Heatwave alert in Madhya Pradesh as mercury crosses 45°C

Heat in Madhya PradeshHeatwave has raised curfew-like situation in several parts of Madhya Pradesh. Sunday was the hottest day of this season so far in the state with the mercury rising above 45°C in Northern parts of Madhya Pradesh. Nowgong in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh is the hottest city in India at present with maximum touching 46.5°C on Sunday.

Here’s a look at the temperature profile in rest of the places:Temperatures in Madhya Pradesh

The mercury refused to come down at night as well. Thus, minimums are also settling close to the 30-degree mark in most of the places.

On Sunday, traces of rainfall were witnessed in Sagar and Gwalior. However, these rains occurred in the late afternoon hours and failed to bring any relief from the heat.

Heatwave returned back to Central India including Madhya Pradesh last couple of days back. Reason for this sudden rise in temperatures could be attributed to cessation of pre- Monsoon activities and change in wind direction. At present, the winds are blowing from northwest and west direction up to Central India. These hot and dry winds travelling from Balochistan and Rajasthan have joined hands with bright sunshine to bring heatwave.

Heatwave conditions have already spread across most parts of Central and North Madhya Pradesh, rapidly extending to some more parts of the state during next 48 hours.

No weather activity is likely over the region for the time being. Therefore, temperatures will continue to settle near the 45-degree mark.

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April 2016 Now Crowned As The Driest Month On Record

Driest AprilApril 2016 has turned out to be the driest one in the last many years. Accordingly, it was also one of the hottest on record with temperatures continuously settling above 40 degree Celsius at several places. Heatwave like conditions did not even spare the hills of North India. On the other hand, Northeast India remained cool with rains lashing the region throughout the month of April.

Record-breaking temperatures were witnessed in several areas in the country with Bangalore losing its pleasant weather crown. Heatwave in Telangana andOdisha claimed hundreds of lives as well.

Pre-Monsoon showers were almost absent from the country. Cumulatively, India received 30.8 mm of rainfall against the normal of 38.9 mm. This amounted to 19% of rainfall deficiency, which actually falls in the ambit of normal rains. However, the situation was grim as most of the contribution came from Northeast India. North, Central and West India performed extremely poorly in terms of pre-Monsoon showers.

The table below shows the cumulative rainfall figures for the month of April in several cities of India against their normal averages. (figures in millimeters)

Driest April

 

Looking at the figures above we could say that Northeast India received very heavy showers and most of the places like Guwahati and Silchar exceeded the monthly average rainfall.

The subdivision of Assam and Meghalaya witnessed 75% excess rains. Andhra Pradesh received excess rains to the tune of 15%. On the other hand, Punjab was rain deficit to the tune of 94% and East Uttar Pradesh was 100% rain deficit. All the subdivisions in Northwest India remained parched. West Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh did not receive any rainfall at all.

This April, 27 subdivisions of the country received scanty or deficit rains while 4 subdivisions receive no rain at all. In the year 2014 when the pan India deficiency was 42% in April, 18 subdivisions witnessed normal rains. But, this year only 4 subdivisions recorded normal rains.

April 2012 had witnessed 24% excess rains while the next year was 21% rain deficit. Even then, in 2013, normal rains were recorded by 5 subdivisions. In 2014, the pan India rains were deficit to the tune of 42%. However, 12 subdivisions received normal rains.

Pune To Witness Frequent Pre-Monsoon Rain, Comfortable Weather

Pune rainsThe weather of Pune remained continuously dry throughout the month of April with isolated light rains occurring only on April 5, 6 and 18. Temperatures also remained above normal for most of the time.

The monthly average rainfall in Pune for the month of April is quite less (6.6 mm), which is also the hottest month for the city. The rainfall figure increases to 40.6 mm in May as pre-Monsoon showers increase by this time of the year. The average maximum also comes down to 37.2 degree Celsius in May from 38.1 degree Celsius in the month of April.

The ‘Queen of Deccan’, Pune, is famous for its pleasant and soothing climate throughout the year. However, this year Pune witnessed extreme weather conditions in April when Pune touched 40°C quite frequently.

 

Till now in May, weather in Pune has remained dry. However, we expect that temperatures will remain near normal or slightly above till May 10. Thereafter, isolated light rainfall activities are expected from May 11 to 13. As per weather models, the latter half of May will witness more frequent pre-Monsoon activities.

We hope that the monthly average rainfall will be reached by the end of the month and temperatures will also come down marginally. Weather in Pune will remain pleasant or slightly comfortable.

Ten tips for a healthy summer

Health tips

 

  1. Always apply suncream
    It is important to use a suncream lotion of at least SPF 30 in order to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. For sensitive skin, a mineral-based sunscreen is best. Don’t sit in the sun in peak hours between 10am and 4pm in order to minimize UV radiation. If you are planning to be out in the sun for a long period of time, reapply suncream every two to three hours.
  2. Drink plenty of waterDuring the hot summer months, heat and sweat can leave your body dehydrated. A lack of water is harmful to your body and can also make you crave food when you’re not actually hungry. It is incredibly important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least eight to nine glasses of water a day. Bored of water? Add some low calorific flavoring to water such as a piece of fruit, or opt for healthy alternatives like green tea or coconut water.
  3. Beware of ‘healthy’ smoothies
    Fruit smoothies are a great way to get your five-a-day and keep refreshed throughout the summer, but watch out for smoothies made with frozen yoghurts or ice cream as they can be extremely calorific.

    A healthy smoothie should be made with fruit, juice, low fat-yoghurt and ice. Use any fruit you might have or have kept in the freezer, and throw it all in a blender to make a perfect summer drink.

  4. Exfoliate
    Summer means an increase of dead skin cells so it is important to exfoliate your skin to keep it smooth and silky. You don’t need to buy any expensive products to achieve that summer glow; simply use a loafer for a light scrub or make your own exfoliation lotion using a handful of oatmeal, milk and yoghurt.
  5. Keep up the exercise regime
    Before you hide those running shoes in the wardrobe, remember summer exercise doesn’t have to stop because of the rising temperatures. Instead of working out outside, change your exercise plan and take it indoors. Join a gym, take up a step class, or get a group of friends around for an afternoon of exercise DVDs.
  1. Get wet
    Summer is the perfect time of year to get wet! Boring runs in the cold wintery weather can be swapped for a summer swim at your local pool or gym. Start by swimming for 10 minutes and increase the time over the following weeks by doing front crawl, breaststroke or backstroke to mix up your cardio workout. A 30 minute session of this full body workout will burn almost 400 calories! If swimming laps isn’t your thing, join a water aerobics class or create your own aerobic workout with jumping jacks, marching and jogging in water.
  2. Olive oil
    Olive oil is a healthy fat which contains essential fatty acids that help skin resist UV damage. These fatty acids are also part of the cell membranes that keep in all that moisture your body loses through heat and sweat during the summer. In order to protect your skin and keep it supple, consume about 1 tablespoon of olive oil daily or add it to a healthy salad or fish dish in order to get all those essential fatty acids.
  3. Protect your glossy locks 
    Our hair suffers a lot during the summer. Constant heat, sun damage and chlorine takes a toll on our hair and can leave it feeling limp and dull after the holidays. If you’re planning on swimming a lot during the summer, it is advisable to use anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner to help neutralize the chlorine from your hair. If possible, minimize the use of hairdryers, straighteners and other heating products. Towel dry your hair, apply a handful of mouse and revel in beachy summer waves.
  4. Eat healthy by the pool 
    When the sun is beating down, the idea of seeking out the nearest ice cream stand is seriously tempting. Stay strong by being prepared, and pack a cooler full of healthy snacks and juices. Fill your ice-box with ice, bottled water, sandwiches, vegetable sticks with hummus, yoghurts and endless amounts of fruit.
  5. Take up a new hobby 
    Summer is the perfect time to take up a new activity. Gardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and will actually help you burn some calories! Planting a herb garden is a fantastic way of getting your hands dirty, having quick access to some healthy flavours for your summer meals and, if you have kids, get them involved in playing outside.

    If gardening isn’t your thing, get some inspiration from Wimbledon and try your hand at some tennis or golf. Pilates is the perfect alternative for some alone time in the garden. Roll out a towel and have some fun trying out planks and some breathing techniques in the sun.

Give your skin a tomato spa this summer with a DIY scrub!

Looks like summer season is here to stay and so are all sorts of skin problems related to it.

The scorching sun grows hotter yet and there’s nothing we can do about it, except tell you how you can prevent and/or reduce these skin problems

Acne, tan, freckles, blackheads, oily skin, redness, itching, dark spots, wrinkles, etc., are all part of the summer game and this is why it’s time to make red juicy Tomatoes your best friends!

Yes, you heard that right! A tomato skin spa is one of the most beneficial treatments you’ll probably come across and you’ll simply need a few more ingredients to go along with tomatoes to give you that soft and supple skin.

The video you are about to watch, will tell you how to use tomato as a facial scrub along with its benefits like pore cleansing, reduction or removal of dark spots and wrinkles, etc.

Get Fueled for Summer Workouts

Low angle, full body action photograph of a girl running in a park for exercise on a beautiful summers day.

As the days get warmer and longer, you may decide to be more physically active. But before you take off on that evening bike ride or morning run, it’s important to consider your fuel and fluid sources. Too many times, inadequate or overzealous fluid intake or a suppressed appetite with rising heat and humidity can lead to a decrease in strength, speed, stamina or recovery, or diminished enthusiasm for activity.

So what are the most common fueling and hydration mistakes?

Running on Empty

If you’re finding yourself fatigued at the beginning, during or at the end of your workouts, be sure that you don’t start on empty. Having 20 ounces of fluid one hour before a workout improves strength, speed, stamina and concentration, and decreases the likelihood of fatigue that could result in subpar workouts as the week progresses.

People often focus on what they do to fuel before competition, but don’t pay as much attention to fuel and fluid before workouts. It’s important to practice pre-exercise fueling and hydration to find out what one tolerates. Doing so can also improve the quality of the workout, which may have a positive impact on performance in competition. Plan to eat something small, such as a banana, granola bar or even a fruit yogurt, one hour before strenuous physical activity.

If your goal is to decrease body fat, the solution is to gradually cut back on overall calories. That’s because drastically reducing the calories you consume can result in decreased energy and muscle mass and leave you with inadequate fuel to optimize strength, speed and stamina during workouts. Instead, make more modest changes, such drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages, using less mayonnaise or salad dressing and being mindful about snack serving sizes.

Unintended Weight Gain While Increasing Activity

Generally we don’t expend a lot of calories when we exercise, and some people tend to overestimate the calories they burn or permit themselves to eat more since they exercised. A 3-mile run burns, at most, 300 calories – same as what’s in a small smoothie, large oatmeal cookie or a few handfuls of chips. If you find yourself gaining weight even though you’re exercising more, monitor what you eat to figure out where you may be able to save some calories.

Another cause of weight gain may be eating too much or drinking too many calorie-containing beverages during activity. There is a time and place for GUs, gels, chomps, chews and sports drinks, but those are for strenuous exercise in excess of one hour. For exercise that lasts longer than one hour, the recommendation is to take in an additional 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrates per hour. Drinking just 8 ounces of sports drink will provide 14 grams of carbs, while a GU or gel has about 30 grams. Start with consuming the smaller amount to see if that prevents fatigue and, if necessary, increase to 30 grams of carbohydrates per hour.

Waiting Too Long to Refuel

On a hot day, when you’ve had a hard workout, sometimes the idea of eating is incredibly unappealing. By the time you’ve cooled down and have an appetite, you may have missed that window of opportunity to start the recovery process, or you may find yourself absolutely ravenous.

A good option on a hot day is to cool down your refueling choices. Think slushy made with juice and ice, a frozen yogurt popsicle, yogurt with fruit added or ice-cold low-fat chocolate milk. You could also freeze your bars, or try my “Right Bites” recipe below to provide a tasty, petite, refueling option. The good news is that you don’t have to eat a big meal after working out, and a little fuel helps your muscles to recover faster.

Right Bites

  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup dried plum bits
  • 1 cup mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1.5 cups dry oats
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp grated orange peel

Coat ice cube trays with cooking spray. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine almonds, dried plum bits, chocolate chips, oats and crispy rice cereal. Mix well. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine almond butter, honey, cinnamon and grated orange peel. Microwave on high for 90 seconds or until bubbling. Remove from the microwave, stir well and add to dry ingredients. Mix until well-blended. Transfer the mixture to prepared ice cube trays and press down firmly. Put the trays in the refrigerator or freezer to set.

Yield: 40 bites

Per Bite:

  • Calories: 83
  • Total Fat: 4.2 grams
  • Total Carbohydrate: 11 grams
  • Sugar: 6.6 grams
  • Dietary fiber: 1.4 grams
  • Protein: 1.6 grams

Hydrating for Heat

As it gets warmer, we lose more fluid, so it’s important to drink enough every day. If you’re a heavy sweater, you may want to try to drink more in the hours before you exercise, and stay on top of fluid intake during activity. Think juice cubes, water flavored with fruit, iced black or green tea, fruit smoothies and even cold soups like gazpacho.

Not drinking enough can lead to headaches, fatigue and diminished performance. Conversely, there are no advantages to overhydrating and that practice can be quite dangerous. So don’t feel like you have to drink a gallon of water every day. Change up your summer fluids, increase your fruit and vegetable intake and be proactive about drinking fluids.

Supplements Aren’t a Substitute for Food and Drink

Even though the idea of an energy supplement may sound easy and appealing, you can’t get energy in a pill. Supplements should not be used as a replacement for food or meals. For someone with iron deficiency or anemia, an iron supplement helps to correct the deficiency. The same is true for Vitamin D. But when it comes to proper hydration and fueling, you’ll find the answer in the refrigerator or cupboard, not the medicine cabinet.

Summer is a great time to get out and get going. Pay attention to your food and fluid choices, timing and quantity to fuel well and play on.

Global vanilla shortage may cause ice cream prices to soar this summer

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The beloved ’99 cone may not taste so sweet this summer as the soaring price of vanilla threatens to push up the price of ice cream.

Production problems in Madagascar, the world’s largest vanilla producer, have caused prices to surge 120 per cent year on year, meaning vanilla beans priced at around £14 a kilogram five years ago are now in excess of £155 a kilogram.

According to data firm Mintec, poor flowering towards the end of 2014 has affected last year’s vanilla production causing it to decline.

“Vanilla prices have been increasing since 2012 and with low production forecasts in 2015, farmers harvested some of their crop permanently which reduced quality,” said Mintec.

“The situation has been exacerbated by importers who stocked up early in anticipation of price hikes, further reducing supplies in the market.”

Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world after saffron due to its expensive and labour-intensive cultivation.

Vanilla vines, part of the Orchid family, are only sustainable within a 20-degree ban around the equator and must go through a three-year maturation period before they are able to bear fruit.

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Each orchid must be hand-pollinated within 12 hours of opening and once picked must be dried – a process lasting three to six months.

“This impacts all of us,” said the global vanilla suppliers, Cook’s Flavouring Company.  “A medium-sized flavour house will spend $5 million more per year on vanilla.

“That means an ice cream company using 200 gallons of vanilla each month will see their price for pure vanilla extract more than quadruple—and that’s just factoring in vanilla at cost.”

The spice, grown mainly in Madagascar, with other large crops in Mexico and Tahiti, has also declined in quality.

Early anticipation of price hikes has led local growers to harvest their vanilla crop too early, leading to a less intense flavour. The high-value crop is also a target for thieves.

“Premature harvesting is the first factor to have a direct impact on the quality of vanilla arriving on the market,” say French-based vanilla suppliers, Eurovanille.

This combination of high prices and declining quality may lead food and beverage manufacturers to seek out alternatives to natural vanilla flavours.

But despite these set-backs, vanilla suppliers have predicted the situation will be temporary.

“Although this is a time of fluctuation in the vanilla market, it is expected the current situation will be short-lived,” Craig Nielsen, chief executive of US-based Nielsen-MasseyVanillas told Food Business News.

“The flowering for [the 2016 crop] was good, and prices may start to drop in the fourth quarter of 2016.”

The top five hydrating drinks and foods for the summer season

Dehydration can lead to health problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, comas, seizures, headaches, shock and dizziness. According to celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, eating and/or drinking hydrating foods and drinks throughout the day can help prevent dehydration.

Snyder also recommends these top five most hydrating drinks and foods in order to stay hydrated during the hot summer season.

Watermelon

When it comes to hydrating foods, there is nothing more hydrating than the watermelon. In 1882, the botanist Alphonse de Candolle claimed that watermelons were indigenous to southern Africa. However, Jiarong Liu and Fenny Danehave found evidence that watermelon plants were first cultivated in Egypt’s Nile Valley during the second millennium BC. Watermelons are known for their sweet and juicy interior flesh, which is mostly made up of water, hence their name. They also have the essential hydrating salts, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium that the body needs in order to stay hydrated. Watermelon is the best hydrating food for hot summer days.

Coconut water

Coconut water is one of the healthiest and most hydrating drinks. For centuries, locals in Southeast Asian countries have been drinking coconut water to quench their thirst and prevent dehydration. Coconut water is great for replacing the water and electrolytes that the body releases during the summer. The water from the coconut fruit is rich in minerals, vitamins and electrolytes that help prevent dehydration.

Apples

Apples are also hydrating foods that are perfect for the summer season. They are easy to carry around in bags or pockets while outside during a hot summer day. Eating a juicy apple will not only prevent dehydration but also help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. Apples are also believed to aid in weight loss and in lowering cholesterol levels. Green apples are better than red apples, because they are lower in sugar.

Water with lemon

Water is a cheap drink that is perfect for preventing dehydration during the summer, but it can be made better by adding a slice of lemon. A slice of lemon will add citric enzymes and vitamin C to a plain glass of water. Drinking lemon water will not only keep a person hydrated but also allow him to get some citric enzymes and vitamin C. The Institute of Medicine recommends that one drinks at least 13 cups (3 liters) of water per day to keep his body healthy and hydrated.

Pineapples

Pineapples are juicy fruits that can be eaten or squeezed into juice. This hydrating fruit is also high in bromelain, which aids in digestion. Pineapples help the body detoxify itself and aid in weight loss.

Conclusion

There are many other hydrating drinks and foods that can help prevent dehydration during the summer. Drinking water is not the only way to keep hydrated. Drinking a glass of pineapple juice or eating a slice of watermelon will also keep a person hydrated and healthy during the hot days of summer.

Field-proven tips for successfully raising a summer vegetable garden

Now that you’ve wisely decided to create your own nutritious, money-saving, organic, summer veggie garden, here are some basic gardening tips for your success.

(1) Check for first and last frost dates:

Location is a key factor when deciding to plant a garden; it determines when and what you plant. For example, if you live in an area with a short growing season (less than 120 days), it’s prudent to not plant vegetables that require a long growing season. Tomatoes, eggplants, green peppers, melons and winter squash need a longer growing season.

(2) Choose a raised bed garden if you have back problems:

Raised bed gardening is a method that requires no digging or tilling, and is also known as “lasagna,” “straw bale” or “square foot” gardening.

(3) Test the soil:

Testing the soil every three years is an essential diagnostic tool that a gardener should use to analyze the soil for nutrient quality and characteristics such as soil texture and pH.

Experts advise that there are 18 foundational nutrients necessary for productive plant growth. Additionally, each plant has a distinct profile of nutrient needs. A soil test enables one to accurately amend, fertilize and replenish the soil in exact proportions.

Look for a local testing facility, as it will have ample experience dealing with the soil problems in your area. Local universities and government agencies are good resources for testing soil.

(4) Determine sun exposure:

How much or how little sun does your garden get? This question will help you decide what types of plants are suitable for your garden plot. Most vegetables need at least six hours of full sunlight a day.

(5) Exposure guidelines:

Full sun (6-8 hours sunlight/day) is essential for vegetables like peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes. Partial shade (3-6 hours sunlight/day) is great for root vegetables like carrots, beets, turnips and potatoes. Shade (less than 4 hours sunlight/day) works for greens like kale, chard, spinach and lettuces.

(6) Calculate the size of your growing space:

Measure your growing space and only choose plants that are suitable for your allotted growing space. If you’re really pressed for space, research the many advantages of the aeroponic, eco-friendly vertical “Tower Garden” online.

You can reap huge yields in small spaces with it. Best of all, you can grow almost anywhere there is ample sun, like a balcony or a small patio.

(7) Start small:

It’s better to start small with a garden that’s easy to maintain rather than a large garden that’s time-consuming and can easily spiral out of control.

(8) Choose plants that are easy to grow:

Do some research and discover what plants are easiest to grow in your area.

(9) Consider companion plants:

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, companion planting is a growing practice based on “oral tradition, family secrets, and front porch recommendations.”

It’s based on the notion that certain plants when paired together can benefit each other. Companion planting is a method of planting that allows veggies and herbs to grow at their maximum potential. They help keep bugs away. They keep the soil healthy. And they make the food taste better.

One form of traditional companion planting in the Americas is known as “The Three Sisters.” It was widely practiced across the plains of the Midwest and down into Mexico as far back as pre-Columbian times. The Three Sisters refers to the three basic food staples that made up the traditional Native American diet: corn, beans and squash.

Achieve abundant, balanced health this summer with traditional Chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) emphasizes the importance of striving for balance and living in harmony with the environment around us. This can be done through nutrition, cultivating healthy emotions, meditation, physical activity and healing therapies such as acupuncture. In order to feel our best throughout the year, it is important to change elements of our lifestyle and diet according to the seasonal and environmental changes around us, especially in summer.

It is easy to understand that summer is a high-energy, yang-dominated season. This annual peak of yang energy manifests through the qualities of summer we all know and love — abundance, sunshine, warmth, expansion, lightness, growth, brightness and creativity. In TCM, it is associated with the fire element and, correspondingly, joy, the heart and the small intestine.

In the abundance of sunshine, it is important to rise earlier and flourish in the sun as the gardens do. At the same time, the abundance of yang energy allows one to be more physically active and stay up later in the evening, while still feeling nourished. It is especially important to focus on being happy, easy-going and avoiding holding grudges or dwelling in negative emotions such as anger. Too much negativity during this season can lead to disharmonies within the heart meridian and organ system in the autumn. As always, overindulgence should be avoided, but in the summer, one can tolerate it a little bit more than any other season. It is the time to work hard, play hard, be joyful, travel, laugh and do things that enliven your spirit and vitality.

TCM Summer Nutrition

As far as nutrition goes, summer is the time to eat less and lightly, decrease the salt in your diet and increase your water intake. It is no surprise that the best foods to eat in this season are your local seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs. Relish in making beautiful dishes with all the colors of the rainbow. Each color represents both a different collection of phytochemicals and nutrients and a different TCM organ system. Garden and grow your own foods, getting your hands in the soil and watching the produce grow when possible. For specific ideas, try to include watermelon, apricot, cantaloupe, lemon, peach, orange, asparagus, sprouts, bamboo, bok choy, broccoli, corn, cucumber, white mushroom, snow peas, spinach, summer squash, watercress, seaweed, mung beans, cilantro, mint and dill. As always, food should be grown organically to decrease exposure to toxic chemicals.

Cook and season your foods lightly but save the raw foods for the really hot days. Even in the summer, overdoing raw foods can be taxing on your digestive system. Additionally, you will feel their benefit more strongly on those really hot and humid days. In the dead heat of summer, eat your cooling foods, mostly salads, sprouts, fruits, cucumbers, apples, watermelon, lemons and limes. These can be paired with cold or room temperature fresh herbal teas like mint or chamomile. Include some sour flavors to protect the heart and make sure to minimize heavy foods such as meats, eggs, nuts, seeds and grains to feel your best.

Throughout summer, gently spicing foods with peppers (green, red, cayenne, black), horse radish and ginger helps open your pores and adjust your body temperature to the environment around you, so you actually feel less discomfort. This being said, spices must be used in moderation, because overdoing spices can be damaging as well.

Although these are general rules, in the TCM framework, each diet should most importantly be unique to the individual and their constitutional health. Seeing a licensed TCM practitioner can help you identify your constitutional weaknesses and nutritional areas to emphasize.