Essential Takeaways:

  • Cycle syncing aligns daily habits with menstrual phases, enhancing physical and emotional well-being.

  • Summertime in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is associated with joy, peak energy, and the Heart organ system. 

  • Implementing small daily rituals can optimize health and harmony during summer and the ovulation phase.

As the sun reaches its peak and nature flourishes, so do our bodies and spirits. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), summer is a season of joy, peak energy, and vibrant connections. This blog explores how to align your menstrual cycle with the summer season through cycle syncing, offering simple daily actions to enhance your well-being.

Cycle syncing is the practice of adjusting daily habits to align with the different phases of your menstrual cycle. Our approach to Cycle syncing is rooted in TCM by looking towards the seasons and external environment as reflections of our cycle phases to optimize physical, mental, and emotional health by synchronizing lifestyle choices with the natural rhythms of your body.

What is Cycle Syncing?

Cycle syncing involves tailoring your diet, exercise, and self-care routines to match the hormonal changes that occur throughout your menstrual cycle. This practice can enhance the efficacy of herbal remedies in TCM by ensuring your lifestyle supports your body's needs during each phase.

Summertime and Cycle Syncing

In TCM, summer represents the peak of Yang energy, characterized by activity, growth, and joy. It's the season associated with the Heart organ system, which governs blood circulation and emotional well-being. This period aligns with the ovulation phase of the menstrual cycle, a time of high energy and increased social interactions. Interested to learn about TCM and summer? We’ve got you covered with a TCM & Summer deep dive here.

Key Things to Focus on During Summertime

Summertime and the ovulation phase are ideal for activities that boost joy and connection. Here are seven daily rituals to help you sync with this vibrant phase:

  1. Morning Movement: Start your day with light exercise like a walk or yoga session. Morning outdoor activities harness the high energy of the season while avoiding the midday heat.
  2. Hydrate and Cool Down: Drink plenty of water and incorporate cooling foods such as cucumber, watermelon, and mint into your diet. We still discourage ice, as it causes constriction (aka cramping and slow digestion), but cooling foods help balance the heat of summer.
  3. Social Connections: Spend time with friends and family. Social interactions are nourishing for the Heart system and amplify feelings of joy.
  4. Eat Seasonally: Focus on fresh, seasonal produce, particularly red and bitter foods like tomatoes, cherries, and arugula, which support the Heart system and help clear excess heat.
  5. Mindful Relaxation: Take time for relaxation and mindfulness practices. Meditation or tai chi can help balance the active energy of summer with necessary periods of rest.
  6. Gratitude Practice: Keep a gratitude journal, noting down three things you're grateful for each day. This practice aligns with the joy and openness of the summer season.
  7. Creative Expression: Engage in creative activities that bring you joy, such as painting, dancing, or writing. Summer is a time to let your creativity flourish.

    Enhance your summer cycle syncing journey with Elix's personalized Cycle Balance formulas and explore our wellness products designed to support your hormonal health. Discover your unique formula.

    This article was reviewed by Dr. Liem Le.
    Dr. Liem Le is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Functional Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist Integrative Medicine Department at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. He is a part of the teaching staff for the Masters program for the Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition program at University of Western States. Dr. Le is currently working on his fellowship in Integrative Medicine with the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine via a scholarship from the White House to complete the initiative.

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