Gut Health in Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, digestive energy (spleen and stomach qi) is inextricably linked to mood – more specifically worry. Quite often if you are feeling worried or stressed, your digestive qi is most likely out of balance. And feeling worried and stressed can lead to an imbalance in digestive qi. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can also be beneficial in restoring your gut health.
How can you boost your digestive energy according to TCM?
- Enjoy eating – eating should be pleasurable in that you enjoy giving your body the nourishment it needs to make you healthy.
- Eat mindfully – try to avoid distractions when eating and focus on purposefully nourishing your body.
- Eat more cooked foods – foods that have been cooked are easier to digest. Eating raw or cold foods can be detrimental to digestive energy as they reduce digestive fire needed to breakdown foods and use up too much energy.
- Limit foods that produce dampness in the body – dampness creates sluggishness. Foods that are highly processed, are high in sugar and even dairy can cause the digestive system to become sluggish, leading to a feeling of fatigue and heaviness.
- Reduce stress and move your body – stress binds up our digestive energy by stagnating our liver qi. The liver is responsible for the free flow of qi in the whole body. If it is stagnant, it fights back against our digestive energy so that we can’t absorb all of the good stuff from our food. Moderate exercise helps to move energy which can help to resolve any stagnation in the body.