To function optimally, the body requires proper nourishment. Based on the principles of Chinese nutritional therapy, nourishment of the body is derived from three sources.
1. Shen Chi – this energy stems from nourishing and healthy relationships that’s taken into the Heart where it is then transformed into Chi or life energy.
2. Da Chi – this is the energy that comes from the air we breathe. It is sent to the Lungs, where it is processed and transformed into the Chi that’s also essential for life.
3. Gu Chi – this energy comes from the food and fluids we respectively eat and drink. It is digested in the Abdomen, Spleen, and Pancreas, and converted into the Chi that nourishes all of our cells.
These three energies are sent to the Kidneys and converted into the defensive energy of the body: Wei Chi, (in the form of white blood cells), as well as the nourishing energy that feeds the organs and powers all bodily functions: Ching Chi.
Useful Nutritional Guidelines:
The basic fuel of the body is food, and its quality determines the health and well being of our spirit, mind, and body. When we consume a clean healthy diet, made up mostly of organically grown whole grains, veggies, and fruits, as well not chemically treated good protein in the form of lean meat, beans, chicken, and fish, will provide the best nourishment and not overwork our kidneys and liver, the two body cleansing organs of our body.
1. Refrain from eating sugar, white flour, and other refined carbohydrates. These include soft drinks, pretzels, potato chips, corn chips, white rice, pasta, white bread, sweets, etc.). We are definitely sure that the refined carbohydrate high sugar diets we eat are the major contributors to the frightening rise of auto- immune diseases, diabetes, and chronic diseases that are becoming more and more endemic each day.
2. Drink lots of water, at least 8 to 10 ounces every day.
3. Do not deprive yourself. Relish your food, and delight in the flavors. When you enjoy your foods, your health stands to benefit. Nevertheless, when you eat, do so based on proper principles enumerated in this article and change your diet every now and then.
4. Do not buy products having colors that are added to foods as well as foods that have chemical names you can’t pronounce. Always read the labels. A lot of the chemicals placed into foods nowadays are considered poison.
5. Limit your intake of fruit juices, alcohol, and coffee.
6. For cooking, use extra-virgin olive oil. Some oils tend to oxidize and leave poisonous residues. Stay away from saturated fat, such as animal fats and butter, and use on your salads only cold-pressed oils.
7. Never overeat. Chew your food thoroughly and slowly and consume smaller portions as they can help normalize your blood sugar levels.
Supplementation is needed to support the body in its healing from certain conditions and would be different from person to person.
In the quest to function at an optimal level, even if one is adhering to a strict dietary program, they are still not sure if they are getting all the nutrients they need from foods. The soil no longer has all the minerals and micronutrients that the food which our grandparents ate. Soil depletion caused by too much use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers has wreaked damage to the environment. Hence, it is essential that we supplement our diets with minerals and vitamins to guarantee we’re getting a full complement of nourishment.
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