May 5, 2022

【是日立夏】

立夏代表夏天正式來臨,晝長夜短,氣溫升高。夏天屬火,火氣通於心,所以夏天宜養心,減慢生活節奏,正所謂「心靜自然涼」,避免進行太激烈的活動,宜選擇行山、散步、慢步等較溫和的運動,以避免大量出汗,運動後要多喝水即時補充水分。飲食宜清淡,有助調養胃氣,抵禦暑熱的侵襲。並且適量進食酸味食物,因為酸性收斂,可預防流汗過多而耗氣傷陰,同時又能生津止渴、健胃消食。

立夏養生重點:「清心降火,健脾養胃」

百香果:開胃、生津潤燥
薄荷:疏散風熱、透疹
綠茶:清熱、生津止渴

百香果薄荷綠茶
功效:清熱生津,紓緩口臭、多眼垢、小便偏黃等症狀。
材料:百香果1個、薄荷數片、綠茶茶包1個、蜂蜜適量
做法:
1. 綠茶茶包加暖水沖泡約3分鐘,切開百香果挖出果肉,加入綠茶中拌勻。
2. 薄荷葉洗淨加入綠茶中攪拌,按個人喜好加入適量蜂蜜拌勻即可。

‘Li Xia’(Start of Summer solar term) marks the beginning of summer. The day gets longer while the night gets shorter, and the temperature warmer. Summer belongs to the sign of fire, and heat would affect the heart. Hence, it is crucial to take care of the heart during this season.

Try adjusting to a less hectic lifestyle, and avoid physically demanding activities especially when directly under the sun. Instead, opt for moderate activities such as hiking, strolling, and slow-walking.

Avoid sweating buckets, and drink a lot of water to rehydrate the body. Eating clean can help regulate the qi in the stomach and can in turn strengthen our defense mechanism against the summer heat.

Also, consume foods that are sour in taste because it can prevent the exhaustion of the yin energy when we sweat. At the same time, sour food can also induce salivation, quench thirst, strengthen the stomach, and clear gastrointestinal stagnation.

Healthy living during Start of Summer Solar Term:
“Clear heart and reduce heat, strengthen the spleen and stomach”

Passion fruit: increases appetite, induces salivation and relieves dryness
Mint: dispels wind-heat and relieves rashes
Green tea: clears heat, promotes fluid production and quenches thirst

Green tea with mint and passion fruit
Effects: Clears heat and induces salivation. Relieves bad breath, eye stains and yellowish urine.
Ingredients: 1 passion fruit, a few pieces of mint, 1 green tea tea bag, honey to taste
Preparation:
1. Brew the green tea tea bag with warm water for 3 minutes. Cut the passion fruit in half and take out the flesh. Add into the green tea.
2. Rinse the mint leaves. Add into the green tea and stir. Add honey to taste.

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