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What Happens To Your Heart In Summer?

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Summer can be a lot like falling in love! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, falling in love is known as an "excess heart fire," with symptoms very similar to summer time: a racing heart, spontaneous sweating, obsessive thought and madness. The heart is an affectionate & extroverted organ. It loves connection with others.

Close your eyes and imagine the feeling of summer. What do you see? A trip to the beach? 4th of July fireworks? A summer romance? There's something especially fun and impulsive about summer. Parades and festivals testify to the extroverted exuberance of summertime. It is time for celebration! Your heart feels lighter in summer, so your mood is more buoyant.

Throughout the Southwest, Catholics revere the sacred heart of Jesus on fire, showing the relationship between fire & the heart's passion.

Summer heats up the heart, bringing with it feelings of joy, enthusiasm, adventure, & courage. Take a moment to tune into your heart. Can you feel your heartbeat? What emotions are you storing in your chest? Are your reactions are magnified by summer heat?

The heart is very sensitive to heat. With every one degree rise in body temperature, the heart beats an extra 10 times per minute. The faster it beats, the more overstimulated (Vata) you might feel. Summer heart heat tempts us to stay out late and enjoy nightlife. You might find it hard to calm yourself down in time for bed, or suffer from insomnia on hot summer nights.

The heart is also very concerned with your image, how others perceive you in society. A person with a healthy fire is brilliant, charming and full of enthusiasm. They are attractive and socially adept. Ayurveda associates these thrilling qualities with Pitta Dosha, the dominant dosha of summer. The passion of Pitta can be nothing short of mesmerizing.

Too much heart heat can you leave feeling as scattered as a social butterfly. In addition to feeling scattered, summer heart heat can make you anxious and agitated. A person with too much fire may be overly reactive, intense, egotistical or have a hot temper. In Chinese medicine, mental disorders are associated with heart heat. When there is too much heart heat, the tip of your tongue will be red, a sign of fire element. As the heart beats faster, the liver, another Pitta organ, may become fatigued.

Heat expands and cold contracts. A person with too little heart heat might have a cold heart. A cold hearted person can't empathize with the feelings of others or show compassion. They have trouble integrating with society.

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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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