Summer Hangover Soup

It’s mid-summer. Let’s talk heat stroke, shall we? This is the one area you don’t need to have a deep philosophical understanding of Chinese medicine to get. I mean, when you’re hot and feel kind of sick from it, you’d probably love to dump some excess heat. Typical reactions to the malaise, nausea, headache and overall dehydrated blek that comes with an over indulgence in summer (or, simply, too much time in an unconditioned and stuffy room) are to eat ice, sit in a pool and possibly vomit.

Here is an alternative remedy. Mung beans and seaweed may not be the first things that come to mind on a hot day in July. Cucumber, watermelon and mint are all equally lovely cooling alternatives, but what makes these two particular staples so useful is their overall detoxing effect, allowing the body to process all the excess vitamin D you absorbed in the sunshine, or all the gunk that built up from not drinking enough water.

Coincidentally, this combination also works great for treating a hangover, a very similar biological phenomenon. And if you have a tendency toward acne and other skin rash type things, a daily dose of this little brew may just clear that up.

Summer Hangover Wakame-Mung Bean Soup

This soup is great for the summer months, combating heat and sun stroke and irritability. It is also fantastic for treating acne, curing alcohol-induced hangovers, soothing digestion, and detoxifying the body from allergens and prescription medications. It’s great to keep some on hand in the fridge so you have it when you may be in no condition to be cooking. Warm just to room temperature when you’re feeling like you need it.

  • 1/2 cup dried mung beans, rinsed
  • 1 TB precut wakame seaweed (available near the sushi ingredient area of Whole Foods and other markets)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2-2 tsp all-natural soy or sodium reduced soy sauce or tamari, or 1-2 TB miso to taste.

Combine the mung beans, seaweed and water in a medium sized pot. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, over low heat until the beans are tender (about 1 hr).

Remove from heat. Add soy sauce, tamari or miso to taste and eat warm or at room temperature. You’ll feel better soon. 

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