Finding Balance with the Summer Solstice ☀️

Tips for balancing your heart & soul

Did you know that the Egyptians built the Great Pyramids so that the sun, when viewed from the Sphinx, sets precisely between two of the pyramids on the summer solstice? And… Stonehenge observers standing in the center of the stone circle can still watch the summer solstice sunrise over the Heel Stone, which stands just outside Stonehenge's main ring!

👇 In today’s email:

  • This week’s inspiration: Tips for balancing your heart & soul

  • Latest blog post: A natural playbook for softer, fuller lips

  • What I’m reading: Microplastics in our bodies :(

  • Free resource: Ebook: Eating for Hormone Health

Tips For Balancing Your Heart & Soul

For the record, I absolutely adore the summer solstice. It's a magical time that marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The solstice represents a peak or climax in the sun's journey and in our own lives. It's an ideal time to reflect on and celebrate our greatest accomplishments and moments of personal growth since the winter solstice.

The solstice has long been associated with love, sexuality, and fertility.

In ancient times, people even planned pregnancies around the solstice so babies would be born in spring when survival chances were higher.

It's not just a local event but a moment of global unity. The summer solstice occurs at the exact same instant worldwide, not at different times like calendar-based holidays.

Here are some tips for balancing your body, hormones and energy during the summer solstice, based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine:

  1. Eat cooling, yin-nourishing foods like watermelon, cucumber, mint, cilantro, tofu, mung beans and green tea. These help balance the heat and intensity of the yang energy.

  2. Engage in joyful activities that make your heart sing, like spending time with loved ones, dancing, laughing, and celebrating life. The heart is associated with the fire element and thrives on joy.

  3. Practice meditation, qigong, or tai chi to help calm the mind and nervous system during summer's high energy. This prevents burnout from excess yang.

  4. To align with the longer days, go to bed a little later and wake up earlier. Make the most of the extra daylight to be active outdoors.

  5. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, coconut water, lemon water or cooling herbal teas. Proper hydration supports your body's natural detoxification processes.

  6. Get some morning sunlight to boost vitamin D levels, regulate your circadian rhythms, and lift your mood. Just avoid overexposure during the hottest times of the day.

  7. Prioritize fun, play, creativity, and spontaneity - the childlike qualities of the heart. Make time for hobbies and passion projects.

  8. Use acupuncture, massage, and herbs to move stagnant liver qi, calm the shen (spirit), and nourish yin. This prevents imbalances like irritability, insomnia, and heart palpitations.

  9. Practice gratitude and self-love. The heart houses the shen and thrives when we appreciate the abundance in our lives and care for ourselves.

  10. Sweat regularly through exercise to clear heat, but don't overdo it when temps are high. Opt for gentler activities like swimming, walking in nature, yoga and qi gong.

The key is to embrace the expansive, active energy of summer in a balanced way - making the most of the long days while also taking time to rest, cool down, and go inward. This will leave you energized without burning out your reserves.

A Natural Playbook for Softer, Fuller Lips

If you’ve ever had dry, chapped, and flaky lips or dreamt of achieving a soft, plump pout without resorting to harsh chemicals or invasive treatments that can leave you looking a little strange? Look no further! In this blog post, I share my natural playbook for achieving the luscious lips you've always wanted.

Microplastics are an issue no-one is talking about

I’ve been reading more and more about microplastics that make their way into our bodies. I have a lot of theories right now but no conclusions other than that it’s something we should be aware of. Here’s a New York Times article titled “How to Minimize Your Exposure to Microplastics” that i found interesting.

It’s possible you will hit a paywall when trying to read it, my apologies in advance :)

A Woman's Guide to Balancing Hormones Naturally

In my latest free resource, I share my top nutrition tips for optimizing women's hormonal health at every stage of life. You'll learn which foods to embrace and which to avoid, along with lifestyle practices to help you look and feel your best from the inside out.

I’m rooting for you, have a wonderful week!

Dr. Cat 

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