The season of summer is one of maximum energy and heat. It is represented by the fire element. Nature is in full bloom as the energy moves outward. It is also a time for us to be more outgoing and enjoy being with friends and spending time outdoors.
The fire element rules the heart, mind, and spirit. In Chinese Medicine, the heart is associated with mental activity, memory, emotional well-being, and thought processes. The emotion associated with the fire element is joy. This is a time to relax and enjoy the warm weather.
Some symptoms of imbalance in the fire element are agitation, heartburn, insomnia, and nervousness.
Tips for staying healthy in summer:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Awaken earlier in the morning
- Go to bed later in the evening
- Rest at midday
- eat light, cooling foods
Some foods that help the body stay cool are
- snow peas