处暑如何养生？How to nourish during End of Heat (the 14th of 24 Solar Terms)?
多吃清热安神食物 少辛多鲜 Consume fresh, heat-clearing, and less pungent foods
The temperature differences between morning and evening increases during End of Heat, which is a season of high incidence of gastrointestinal diseases. It is advisable to increase consumption of foods that clear and soothe the nerves, such as white fungus, lily bulbs, lotus seeds, kelp, celery, spinach, pears, rock sugar, duck meat, and other moisturizing foods. Try to consume less spicy and fried food to avoid aggravating autumn dryness.
End of Heat diet should be kept light. To eliminate fatigue, you should eat less greasy meat and more fresh fruits and vegetables, especially tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, grapes, pears, and other foods rich in vitamin.
Consume more dark colored vegetables, especially leafy greens, and orange-yellow vegetables. In summer, to dispel the heat and cool down, the fruits and vegetables that people eat are generally melons. However, the carotene content in these fruits and vegetables is low, which easily leads to the reduction of the skin’s resistance. Orange-yellow vegetables and green leafy vegetables are rich in carotene, such as carrots, spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, etc. It is recommended to consume more of these types of fruits and vegetables during autumn.
秋燥易生病 Autumn dryness is prone to these diseases
- 燥在肺：易伤肺 Dryness in lungs, prone to damaged lungs
After End of Heat, air will gradually become drier, lungs are fond of moisture and dislike dryness, it is more likely to cause lungs damage during this time.
解决方法：百合大枣粥 Solution: Lily Red Dates Porridge
Lily bulbs has the effects of nourishing yin and lungs, clearing the heart and calming nerves; red dates have the effects of nourishing yin, nourishing lungs, nourishing stomach, and producing body fluid; rice nourishes qi and invigorating the spleen, and when the three ingredients are cooked into porridge, which can nourish yin, moisturize dryness, nourish the lungs, and nourish the heart. The function of invigorating the spleen and promoting body fluid is very suitable for consumption in dry autumn.
- 燥在肠：大便干结 Dryness in intestines, prone to dry stools
Autumn dry is manifested in the intestines and stomach, prone to poor digestion leads to dry stools.
解决方法：吃点陈皮 Solution: Dried Tangerine Peel
Because tangerine peel has a certain damp-drying effect, people with qi deficiency, dry cough, and stomach heat should consume more. Most people can consume once a week, not recommended for long term consumption.
- 燥在鼻：鼻出血 Dryness in the nose, prone to nosebleed
Autumn is prone to rhinitis, the weather in autumn is sometimes cold and sometimes hot, and the nasal mucosa is easy to dry, and many people are prone to problems such as epistaxis and rhinitis.
解决方法：祛燥按“迎香” Solution: Ying Xiang acupoint
Pressing Ying Xiang acupoint has the functions of clearing heat and dispelling wind, removing dryness, and moisturizing lungs, and clearing nose and orifices. Ying Xiang point is located about 0.5 inches from the outer edge of the nose, in the nasolabial fold. Before begin massaging, relax the whole body, touch the tip of the tongue to the upper palate, point the tip of the middle finger of both hands to Ying Xiang acupuncture point, and when you feel soreness, then rub both middle and index finger pads for 20-30 times. It is normal to feel sore, and warm when massaging acupoint.
- 燥在咽：咽喉肿痛 Dryness in the throat, prone to sore throat
It is very easy to have lung irritability and lung heat in autumn, and the most common disease is swelling and sore throat. Children belong to the pure yang body type, which is more likely to damage the yin and fluid, so this happens more especially to children.
解决方法：芦根荸荠煮水喝 Solution: Boil Rhizoma Phragmitis and Water Chestnut water and consume
- 燥在眼: 眼睛干涩 Dryness in eyes, prone to dry eyes
The autumn is dry, and it hurts the yin and fluid, so some people will obviously have dry eyes. At this time, many people will buy eye drops, but this will not only have no health care effect but may also make the eyes drier.
解决方法：泡杯石斛茶 Solution: Brew a cup of Dendrobium Tea
Dendrobium has a strong function of nourishing yin and nourishing liver, so it has been used as a good product for eye care by Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors thru out Chinese dynasties. It can be used as a prescription for eye protection and health care daily. Simply use it to brew tea.
Note: Dendrobium is cold in nature. People with deficiency of the spleen and stomach, often accompanied by abdominal distension and abdominal pain, long-term use may aggravate the deficiency and cold, so it cannot be used alone. A small amount of Dendrobium can be added with medlar to make tea. It is recommended to consult a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner before use.
三个改变 巧对多事之秋 As easy as three changes, can nicely live thru the eventful autumn
常吃养胃食物 Consume stomach nourishing foods
Gastrointestinal diseases are high in autumn, and frequent eating of fat and sweet food will make the fragile stomach and intestines worse. It is advisable to consume more stomach nourishing foods, such as pumpkin, millet, cabbage, papaya and so on. Fermented foods such as yogurt and tempeh are rich in nutrients and easy to digest and are also suitable for consumption during that time.
每天吃一小把坚果 Eat a handful of nuts every day
As the saying goes, “Eat buds in spring, melons in summer, fruits in autumn, and roots in winter.” Autumn is also a good time to eat peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, and other nuts. Consuming nuts regularly can protect heart health and obtain vitamin E and a variety of trace elements.
However, the climate is getting drier after the fall, and eating too much dried nuts will make your throat uncomfortable. It is recommended to choose natural foods, spiced boiled or slightly roasted flavors.
早睡一小时 多伸懒腰解乏 Go to bed an hour earlier and stretch to relieve fatigue
In autumn, the body’s metabolism is slower than in summer, and the body begins to enter to recuperation stage, often feeling drowsiness, which is called “autumn weariness.” To alleviate “autumn weariness”, it is necessary to ensure adequate sleep, go to bed early and get up early.
Stretch often will also have the effect of relieve fatigue. Stretching the waist can appropriately increase the squeezing of the heart and lungs, promote the heart pumping, and increase the oxygen supply to the whole body.
During End of Heat, you can choose jogging, climbing, walking, Tai Chi, and other exercises, which can consume excess heat in the body, excrete excess water, and achieve the purpose of clearing heat and dehumidifying.
处暑吃什么？End of Heat Diet
1、银耳 White Fungus
White fungus is sweet in nature and mild in taste and belongs to the lungs and stomach meridians. White fungus is a medicinal and edible product with a mild medicinal property. It is especially suitable for long-term consumption by middle-aged and elderly people. It can be shredded and cooked as porridge. It is suitable for middle-aged and elderly people who are weak and suffer from high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, and chronic bronchitis patient.
2、百合 Lily Bulbs
Lily bulbs can clear heat and moisturize dryness. Fresh lilies are mostly used for cooking and can also be used for soup or porridge. Dried lily bulbs are often used for soup and can withstand boiling. Drinking some lily bulbs soup is good for replenishing water and clearing heat, and adding pear is even better.
Raw pears are cold in nature and sweet in taste, have the effects of moistening the lungs and relieving cough, nourishing yin, and clearing away heat, and are especially suitable for autumn consumption.
Pears also have the effect of lowering blood pressure and nourishing yin and clearing away heat, so it is good for patients with hypertension, hepatitis, and liver cirrhosis to eat pears.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners acknowledged that loquat is sweet and sour in taste, cool in nature, and has the effects of clearing and moisturizing the lungs, relieving cough, quenching thirst, and moisturizing the five internal organs. Most people eat loquat peels, in fact, loquat peel is rich in carotenoids, several times higher than the pulp, carotenoids are the main contributor of vitamin A in loquat fruit, good for eyesight.
Suggestion: When eating loquat, soak it in salt water for a while, and then eat the fruit but spit out the seeds.
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