Yin and Yang In The Diet
We can adjust our diet based on the yin and yang of food, especially when combined with the knowledge of the five elements.
Yin and Yang Spectrum
How food is fed can affect its yin and yang quality.
Let's first examine the yin and yang spectrum in terms of cooking.
| Pressure Cooked — neutral
| Shallow Fried
| Deep Fried
As we can see from the chart above, raw is pure
yin energy while roasted is pure
In terms of health, a cold (yin) body leads to problems such as diarrhea while a hot (yang) body leads to problems like constipation. This is a very simple example that shows the how yin and yang have opposite affects. Ultimately, we want a balance of yin and yang in the body.
Many of the problems that plague humans begin, as a result, of a dirty colon. One of the keys to a healthy colon is to have moisture in the colon. But when you eat foods that are high in yang energy or when your lifestyle is full of yang energy, then the heat of the yang energy begins to burn up all of the moisture in the body, including the moisture in the colon. When the moisture in the colon begins to go away, constipation begins to happen. In humans, a sore throat is connected to constipation, according to Chinese herbal medicine. As a result, in Chinese herbal medicine, the method to
curing a sore throat is to treat the constipation — a sore throat is the sign of excess yang energy as is tooth pain, mouth ulcers (canker sores), dry skin, etc. Of course, this is all very general talk but you are beginning to see how things are connected, from a Chinese herbal medicine point of view.
The study of Chinese herbal medicine is really complex and there is no way I could fully explain everything here — plus, to be honest, Chinese herbal medicine is so deep in knowledge that I too am still learning. But I still apply this knowledge every day in a very basic and often helpful way.
Bowel Movements Provide The Clues
While it's not the most pleasant story to talk about, the reality is that we can begin to determine our state of health, that is whether or not we have have too much yin or yang energy, by observing our bowel movements.
Constipation, have some straining, small pebble like stools along with stools that are excessively dry, all show signs of excess yang energy in their body.
Loose bowel movements and diarrhea indicate too much yin energy.
Watching stools, during the periods of
normal health help us simply determine the balance of yin and yang in the body. We might find, as an example, that we have slight straining — indicating that there is excess yang (hot) energy in the body. We can then observe and perhaps we realize that we are storing food in plastic containers, which is the root of the problem since plastic has
fire properties — or perhaps, we notice that there is too much red around us creating too much heat. We may also notice that we are using too much stainless steel in the kitchen, which also has
If we have loose stools or soft stools, then perhaps we have too much yin energy. We can then make adjustments to bring some more yang energy into our body
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