The warmth of the summer and long days provide the best climate for accessing a deeper level of healing. We can break through cycles of symptoms in a couple of months, that would take much longer in the colder seasons.
Symptoms and Food
Symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, menstrual disorders and nagging neck and shoulder pain may increase during the summer months.
Our dietary needs also change during the Summer. In the winter I recommend eating very little raw or cold food, as it injures our digestion and can slow metabolism. But during the summer, we may increase our intake of salads, the occasional smoothie and moist, nourishing fruits like berries and stone fruits. Adding in foods like mung beans, sprouts, melon and cucumber can cool and nourish the Yin of the body, aiding in soothing symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats and irritability. Moistening foods like goat cheese, kefir and seaweeds are also lovely for anxiety and as an addition to a healing plan for neck and shoulder discomfort.
Summer is the time to dig deep, to challenge our body, because it will return and bounce back with increased fortitude in the cold months.