It is common knowledge that diet plays a very important role in maintaining good health. Traditional Chinese medicine takes into account the various flavours (eg. sweet, sour, bitter, salty) and natures (eg. cool, cold, warm, hot) of all foods and sees that various foods should be eaten according to each individual’s body type.
The Liver has many important functions in the body. One of the main functions of the Liver is to ensure the smooth flow of Qi or energy throughout the body. This smooth flow of Qi assists the Spleen and Stomach to regulate digestion and allows emotions to flow freely. The Liver is also responsible for storing Blood in the body and regulating menstruation. It influences the tendons in the body, ensuring the smooth movement of joints and good muscle action.
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.