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Moving into Autumn – Nature & Health Magazine
April 2015 – By Shura Ford – This article discusses Chinese herbs, acupuncture and food remedies. It looks at how these tools can help support your health in Autumn and prepare your body for Winter.
Foods that make you cold
In Chinese medicine each food has a therapeutic nature and temperature. Consuming many cool foods or drinks such as iced water, concentrated juices or smoothies can weaken the digestive fire. While some people with a very strong constitution will cope with lots of cold natured foods and drinks, others with a less robust constitution or prolonged exposure will be affected and may start noticing the regular occurrence of symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, lack of appetite, tiredness and abdominal pain.
Cold foods include cucumber, lettuce, melon, tofu, dairy milk, Spirulina, banana, avocado, peppermint, sprouts and tofu.
What to eat to warm up
Cooking foods rather than eating them raw helps to warm their nature. Ideal methods cook ingredients slowly e.g broths, soups and stews and roasting.
Foods that help to warm up the body include pungent foods such as onion, garlic, chives, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, horseradish and pepper. They have ascending qualities, clear the lungs and can be used to balance the nature of cold foods, for instance using onion, garlic and ginger in a tofu stiry-fy.