Seasons change due to the Earth’s movement around the Sun. In the summer, the sun has the strongest impact on us. Since the late Winter, the sun is getting hotter, and the days are getting warmer. Now the sun is at its warmest and we are exposed to some of the hottest longest days of the year. Since the Earth’s internal heat increases, the heat rises to the surface and our bodies lose moisture and accumulate dryness. At the same time, the internal fire of our digestion weakens, and we cannot digest heavy foods!
In the summer season, it is not recommended to eat food with a salty, sharp and sour taste, since they contain heating properties, which will further distress our already warmed bodies. It is necessary for our bodies to keep moisture, therefore, we must consume more light, cool, and moist food. Avoid heavy, fried, fatty foods, a surplus of protein, nuts, and milk because all dairy products are hard to digest. It is also necessary to avoid alcohol due to its warming effect on the body.
In the summer, our body’s strength is weakened. In order to maintain it, your body needs a good night’s sleep. Even the occasional nap during the day is beneficial! It is extremely important to avoid excessive physical and sexual activity, all of which deprive your body of its strength.
During the summer, you need to take care of yourself, so listen to your body’s changes. Pay attention to weather fluctuations because dramatic changes generate great stress! Thus, it is important to eat more vegetables and greens, with half the portion being raw and the other cooked, cereals, berries, and fruit. Meat and fish should be consumed sparingly and with vegetables, should not be fried and should be avoided at night. Additionally, it is vital to drink an abundant amount of water.
Furthermore, it is highly recommended to consume foods that grow in your local area, are fully matured, and are capable of being stored without chemical treatment. Some products affect the body differently depending on the given climate. For example, consuming sweet watermelon, a product of pronounced cooling properties, can disrupt the already weakened digestion in the summer. Therefore, it is very important to follow moderation and establish a coexistence between certain foods and products for the sake of balance.
Digesting food signals the adaptations your body would provide as it learns to cope with its properties and adjusts for future consumption. Essentially, it rebuilds itself and creates a new metabolic structure. What the body cannot absorb soon becomes toxic. The body then begins to store these toxins, which in time, can become a source of chronic disease.
Food, for many people, has turned into an addiction, a habit partly because it is imposed by the world around us. But in order to live healthy, it is better to get used to eating healthy! The habit of unhealthy food should also be eradicated gradually so that the digestive system can adapt to the changing season. Summer is the most favorable period for acquiring new habits in nutrition and expanding the range of foods and dishes!
Take care of yourself and be well.