Nobody wants to feel bloated in a Brazilian bikini. And whether or not you are partaking in the second part of that sentence, these Chi-med hacks could cure your clutter as we coast through the summer months.
In Chinese medicine, stagnation refers to a blockage of energy caused by improper food combining or the abruption of blood flow. Feeling compelled to eat hot or cold foods, dry skin, indigestion, and bloating are all signs that you have stagnation somewhere in the body. Although this is something that can be prevented, determining how to clear it as it comes up is critical in regaining your creativity, health, and vibrancy.
Stagnation, or clutter centers, lead to achey joints + tired minds + bitchy swings that might swallow a potentially cosmic day. The cornucopia of Chinese medicine is complex, yet effective way of healing the energy centers and blockages of the body and mind and can be simplified for even the most energetically cluttered.
Skip the frozen summer smoothies: this one is like an immediate backup for me and, despite the level of beauty from a well-lit IG worthy photo, frozen foods are straight up toxic to the nervous + digestive + sexual system. Solution? Use fresh over frozen and always limit the high sugar fruits. Some berries, avocado, adaptogens, fresh nut milk, and a bit of stevia should do.
Invigorate the blood with herbs, not espresso. In the summer months, we tend to have lots of yang energy, upward flowing and fiery in energy....causing lots of sweating + detox but sometimes also leading to abdominal swelling. Herbs such as Red peony root + Chinese sage root clear dampness associated with this quick, fast upward moving blood-energy that can lead to headaches and heat-induced dizziness.
Instead of reaching for cold water, reach for cooling foods like cucumber + bananas + grapefruit + lettuces and watermelon to tame internal heat without having to run the risk of bringing your digestive fire you work so hard for (and need so badly) to a screeching halt.
Caffeine, especially that of coffee, can add unnecessary stagnation to the body as it rips the most concentrated part of the body a new one by taking all its energy. It is very drying to the system and can cause an imbalance in the skin microbiome. There is already a lot of heat around in the summer months! So avoid over-drying your insides by adding some Cordyceps mushroom, Shatavari or Pine pollen to your morning coffee and a spike it with a brain-activating moistener such as MCT oil or grass-fed organic ghee. Our coffee's best friend is our Super Root Butter.