What to eat for a healthy life is a question that everyone has in his mind. With the rapidly increasing risk of poor nutrition, people are in search of better and healthier ways to eat. Interestingly, this question has a link with traditional Chinese medicine as well. TCM or Traditional Chinese medicine is centuries old and has solutions for almost every health problem.
The classic food evaluation accounts for nutrition, composition, calories and other such parameters. But the Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on the energy properties of the food, calling them “yin” and “yang”. As per Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the balance of “cool” (yin) and “hot” (yang) foods is necessary for good health.
The practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believe that it energizes the body and heals it internally. It also believes that “qi” is a force that flows in nature. Therefore, it strongly impacts our body functions.
To maintain a balance in all body parts and qi, a balance of yin-yang foods is necessary. Yin and yang foods are energetic qualities that are present in-universe, naturally and they even affect your health, practitioners believe.
How yin and yang foods help
The practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believe that yin and yang foods help to prevent certain body illness to affect your health. Talking about symbolism, the Chinese symbol for yin is shaded that signifies calmness, dampness, femininity, and darkness. On the other hand, yang is the sunny side that shows masculinity, dryness and warmth and light. These two are complementary to each other.
As per effects, yin foods are cool and are helpful to moisten or hydrate your body. Yang foods are warm for the body. This warm or cool nature of foods is not an actual temperature of food. Also, moist or dry does not define its moisture level to the body. All it means is its supposed energy and its effects on your body.
Generally, yin or cool foods have low calorie and high potassium. They are recommended only in the hot season. Yang or hot foods are higher in calories and have more sodium in them. Hence they are advised in colder months.
The practitioners believe that eating too much yin or yang will negatively affect the body’s balance and may also bring adverse side effects for health. The only way to make these two work for good health is by eating in moderation.
Examples of yin and yang foods
For a balanced diet, the Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that meals with yin foods should have two parts and foods with yang foods should have three parts. Some of the examples of yin foods are.
- Soy products: tofu, soybean sprouts
- Certain meats: crab, duck
- Fruits: watermelon, star fruit
- Vegetables: watercress, cucumbers, carrots, cabbage
- Cold drinks and water
The examples of yang foods are as follows.
- High-fat foods
- High protein foods
- High sodium foods
- Meats: chicken, pork, beef
- Warm spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger powder
- Glutinous rice
- Sesame oil
To make the best out of these two types of foods, it is necessary to create a balance between yin and yang. These foods determine the health of a person, it may help to re-establish a body harmony that promotes better health for the long term.