Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Just in case you want to be healthy....

As I was scanning the local news here in China, I came across an article that explains the yin and yang of fruit. This is suppose to help you to choose the correct fruit for your health, especially during summer time.

First of all, you need to determine whether you are more yin (cold energy), yang (warm energy) or neutral. Apparently most people fall in the last category. If you have too much yin, you should eat more fruits that are yang and vice verse.

People with too much yin will generally have a pale tongue, cold extremities, and diarrhea. People with too much yang, will have a red tongue, will become hot and thirsty more quickly, and will be constipated.

Here's the breakdown:

Yin (cold): Apples, pears, oranges, bananas, watermelons, kiwi, permisson

Yang (hot): peaches, long an, litchis, cherries

Neutral: pineapple, plums (which they now have discovered has more antioxidants than blueberries), and grapes.

During the summer one should eat more fruit that is more yin (cool) and should not eat fruit directly from the refrigerator. Apparently bad for your stomach. Fruits in the winter such as pears will help you relieve dryness of skin and also creates saliva.

They also state that one shouldn't eat certain fruits on an empty stomach such as bananas, tomatoes, oranges and permissons as these can cause bloating. Now they tell me.

Peaches help to reinforce your energy, promote blood circulation, and helps as a laxative. Watermelons act as a diuretic, helps promote fluids, dispel heat as it's a cold fruit, improves metabolism, helps with high blood pressure, and is high in beta-carotene and antioxidants. Pineapple will help with high blood pressure and kidney inflammation, benefits the spleen and stomach, as well as it prevents hardening of the arteries.

Aren't you glad you tuned into today's health class.

1 comment:

heather said...

Nice. For lunch I had kiwi's, cherries, and grapes, one from each category. Nice to know I'm well balanced in Chinese.