Top 3 Chinese diet foods for Summer Solstice 夏至养生食谱 Rational Health Care Tips for Summer

In Summer Solstice, due to strong heat absorption by ground and air convection, thunder showers that come and go quickly occur a lot between noon and dusk. Because rainfalls during this period are limited to a low range, people usually call them "raining within one field."
A famous poet of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Liu Yuxi(刘禹锡), described this kind of weather in one of his poems  "the eastern sky is sunny while the western is rainy; it is thought to be rainy but the sun is still in the sky." 
 After summer solstice, most areas enter into midsummer and hot whether comes frequently sometimes reaching about 40°. As the saying is "First Yin occurs at summer solstice"(夏至一阴生), that is to say, in this solar term, Yin grows although it is hot, and makes people weak and vulnerable to disease processes. Therefore in this solar term, rational health care is very important. Ji Kang (Chinese嵇康; 223–262) wrote in Health Care Theory: "It is more important to do prana yama and meditation as if it is full of ice and snow in heart; scorching heat can be reduced by my peaceful mood. Never regard the heat as heat or it will generate more heat. "That tells people to adjust their breath and practice Qigong to make a peaceful and easy mood, imaging there is ice and snow in the heart that you will never feel hot any more; you should never be disturbed by the hot whether that would make you feel hotter.
 In midsummer, most people suffer from hypodynamia, headache and light head; more seriously, it will affect daily life and work. Firstly, this is because high temperature makes people eliminate heat by perspiration which cause a lot of water loss in the body. If no timely water replenishing is applied, blood volume would reduce and brain will suffer from lack of blood that causes headache. Secondly, the periphery vein expands, and more blood flows to periphery whose reallocation will lower down the blood pressure and cause headache. Someone who has poor sleep, weak spleen and stomach, or poor appetite will also suffer from headache. Those who like to drink cold water will suffer from so-called cold-drink headache. The patient with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular or urinary system diseases should pay attention to strengthening health care.
Moreover, it is an excellent chance to treat the winter diseases (such as chronic tracheitis, bronchitis, etc.) in summer. These patients should take active in treatment to achieve maximum results with little effort. Feel free to call Oriental Acupuncture Clinic at 416-800-3978 for free consultation.

At the end you will find out the top 3 Chinese foods for the summer healthy diet, especially for those who has poor appetite , weak spleen and stomach. So go through all these Chinese ancient poems about the summer solstice first...^-^




1、荷叶茯苓粥(Lotus leaf tuckhoe porridge):
[配料] 荷叶1张(鲜、干均可),茯苓50克,粳米或小米100克,白糖适量。
[做法] 先将荷叶煎汤去渣,把茯苓、洗净的粳米或小米加入药汤中,同煮为粥,出锅前将白糖入锅。
[功效] 清热解暑,宁心安神,止泻止痢(对心血管疾病、神经衰弱者亦有疗效)。
2、凉拌莴笋(Salad Celtuce or Stem Lettuce):
[配料] 鲜莴笋350克,葱、香油、味精、盐、白糖各适量。
[做法] 莴笋洗净去皮,切成长条小块,盛入盘内加精盐搅拌,腌1小时,滗去水分,加入味精、白糖拌匀。将葱切成葱花撒在莴笋上,锅烧热放入香油,待油热时浇在葱花上,搅拌均匀即可。
[功效] 利五脏,通经脉。
3、奶油冬瓜球(Creamy winter melon balls):
[配料] 冬瓜500克,炼乳20克,熟火腿10克,精盐、鲜汤、香油、水淀粉、味精各适量。
[做法] 冬瓜去皮,洗净削成见圆小球,入沸水略煮后,倒入冷水使之冷却。将冬瓜球排放在大碗内,加盐、味精、鲜汤上笼用武火蒸30分钟取出。把冬瓜球复入盆中,汤倒入锅中加炼乳煮沸后,用水淀粉勾芡,冬瓜球入锅内,淋上香油搅拌均匀,最后撒上火腿末出锅即成。
[功效] 清热解毒,生津除烦,补虚损,益脾胃。

Health Benefits Of Winter Melon -top chinese diet food

Boost Vision: A significant amount of research has linked vision problems to a deficiency in riboflavin, more commonly known as vitamin B2. Winter melon also has very high levels of vitamin B2, more than 11% of your daily requirement in a single serving. By increasing the amount of vitamin B2 in your system, you can reduce your chances of eye disorders, while the antioxidants found in winter melon help to reduce oxidative stress in the retina and macular degeneration.
Protect the Heart: With high levels of potassium and vitamin C, winter melon is a tried and true protector of cardiovascular health. Potassium functions as a vasodilator, meaning that it can help to lower blood pressure by releasing tension in the blood vessels and arteries, letting blood flow more freely. This makes it more difficult to develop atheroslcerosis, which can compound heart issues and increase your risk of coronary heart disease. Furthermore, vitamin C has been directly linked to reduced chances of a stroke.
Improve Immunity: With more than 19% of your daily vitamin C requirements in a single serving, winter melon is a powerful immune system booster. Vitamin C can stimulate the production of white blood cells, and also acts as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals and prevent the mutation of health cells. Winter melon also boasts a decent amount of zinc, which is another critical component to immune system health.
Stimulate Growth and Development: Most people only think of vitamin C as an immune system booster, but in fact, vitamin C performs a number of key functions in the body. Perhaps most importantly, it is a component in the production of collagen, which is one of the basic building blocks of cells, tissues, muscles, bones and blood vessels. If you are still in developmental stages of your life, or recovering from an injury/illness, you want high levels of vitamin C to provide raw materials for growth and repair. Winter melon delivers that vitamin C in a major way!
Digestive Health: Dietary fiber is an important part of any healthy diet, as it can optimize digestion and prevent many unfortunate gastrointestinal issues, including constipation, bloating, cramping, hemorrhoids, and general stomach upset. Dietary fiber can also improve the nutrient uptake efficiency of the gut, along with reducing cholesterol levels in the cardiovascular system!
Increase Energy Levels: Taking in the right nutrients is one thing, but being able to properly use them is another. Vitamin B2 plays an important part in human metabolism, ensuring that the nutrients are converted into usable energy. Along with its many other impacts on hormonal balance and health, the high level of vitamin B2 found in winter melon keeps us functioning and using nutrients efficiently!
Cognitive Function: The significant level of iron found in winter melon makes it an ideal solution for increasing circulation to extremities of the body. Iron is a key component in the production of red blood cells, so when you have more iron, you have better circulation of fresh, healthy and oxygenated blood. This means that winter melon can not only protect against the symptoms of anemia, but also ensure proper blood flow to the brain, which can increase concentration, focus and memory.
Detoxify the Body: In traditional medicine, winter melon is often used as a diuretic, which can help to detoxify the body. Urination eliminates excess toxins, fats, salts and water from the body, so any vegetable that can induce that detoxification will help your liver and kidney perform at optimal levels.

Weight Loss: Winter melon is often praised as a weight loss tool, because it is high in fiber and relatively low in calories. This popular vegetable will make you feel full, thus reducing between-meal snacking and overeating, without pushing your calorie intake for the day over certain limits. The rich blend of minerals and nutrients also promotes muscle growth and a stronger metabolism, thereby compounding the weight loss effects.


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