August 31, 2017







Friday Soup Series- Water Chestnut Soup with Corn Silk and Carrot

Ever find yourself experiencing more allergies, eczema or rash than usual during the summer or when you’ve eaten more hot-natured foods? Most of these issues are related to dampness and heat. When it’s so hot or after being in the sun, your skin temperature will also increase and your blood circulation will speed up leading to additional sweating. This causes the allergic reaction and itchy. When you have external heat and humid during the summer added with poor dietary habits, such as frequent consumption of spicy oily hot-natured foods, it will lead to internal heat. Combining internal and external heat and dampness, it can easily lead to skin allergies. So when the weather is so hot, it’s important to appropriately clear heat and remove dampness. Try this vegetarian soup for this exact purpose!
Ingredients: Fresh corn silk 80g (about 2 catties), 1 ear of corn, 2 carrots, 8-10 water chestnuts, 3 figs
Preparation method: Rinse ingredients thoroughly. Remove husk from corn, peel carrots, and cut both into pieces. Peel the water chestnuts. Combine ingredients with 2000ml of water in a pot, and place over high heat until the water boils. Switch to low heat and simmer for 1 additional hour. Add salt to taste.
Effects: Clears heat, promotes diuresis and relieves swelling. Alleviates swelling, bad breath, indigestion, and difficulty passing stool. Not suitable for those with asthenic cold stomach and spleen or those prone to stomache and diarrhea.

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