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Foods to Remove Dampness in the Body

For the next seven postings, we are going to look at food


recommendations for your ‘root’ imbalances. Going to a
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with a specific ‘root’ behind your symptoms… these


foods then go along accordingly.

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Foods to Remove Dampness
in the body: Stick
out
your
Dampness comes from the failure to burn off or Tongue!
Learn
transform moisture into the body. It is nearly always how
associated with a weak spleen, often with a weak kidney to
Diagnose
and sometimes with a weak lung. Dampness can lodge
your
in a specific part of the body or affect us more generally. own
As the word suggests, dampness can make us feel heavy tongue
through
and tired. It can make us swell up and it can obstruct Chinese
our body’s functioning. Medicine
June 2nd, 2011
Some people are more prone to dampness than others.
A tendency towards dampness can be aggravated by
Recipes
living in damp conditions or by a sedentary lifestyle. It for
needs the transformative power of the body’s yang to Common
Health
stop it accumulating. Eating in ways which inhibit our
Complaints
spleen function or which injure the yang will increase October 24th,
our tendency towards dampness. 2011

Dampness may also be caused by pathogens lodged in


the body which have not been properly expelled or by Lets
all
the use of suppressant drugs.
exercise
our
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Dampness is divided into Exercises

three kinds: for


Anti
1)Dampness: this describes a generalized condition of Aging!
October 17th,
dampness associated with weakness of the spleen. It
2011
may manifest in such ways as tiredness/ache in the
limbs, digestive weakness or muzzy head. How it
manifests depends on our individual constituion.

All dampness is treated by strengthening the spleen and Recent


may also need tonification of the kidney, the lung, and Posts
the yang. Dampness is often the result of overeating or
overnutrition. It may also result from jamming the
digestive system with poorly combined foods. All the The introduction
advice on supporting the spleen (Qi toning) is important to Facial Renewal
in avoiding the overaccumulation of dampness. Acupuncture:
Opening the
Avoid too much raw, cold, sweet or rich foods and the door to the
over consumption of fluid. ancient secrets
of health and
FOODS TO AVOID!!! beauty.
Dairy products (sheep and goat
products are less dampening), pork and Year of the
rich meats, roasted peanuts, Golden Earth Pig
concentrated juices (esp. orange and 2019
tomato), whead, bread, yeast, beer,
Relieve pain and
bananas, sugar and sweeteners,
muscle tension
saturated fats
with this
medicated herbal
Foods that resolve dampness: plaster
Aduki bean, alfalfa, anchovy, barley,
buckwheat tea, celery, corn, daikon, Anti-aging bone
garlic, green tea, horseradish, jasmine broth
tea, job’s tears, kidney bean, lemon,
mackerel, marjoram, mushroom Happy Year of
the Earth Dog!
(button), mustard leaf, onion, parsley, Woof woof 2018!
pumpkin, radish, rye, scallion, turnip
,white fungus

2)Water:
This describes a condition of edema where dampness is
ratained as water. This may be specific or general in
location. It causes us to swell, to become waterlogged.

Aduki bean, alfalfa, anchovy, barley,


black soybean, broad bean, celery, clam,
fenugreek, grape, job’s tears, kelp,
lettuce, mackerel, sardine, seaweed.

3)Phlegm:
This describes a more ssticky manifestation of
dampness. It often lodges in particular organs and
combines easily with heat or cold. Phlegm, or mucus,
congeals and obstructs our functioning

Foods which resolve phlegm:


Almond, apple peel, clam, daikon, garlic, grapefruit,
lemon peel, licorice, marjoram, mushroom (button),
mustard leaf, mustard seed, olive onion, orange peel,
pear, black/white pepper, peppermint, persimmon,
plantain, radish, seaweed, shiitake mushroom, shrimp,
tangerine peel, tea, thyme, walnut, watercress.

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