Soup in Summer? Yes. It’s the Chinese Way, and the Ingredients Have So Many Health Benefits

    Mung bean soup. (Aboluowang.com)Silver Ear soup. (Lady8844.com)Winter melon soup. (aboluowang.com)Winter melon seaweed soup. (Secret China)Fish head tofu soup. (Xu Hu / Abang.com)Daikon soup. (Weibo)Luffa soup. (Weibo)

    In summer, our bodies lose a lot of water, so we need to rehydrate. The following seven soupy drinks are especially good for summer time. They cool down and detoxify the body, and help lower blood lipid levels (fat build up in arteries), among many other benefits mentioned below.

    1. Mung Bean Soup

    Drinking mung bean soup helps cool down the body and detoxifies. It is great for quenching thirst. Mung bean soup is a traditional and popular drink in summer for Chinese.

    Mung bean soup. (Aboluowang.com)

    Mung bean soup. (Aboluowang.com)

    2. Winter Melon Soup

    Winter melon, a.k.a. white gourd or winter gourd, is a cold-natured food. It helps clear the heat in the body, cooling you down. It quenches thirst and protects the stomach. It also helps metabolize sugar into energy and prevents fat formation. Winter melon is also anti-aging.

    Winter melon soup. (aboluowang.com)

    Winter melon soup. (aboluowang.com)

    3. Silver Ear & Lily Bulb Soup

    Silver ear is also known as snow ear, or white tree ear. It’s an edible fungus used widely in Chinese medicine and cooking.

    The soup of silver ear and lily bulb prevents hot flashes and night sweats. It nourishes and protects the lungs and the stomach. It makes one glow with a rosy complex. Drinking the soup over the long term can nurse the lungs, spleen, and kidneys back to health.

    Silver Ear soup. (Lady8844.com)

    Silver ear soup. (Lady8844.com)

    4. Winter Melon Seaweed Soup

    Eating seaweed increases calcium, lowers sodium in the body, and helps remove cholesterol. Soup made with winter melon and seaweed is low in fat, nutritional, reduces heat in the body, and helps in losing weight.

    Winter melon seaweed soup. (Secret China)

    Winter melon seaweed soup. (Secret China)

    5. Fish Head Tofu Soup

    Tofu is rich in protein and calcium. It removes heat from the body and lowers blood lipids. The soup made of fish head and tofu strengthens the body and brings energy. It nourishes and protests the spleen and the stomach, and very importantly—it tastes great.

    Fish head tofu soup. (Xu Hu / Abang.com)

    Fish head tofu soup. (Xu Hu / Abang.com)

    6. Daikon Soup

    Daikon soup is not only the best healthy choice in winter, but it’s also a good drink in summer. Daikon, a type of root vegetable like a radish, is a powerful food that helps circulate the “qi” energy in the body. It also helps relieve coughing and clears phlegm. It also cools down the body and detoxifies.

    Daikon soup. (Weibo)

    Daikon soup. (Weibo)

    7. Luffa (Loofah) Soup

    Luffa is a cold-natured food with a natural sweetness. Eating luffa relieves heat in the body and protects the intestines. It also prevents phlegm, detoxifies, and promotes energy flow (qi) in the body. It sometimes can cure bloody bowels.

    Applying the liquid from luffa soup on the face removes freckles and wrinkles, and brightens the facial skin. Eating luffa or applying luffa liquid on the face over a long period gives you smooth and non-sensitive skin. It also prevents acne and skin pigmentation.

    Interestingly, luffa is actually the plant that grows into the loofa sponge once the green seed pod is dried out and peeled.

    Luffa soup. (Weibo)

    Luffa soup. (Weibo)

    With research from Monica and Hsin-Yi

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