From the third week of August until about the end of September is called "late summer". In fact, this period is considered a separate season based on Chinese medicine concept. Colder mornings and evenings with warmer afternoons.
From an energy perspective, this season is closely related to gastrointestinal energy.
It means that during this period, if attention is not paid to the health of the Spleen / Stomach (the main organs of the gastrointestinal tract in Chinese medicine), the likelihood of starting or returning gastrointestinal problems increases.
Late summer on the other hand is associated with Dampness.
External humidity or internal moisture of the body increases during this period. This moisture is pathogenic and has a negative impact on Spleen / Stomach function
This is the problem that causes the body to feel tired.
Because the spleen / stomach is associated with the muscular system, their impaired function can also cause muscle weakness or pain.
Considering the concepts mentioned and the effects that this season will have on digestive system, if the body is not taken care of, the following problems will be more likely to appear:
Fatigue, MS, Fibromyalgia, Weight gain, Nausea, Stomach acid reflux, IBS, Diarrhea,Flatulence and gas. In addition, the digestive system in Chinese medicine is the central system for all other systems, and related problems can be the root of other diseases.
How can we take care of the digestive system over late summer time?
The answer is by avoiding the things which can impair the function of spleen/stomach such as:
1- Cold foods and sweets
2- Eating in a hurry, with stress or eating unplanned, such as keeping the stomach empty for a long time and eating late ... Note that between 7 and 9 pm, the energy of the digestive system is at its lowest point and it is better to eat dinner before this time.
3- Not chewing food completely
4 - Thinking and worrying is one of the most important destructive factors of the digestive system. Meditation, yoga, cardio and weight training can help you manage pensiveness and overthinking. Acupuncture can also help regulating the function of your digestive system.
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