Ah, warm weather; the time for shorts and bikinis and for socializing outdoors. Beach bodies start with good health. When we feel good on the inside we look good on the outside. Good energy comes from taking care of ourselves first. Below you will find a few tips to keep you happy, healthy, and feeling incredibly HOT as the temperature warms up!
DRINK PLENTY OF REFRESHING LIQUIDS
Fire is the element associated with summer. Fire and heat, as nice as they sound after winter, can scorch the fluids in our bodies, leaving us dehydrated, constipated, and parched! In TCM balance is the cornerstone of good health. The yang energies of warm temperature must be balanced with yin energies. Be sure to consume tons of good quality water, natural juices (unsweetened) and iced teas. Cucumbers, watermelons, pearl barley, and seafood are cooler food choices, great for summer.
Bye bye to bumpy bums! Cupping is a great treatment for reducing the appearance of cellulite and increasing immunity. Because cupping improves lymphatic circulation and fluid movement throughout the body, it is great for treating cellulite. Fortunately, skin discoloration rarely occurs when treating this area which can be common in other cupping treatments.
EAT AROUND THE SAME TIME DAILY
Tick’ Tock it's snack o’ clock! Eating every day at the same time conditions our digestive system to function at its best. Recent studies by the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society claim that individuals who eat at the same time every day had healthier blood pressure readings and healthier Body mass Index (a way of measuring obesity). So take advantage of the fresh summer produce and pack yourself some healthy snacks to avoid the vending machine urges.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN
Fall, winter, spring, summer… glowing skin is always in! Despite the temptations to spend every second in the sun, UV rays can be extremely damaging. Protecting the skin from the sun during year round is of vital importance to maintain healthy skin. Two foods great for general skin health include goji berries and pearl barley. Topical skin protection, such as shea butter, will also aid in keeping your skin well nourished and protected from the harmful rays of the sun. To ensure you are getting the best advice for your skin, always consult your Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor about the various available formulas and treatments.
Hopefully, some of these tips are useful to you. Enjoy the warm weather 😊
Dr. Laurel Stuart
Dr. Stuart offers Acupuncture, Acu-Cupping, Facial Rejuvenation and other treatments at LIV Yoga+Wellness. She has her doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Diploma in Western and Eastern Integrated Massage.
Learn more about Laurel on her website: www.painandstressreliefcalgary.com