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  • The summertime is a perfect opportunity to focus your diet on “yin” foods, which are by nature cooling or cold
  • Cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, sprouts, and watercress are examples of cooling foods to eat during the summer months

By Dr. Mercola

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), yin and yang refer to opposite elements or forces in nature, which, when balanced, promote harmony. Qi is a type of universal energy, and both yin and yang are manifestations of Qi, each with its own attributes. Where yin tends to manifest cold, moist, cooling, and dark qualities, yang manifests as hot, dry, warming, and bright. The summer months, with their hot temperatures and bright sun, is decidedly yang.


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