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It goes with out saying that cheese can be oh so delicious! Cheese is the main ingredient in so many of today's common food: pizza, cheese crackers, grilled cheese, many pastas, and even mexican american burritos! It's a food which most people keep in constant supply. But it's not found in Traditional Chinese Cuisine; why is that?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine all foods are assigned a temperature and certain qualities. For example, garlic has a hot temperature and mint tea has a cool temperature.
The quality of cheese is cold and tonifying. Think about it, cheese comes from milk and milk is made for babies to grow at rapid speeds. Cheese is a potent nourishing food which promotes growth in all who eat it. When normal and healthy adults eat cheese, it creates excess. This can be seen in a variety of ways.
Cheese nourishes growth, and normal adults don't need the fat and caloric intake that a baby or a child does. The end result could lead to weight gain. Obesity is not uncommon in American culture. In fact, as the American diet spreads around the world through fast food chains, Chinese and Japanese children are becoming more and more obese. As you know, their traditional food doesn't include cheese. Have you ever been served cheese at a chinese restaurant or a sushi bar? Could it be that the introduction of cheese has created an increase in obesity in their populations?
Mucus can be another symptom of adults eating cheese. Cheese is a damp food according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Imagine what happens in damp environments; the constant moisture allows bacteria and fungus to grow. Cheese creates our internal bodies to become cold and damp. Excess moisture creates excess mucus, which can lead to chronic sinus infections. In other parts of the body, dampness can lead to fungal infections too.
And if the excess damp in the body isn't cared for through a Chinese Herbal Formula and life style changes, it has the potential to grow into a hard lump in the body. Dampness stagnates the flow of blood and qi in the body. Without any movement, the dampness can turn into a tumor or a cyst.
We all know that cheese is high in fat. And did you know that toxins are stored in the fat of animals and human alike? So if you're not eating high quality antibiotic free and grass feed animal cheese, you're absorbing condensed toxins which the animal was exposed to during it's lifetime. This includes hormones, pesticides from their low grade food, and antibiotics.
Our skin is one of our detoxification pathways. When our body becomes overloaded with toxins, the body expels them through the skin. And thus, acne develops.
So experiment with your cuisine. Explore food which include veggies, high quality protein, whole grains, and fats high in Omega 3's.
Be Beautiful; Eat Beautiful!
Wishing you Optimal Wellness!
Garlic has been used for thousands of years to improve health and performance. The armies of ancient Rome, the Egyptian laborers, and the Olympian athletes of ancient Greeks all used garlic to increase strength and endurance. Hippocrates used garlic as a cleansing agent and for abdominal and uterine growths. The chief physician of Nero's Roman army, said that it cleans the arteries, which science has shown to be true!
In fact, most studies done on garlic proves it lowers high blood pressure and reduces high cholesterol levels! Its amazing to learn just how accurate ancient medicine was! Traditional Chinese Medicine, is no different. It also uses garlic as a medicinal herb.
Garlic or xie bai, as it's called in Chinese, also is used for cardiovascular health. According to the Materia Medica of Chinese Herbal Medicine: it unblocks Yang Qi in the chest, disperses turbid phlegm stagnation, and warms the chest. Let me translate the poetry of Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Garlic is full of antioxidants too! It's a great medicine and food, not only for high blood pressure and cholesterol, but also for the prevention of cancer!
You can increase the number of antioxidant compounds by cutting it up and letting it sit for a few minutes before eating it. The chopped up garlic, which is still alive, begins to regenerate its antioxidant compounds as it attempts to grow and heal itself. You'll be able to cook it and maintain more of it's medicinal qualities with this method.
Plus, there are so many delicious ways to eat garlic too! Slice it into thin pieces and add it to a sandwich or wrap. Make garlic wine; especially good for the common cold. Or just, dice it up and swallow the garlic raw with your meal. The less you cook your garlic, the greater its health benefits!
Wishing you the Best in Health!
About The Authors
Dr. Reyna Ambrose L.Ac, has always had an interest in natural healing and has studied various forms of alternative medicine for over ten years. She holds a Doctorate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and she continues to study every day. She is dedicated to facilitating patients rediscover their health potential.