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How to Boost Your Qi this Summer!

Eat Red Foods: Most red foods are considered warm in nature and can help build the heart fire energy in our bodies. They are especially good for people with cold symptoms like cold limbs, pale face, anemia, muscle weakness and heart palpitations. Some specific foods that would be good this time of year are: tomatoes, red meat, red beans, watermelon, strawberries, chili, egg yolks, chocolate, coffee, and black tea (caffeine in moderation).

Bring Joy into your Life: This is a great time of year to go see a funny movie, play, or comedy show with friends, family, and/or loved ones. It is also important to do things alone that you enjoy, like walking in nature and creative hobbies. Make sure you have fun on a regular basis, even if you have to schedule it in at first. Focus on what brings joy to your heart and cultivate it.

Stimulate CV17 acupoint. Place your hand in the center of your chest, right hand over left. Imagine your heart beating underneath your hands. Make slow, gentle circles in both directions to massage the point while relaxing your body and breathing deeply. Smile.

Move Your Body Everyday: Regular movement is great to help blood circulation and boost your energy. Aim for at least 30min a day and try to vary your routine with cardio, strength, and mobility exercises. Be careful with intense exercise this time of year since the winter months are a time for restoration. Make sure you combine high intensity activities with things like walking, yoga, taichi, and stretching. This is a great time of year to focus on slowly and gently building up strength, stamina, and stability so you’ll be ready for the seasons of increased activity in the spring and summer.

Get Acupuncture! Acupuncture can help lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, improve circulation, reduce stress and anxiety, and calm the mind. Other healing modalities like massage, reiki, and chiropractic can also be helpful.

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