Chinese medicine divides food into chilling, cooling, neutral, warming and hot. The diet should be adapted to the climate in which we live, and the season of the year.The observance of this principle is to ensure health and proper body weight.
Chinese medicine presents the body as a microcosm filled with life energy, which gives strength and its proper circulation is a guarantee of health and vitality.” According to these beliefs, the balance between the element Yin and Yang in all areas of life, including nutrition, is crucial. there is also a division of all food products into warming and cooling body, and their proper consumption according to the followers of this philosophy guarantees health and proper body weight.
According to Chinese medicine, the diet should be adapted to the climate we live in. The climate zones are divided into hot, warm, moderate, cold and cold, similarly to the five categories food is divided into chilling foods – Han, cooling Liang, neutral – Ping, heating – Wen and hot – Re. Inhabitants of Poland live in a moderate cold climate, so they should eat warming and inert food, and avoid chilling and chilling products. In practice, this means excluding raw vegetables and fruits from the diet, as well as raw water .
According to Chinese nutritional recommendations, the menu should consist of 40% of lightly cooked and hot vegetables and fruits, 40% of cereal products and 20% of meat, dairy, fat and sugar. Meals should be compiled on the basis of an energetic breakdown of products hot products Yang and cold Yin remained in balance: Excess hot products (eg butter, smoked fish, onion, pepper, coffee, chilli) or cold (eg ice cream, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, yoghurts, bananas, tofu) as a consequence it leads to disruption of energy balance and health problems.The meals should be warm, because the body does not have to use extra energy to heat them before digestion, thanks to which the internal organs do not cool down and are not deprived of life-giving energy.
According to Chinese medicine, the diet should be adjusted also to the season of the year.In winter, you should mainly eat warming and warming and neutral products, and in the summer warming, neutral and occasionally cooling. In cold months should be put on hot meals, mainly cooked, with the addition of warming spices, such as ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, chilli, turmeric.In summer, two meals eaten during the day should also be cooked.
Warming spices recommended in the autumn and winter season
ginger Its sharp taste and lemon scent does not suit everyone, but it’s worth trying to convince him that it speeds up circulation, thanks to which it makes us warmer and effectively protects against infections. Chopped fresh ginger can be added to tea instead of lemon or to boiled water with a bit of honey. This mixture has a warming effect on the body and supports its resistance.
cloves They are ideal as an addition to coffee, tea, some soups and fit meat dishes.Ground cloves conquer the taste of gingerbread and cakes. They effectively fight free radicals and cleanse the body of toxins. Thanks to their bactericidal properties, they strengthen the immune system and fight infections.
cinnamon It inhibits bacterial growth, has antiseptic or disinfecting effect.A drink with a pinch of cinnamon effectively combats, for example, throat infections.It is an excellent source of manganese, iron and calcium.Perfectly underlines the taste of desserts, such as apple pie.It can be added to coffee or tea, as well as to meat dishes.
cardamon. Has a camphor scent and a distinct flavor.It has an anti-inflammatory effect on the respiratory system, it can inhibit the development of a cold if it is used at the first symptoms.It stimulates the appetite and soothes the nervous system.When added to tea or coffee, it not only improves their taste, but also neutralizes toxic ingredients.
Nutmeg Has a bittersweet aroma.It improves circulation and has a beneficial effect on digestive processes.Composes with meat dishes, pumpkin, béchamel sauce, and some seafood.
vanilla Perfectly flavors desserts, blends with fruits and cheese.Is a good stimulant and warming the body.In addition, it has a soothing effect on the nervous system.
chili This spicy spice, thanks to the capsaicin it has in its composition, acts beneficial to the immune system.It cleans the airways and warms up. Fits dishes made of beans, lentils, poultry, meats and also chocolate.
turmeric Its slightly spicy taste and spicy aroma are associated primarily with Indian cuisine.The dishes give golden color.Turmeric is perfect for lentil and bean dishes.It has a warming effect, thus stimulating digestive processes.
Warming diet in practice
The breakdown into five groups of food products is not scientifically confirmed and should not be taken literally. This can lead to some extremes, such as excluding raw vegetables from the diet, whose food brings only health benefits, provides fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. is to find an obese person with numerous diseases that would feed on, for example, a Mediterranean or vegetarian diet model. Of course, it is advisable to follow some seasonal recommendations, eat more cold products in the summer and hot ones in the winter, but daily nutrition should not be planned based on division of products according to their energy,
When it comes to meals eaten in the winter, the recommendations of Chinese medicine go hand in hand with observation and logical thinking .In the autumn and winter season, the body needs more energy to maintain proper body temperature, so it is advisable to eat meals served warm. The body does not consume energy at that time heating up the food in the stomach, and the warm dish raises the body temperature and postprandial thermogenesis, and hence, speeds up the metabolism.
Excess chilling products and obesity
According to the followers of Chinese medicine, the excess of chilling and chilling products in the diet leads to the formation of mucus TAN, which is responsible for obesity and numerous diseases.TAN mucus is deposited in internal organs, causing, for example, gallstones and connective tissue, causing cellulite.According to this theory, the excessive consumption of raw vegetables and fruits, milk and eggs, mineral water or cold dishes is responsible for obesity and poor health.
There is no scientific evidence to support this theory.The only thing one can agree with is that obesity is answered by eating too much sugar included in chilling products.The fact that obesity comes from long-term hypothermia and the occurrence of TAN mucus, supporters of Chinese medicine are convinced, but scientists are not researching the causes of obesity and dealing with its treatment and prevention.