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Posted on 01-19-2016

Winter Foods

Food choices during winter are also important. It’s best to choose ingredients that are naturally occuring during the season such as root vegetables, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, spinach, swiss chard, mustard, kale, apples and pears.

Because the kidneys are the organ associated with winter, choosing foods that nourish and support the kidneys and it’s associated organ, the heart, will help support these organs functions in the upcoming year.  A healthy amount of salty food strengthens the kidneys and a moderate amount of bitter food strengthens the heart. Bitter foods include: lettuce, watercress, endive, escarole, turnip, celery, asparagus, alfalfa, rye, oats, quinoa, citrus peel and chicory root, burdock root, horsetail and chaparral. Salty foods include: miso, soy sauce, seaweed, salt, millet and barley.

This concludes our brief guide to Chinese Medicine wisdom in the winter season. If you have any questions about self care during the winter please feel free to contact us via Facebook or at 707-978-4293. For more information about Chinese medicine or to schedule an appointment please visit our website at east-westnaturalmedicine.com.

We wish you a restful and relaxing winter season!

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