According to the Lunar calendar, the hottest days that will occur this year will start from July 17 and will last for 40 days. They are called the Dog Days cycle. Compared to 2014, this year’s cycle will be 10 days longer. So take extra care, and stay hydrated.
How to manage the summer heat?
Eating 3-bean soup is a must to help handle the heat during summer. This recipe is a traditional prescription dating back to the Song Dynasty, and it was derived from an ancient medical text.
The three ingredients are mung beans, red rice beans, and black beans. Mung beans are cool in nature, and therefore are good for clearing the summer heat. Black beans nourish the spleen and kidneys, and can neutralize the cool nature of the mung beans.
For those with a weak stomach, rice can be added to help smooth your digestion.
The soup is also good for heat rashes caused by blockage of the pores due to constant sweating. Other skin problems — such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema — can be alleviated as well.
3-bean soup recipe
- 20g mung beans
- 20g red rice beans
- 20g black beans
- rock sugar (amount in accordance with desired level of sweetness)
- Wash and then soak all the beans in clean water for an hour.
- Put the beans in a pot of water and turn the heat to high.
- Once the water starts boiling, turn down to low heat, and simmer for an hour
- When the beans open up, add sugar, and boil for another 5 minutes.
Extra tips to beat the summer heat
Your body heat floats to the skin’s surface during the summer, while the organs remain cool inside. Consuming iced drinks and ice-cream means dragging down your inner body’s temperature further, which can cause damage to the organs.
Drinking room-temperature boiled water is the best way to replenish yourself in summer.
Translation by Cecilia Kwan, edited by Alan.