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Balance with Healthy Eating
Eat for your organ health
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the health of your major organs (liver, heart, stomach, lungs and kidneys) impacts your energy level, your ability to fight disease and your overall wellness. When one organ is out of balance it impacts the health of other organs. The Five Element model gives insight into the imbalances caused by stress, improper eating and how you process emotional responses to life which also impact the function of your organs. When you choose to eat foods to support and strengthen your organs, you help your body heal. Eating for your organ health is a different approach to nutrition.
All foods have different nutritional values. Choosing foods that have a higher nutritional value can help reset your body’s ability to heal. You can research foods online to find the best choices for your organ health according the Five Element model.
Your brain, your heart and your liver are the three most important organs in your body. A healthy liver eliminates toxins from the blood and play a key role in digestion. Avoid alcohol, get regular exercise and eat a healthy diet. Try drinking a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice in hot water first thing in the morning to cleanse your liver.
Eating a primarily vegetarian diet in a variety of different colors is a great way to start to make better choices in your health. Try to eat minimal amounts of hormone-free meat as a side dish instead of a main dish.
Preparation of food is very important. If you are concerned you will loose some of the nutritional value when cooking food, it is important for you to understand that your body expends quite a bit of energy digesting raw foods. Avoid foods that are over-cooked, highly processed or deep fried as these foods have less energy and life essence left in them than the foods that are raised organically and prepared in ways to preserve the nutrition and energy. You spend less energy and absorb more nutrition digesting a carrot that has been lightly sauteed or stir fried than to digest and absorb the nutrition from a raw carrot. Warm foods are less of a shock to your stomach and spleen according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, so avoid cold foods whenever possible.
Eat in a calm environment
Eating healthy food is important. The environment where you eat that food is just as important to your body. Your food digests easier when you eat in a calm peaceful environment. Studies show that it takes approximately 20 minutes for your brain to send signals to your body that you have had enough to eat, so eating slowly can help you avoid overeating. Chew your food thoroughly before swallowing to help the digestive juices and stomach absorb the most nutrients from the food as possible. Be mindful of the food you are eating and savor the flavor. Enjoy the conversation with those you may eat with.