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Spring is the time of growth and renewal. Our diet during this time should be simple, light and contain plenty of young plants, fresh greens and sprouts. In the spring, food is best cooked for a shorter time but at higher temperatures. That way, we preserve more nutrients. Small amounts of raw foods are recommended especially for individuals with warm constitution and during periods of intense physical activity. Large amounts of raw foods can weaken digestive fire so individuals with cold constitution and weak digestion should be cautious.
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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
You have probably come across this famous quote written by Hippocrates (460 BC-377 BC), an ancient Greek doctor who is considered the father of Western medicine. Sounds nice, right? But how many of us really take this quote to heart? How many of us really believe that we can cure ourselves with food? Ancient Chinese doctors were strong believers in that food can be used as medicine. During their time, when patients got sick, the first thing that the doctor would …
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Concept of Blood
The concept of blood (xue) in traditional Chinese medicine is closely related to the concept of blood in Western medicine except that it goes further to include functions such as tissue nourishment. The diagnosis of “blood deficiency” in Chinese medicine often corresponds to iron deficiency anemia in Western medicine but a patient can still have “blood deficiency” by Chinese medical standards even though testing may reveal normal blood iron level.
During female monthly cycle, blood plays a major roll in nourishing the endometrium (uterine lining) and preparing it for …
America has a love affair with milk. Oh yes, that creamy white liquid that satisfies everybody’s taste buds. Statistics show that the average person living in the United States consumes over 600 pounds of dairy products every year, including about 420 pounds of fluid milk and cream, 70 pounds of various milk-based fats and oils, 30 pounds of cheese, and 17 pounds of ice cream. In aggregate, U.S. dairy farmers produce 163 billion pounds of milk and milk products a year.
Why is this a reason for concern?
Well, there is nothing …
The nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group regularly examines pesticide levels of various commercially grown produce. According to their most recent list, the following fruits and vegetables are the ones most likely to be contaminated. So it’s definitely in your best interest to try to switch to organic versions of these items:
Now for the good news: there are some fruits and vegetables that didn’t rank as high on the pesticide scale. These items are ones that you can afford (speaking from a health perspective) to buy the “regular” versions of:
This saying was used by my grandmother quite often when I was growing up. What does it mean? It means that one of the main ingredients for good health is good food. Food is not just the matter to stuff your belly with; it is part of your very being. Many patients ask me: what should I eat? The fact is, there isn’t a simple answer to this question. Every person is different and has unique body constitution. A general rule that can apply to anyone is: if it does …