How to keep your body cool and balanced in summer?

How to keep your body cool and balanced in summer?

It is very helpful to know how hot and dry weather affects your body, so that you can recognise symptoms of overheating and keep your body balanced in summer.

Especially in Western Australia, summers are hot, dry and windy with very little rain.

The following organs and symptoms are most commonly affected by the hot summer weather.

Which internal organs and body parts are most affected by summer?

Lungs: the Lung is the only internal organ directly open to the air. Therefore in summer, the Lung will easily absorb more heat and dryness from the air. Some chronic cough, asthma, bronchitis symptoms are more likely to flare up in summer.

Nose: from my experience, dry nose and nose bleeding can especially happen to schoolchildren in summertime.

Lips: the lips will be dry and cracked when the body is dry and lacking moisture.

Skin: some skin conditions easily flare up when the weather is hot such as eczema with red, itchy and dry skin.

Large Intestine: pay attention to constipation and dry stools or sluggish bowel movements. You may need to drink more water or change your diet to include more cooling and moistening foods.

Liver: the Liver is easily overheated which causes the following symptoms such as: anxiety and mood swings, vivid dreams, taking time to fall asleep and unsettled sleep.

Urinary Bladder: it is easy to get frequent bladder and urinary tract infections that flare up in summer.

All of these symptoms can become worse at times when the heat and dryness from the environment causes certain parts of the body to become unbalanced.

Diet and lifestyle suggestions

  • During the hot summer, it is suitable to eat more cooling fruits, vegetables and foods.
  • Pears, watermelon and oranges are cooling summer fruits. It is suitable to drink lemon tea, peppermint tea or green tea.
  • Try to eat more green vegetables such as spinach and celery.
  • Mung beans are especially helpful for skin conditions in summer.
  • Eat less dry, deep-fried, hot and spicy foods.
  • Exercise in the cooler times of the day and avoid the hot daytime heat.
  • Drink more water before and after exercising.
  • Swimming is a very suitable exercise to enjoy in summer that helps your body to cool down.

If you continue to experience many of these symptoms and have trouble balancing your body in summer, don’t forget to contact us for help!


Dr Ping Wang is the clinic founder and senior practitioner of Ping Ming Health. She has over 30 years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine teaching and practice. Dr Ping especially enjoys sharing her knowledge of Chinese medicine through our popular clinic articles, seminars and clinical training of students and practitioners.