Summer Healing with Summer Foods

On the summer solstice, June 21, the sun rises the earliest and sets the latest, giving us the longest day and the shortest night of the year. 

Summer is a time of joy, celebration, expansiveness, connectedness, reaching outward as we thrive on the sun’s light and the increase in yang energy. Take advantage with outdoor exercise, socializing and travel. 

The organs and tissues associated with  summer are the heart, small intestine, gums, tongue, blood vessels and blood. 

Our heart is the center of compassion and stores the spirit, reflected in the brightness of the eyes and  is associated with insight, love, faith and creativity.

-Summer Foods-

Some foods that remove residues of fat and cholesterol from the arteries: Mung beans, mung bean sprouts, sunflower sprouts, soybeans, tofu, tempeh, lentils and other legumes and peas, rye, oats, hot peppers, garlic, onion, scallion, cabbage, spinach, dandelion greens, kale, broccoli, parsley, asparagus, bell pepper, rosehip, tomato, citrus, celery, seaweeds, cucumber, almonds, walnut, sardine, Salomon, raw honey, cayenne, peppermint, ginger

Good Foods for summer: apples, watermelon, salads, sprouts, fruit, cucumber, lemons, limes. Hot spicy food including cayenne, hot peppers, fresh ginger, horseradish, black pepper.

Foods to Avoid: Avoid heavy foods in summer – meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, fatty food

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