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How Summer Effects Your Health

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During the long days of summer, abundant sunshine and warm temperatures nurture the luxuriant growth and full maturation of plants. All around us gardens blossom and bear fruit.
One of the ancient writings of Chinese medicine, the Inner Classic, suggests that this time of the year expresses the Yang principles—expansion, growth, outward activity, lightness and creativity.
The flowers and fruits of our gardens are bursting in abundance. Everything is maturing and at the high point of growth. This is also the time of year for us to be at a high point of our outdoor activities and recreation. It is important to understand that as the seasons flow within the natural world, they also flow within us.
During this time of year you may have more physical energy and feel the desire to garden, play sports, go hiking in the woods, or take long walks. Let the sun’s energy, nourish and reinvigorate you.
Rise early, stretch and reach toward the sun. Like the plants in your garden, let the bounty and the warmth of the outside world enter and enliven you.
Whether we are aware of it or not, each season can have a profound influence upon our health and well-being. According to the ancient principles of Chinese medicine, our heart and small intestine are most active, alive and accessible to health, healing and development at this time of year. If we do not learn to flow with the changes, as nature does, illness can occur.
The information contained within is only used to educate and inform. This is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.

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