What meat is good to eat in winter?

What meat is good to eat in winter?

In winter the diet should reinforce and strengthen the Kidney and Spleen energy and warm the Yang part of the body.

This is important because the Kidneys and Yang energy in the body can be easily depleted by the coldness and dampness of winter. This leads to a Yang deficiency or lack of warmth in the body.

Signs and symptoms include dull back ache, cold hands and feet, intolerance to the cold, frequent urination and going to the toilet at night, bloating, decreased energy levels, decreased libido, waking up early (eg. 5am), weak or sore knees and loose bowel movements.

People with a Yang deficiency constitution would especially benefit from eating beef, lamb and prawns. These meats are warming in nature and assist the body to raise the Yang energy and thereby warm the body. They also strengthen the digestive system (Spleen) and prevent the signs and symptoms listed above.

If you wish to know more about your body type and which foods are good for you in the winter please make an appointment to see a TCM practitioner.

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Dr Ping Wang is the clinic founder and senior practitioner of Ping Ming Health. She has over 30 years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine teaching and practice. Dr Ping especially enjoys sharing her knowledge of Chinese medicine through our popular clinic articles, seminars and clinical training of students and practitioners.

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