Medical Foods② Four Seasons

In Chinese/Japanese theory, the basic attitude of healthy life is that how we harmonise with nature.

Nature has regular, repeated pattern. And so do we; in the wake of changes in ages and seasons.


●Seasons and Humans●

Classify roughly, we have four seasons.


Spring : the season of bud.

Our hormone systems change dramatically during spring.

Besides, the disorder relating blood, such as a rush of blood to the head, high blood pressure, hemorrhoid, menstrual irregularity, happens more often.

Imagine that our body also get ready to bloom. Inside the body, a lot of energy is stored.


Summer : the season of flourish.

We cannot stop moving during this season because our body has full of energy. However, humid and hot weather can damage your digestive system and muscles/joints;  dull limbs, leg cramps, bowl pains and so on.


Automn : the season of harvest

After tough season, our body get better with clearer air, and we have more apetite in automn. But please be carful if you have weak respiratory system; dryness causes cough, asthma. Coldness causes muscle tense and sometimes leads migraine, shoulder pain and eyesight damages from slided neck vertebrae. (This is relating to the season!)


Winter : the season of store.

It is apparently cold which occurs quite strong stress to your body.

Against this cold weather, our heart needs to push more blood out though the body to keep warm. It means more burden to your heart. (Heart attack happens in winter the most)

Dryness can let you have less immune system because nose/throat/rungs should be wet with mucus to protect from germs/viruses.

For example, Daikon radish is very tasty in winter.


From the view of traditional Chinese/Japanese medicine, Daikon is good food in winter as it quenches a mucus membrane.

Apple, Kiwifruit, Mussel are also good foods. (Very New Zealand foods.  We are lucky!)

So I could say

Tasty seasonal foods = Good for your health!


We humans have nature skills to adjust these changes. When people defy seasons, it would be one of big reason to get sick.

In other words, follow the changes of nature, take seasonal foods can lead you healthier life.

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