The increasingly hot and humid weather, coupled with the durian season, makes a perfect recipe for our immune system to weaken. We all turn to fans, air conditioners, iced drinks and ice cream to cool down. But another way to go about it is to practice the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) belief of avoid eating too much heaty foods.
If you’re unfamiliar with the TCM categorisation of foods, the practice is that everything we consume can be classified under heaty, cooling, or neutral. For the former, heaty food usually warms the body (as the name suggests), and vice versa with cooling foods. It’s not that all heaty foods are bad or all cooling foods are good, in the TCM belief, we need both to balance our body’s systems. Just consider everything in the right portions.
Here are six heaty foods you should try to eat in moderation to avoid undesirable effects such as rashes, fever, constipation and sore throats: