Top 5 Summer Prep Tips from Traditional Chinese Medicine

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), summer is a season of abundant yang energy and warmth. Here are some practices and tips to optimize your body and prepare for summer:

    1. Stay Hydrated:


As the weather gets warmer, it's important to stay hydrated to support your body's functions and prevent dehydration. Opt for cool or room temperature water, herbal teas, and hydrating foods like cucumbers, watermelons, and citrus fruits

    2. Protect from Excessive Heat:

    Protect your body from excessive heat during summer. Limit exposure to direct sunlight, especially during the hottest hours of the day. Wear loose, breathable clothing, and use natural sun protection like hats and lightweight, long-sleeved garments.

    3. Balance the Heart:


    The Heart is associated with the summer season in TCM. It's important to support heart health during this time. Practice stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation

    4. Stay Active Outdoors:

    Take advantage of the longer days and pleasant weather by engaging in outdoor activities. Summer is a great time for activities like swimming, walking, hiking, and practicing Qi Gong or Tai Chi in nature. Stay active while enjoying the benefits of fresh air and sunlight.

      5. Prioritize Restful Sleep:

      Adequate restful sleep is vital for overall well-being. During summer, aim for a cool and comfortable sleep environment. Establish a consistent sleep routine and ensure you get enough quality sleep to support your body's rejuvenation. 

      With all these tips in mind, you'll be sure to have a relaxing and restful summer amidst the sheer heat!

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