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Many people will say they drink a lot of water but still feel dehydrated. Then you have others who drink enough but do not feel dehydrated yet their cholesterol will be imbalanced due to cells and organs being dehydrated. You have too much heat in your body.

Heat is one of the 6 pathogens in TICM like cold, wind, damp, dryness, summer heat and heat. I get asked, ‘but is heat not good for you?’, because I am always talking about eating foods to create warmth in the digestion. That is not the same. Heat as a pathogen is the result of an imbalanced body, not the same as the heat generated from having a warm cup of ginger powder tea, which provides Yang (warm) essence to the body, like charging your car battery.


Heat symptoms can resemble irritability, red face, red eyes, sweating, extreme thirst, yellow phlegm, craving cold drinks, acid reflux, constipation, headaches, migraines, pain, aches. An excess of heat disrupts the mind, emotions, Yin (cooling) and fluid metabolism.

Drink warm water. Warm/or hot water quenches your thirst on a deeper level because its easily assimilated by the Stomach and Spleen. Just like food, our body has to digest liquids.

Congee/rice water: having congee for breakfast will hydrate you well and strengthen digestion.

Have watermelon at room temperature and eat it slowly.

Increase your intake of bitter foods and mung beans but avoid them if you are pregnant because they are too cooling on the body. Too much coolness/cold in the body during pregnancy can cause miscarriage or still birth. Likewise too much heat can do that too. There is always a reason for miscarriages and still birth so do not let the doctors tell you otherwise.

Summer is the season of our Heart system which includes the Small Intestine, fire, laughing and joy. It is the time of year for expansion and cultivating Yang. This prepares our body for a healthy Autumn and Winter season.


The reason so many people fall ill during the change of season and as the weather gets colder is actually from failing to take proper care during the Summer. What happens in Summertime? People consume tons of iced drinks, iced water, raw foods, cold foods, greasy foods (BBQ), ice cream, and blast the AC. They sweat and while their pores are open, expose their body to fans and AC to cool down. This depletes Yang, weakening the body.

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