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The Broomfield Acupuncture Blog: 5 Easy Ways to Nourish your Heart and Body this Summer

by Gretchen Belenchia

Holistic Heart Health, Part 2

The Broomfield Acupuncture Blog: 5 Easy Ways to Nourish your Heart and Body this Summer, Cloud Gate Acupuncture and Healing Arts in Broomfield, Colorado1. Be joyful. Joy is the primary emotion linked to the Heart in Chinese medicine and acupuncture theory. Wake up early and stretch towards the sun.

Go outside and play. Garden. Volunteer. Be kind. Share your joy with others. Smile.

Remember how to let go and connect with your deep belly laugh.

2. Recognize and enjoy the surrounding abundance. Summer is the time of abundance. Plants are producing fruits and vegetables. Flowers are blooming. There is color everywhere.

Feed yourself and your senses with this color. Bring flowers into your home. Make sure the foods you eat reflect the colors and freshness of this season.

Cloud Gate offers Acupuncture in Broomfield, Colorado3. Incorporate cooling foods into your diet. In Chinese medicine, iced drinks and ice cream can slow down and damage your digestion. Use these super-cold foods sparingly.

However, on very warm days, you can include some cooling foods such as watermelon, cucumber, salads, sprouts, and mung beans.

For a wonderfully refreshing and cooling drink, add sliced cucumber to your water. Some flower and leaf tea ideas include mint, chrysanthemum and
chamomile tea.

4. Build Awareness. Summer is the time of highest or most yang activity. We have more energy during the summer and want to get out there and do all sorts of fun activities.

But don’t forget to be aware of your body and what it’s telling you. Make sure you’re drinking enough water and not getting overly fatigued.

If you play sports, check in with yourself. If you’ve sprained or strained anything or feel like your body is out of alignment, it’s probably time to visit your acupuncturist. Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help strains and sprains heal faster.

Acupuncture can also help with overuse injuries and can increase the body’s performance by bringing the body back into alignment. But the key is awareness and listening to your body.

Cloud Gate Acupuncture and Healing Arts in Broomfield, Colorado

5. Keep your Balance. Remember to balance all of the yang energy of summer with yin (slower, nurturing) energy. With all of the activities during the summer, it’s important to remember to take time to slow down each day.

Beginning your day with meditation, qi gong exercises, or tai chi can help set the pace and build a foundation for rest of your active day. Cloud Gate Acupuncture & Healing Arts offers these slower-paced classes three mornings a week for the Broomfield community.

The Fire Phase of Summer begins this Friday, June 21st! Stay tuned throughout this season for more information on keeping your Heart and body healthy and happy. Happy Solstice everyone!