A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice in a year, one in summer and the other in winter when the Sun’s apparent position in the sky reaches its northernmost or southernmost extremes. It is said that the sun stands still on these days. The name solstice, derived from the two Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), signifies that the path of the sun comes to an end and it stands still on these two days before it reverses its direction.
So, what does this mean to your health?
1. The solstice may affect the balance of the body. According to the ancient Ayurvedic medical traditions summer is related to the element fire, which has much to do with metabolism and body systems. Ancient Chinese systems also say that the increase of Fire element affects the Yin and Yang balance. Disharmony of this balance in elements may cause various ailments from headaches to muscle pain – especially in the elbow and the back of our shoulder.
2. Due to high heat and temperature, much water from the body is eliminated by perspiration which causes dehydration and other troubles. If water is not replenished adequately, blood volume would reduce and the brain will suffer from lack of blood that may cause nausea and headache.
3. Another reason for health problems in the body is the expansion of the periphery vein and more blood flow to periphery. This will affect the pressure condition of blood which leads to further complications. People who are generally weak and lack immunity may suffer from poor sleep, weak spleen and stomach, or poor appetite, etc.
Although the impact of the summer solstice is minor it is advisable to be careful, taking preventive methods not to expose oneself too much in the hot sun. Diet with fruits and vegetables and plenty of water is always encouraged. We'll take care of the FRUIT!
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