Did you already know if your Five Elements are balanced? If not, read my previous article The Five Elements Theory and check your Five Elements chart there. Today, we are going to talk about how food and health are related through the angle of The Five Elements philosophy. Would our daily intakes affect our health? And how? By knowing your innate five elements and eat according to your needs is your best way to practice a balance life.
Metal is dominated in Autumn, and it demonstrates its functions through body parts of lungs, colon, nose and skin.
People with high level of Metal: vulnerable to respiratory problems, influenza and coughing.
People with low level of Metal: vulnerable to allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc.
Representative food: White in color, e.g. Lily bulb, loquat, snow fungus, pear, almond, lotus seed, honey, etc.
People who have poor lung function usually like spicy food. Suggest eating food focus on regulating the lung functions, such as food belongs to Fire and Wood.
過悲傷肺 Gloomy Harms Lungs
Metal affects our emotion of Sadness. People with poor lung function easily become sorrow and sentimental. When someone is sober and cry heavily, s/he usually feel a loss of oxygen and needs to take deep breaths because such emotion has used up much of her/his oxygen and energy. At the same time, sadness is harmful to our lungs. Fire restraints Metal and controls our emotion of happiness. Do some happy things whenever you are gloomy can reduce the harm to your lungs.
Wood is dominated in Spring, and it demonstrates its functions through body parts of liver, eyes and tendon.
People with high level of Wood: often feel irritable, problems on liver and gallbladder, should control intake of fats and protein.
People with low level of Wood: usually weak, get tired and illnesses easily, should quit or drink less alcohol, and enough resting time is crucial.
Representative food: Green in color, e.g. Kiwi fruit, kelp, duck, mung beans, cane, green leaves vegetables and melons, etc.
People with poor liver function like sour food. Suggest eating food focus on soothing the liver functions and detoxification such as food belongs to Metal and Fire.
過怒傷肝 Outraged Harms Liver
Wood affects our emotion of Anger. People with poor liver function often have bad temper and easily get irritated. Those who always get angry are people with too much suppressed pressures and didn't find proper ways to release, so it accumulates into a pressure snowball which can be exploded at any second. Such emotion surely hurts the liver. Metal restraints Wood and controls our emotion of sadness. Watch a sorrow movie whenever you are outraged and have a good cry can reduce the harm to your liver.
Water is dominated in Winter, and it demonstrates its functions through body parts of kidneys, ears and bones.
People with high level of Water: usually weak, cold limbs and cold intolerance.
People with low level of Water: vulnerable to urological problems.
Representative food: Black in color, e.g. Black rice, seaweed, black soybean, black sesame, seafood, sea cucumber, walnut, chestnut, black grapes, etc.
People with poor kidney function like salty food. Suggest eating food focus on strengthen the kidney functions and keep the body warm such as food belongs to Fire and Earth.
過恐傷腎 Panic Harms Kidneys
Water affects our emotion of Panic. People with poor kidney function often feel panic and timid. People who are timid always feel panic towards their surroundings which creates tension that hurts the kidneys. Earth restraints Water and controls our emotion of thinking. Next time when you feel anxious, think deeply, play board games to relax your tensions. Do no harm to your kidneys.
Fire is dominated in Summer, and it demonstrates its functions through body parts of heart, tongue and pulse.
People with high level of Fire: vulnerable to Three-Hypers problems and cardiovascular diseases.
People with low level of Fire: vulnerable to anaemia and bradycardia.
Representative food: Red in color, e.g. Beef, lamb, tomato, beetroot, carrot, cherry, etc.
People with poor heart function like bitter food. Suggest eating food focus on strengthen the heart functions such as food belongs to Water.
過喜傷心 Ecstatic Harms Heart
Fire affects our emotion of Excitement. People with poor heart function often co-exit of extremely happiness and excitement. People who are ecstatic usually are overreact to their surroundings, like butterflies in stomach which creates burden on the heart. Water restraints Fire and controls our emotion of Panic. When you are ecstatic, watch a horror movie, scream as loud as you can to reduce the harm to your heart.
Earth is dominated in the last month of each season, and it demonstrates its functions through body parts of stomach, mouth and muscles.
People with high level of Earth: usually have weak digestive functions, abdominal pain and bloating.
People with low level of Earth: vulnerable to digestive problems, gastritis, diabetes mellitus and hemorrhoids.
Representative food: Yellow in color, e.g. Sweet potato, pumpkin, soy sprouts, yam, glutinous rice, banana, orange, grape fruit, etc.
People with poor stomach function like sweet food. Suggest eating food focus on improving the stomach functions and digestion such as food belongs to Earth.
過慮傷脾 Overthinking Harms Stomach
Earth affects our emotion of Thinking. People with poor stomach function usually have bad sleep and eating habit. People who overthink often forgot to eat, even if they do, they have their diets and works/think at the same time in which is harmful to the stomach and digestive system. Wood restraints Earth and controls our emotion of Anger. Next time when you are immersed in your thinking, ask anyone around you to start a fight with you so as to release your tensions and your stomach at the same time.