Diet does impact blood, which impacts health and diseases.
When you are eating to nourish your Blood, you are eating to please the functioning of the Stomach and Spleen. In TICM the Spleen is the source of our vital energy life force and Blood.
Below are tips on how to optimise the functioning of the Stomach and Spleen to reduce Blood deficiency symptoms like anaemia, pale lips, tongue and skin, dry hair and skin, numbness in the hands and feet, dizziness, cracking/popping joints, insomnia, anaemia, anxiety, depression, scanty, irregular or painful menstruation.
Begin your day with ginger powder tea on an empty stomach, you can add any combination of lemon, cayenne, lime, cinnamon, Chinese brown sugar for variety. Drink ginger powder tea throughout the day as it promotes circulation, detoxification and the flow of Blood and energy.
Include a large variety of foods, especially a variety of vegetables in your diet, of what's in season. Eat in harmony with nature. Use the five flavours sour, bitter, sweet, pungent and salty for the nourishment of each organ. Wu Wei Zi tincture is a five flavour berry and adaptogen that can satisfy these flavours and a popular herb I use in clinical practice.
Focus on good ingredients with simple flavours. Bone broths, rice, good quality proteins, sweet potatoes keep your body satisfied and act as fuel. Steam sautee method for vegetables cooks in minutes, is delicious, and keeps nutrients in tact. Once done cooking add extra virgin olive oil and pink Himalayan salt.
Chew plenty and slowly. Sit on the floor for grounding.
Relax while you eat, and refrain from participating in negative or upsetting conversation, watching television, reading, mobile, laptop and rushing. This greatly hinders digestion.
Add Blood builder tincture to your routine, especially if you are vegan or vegetarian.
Eat consistently. The amount and timing of meals should be similar daily. The Spleen is nourished by consistency. Optimal times are breakfast at about 7am, lunch 12pm and dinner at 6pm (side note: those who comment that they eat when they are hungry and then privately message me for advice on digestion, please do not do that as I do not tolerate hypocrisy as it does not go down well with me. Hypocrites and liars, I hate you with a passion and once you have lost my trust, I will never look at you the same).
Eat light at night. Make sure you have 3 hours to digest before bed. Not all food is ingested equally. The Stomach and Spleen are active in the early morning while the Kidney, Liver, Gallbladder systems are active at night, wanting to detox and rejuvenate the body. When you ingest food late, it hinders their function. Of course, life is busy and there are times this may not work, but do it as often as possible. If you do intermittent fasting, do it on Mondays and Thursdays. Long term you are greatly damaging the works of your energy, Stomach, Spleen and Blood. This effects your entire system.
Avoid cooking and eating when in any kind of extreme emotional state and hydrate with warm water with lemon, ginger powder tea or loose leaf organic tea.