In Chinese medicine, there are definite guidelines to good health and healing illness with food.
The most important aspect is eating cooked food most of the time. It is much less work for the digestion and requires less use of energy or Qi. This means that you have more Qi for other things. Soups, congee, stews and bone broth are the most nourishing of all foods and quickly help the body to recover and regenerate. Iced drinks and icy food destroys the body’s ability to digest and extract nourishment, creates unbalanced gut flora, and may lead to bloating, and irregular bowel movements.
When you drink iced water or a soft drink with a fatty meal, the cold drink congeals the fats in other foods if eaten simultaneously and disturbs the bowel function. Food gets caught in the bowel and produces toxins, possibly causing dysbiosis and leaky gut long term. The immune system then starts to attack your own body as the toxins are released into the abdomen through the damaged bowel walls. This is made worse by additives, pesticides in our food chain, GMO’s and stress. These would be considered tainted food in times gone by.
We have developed many allergies and food intolerance’s in the last 2 generations. In order to combat this trend, we need to return to a more traditional whole food diet, remove the nitrates, pesticides, colorings, preservatives, heavily hydrogenated oils, sugars and salts. The diets of our grandparents and many Mediterranean areas are very suitable for Australia. We can use the 5 flavors that balance and harmonize each organ and system in Chinese food cures, and eat fresh seasonal food within 24 hours of cooking it. This ensures that there is still a pleasant aroma and the Qi is still in the food.
Eating food at the same time each day and ensuring a quiet meditative attitude (without over-talking or working or watching TV) helps benefit the absorption of our food. Sitting upright and not slouching also helps the food to pass through the body more effectively and a 20-30 minute gentle walk after eating helps digestion and reduces gas build-up.
It is best to not eat till you are full-up and reduce the variety of foods in each meal as too many different foods puts more pressure on the digestion. Different enzymes are needed for different types of food. Most of us are familiar with the food coma feeling after a big celebration like Christmas lunch, dinner, or bar-b-cue the next day etc.
The gut has been understood as playing an integral part in our immune system so it is becoming evident with recent research that we need to look after it much more carefully. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5408367/
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