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COOL OFF THIS SUMMER WITH A HEALTHY TREAT!

As the summer sets in, most people will experience increased fatigue, sluggishness, slight headaches and allergies – even some stomach discomfort. These symptoms are sometimes brought on by summer heat, particularly in people who are very active.

According to the Five Element System in Chinese medicine, summer is the yang qi rising period. To balance this, you can use foods that nourish the body fluids (yin), and cool the heat. Using Chinese nutrition, you can balance your system with nature and conserve your qi.

Here is an easy, delicious recipe that we share with you in hopes of a healthy summer of fun!

MUNG BEAN LIAN ZI SOUP

This mung bean dessert cools heat and clears toxins. It is made from herbs that are popular in food stands throughout Asia, which are both tasty, and beneficial in summer heat. The mung beans are sweet and cold, and enter the lung, liver and kidney to reduce water retention, clear the liver, brighten the eyes, and cool the lungs to dry the phlegm. Overall, lian zi cools the heart and reduces tension.

INGREDIENTS
(All are available from our pharmacy):

Lu Dou (Green Mung Beans) 5 oz.
Bai Lian Zi (White Lotus Seeds) 2 oz.
Yi Yi Ren (Job’s Tears) 2 oz.
Rock Sugar 2 oz. or to taste

PREPARATION

Rinse mung beans, lotus seeds, and job’s tears.
Soak all ingredients (except sugar) in cold water
for 30 minutes. Put the soaking water and
herbs into a pot, and bring to a
boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour.

Add sugar to taste during the final 15 minutes. Serve hot or cold.