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Hot Constitution Body Type

 March 29, 2021

By  Juli Kramer

People with a hot constitution often have a fast metabolism, but their bodies build up too much internal waste. If you have an oily face, acne, a dry mouth, and bad breath these are all symptoms of a hot constitution.

This article has everything you need to clear acne, reduce anger, and feel more in control of your emotions. Keep reading!

Reading time: 8 minutes

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What causes a hot constitution?

Firstly, a hot constitution is largely determined by prenatal and biological factors. For example, your mother might have had a hot constitution while pregnant with you.

Much like the concept of genetics in western medicine, according to TCM, at conception your parents set your foundational energetic nature. Wang Chong, a Chinese medicine practitioner in the 1st century CE writes that:

Strength and long life, weakness and short life are connected with the copiousness and scarcity of the receive qi…When the qi is copious, the body becomes strong, and the body being strong, life lasts long.

On the other hand, when the vital force is scanty, the body is weak, and with a weak body, life is short…A short life is accompanied by much sickness.

On top of this, other factors can lead to a hot constitution. Often, people with this body type have addictive habits that can make them “hot,” such as drinking too much alcohol, staying up late, smoking, eating too much meat, and/or feeling depressed for a long time.

You can feel better

Regardless of the source of your hot constitution, you have the ability to bring your body closer to a yin and yang harmonious state. That means a state of ideal health that will leave you feeling energized, optimistic, and enlivened.

Here are some general patterns associated with a hot constitution. You may have overcome some of these tendencies with lifestyle choices you make. Well done! Read on to learn how to improve your health further.


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Common physical symptoms of hot constitution

  • Oily face with a flushed complexion
  • Loud voice and breathing
  • Preference for cool and avoidance of heat
  • Prefers to drink cold drinks
  • Tendency to have acne
  • Bad breath
  • Dry mouth with a bitter taste
  • Consistently feel weary
  • Unhealthy bowel movements – constipation or diarrhea
  • Dark urine
  • Leukorrhea in women
  • Cravings for sweet and fatty foods
  • Red tongue with a yellow, greasy coating
  • Slippery and rapid pulse

Common physical characteristics

  • Body shape tends to be medium or slim
  • Sturdy physique

Common emotional characteristics

People with a hot constitution:

  • are often susceptible to getting angry easily
  • can frequently act over assertive
  • experience nervous agitation
  • frequently feel angry
  • tend to be impatient

Greatest points of susceptibility for hot constitution

  • Tend to get sick when the weather transitions from the heat and dampness of late summer to early autumn

Greatest health risks

  • Skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and carbuncles (clusters of boils under the skin)
  • Jaundice
  • Prostatitis
  • Gallbladder inflammation
  • Vaginitis
  • Urinary tract infections

How to off-set your hot constitution through diet

If you have a hot constitution, you should eat cooling foods that clear damp heat. You should also limit spicy, fried, and fatty foods.

Firstly, eat on a fixed schedule and only eat until about 70% full. Avoid overeating which can cause food retention by weakening the spleen. Food retention leads to the accumulation of waste and damp heat.

Choose foods that have a cooling energetic and are easy to digest. These foods will release heat, cool the internal body, and facilitate the removal of wastes.

Secondly, following the Chinese medicine body clock, you should eat a large breakfast between 7:00-9:00 AM, an even larger lunch between 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, and a light dinner between 5:00-7:00 PM.

Finally, if you have a hot constitution, you should not snack between meals. Snacking adds more waste to an already taxed system, generating more heat and more symptoms.

Even though you most likely maintain a medium to slim body easily, you need to avoid eating fatty, fried, roasted, and greasy foods that cause more heat. Lightly steamed and sauteed foods are best.

Foods to add

People with a hot constitution should add cooling foods. These foods are great choices.

adzuki (azuki) beans
amaranth
banana
bamboo
bean sprouts
bitter melon
bok choy
broccoli
cabbage
carp
celery
cucumber
duck
hyacinth bean
Job’s tears (coix seeds)
kelp
loofah
lotus root

lotus seed
mung beans
persimmon
poria
purslane
spinach
tomato
water chestnuts
watermelon
wild rice

Job's tears or Coix lacryma-jobi cool a hot constitution

Job's tears, also called coix seeds, help clear damp heat.

Foods and beverages to avoid

If you have a hot constitution, you want to avoid items that are warming, hot, and pungent in nature.

alcohol
BBQ’d food
chicken
chilies
Chinese chives
coriander
eel
deep-fried food
garlic
ginger
heavily spiced food
honey
hot peppers
lamb
mustard
pepper
roasted food
venison
wine

leeks
peppers
onions
star anise
strong tea
sunflower seeds

Hot constitution

While honey is healthy for many people, it can make it difficult to clear damp heat from the body.

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