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3 Simple Recipes for Summer Appetite Loss

Summer appetite loss in all ages during hot summer. July 7 in 2023 is the slight heat day of the summer. It is one of the 24 solar terms in the lunar calendar, usually from July 6 – July 8 in the Gregorian calendar every year.

The heat accumulated since the summer solstice in June stored by the land, slowly released on the day of Slight Heat. After the day of slight heat, the weather will get hotter and hotter.

That means the following days from 7 July to 20 August 2023, the temperature will increase higher than today. The summer heat will cause

1. Summer appetite loss

After slight heat day, the temperature gradually rises. In order to help dissipate the heat in the body, the blood of the human body will be concentrated on the body surface, which will reduce the blood supply to the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, people will lose their appetite and intake less food.

However, with the acceleration of human metabolism in summer, the energy consumption of the body also increases.

If eating too little during summer, you will easily suffer from nutritional deficiencies, resulting in fatigue and lack of vitality.

It is recommended to have light food supplement that promote appetite and digestion such as: ebony juice, wu xing tea, herbal soup, etc.

2. Consume plenty of cold

Because the climate is hot, people intake a lot of cold drink such as cold beer, soda drink, ice tea, ice cream and lots of salad.

However all of them with cold element inside are the chief culprit of visceral damage. Because COLD causes visceral damage and function decline.

For example, the spleen and stomach get cold often will result in decreased digestion, easily abdominal distension and diarrhea. Weak digestion will slow down the growth of children. COLD also causes menstrual pain, back pain, etc.

Summer is the season of growth. Decreased appetite and intake of cold food lead to decreased digestion and malnutrition, especially for children in the growing period.

Insufficient nutrition intake during the day will reduce the quality of sleep at night, which will affect growth and immunity. In autumn and winter, it is easy to catch cold and get sickness.

3. Keep Air conditioner on most of the time

Cold and damp remain in physical body during summer

Staying in air-conditioned room during summer where cool condition surrounding, our physical bodies can easily lead to a difficulty in regulating the perspiration function.

It will causes accumulation of moisture in the body will onset frequently. Headaches, heavy fatigue, and gastrointestinal discomfort are often onset.

Because the body’s moisture cannot be discharged, and it accumulates in the body and block the meridians.

Health preservation during summer is to increase appetite and remove dampness

1. Improving appetite – ebony soup, lemon honey tea, wu xing tea help increasing appetite and vitamin C replenishment when sweating too much. Intake less or no cold food.

2. Drinking enough water, more outdoor activies, eating seasoning vegetables and fruits of various colors for enough nutrition supplement.

– Food with yellow color nourishes the spleen and stomach such as mango, sweet potato, yellow pepper, enoki mushroom, pumpkin, corn,etc.

– Food with white color nourishes yin such as white fungus, snow swallow, saponin rice, fish, straw mushroom.

– Good in summer such as lotus root, banana, mung bean, loofah, shansu, okra.

– Dampness-dispelling food: Coix seed(barley), red bean, Poria cocos, etc.

Ingredients and recipes suitable for summer appetite loss

1. Kapok Flower Pork Bone Soup

summer appetite loss-papok flower soup

summer appetite loss-papok flower soup

Kapok is cool in nature, has the functions of clearing away heat and dampness, and detoxifying.

Kapok Package including barley, lentils, candied dates, and tangerine peel, served with pork bones to cook as a soup.

The soup is not only mellow and delicious, but also has the effect of invigorating the spleen, removing dampness and clearing away heat.


Pork bone(I like shoulder bladder), kapok package


1) Put papok pack into a drainer to wash the dust away, then put into a China pot and 3 – 5 slices of ginger;

2) Put pork bones (I like shoulder bladder) into a boiling water to cook for no more blood come out on the surface about 3 minutes. Take it out then put into the same China pot;

3) Add an appropriate amount of water which cover all ingredient in the China pot. It is about 2-3cm higher over all ingredients;

4) Make a boil on high heat then turn to middle lower heat to cook for 1.5-2 hours, add salt to taste and serve.

Tips: Put 1-2 pigs into the soup to cook together will make the soup more tasty.

Caution: not suitable for pregnant women because barley will cause miscarriage.

2. Fried duck with young ginger

summer appetite loss - young ginger duck

summer appetite loss – young ginger duck

A Chinese proverb called “eat radish in winter and ginger in summer” for seasonal diet.

The words emphasizes the important role of ginger for our bodies, while duck meat is cold in nature which has the effects of nourishing yin of five organs, clearing the heat due to deficiency, nourishing the stomach and promoting body fluid, clearing away heat and invigorating the spleen, etc. , especially suitable for summer consumption.


One young duck(sliced), 30-50 grams young ginger

Cooking Method:

1). Put the duck meat in boiling water to cook for 2 minutes until the blood water is not seen on the meant surface.

2). Put duck meat to a flat cooking pot, stir fry it until there is some oil out from the duck meat.

3). Add some peanut oil into it then continue saute for 5 more minutes, take it out, set aside, separate with the oil.

4). Put slice ginger into the pan and stir fry it for a while about 2-3 minutes, no more oil added into the pot since there is some remain oil from saute duck meat before.

5). Put the duck meat into and continue stir fry, then add an appropriate amount of water just cover half of the duck meat; turn to low heat to cook.

Cautions: It is not suitable for people who are with allergic or kidney stone,Hepatitis patients, people get common cold, women who just delivered babies, uremia, gastroenteritis.

3. Lotus root in honey sauce

Chinese folks have the habit of eating lotus root for summer heat. Lotus root contains a lot of carbohydrates, rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, multivitamins, and dietary fiber.

summer appetite loss-lotus root

summer appetite loss-lotus root

It has the functions of clearing heat, nourishing blood and eliminating troubles and it is suitable for summer consumption.


Lotus root, honey(brown sugar)

Cooking Method:

1). Fresh lotus root tear off the skin then cut to small pieces.

2). Steaming it under a low heat slice about 30 minutes, take it out on the plate then add some honey on the top before eating.

3). Put suitable brown sugar and water to cover the lotus root, then simmer it under a low heat about 30 minutes, take it out to serve after totally cool down.

Tips: it can be a desert after a meal or a snack.

Cautions: not suitable for diabetes.

The best physical therapy moxibustion for summer

Moxibustion is the most effective physical therapy method in summer to improve the body’s immunity and help expel cold and dampness.

The Sanfu Jiu period in 2023 is from July 11 to August 20. That is the dog days time during summer.

During dog days of the year when the yang energy is at its peak, using moxibustion strips made of mugwort leaves with the most yang energy for moxibustion to treat winter diseases in summer.

Summer moxibustion can reduce the suffering during the winter onset or no onset at all during the winter.

Especially for those people who are suffering with asthma, lower immunity, allergies, cold physics, Rhinitis, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, various pains, fatigue, etc.

Further Reading


3 miracle benefits of sanfu moxibustion in summer

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