Today I would like to talk about Medicinal Nutrition using Yin “cooling foods” a Chinese food method, Yin in the lower back, and demonstrate yoga poses that help benefit. One belief system of Chinese Medicine and the Tao is that there is a balance of energy in the universe, body of self, and it is that certain foods have a "hot" or heat inducing quality while others have a "cold" or chilling effect on the body. This does affect one’s organs or "energy" levels. A healthy person should have a balance of Yang and Yin foods, as well as neutral foods. The idea being that an imbalance of natural "heat/yang” and "cold/yin" in a one’s body can cause disease or be a weak immune body. Although, in this belief system, it does not necessarily mean one's internal "heat" or "cold" balance is directly related to being physically hot such as sweating or even cold such as getting the “chills” or Goose bumps”. If you were “under the weather” and possibly ill or felt as about to get a cold, you would not want to eat any "yin" foods such as a lemon, melon or cucumber. If you were running "hot" or had inflamed disease, like Eczema, then you do not want to eat "yang" foods such as garlic, onions, or chocolate. This leaves the "yang" energy to be increased and the disease is worsened. Indeed, it is thought by some that these "hot" or "cold" properties of foods are so intense that merely the eating of too many of one or another can actually cause diseases, inflammation, laziness, and lower back pain. For example, ever eat to much shell fish and wind up with a rash? Imagine that time you were eating too many slice’s of that water melon on a hot summer’s day. Too much yin food can lead to stomach pain or diarrhea. It’s quite wonderful to have the perspective and below I am introducing a list of foods for the vital energy flow and some yoga pose to help benefit that lower back. Be good to yourself and listen.
Child's Pose, knees wide arms overhead, Rabbit, Butterfly, Dragonfly, Caterpillar, Sleeping Swan and Swan , Locust, Sphinx/Seal, ½ Saddle (Saddle with one leg straight), Saddle, Savasana
Yin foods (cool):
alfalfa sprouts, apple, apricot, Asian pear, asparagus, bamboo, bamboo shoots, barley, pearl, bok choy, broccoli, burdock root (gobo), carrot, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, daikon radish, dandelion root, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, lotus root, millet, pearl barley, potato, pumpkin, Romaine lettuce, soy bean sprouts, spinach, squash, turnip, watercress, wheat(please don’t),zucchini
Strongly yin foods:
alcohol, beer, ale, coffee, refined sugars (not recommended). banana, cantaloupe, Chinese cucumber, seaweed, tea, water chestnut.
Preferably I would consume fermented seaweed since it is highest of yin while it allows you protection from the Fukishima fallout. It’s the only thing that can help with that. So two birds one stone.