(If you haven’t taken our popular Yin/Yang Test yet, just go back through our blogs. It will help you discover your personal Traditional Chinese Medicine constitution and what you can do to help bring balance to your body.)
If you are Qi Deficient:
- Drink 2-4 cups of green tea daily (If you prefer decaf, it works the same)
- Increase your vitamin C intake. The recommended daily dose is 90-100mg/day, but feel free to make significant increase when your immune system is weak. (If you experience diarrhea, minimize your doses slightly)
- Regulate your eating schedule; incorporate a healthy, hearty breakfast (oatmeal, eggs) and increase the amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables you eat.
- Gradually increase your energy levels with gentle, restorative exercises – yoga, pilates, walking, etc.
- Aid energy levels and immunity with a herbal tincture recommendation. (Ask Heather at Blitz for details!)
If you have Qi Stagnation:
- Properly identify common stressors and emotions that negatively affect your well-being. Make a commitment and plan to work through your issues. Exercise, meditation, acupuncture or talking to someone – find the best way for you to keep mentally, emotionally and spiritually healthy.
- Express your emotions. If you need to get angry or cry, if you can soothe yourself with music or exercise – do it. Find a way to release, because suppressing anger, sadness, and other frustrations will only leave you feeling worse.
- Try “dry skin brushing” – it promotes movement throughout the body, de-congesting stagnated areas. (YouTube: dry skin brush)
- Include regular cardio and/or interval training into your exercise routine to promote fresh blood circulation through your body.
- Treat yourself to regular massages or sliding cupping (acupuncture technique). It’ll help detoxify your body by increasing blood flow and stimulating the lymphatic system.
If you have Blood Deficiency:
- Include enough protein into your diet. Each meal, protein intake should be sized to a full deck of cards.
- Get a regular 7-8 hours of sleep (minimum) to fully replenish your body!
- Keep your menstrual cycle balanced. If you experience heaviness or spotting, talk to your doctor or aid it with acupuncture.
- Boost iron levels with an iron supplement.
- Eat blood building foods (2-3 times/week) Examples of good sources: red meat in moderation, beets, avocados, artichokes, kelp and dates. Another good source is molasses – try putting a big tablespoon into a cup of hot water, then drink.
If you are Yang Deficient:
- Eat warming foods: soups, stews, chili, rice pudding, oatmeal. Warming spices like garlic, ginger, basil, cayenne, nutmeg, and cinnamon should be included in your diet as well.
Other foods for tonifying ‘Yang’ in the body include: raspberries, pistachios, walnuts, lobster, mussels, shrimp, prawns, lamb, chives, and horseradish.
- Avoid exposing your body to (or allowing it to reach) extreme temperatures for prolonged intervals.
- Exercise regularly and promote movement.
If you are Yin Deficient:
-Avoid stimulants: coffee, caffeinated tea, energy drinks or cigarettes.
-Avoid eating extra spicy or hot foods that will disrupt the temperature balance in your body.
-Foods you should eat: barley, millet, alfalfa sprout, asparagus, potato, string beans, yams, oysters and black beans into your diet
- Avoid working late, or rushing to bed with stress. Ease your mind before going to sleep, relax your body. You’ll sleep better, and the quality of your sleep will be greater.
- Drink plenty of water. (the excess heat in your body burns it quicker than other TCM constitutions)
If you have an Excess of Yang:
-Avoid hot, spicy foods and an excessively meat-heavy diet.
-Avoid alcohol when possible.
-Engage in stress-reduction techniques: deep breathing, walking, or meditation.
- Keep hydrated with plenty of water, and avoid stimulants (caffeine, nicotine)
- Release aggressive energy through exercises like boxing or high intensity training classes.
If you have an Excess of Yin:
- Keep you body warm. Try exercises like Hot Yoga or exercise outside in warmer weather.
- Visit the sauna once or twice a week. (Make sure you do not have high blood pressure)
- Avoid cold, raw foods. (dairies and sugar)
- Try eating warm foods: soups, stews, chili, and oatmeal. Try cooking with warm herbs: garlic, ginger, cayenne, chili peppers, mustard, cinnamon.
- Incorporate onions into your diet. (resolve the phlegm that accompanies this type of constitution)
- Drink ginger and/or jasmine tea.
If you have Dampness and/or Phlegm:
- Avoid dampness-inducing foods such as dairy, sugar (and sweeteners), starchy carbohydrates and alcohol. Other foods to avoid include rich, fatty meats, bananas, peanut butter, concentrated fruit juices or dried fruit, wheat products and saturated fats.
- Try dry skin brushing to move stagnation of phlegm within the body.
- Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Try out different variations and types – moving will help avoid the stagnation of body fluids.
- Consider taking a liquid form of grapefruitseed extract to eliminate dampness in the body and bring back balance to a clogged system. Grapefruitseed extract is safe, easy, effective and does not interfere with any type of medication. (I recommend taking it apart from your regular medications/vitamins for the highest absorption) You’ll find grapefruitseed extract at any health food store. (I suggest Optimum Health)
NOTE: Grapeseed oil it tastes awful! If you’re having trouble taking it with just water, try taking it with a little amount of natural cherry or blueberry juice. (heavy dose of antioxidants)
If you are interested in learning more about what else you can do to bring balance to your mind, body and spirit, please contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!