The Five Seasons

As our bodies live thought the years and seasons, changes happens to us.

Change is the most inevitable, predictability of all.

As the seasons progress, the energetic's of the world change and simultaneously so does the internal world of our body. Synchronising the two are fundamental to better health, while living in the natural realm of these energetic's allow us balance and so preventing disharmony and ill health. Below are some simple ways to stay in season and good health. 

Summer ~ Season of Abundance 

The Fire Element contains the meridians of the Heart, Pericardium, Triple Burner and Small Intestine 

Seasonal Aliments 

  • Excessive perspiration, or lack of perspiration

  • Rashes, hives, or hot skin eruptions

  • Sleep disturbances, insomnia, and restless sleep

  • Palpitations, or an irregular heartbeat

  • Restless, agitated, or explosive energy

  • Inappropriate laughter

  • Anxiety and irrational fears and phobias

 

Seasonal Treatments 

Summer Solstice ~ 20th June

supports, 

  • Cardiovascular health,

  • Circulation, 

  • Lymphatic system,

  • Hormone production and distribution,

  • Mental health, and ability to be oneself

 

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 Foods for the season

Bitter/light/mildly sour flavors, 

Calming and cooling foods
 

  • Vegetables: bitter melon, silk gourd, summer squash, winter melon, cucumber, tomato, eggplant, mushroom, corn, celery, lettuce, endive, dandelion, endive

  • Fruits: honeydew, lemon, berries, plums, cherry, watermelon, elderberry, peach

  • Protein: plant-based protein, mungbean, azuki bean, soy milk, gingko nut, yogurt

  • Carbohydrates: millet, pearl barley, oats

  • Other: ginger, paprika, matcha, coriander, basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme

  • To Limit: alcohol, fried foods, iced coffee, dairy-based ice cream

Late Summer ~ Season of Harvest 

The Earth Element contains the meridians of the Stomach and Spleen

Seasonal Aliments 

  • Excessive mucous, in nose throat and mouth

  • Heavy feelings in body, with achy arms, legs and head

  • Craving sweets!

  • Bloating and indigestion, often with bowel irregularities

  • Metabolic problems including hypoglycemia and diabetes

  • thyroid problems

  • lethargy and lack of energy

  • low self esteem

  • Chronic worry

  • Craving of love and affection

Seasonal Treatments 

Late Summer  ~ 21st August

supports, 

  • Red blood cell production

  • Energy

  • Blood circulation

  • Raynaud's syndrome

  • Muscles

  • Clear thinking & overthinking 

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 Foods for the season

Naturally Sweet flavors

Dampness-reducing,

Cooling, Yellow-toned foods

The most important time for Digestive Health

  • Vegetables: Chinese yam, celtuce, winter melon, carrot, spinach, summer squash, mushroom, celery root, eggplant, zucchini, napa cabbage, fava beans, snap pea, corn, tomato, seaweed

  • Fruits: watermelon, apple, berries, peaches, plums, prunes, banana, cranberry, fig, quince, coconut, pineapple, papaya

  • Protein: lean pork, mungbean, azuki beans, coix seed, soybean, pistachio

  • Carbohydrates: barley, rice, millet, oats, wheat

  • Other: early summer foods also applies

  • To Limit: iced beverage, fried or high-fat foods, very sweet foods, alcoholic beverage

autumnal good food guide 

  • Vegetables: cauliflower, snow fungus, shiitake mushroom, sweet potato, Chinese yam, parsnip, lotus root, spinach, brussel sprouts, pumpkin, soybean sprouts, leek, broccoli sprouts, water chestnut, fennel, onion, watercress, chestnut

  • Fruits: apple, tangerine, pear, golden kiwi, guava, sugar cane, persimmon, peach, pomelo, fig, ginkgo nu

  • Protein: silken tofu, duck egg, duck, river fish, crab, black bean, sesame

  • Carbohydrates: glutinous rice, oats, red rice
     

  • Other: honey, spices, tahini, rice wine, extra virgin oils

  • To Limit: crackers, chips, dry or baked goods

Autumn

Lung health

 

Metal element

seasonal aliments and treatments 
 

​Aromatic flavors

autumn solstice

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winter season of stillness hibination 

Kidney health

 

Water Element

 

Salty and Sweet flavors
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  • Vegetables: scallion, garlic, carrot, root vegetables, fennel, leek, chestnut, potato, radish, winter bamboo shoot, cooked cabbage, mushroom, asparagus, Chinese yam

  • Fruits: grape, pomelo, tangerine, mulberry, apple

  • Protein: black soybean, walnut, black sesame, sunflower seeds, hempseed, bone broth, lamb, beef, venison

  • Carbohydrates: black rice, purple rice, glutinous millet, glutinous rice, rye bread, whole wheat flour

  • Others: miso, ginger, alcohol, wine, spices, black tea

  • To Limit: iced/cold beverages, raw foods, cold/cooling herbs

winter solstice

seasonal aliments and treatments 
 

Symptoms Associated With Imbalances in Water

  •  Lower back pain—chronic or acute

  • Knee pain and weakness

  • Problems with urinary retention

  • Fatigue and shortness of breath

  • Vertigo or dizziness

  • Sexual problems, including lack of excitement, premature ejaculation, vaginal dryness

  • Anxiety and excessive fear

  • High blood pressure and/or occipital headaches

  • Inflexibility and resistance to change

spring renewal season

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Spring DietSour/sweet flavors are recommended
 
  • Vegetables: artichoke, eggplant, dark leafy vegetables, Chinese yam,  Chinese chives, radish, spring bamboo shoots, shiso leaves, celery, purslane, micro-greens, garlic, green onions, sprouts, cilantro

  • Fruits: currants, tangerine, citrus fruits, grapefruit, kiwi, rhubarb

  • Protein:  free-range egg, chicken, shrimp, white fish, rabbit

  • Carbohydrates: wheat bran, rye spelt, brown rice, sprouted rice
     

  • Other: vinegar, white wine, green tea

  • To Limit: over indulgence of alcohol, spicy foods

seasonal aliments and treatments 

Problems Associated With Imbalances in the Wood Element

    • Muscle tension, prone to have tendon and ligament injuries

    • Sciatica (radiating pain from lower back into buttocks and down the leg)

    • Headaches, especially migraines

    • Irritability and outbursts of anger

    • Visual disturbances

    • Menstrual irregularities, PMS, fibroids

    • Digestive disturbances, including heartburn (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers

    • High blood pressure, with tendency toward atherosclerosis