Winter foods in Chinese medicine should specifically nourish and warm the Kidneys – the main active organ in this season. These foods are - black beans, kidney beans, broths cooked with bones, lamb, chicken, walnuts, chestnuts, black sesame seeds, and dark leafy greens. A small amount of black sea salt is also helpful as the taste associated with the kidneys is salty, but it should be in a moderate amount.
All naturally grow in this season veggies and fruits will be also beneficial for our body – squashes, potatoes, root vegetables, winter greens, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, apples, and pears. In winter, our bodies need warming foods like soups made with hearty vegetables, and rich stocks cooked with animal bones are best.
Cooking should be for longer periods using low heat and less water. This infuses foods with heat that helps to keep the body warm in the cold winter months. Hearty soups, whole grains, and roasted nuts are good on cold days and offer nourishment to feed the body and tonify the kidneys in cold winter months.
Eating natural foods that grow in the present season is what our bodies are designed for and prefer.
Change your diet as the seasons change and create more balance between your body and the external environment. Come for your seasonal check-up and get acupuncture, cupping, or moxibustion treatment to be in harmony with Nature.
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