Kidney Yang Foods, ie those that boost Kidney Yang, are not the only way to help Kidney Yang. But diet – long-term – is really important.
Recovering Kidney yang can take months. If you start when older, it may be impossible to regain the vigour you enjoyed when you were young, but even so, with time you may achieve much.
By the way, if all this yin-yang stuff makes little sense, try reading balancing yin and yang.
Kidney yang depends on Kidney Yin reserves so …
If fostering yang, be sure to keep warm, to keep moving, and to avoid getting over-tired. Physical exercise is vital, and our bodies reap long-term benefits if we start young.
Yang energy also appears at inspiration, enthusiasm and passion.
Do what you enjoy and turns you on! Keep up your spirits!
Join others with similar interests and benefit from the group’s energy and drive.
Kidney yang reserves depend on Kidney Yin reserves so usually you would start by dealing with the causes of Kidney yin deficiency:
These come under your Stomach and Spleen energies in Chinese medicine. Very important to preserve your Stomach Yin and Stomach Qi energies by avoiding cold and chilled foods and drinks. Read more about this under Nutrition.
Get in the habit of eating Clogstoun Congee regularly to preserve your Stomach Yin and keep you properly hydrated: much better than drinking lots of water.
Ensure healthy Stomach/Spleen digestion: everything depends on that. Eat Warm not cold food and drink.
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Remember! always take food and drink that is cooked and warm to the touch.
Later, as you stop showing signs of Kidney Yin deficiency, the following foods are more for Kidney Yang deficiency. However, being yang, they are also somewhat heating so may produce rashes, irritability or headaches in sensitive individuals if introduced too fast:
To preserve balance, avoid very heating foods and herbs. These over-stimulate your body to resist them. For example, very hot curries might make you perspire so cool you down: counter-productive!
Foods that help both Kidney Yin and Yang – but eat them cooked and warm if possible:
Get in the habit of adding them to the dishes you eat!
When you are back to balance continue to avoid Cold Foods and eating food that is Cold to the touch. It is vital to preserve the yang energy of your Stomach.
And, of course, keep moving, keep warm and don’t get cold.
Books on Chinese Dietary therapy
The two books by Andrew Sterman listed below give you a real feel for Chinese medicine and how it approaches food as a source of health and disease. I highly recommend them.
Each of the following books also has merits:
How to reduce stress, pain, inflammation and all the symptoms of stagnating Qi. Get your life moving again!
Balanced yin and yang, Borscht is wonderfully nutritious when taken Cold in Summer or Warm in Winter! Improves endurance, blood pressure and immunity.
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