connection by gardening when you put your hands under the surface of the soil.
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