HOT TIPS FOR HEALTHY DIGESTION: Chinese Medicine wisdom on best diet practices

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our digestive system is like a pot boiling above a fire. This fire needs to be kept warm for efficient digestion. Salads, dairy, certain fruits, and refrigerated food/drink are considered too cold as they slow down and damage the system.

  • By consuming foods that are difficult to digest, our systems are continuously weakened. This leads to symptoms such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea, weight gain, allergies etc.
  • Raw vegetables are high in cellulose and other fibrous structures that our digestive systems (unlike herbivores’) have difficulty breaking down.
  • If you already have a weakened thyroid it is especially important to avoid uncooked cruciferous vegetables (eg., kale, broccoli, cabbage etc) as these contain substances that may further inhibit your thyroid function. Cooking these vegetables deactivates these substances.
  • A lot of the nutrients in vegetables are stored in their tough fibres. Unless we break down these vegetable fibres, our bodies will not be able to access these nutrients.
  • Gently cooking your veg will help to make more nutrients available to you, easier to absorb, and eventually leave you with more energy, and a stronger digestive system.
  • Remember, in TCM different things are appropriate for different people at different times. Listen to your own body, try varied approaches, and see what works best for you.

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