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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!
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.