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Beat the Santa Ana SoCal Heat With Chinese Food Therapy Juice

You’ve heard so many doctors say “the weather does not make you sick.” Technically they’re correct, however, weather acts as the vehicle that delivers most pathogenic influences to our most vulnerable areas, mucosal membranes. Every year I write about the loads of emails and calls I get from patients and friends about their aching sore throats, blood shot eyes and flu-like feelings when the Santa Ana desert winds blow in.

I enjoyed the heat all weekend beach side, it was awesome, but not wanting to be left weary today I’ve been eating and drinking foods that help beat the heat and keep those tiny pathogens from taking up residence in my throat. The pathotenic influencers, little fungal spores, coccidioides immitis and coccidioides posadasii known to cause “Valley Fever” can result in flu-like symtpoms such as headache, red, swollen eyes, sore throat, sometimes rash and muscle pain.

And, watch your temper, being conscious of communication, sudden fluctuations could be a result of the winds. Add mint to smoothies and juices, stretch, avoid yang activities like hot yoga, go stand up paddle boarding to vent the heat and head to Big Bear or Tahoe for a big cool off!

Stay cool SoCal!

Dry-Wind-Heat B E E T 

What You’ll Need

  • 1/2 beet peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber peeled and chopped (additional half optional)
  • 3 limes squeezed
  • 1 small carrot chopped peel on
  • 5 pieces or 1 Tbsp powdered kudzu (Ge Gen) (available at Mountain Rose Herbs, Ranch 99)
  • 4 oz Mint (Bo He)
  • 4 oz cilantro
  • 1 oz chrysanthemum flowers chopped
  • 1 pear optional *

Putting It All Together

1. Squeeze limes into Vitamix or blender.

2. Next add cucumber, kudzu and chrysanthemum.

3. Add remaining ingredients, blend on low speed gradually chopping until no visible chunks appear.

4. Finish on high speed.

5. If it’s too pulpy, add another 1/2 cucumber.

* Steamed pears are especially awesome for dry sore throats to soothe respiratory wellness!

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.

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