Improve Your Health: Summer Nutrition The TCM Way

In traditional Chinese medicine, the summer season, also known as the season of the yang, is all about being active in nature and in your everyday lives. In TCM, all seasons are linked to environmental elements: (spring/wind, summer/heat, autumn/dryness, and winter/cold). The fire element, which is symbolic for maximum activity and is a time of outgoingness and being active in nature and in your everyday life. During the summer season it is required to get the most out of your diet, so it is time to eat foods that promote energy and also eat cooling foods that will help to balance out the heat. Also, the mind, heart, and spirit is ruled by the fire element.



Just like in the environment, heat rises and dries moisture, so it is important include cooling foods into your system.


Signs of excessive heat in the body:

  • Red face
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Fever
  • High blood pressure
  • Headache



Dampness occurs when the body suffers from over-nutrition, overthinking, and under exercising. The main key to avoid dampness is to not eat the wrong food but also eating too much of the right food can also cause dampness.


Foods that cause dampness:

  • Dairy products
  • Pork and rich meats
  • Wheat bread
  • Bananas
  • Sweeteners


Summer is the best season to introduce cooler foods into your diet. Chinese nutrition classifies certain foods according to its energy, temperature, and to strengthen the body. Cool/cold foods can also reduce toxins, clear heat, and generate body fluids.


Foods To Eat During The Summer:


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



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