Cooling foods fall into they yin catagory and help to rid toxins, cool the body, and calm the blood. Here are some symptoms that one is lacking cooling foods.
- Body feels hot
- Strong scented stools and/or gas
- Burning sensation of the anus
- Red eyes
- Red face
- Vivid dreams
- Ulcers of the mouth/tongue
- Cold sores
- Red tongue with yellow coating
- Rapid pulse
- Heart burn
- Dark urine
Cooling Fruits Cooling Vegetables Grains, Legumes & SeedsApple Alfalfa sprouts Barley
Banana Asparagus Buckwheat
Grapefruit Bamboo Shoot Millet
Kiwi Bitter Melon Mung bean
Lemon Celery Soy bean
Orange Chinese Radish (Daikon) Wheat bran
Pear Cucumber Whole wheat
Star fruit Eggplant
Strawberry Green leafy vegetables
Meat, Seafood, & Diary Condiments & Beverages SpicesClam Chrysanthemum tea Cardamom
Chicken Egg Green tea Cilantro
Crab Peppermint tea Coriander
Duck Egg Sesame oil Dill
There are also neutral foods which are not cooling or warming.
- White cabbage
- Green beans
- Hard cheese
- Broad beans
- Corn on the cob
- Brown rice
How to easily tell if a food is cooling, it grows in the ground with little sunshine is soft, wet, and cool.
While the teas listed are the most cooling all teas having a cooling effect on the body warm or cold. This would explain why tea is great when we are sick. If you look at this list all of these foods digest quickly. When we eat foods that take longer to digest our bodies uses more energy. The more energy created in the body the more heat is generated. Foods that contain fat, carbohydrates, and proteins all take more energy to digest than the foods listed above. So, while we might think ice cream is a cool and refreshing treat the cooling effect only lasts for a small period of time due to the fat content.
We have so much to learn about our bodies and every time I think I have learned more I find that there is twice as much that I haven't learned. So, stay cool this summer and try to eat foods that will aid in cooling the body.