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The Overheated Type

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You have a busy, stressful, emotional, and/or hectic life.  You are constantly on the go and have a tendency to abuse caffeine, alcohol, drugs, or medications as a way to deal with the overwhelming issues in your life.  As a result, your body becomes overheated and you may find yourself becoming hot, sweaty and anxious.

Possible Symptoms:

  • dry mouth

  • thirsty

  • night sweats

  • hot hands and/or feet (especially at night)

  • weight loss

  • restlessness

  • nervousness

  • agitation

  • poor sleep

  • dizziness

  • burning sensation in chest

  • feeling hot internally

  • dry, hard stools

  • feeling emotionally unstable

  • easily stressed and/or inability to handle stress

Causes:

  • Overwork

  • Chronic illness or prolonged fever

  • Excessive coffee consumption

  • Excessive loss of blood or fluids

  • Excessive sexual activity

  • Excessive drug, alcohol, or medication use

  • Sleep deprivation or overnight work

  • Hectic or stressful lifestyle

  • Extreme emotional strain

  • Too many spicy foods in the diet

  • Irregular or poor diet

Helpful Tips:

  • Avoid excessive physical or mental overwork.

  • Eliminate caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods.

  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep.

  • Go to bed by 10:00 pm.

  • Manage stress by getting regular acupuncture.

  • Avoid excessive sexual activity and hot yoga.

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Best foods to eat:
  • Meat: duck, pork

  • Seafood: clam, crab, cuttlefish, oysters

  • Vegetables: asparagus, peas, seaweed, spinach, string bean, sweet potato, yam

  • Starches/grains: spelt, wheat

  • Fruit: apple, avocado, banana, lemon, mango, pears, pineapple, pomegranate, tomato, watermelon

  • Dairy/eggs: cheese, eggs, organic milk

  • Nuts/seeds: sesame seeds

  • Beans/legumes: kidney beans

  • Other: honey, malt, royal jelly, tofu

Image by Floh Maier
What to Drink:
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  • Room-temperature water

  • Organic milk

Foods & Drinks to AVOID:
  • coffee

  • red wine

  • high-proof alcohol

  • black tea

  • green tea

  • spicy foods

  • cinnamon

  • cloves

  • garlic

  • ginger

Image by Michael Fousert
Healing Recipes
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Refreshing Watermelon Salad