Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet

The Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet

The 5 Elements relate to the earth and the ways that our organ system works according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

1) Wood

Physically lean with exposed veins
More susceptible to liver and gall bladder issues
Emotional Struggles – Frustration and Anger
Need to Nourish – Liver and Gallbladder
Foods to Eat – Sour & Bitter Foods
Sauerkraut, green apples, greens (salad, spinach, veggie juice, milk thistle, green foods, fresh foods. etc.)

2) Earth

Physically more round, jolly and have redness in their cheeks.
More susceptible to candida issues
Emotional Struggles – Worry
Need to Nourish – Spleen and Stomach
Foods to Eat – Warm Vegetables
Pumpkin, sweet potato, butternut squash, spaghetti squash

3) Metal

Metal element people have strong and bold features
More susceptible to lung, colon and immune system issues
Emotional Struggles – Grief, Sadness and Depression
Need to Nourish – The Immune System
Foods to Eat- White Foods
Horseradish, garlic, onions, cauliflower, and probiotic-rich foods (yogurt, kefir, and raw cheeses)

4) Water

More susceptible to kidney and adrenal gland issues
Struggle with infection, fatigue, low energy or hormone imbalances (early menopause or PCOS)
Emotional Struggles – Fear
Foods to Eat – Dark-Colored Foods
Nutrient dense foods, berries, cranberries, beets, spinach etc.

5) Fire

More susceptible to acid reflux or heat issues
Emotional Struggles – Passionate and Fiery
Foods to Eat – Spicy foods
Cayenne pepper, Mexican foods, salsa, hot sauce etc.


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