Diet and Exercise

Food As Everyday Medicine

In Traditional Chine Medicine there is no distinct difference between food and medicine, meaning that food itself can sometimes be all the medicine you need. Food is viewed as a powerful tool to help create and maintain wellness. We put the utmost importance on lifestyle choices and nutrition. Not only is a healthy diet integral to optimal health, it is crucial to get physical and mental exercise as well as rest.

5 Natures

The nature of foods and herbs describes the temperature changes that they cause within the body. Warming foods can help to stimulate body functions and raw food can help cool us down. Too much hot or warming foods can over stimulate our system while ingesting too many raw or cold foods can slow down our digestive processes.

    1. Cold – Melons, Pork, Yogurt, Mussels
    2. Cool –  Tomatoes, Milk, Crab
    3. Natural – eggs, coconut, mushrooms, brown rice
    4. Warm – Coffee, Beef, Radishes, Oats
    5. Hot – Lamb, Ginger, Mustard, Pepper
5 Flavors

The 5 flavors are associated with a specific organ system or meridian and they have inherent qualities that have a very powerful impact upon that organ itself. weet foods can help to tonify the spleen/ stomach and improve digestive function, but too much sweet foods can result in weakening the digestive capacity and creating sugar imbalances like diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

    1. Salty- Soy Sauce, Salt, Seaweed
    2. Bitter- Coffee, Dark Leafy Greens, Cocoa
    3. Sweet- Sugar, Grains, Fruits
    4. Sour- Vinegar, Lemon, Fermented foods
    5. Spicy/pungent -Ginger, Garlic, onion, chili
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