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Registered: 10-2006
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Beat the Heat


Some pointers to feel as cool as we are emoticon

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Dr. Mao's Secrets of Longevity

Here comes the sun...are you prepared for the heat of summer? Read on to discover some ways to beat the heat.

Adjust to the Summer Season
Centenarians understand the power of the sun; they rise at dawn and go to bed at sundown. In the summer months, when the days are long, Chinese medicine advises that everyone should get up early, go to bed later, and take a midday rest during the hottest part of the day. The summer is a season of tremendous heat, and it is also a season of abundant growth for plants, flowers, fruits, and animals.

Heat causes extreme expansion and promotes dehydration, which destabilizes the nervous system, slows intestinal movement, and lowers production of digestive juices. According to Chinese medicine, the heart and small intestine are most active during the summer. In addition to rising early and going to bed late, one should prevent overheating during physical activities, drink plenty of fluids, and add more pungent flavors into your diet like peppermint, basil, and sage. Additionally, bitter flavor cools the body in order to counter the heat, so foods such as arugula, endive, and radicchio are the perfect summer greens.

Finally, avoid anger, and instead maintain a lively and positive spirit that is full like all things in nature.

Check Your Sunlight Exposure
Sunlight can be both helpful and harmful to our health, depending on our level of exposure. The ultraviolet rays of the sun act as a natural sterilizer, killing bacteria and fungus on the skin. The sun also boosts the production of vitamin D in the body, a substance that is imperative for bone health. And sunlight can even stimulate the immune system by raising the levels of natural killer cell activity. On the other hand, too much sun is definitely too much of a good thing. An overload of sun can cause skin damage and more serious conditions including skin cancer, dehydration, heat stroke, and a suppressed immune function. For the maximum benefits from sun exposure, limit yourself to only 30 minutes or less of direct exposure, keeping it within two hours of sunrise or sunset. Make sure to apply sunscreen if you are outdoors during other times of the day.

Avoid Overheating
In the heat of summer, choose activities for exercise that won't overheat your body. Some good ways to get exercise but avoid overheating are swimming, working out in air-conditioned gyms, and practicing yoga or tai chi.

Studies have found that the risk of stroke is three times higher on hotter days than on colder days. As a matter of fact, the peak months for stroke are June, July, and August. So keep yourself hydrated with water and keep cool when you exercise in the summer months.

By the way, it is most beneficial to drink water at room temperature. It is standard in this country to drink beverages on ice -- however, the shock of cold reduces the internal temperature of your stomach, altering digestion. Over a prolonged period, this can injure the body's Yang energy and impair digestion. So stick to room-temperature beverages.

Cooling Foods for Summer
The heat of the summer is your cue to introduce some cooling foods into your diet. Many fruits and vegetables will help adjust your body temperature and protect you during the long and hot summer days. They include apples, berries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrot, celery, chrysanthemum, corn, cucumber, watercress, mint tea, orange, peach, pear, potato, seaweeds, snow peas, tofu, water chestnut, watermelon, zucchini, and the bitter greens and herbs mentioned above.

If you find yourself feeling dehydrated, try juicing watermelon with the rind. This will hit the spot and cool you down.

I hope you keep a cool head all summer long! I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

-Dr. Mao



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Re: Beat the Heat


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Are you taking the p*** here or what lost emoticon

Heat....HEAT????? what bloody heat???? emoticon

13-16 deg.C, cloudy, windy and raining......for oh nearly 8wks now....but ......NO RAIN YET TODAY...which is a minor miracle in itself....

My sis emailed me yest to say it was 'freezing' in boston at 20 deg C......really....are you people trying to wind me up or wha' emoticon


Anyway dear ones....strip off....play water fights....eat lots and lots of ice-cream...drink ice cold lemonade and enjoy your warm summer weather emoticon while those of us on this side of the world get frizzy hair and paler by the minute from the wind and rain....

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Re: Beat the Heat


I know it has been unseasonably cold here in PA ~ I could have actually turned the furnace on a couple times in July and I never remember that being the case since I have been alive. The boys have had two overnight poker tournies and we actually had to break out the winter blankies for guests who were spending.


And I wouldn't be honest if I didn't state I love a bit of a wind up every now and then, lol emoticon

But folks somewhere I know are steaming with the heat ~ we are just lucky it isn't us I guess. I think our grass has only needed to be cut 3 times this season... Funky weather <insert Twilight Zone Music Please emoticon >

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