Diets Plans & Healthy Food : The Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet

The Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet


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The 5 Elements relate to the earth and the ways that our organ system works according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

1) Wood

Physically lean with exposed veins
More susceptible to liver and gall bladder issues
Emotional Struggles- Frustration and Anger
Need to Nourish- Liver and Gallbladder
Foods to Eat- Sour & Bitter Foods
Sauerkraut, green apples,greens (salad, spinach, veggie juice, milk thistle, green foods, fresh foods. etc.)

2) Earth

Physically more round, jolly and have redness in their cheeks.
More susceptible to candida issues
Emotional Struggles- Worry
Need to Nourish- Spleen and Stomach
Foods to Eat- Warm Vegetables
Pumpkin, sweet potato, butternut squash, spaghetti squash

3) Metal

Metal element people have strong and bold features
More susceptible to lung, colon and immune system issues
Emotional Struggles- Grief, Sadness and Depression
Need to Nourish- The Immune System
Foods to Eat- White Foods
Horse radish, garlic, onions, cauliflower, and probiotic-rich foods (yogurt, kefir, and raw cheeses)

4) Water

More susceptible to kidney and adrenal gland issues
Struggle with infection, fatigue, low energy or hormone imbalances (early menopause or PCOS)
Emotional Struggles- Fear
Foods to Eat- Dark-Colored Foods
Nutrient dense foods, berries, cranberries, beets, spinach etc.

5) Fire

More susceptible to acid reflux or heat issues
Emotional Struggles- Passionate and Fiery
Foods to Eat- Spicy foods
Cayenne pepper, Mexican foods, salsa, hot sauce etc.

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*This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Josh Axe, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Axe nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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