Chinese believe that the hottest days in summer easily cause discomfort and chronic ailments. Consuming certain summer foods ahead of such periods, however, can counteract this and prepare the body for combat.
1. Mung beans
Summer is the season for eating more fruits and vegetables.
Mung beans can detoxify the chemicals that remain in the body after consuming them. They can speed up intestinal movement and improve your appetite. Mung bean soup can lower the heat from a fever more rapidly than anti-fever medicine in some cases.
2. Bitter melon
The charantin in bitter melon functions like insulin and can induce insulin excretion. Bitter melon can lower the concentration of triglycerides and low density lipoprotein so as to alleviate arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure.
Summer is a peak season for hand, foot, and mouth diseases in children. If infected, feed them bitter melon dipped in honey. It can boost their immune systems to fight against viruses.
Eating bitter melon regularly can reduce color spots and lighten up your complexion.
The heat from the sun can damage your skin. The lycopene in tomatoes can reduce the absorption of UV rays by the skin and help prevent sunburn.
Drinking beer in summer is cooling. Eating tomatoes while drinking can protect the liver, on the one hand, and help you sober up more quickly, on the other.
High temperatures in the summer can tire you out. Regular consumption of tomatoes can reduce free radicals in your body and help it not get tired as easily.
High temperatures in the summer cause the lungs to expand and puff up. This can induce more phlegm and coughing, which can take a long time to rectify and get back to normal. Eating plenty of carrots can boost your respiratory system and hasten recovery.
Black circles under your eyes are prone to appear from restless sleep in the summer. Carrots can diminish those unwanted circles, as well as vision, with its beta carotene. Studies even show that vision impairment can drop 40 percent by regularly eating carrots.
Body nutrients are lost more quickly in summer, which can result in anemia. The carotene and potassium in carrots can promote making more blood in the body and improve the condition.
5. Green tea
Germs multiply in mass in summer. Your oral cavity is a place that is full of germs, and that’s why people are often seen suffering from pharyngitis and gum pain. Green tea is good for reducing oral inflammatory diseases.
Green tea is also a good source anti-aging substances and is good for the skin.
To combat the heat, people often consume raw or cold food in the summer, which makes them prone to acute diarrheal diseases. Consuming a ginger drink with raw ginger slices can help alleviate the problem.
Ginger’s gingerol can improve blood circulation, open up your pores, and hasten sweating. This drastically reduces body heat, helping to avoid heat-stroke attack.
Summer air contains more moisture. A higher intake of water in the summer also makes the body damp and moist, which is a condition fit for germ and virus growth. Eating ginger can expel excessive dampness internally.
7. Dragon fruit
Dragon fruit is rich in vitamin A, which is vital for healthy retinas. Regular consumption of it can correct vision problems and improve eyesight.
It is a must-have food if you have acne, freckles, and facial scar problems.
It is also good for allergic skin. Eating more dragon fruit and staying away from irritating food can help improve bad skin conditions.
8. Lotus seeds
If you find it hard to fall asleep in summer, you can have a lotus seed drink after dinner. It makes you sleep more easily and improves sleep quality.
If you are easily irritated by the summer weather, a lotus seed drink can calm you down and help you focus.
The alkaloid in lotus seeds is good for the heart, especially for preventing arrhythmia and myocardial ischemia.
Seaweed is full of fiber, which can help regulate intestinal movements and excretion. It removes free fatty acids, helping the body to lose weight and detoxify.
Seaweed also cleans out the cholesterol deposited on vein and artery walls, which can prevent vascular sclerosis.
Excessive secretion of estrogen can lead to mammary gland hyperplasia. Seaweed can lower the estrogen level in the body and help prevent this excessive growth.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.
Translated by Cecilia