Staying Well in the Summer Heat: Traditional Chinese Medicine

Foods that Cool

Hopefully, this article arrives in the presence of sunshine and warmer weather. Summer temperatures will be here soon and I have some advice about foods to keep you cooler. In my studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine, food can play an important role in moderating the impact of heat or cold weather.

When the weather gets hot include some of these foods to cool the inside of your body, replenish fluids and replace electrolytes. Choose a diversity of foods ranging from snack to side dish to entree. Go to food websites that allow searches using these cooling foods. Nurturing against the intense heat makes an impact and allows greater enjoyment of these precious few months of summer.


  • All Citrus
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pear
  • Persimmon
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon


  • Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Amaranth
  • Asparagus
  • Barley
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Button Mushroom
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Legumes & Grains
  • Lettuce
  • Eggplant
  • Mung Bean & Mung Sprouts
  • Millet
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Radish
  • Soy Milk
  • Soy Sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash
  • Sweet Corn
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Zucchini


  • Barley Grass
  • Cilantro
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Kudzu
  • Marjoram
  • Micro-algae
  • Nettles
  • Peppermint
  • Seaweeds
  • White Peppercorn
  • Yogurt

- John Charlebois L AC