Summer is upon us, and with it comes longer days, warmer temperatures, and a jam packed calendar. Summer is a Yang time of year, and our activities and physical vitality certainly reflect this as we soak in as much solar energy as possible in this short-lived period. Caught up in the momentum of the season, our bodies work overtime, and with all that we pile on, it’s easy to overheat, and dry up – physically and energetically. This added fire can increase irritability, and lead to imbalance. Alternatively, the humid, dog days of summer can leave us sluggish or lethargic, causing a stagnation of energy. Our organs, though easily overlooked, take the brunt of the load, with the heart, small intestine, stomach, and spleen working hard to circulate the blood, regulate temperature, absorb nutrients and maintain optimal digestion.