There are 24 solar terms in a year, each of which has its own folk customs. This is also the wisdom of the working people in our country. In a few days, it will be the spring equinox. Spring is the growing season of all things, and the temperature rises gradually. How to keep healthy on the day of the equinox? What's good for keeping healthy on the equinox?
What do you eat on the equinox?
1. Eat donkey and roll
According to the old Beijing custom, the spring equinox has the custom of eating donkey rolling (also known as bean cake) in order to avoid evil and pray for blessings. Donkey roll is one of the ancient varieties of Beijing snacks. Its raw material is steamed with rice flour and water. When making noodles, add more water to soften the noodles. In addition, stir fry the soybeans and grind them into powder. When making, the steamed rice noodles are dipped with soybean flour and rolled into pieces, then put on red bean paste and roll up, cut into small pieces for eating.
2. Eating spring vegetables
In the old days, there was a custom in Cang town of Kaiping in Siyi (now with Heshan as Wuyi). It was called 'spring equinox eating spring vegetables'. Spring vegetable is a kind of wild amaranth, which is called "spring Artemisia". On the day of Spring Festival, the whole village went to pick spring vegetables. When they searched in the fields, they found many green and slender Artemisia annua, about the length of palms. The spring dishes collected are generally "boiled soup" with fish slices, which is called "spring soup". The soup tastes delicious, and has a special meaning. There is a slip of the tongue: "spring soup pours dirty, washes liver and intestines, and the whole family is safe and healthy. 'to eat spring vegetables and drink spring soup means to pray for the peace and strength of the house.
Food precautions on the day of spring equinox
Eat more seasonal dishes
Each season has seasonal vegetables that meet its climate conditions and grow. They have the essence of heaven and earth and high nutritional value. Eating leek with Yang nourishing effect can enhance the Qi of the spleen and stomach of the human body; bean sprouts, bean sprouts, lettuce and other ingredients can help activate the growth function of the body; eating mulberry, cherry, strawberry and other nutritious late spring fruits can moisten the lungs, promote fluid production, and nourish the liver.
Complementary Yin and Yang of food
Food is divided into five properties: cold, hot, warm, cool and flat. For example, when cooking cold food such as fish, shrimp and crab, it is necessary to add warm seasonings such as onion, ginger, wine and vinegar to prevent the dishes from being cold and cold; for example, when eating chives, garlic, papaya and other Yang supporting dishes, it is necessary to add Yin nourishing ingredients such as eggs to achieve the purpose of Yin Yang complementation.
A holiday for the intestines and stomach
People's stomachs also need rest. When food is eaten into the stomach, in addition to the intestines and stomach, many internal organs of the human body should be busy for it, even the brain should give way to it. First of all, we should ensure that Qi and blood meet the needs of the intestines and stomach, which is the reason why the brain will faint after eating.
If we can have a rest day in the stomach every week, it can effectively help us eliminate the accumulated toxins in our body. On weekends, we can only eat two meals in the morning and evening, or use porridge, fruit and honey water instead of one meal to reduce the gastrointestinal load.
Liver nourishing and detoxification
Spring should be in the liver, summer should be in the heart, long summer should be in the spleen, autumn should be in the lung, winter should be in the kidney, so spring should focus on nourishing the liver. The purpose of nourishing the liver in spring is to coordinate the yin-yang balance of the liver. In traditional Chinese medicine, sweet food can nourish the spleen and stomach. Jujube and yam are good choices.
Wine hurts the liver and intestines, so we should not drink in spring. Chrysanthemum tea, honeysuckle and even boiled water are the best drinks for spring.
What is spring equinox good for
Equinox ingredient 1: bean sprout
Soybean sprouts have the functions of clearing away heat and eyesight, nourishing qi and blood, preventing gum bleeding, hardening of cardiovascular system and lowering cholesterol. Spring is the season of vitamin B2 deficiency. Eating more soybean sprouts in spring can effectively prevent and treat vitamin B2 deficiency. Vitamin E contained in bean sprouts can protect skin and capillaries, prevent arteriosclerosis and prevent hypertension in the elderly. In addition, because soybean sprouts contain vitamin C, they are beauty food. Regular consumption of soybean sprouts can nourish hair, keep hair dark and bright, and have a better effect of lightening freckles on the face.
Vernal equinox ingredients 2: shallot
Onion, ginger and garlic are not only good seasonings, but also important medicinal value. They can increase appetite, help spring sun, and have the effect of sterilization and disease prevention. Spring onion is the most nutritious, tender, fragrant and best time to eat in a year. At this time, eating it can prevent the most common respiratory infection in spring. The fried egg with shallot or dipping sauce with shallot, which are popular in spring in the north, are the best way to eat nutritiously and conform to the solar term.
Equinox ingredients 3: Celery
Celery is especially suitable for high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, hyperglycemia, iron deficiency anemia and menstrual women. Celery has the functions of calming the liver and lowering blood pressure, calming the nerves, diuretic and detumescence, preventing cancer and anticancer. Celery has a high iron content, which can supplement the loss of women's menstrual blood. It is a good vegetable for iron deficiency anemia patients. However, celery is cold and slippery. People with deficiency of spleen and stomach and thin stools should not eat more. Celery can reduce blood pressure, so people with low blood pressure should eat less.
Equinox ingredient 4: lettuce
Lettuce has high potassium content, which is good for patients with hypertension and heart disease. Lettuce has a sedative effect, often eating helps to eliminate tension and help sleep. Lettuce is different from other vegetables in that it is rich in fluorine. It can participate in the growth of teeth and bones, improve the digestive system and liver function, stimulate the secretion of digestive fluid, promote appetite, and help to resist rheumatic diseases and gout.