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Digestive fire

In TICM, we do not believe in eating raw, cold, icy or straight out the fridge or freezer regardless of season. In summer months, sweat may be pouring off you and you may be feeling hot, but your organs are working so hard internally to stay regulated at 38 degrees.


Imagine a tea kettle gently resting over a warm fire. This is how TICM views the incredible vessel that is our Stomach. A strong digestion and efficient metabolism rely on this fire. Our digestion not only has to process what we eat, but what we think and how we are absorbing the world. Even if we consume high quality organic foods, if we spend our time worrying about the past or future, it leaves less energy available to digest efficiently or well. Also, there will be less energy to perform other important functions, like strengthening the immune system.


If you are feeling sluggish, dealing with allergies, hormone imbalances, weight gain, fogginess, depression, anxiety, skin problems, etc, stay consistent with the below tips.

 

Ginger: ginger powder tea or ginger extract. Ginger is the number one food to heal. When you consume ginger, it has the power to ignite the fire within. It is yellow and grows in soil which is the perfectly tied to our Stomach's essence.


Relaxation: in TICM, we believe that meals are important times of the day and food should not be mixed with work, reading or watching television. This may inhibit the passage of food through the body and affect with digestion. Light a candle while you eat and bask in the ambiance.


Eat in moderate amounts: Overeating results in an overworked spleen and food stagnation. The spleen does not have sufficient time to empty your stomach before your next meal, causing you to feel bloated and fatigued. Food combining can help with a really over taxed digestive system.


Chew your food well: Chewing your food thoroughly reduces the workload for your digestive system and food gets absorbed more easily. This also allows a longer time for your meals, letting you realize the feeling of fullness and prevent overeating.

 

Avoid cold or chilled beverages: Cold drinks can damage the spleen and the body uses energy to warm up the food and before it gets digested.

 

Meditation: cleaning up your mind can help with digesting less anxiety, fear or worry.


Stay away from inflammatory foods: GMO such as soy and sweetcorn, dairy, sugar, fried foods. Try it out and see how you feel in regards to other symptoms.


Think positively about your food and do not criticise the food you eat. Many times I hear people referring to food as bad or good or that you are cheating when you eat certain things. Putting a negative connotation on something you are about to put into your body does your system no good. Thank and appreciate the food you eat.


Always cook and eat in a happy mood as that happiness will be going into the foods.

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