The Ultimate Nourishing Guide to Lixia (Beginning of Summer)!
Lixia (Beginning of Summer) is the first Solar Term in Summer. At this time of the year, temperature rises, so does your heart rate and your temper flourish. It is easier to feel irritable and restless, prone to insomnia, oral ulcers, and other symptoms. Therefore, it is important to nourish the heart and mind.
立夏 · 物候
Grasshopper cries, earthworms emerge, melon grows, vegetable blooms.
During this time, cherries are red and ripe, plantains are fresh and green, the lotus pond is fuming with wind under cooling night rain.
With Spring coming to an end, it represents the beginning of Summer in the 24 Solar Terms. So, what are some of the ways to maintain and nourish our health?
First key point to nourish during Summer is to follow the sun, sleep during nighttime and wake up early! During Summertime, days are long, and nights are short, so we should follow the schedule of the sun to adapt to nature. Feel free to take a nap during the day if you have insufficient sleep time at night.
The second key point is to keep a calm, cheerful and happy mindset. As temperature rises, the human body will react to the high temperature and will have symptoms such as irritability, depression or even anger. It is important to maintain a calm mindset and not be agitated in case of any trouble that may arise.
In additional to maintaining a vigorous and upward mentality, exercising is very suitable to maintain healthy mindset, you can try the Hua Tuo “Five Forms of Animal Mimic Boxing,” among the five animals, the “Ape form” movement are mostly “peep, look, grasp, vertical, dodge, jump.” These movements are agile and swift, primary training the pulse and mind, dredge the heart and small intestine, nourish the heart, and strengthen the brain. Practicing these moves regularly during Lixia can achieve a very good effect of nourishing one’s mind.
立夏饮食 Lixia Diet
What to eat during Lixia? The qi in the heart is connected to the Summertime, which is conducive to the physiological activities. To maintain a healthy heart, it is necessary to adapt to changes in Solar Term. Frequent eating of nuts such as dried fruits, almonds, pecans, and peanuts can help protect the heart. In early Summer, the yang energy prevails outside, and the yin energy resides inside. It is advised to adapt a lighter diet, you can eat luffa, bitter melon, etc. In mid-Summer, you can nourish and replenish your heart and calm the nerves by consuming red dates, lotus seeds, lilies, etc. In the morning and evening, it is ideal to consume porridge and soup to quench thirst, relieve heat, invigorate the spleen, and dispel dampness.
Longan Porridge: 25 grams of longan and red dates, 100 grams of japonica rice. This can nourish the heart, spleen, blood, and calm the nerves. It is especially suitable for stressed, weak body, and irregular menstruation. Adding Chinese Angelica can also nourish blood.
Radix Salvia Red Date Tea: Drink Red Dates and Radix Salvia tea will protect the cardiovascular system and improve heart function.
Brewing method is as follow: 5 grams of sliced Radix Salvia, 4~5 Red Dates, add hot water and drink together. (It is best to break apart the red dates when brewing)
静养心神 Calm Your Mind
The heart yang is most vigorous in Summer, and it is easy to be irritable, insomnia, and lose temper during this time. Pay attention to your spiritual health, you can meditate for peace of mind and pure heart. Choosing activities like painting, calligraphy, listening to music, playing chess, planting, etc., they can help adjust the spirit, keep your mood calm and comfortable.
立夏养生保护心脏的护心食物 Types of Hearty Foods
Avocados are considered as healthy fats for our body, add some avocados if you are making salad. Moreover, avocado allows you to take in a variety of carotenoids at the same time, especially beta carotene and lycopene, which play a vital role in our health system.
Soybeans can help reduce cholesterol, and the content of saturated fatty acids is very low. It is an important source of high-quality protein for a healthy heart. Eating tofu and drinking soy milk are both great choices for consuming soybeans. In addition, legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and kidney beans all contain a lot of fiber, and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and soluble fiber.
The lutein, folic acid, potassium, and fiber contained in spinach can help the heart maintain a healthy state. It is healthy for your heart to consume vegetables. A study found that compared with people who do not eat vegetables, and people who ate two and a half servings of vegetables a day had a 25% lower risk of heart disease.
Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, a small amount of consumption has a great benefit for heart health. A bowl of oatmeal or whole grain porridge, plus a little flaxseed, is the best heart-healthy breakfast.
橄榄油（茶油）Olive Oil (Tea Oil)
Olive oil (tea oil) contains the highest unsaturated fatty acids in edible oils, which can effectively reduce the content of “bad cholesterol” in the body, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. You should choose extra virgin oils as much as possible because the minimum processing procedures ensure that nutrients are not lost.
Here is another quick tip, from 7pm ~ 9pm, be sure to relax during those hours. Because between 7pm ~ 9pm, this is the time for pericardial detoxification. This is a period of vigorous blood circulation. Detoxification can be done by tapping the pericardium meridian or the elbow socket of the arm, which can effectively strengthen the blood supply capacity of the heart and the blood circulation of the brain.
In addition, you can also massage the middle finger because the middle finger corresponds to the pericardial meridian, and the movement of the middle finger can move the pericardial meridian.