Five Major Organs and Nutrition

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

Proper nutrition is essential for good health and rich life and is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which gives premedical intervention before diseases. In Singapore, chronic diseases are significant causes of illness and death. The majority of today’s illnesses are chronic and entirely preventable. This article is intended to help you develop healthy eating habits and begin the journey to a healthy lifestyle.

General Eating Habits •Chewing food thoroughly supports spleen qi •Don’t eat meals late at night •Avoid over consumption and excessive fasting •Eat in a calm and relaxed atmosphere and do not rush your meal •Avoid intense interactions at mealtime, including television and reading

Foods That Should Be Avoided

Raw, cold food, and iced beverages

Excessive dairy

Oily, greasy, and fried foods

Excessive alcohol intake

Excessive meat consumption

Refined sugar and limit overly sweet foods

Refined carbohydrates

NUTRITION FOR THE KIDNEY The Kidney is the powerhouse of the body, supplying reserve energy to any organ running low on Qi, and is often called the “Root of Life” as it stores and controls the jing, the essence of our physical body. A good diet protects and supports the kidney and its ability to function properly.

Cooking foods longer at lower temps, like stews and bone broths, can be particularly beneficial for kidney support. Avoid cold foods and drinks and minimize eating raw foods, like salads.

Following Foods to support kidney and preventing from kidney disease:

black sesame seeds, chestnuts, walnuts

lentils, millet, oats, quinoa

oysters, salmon, shrimp, tuna

bone broths

Sea salt or Real salt (helps with adrenal health but use in moderation) venison

Avoid: coffee, alcohol

sugar, artificial sweeteners

excessive intake of salt, avoid table salt

NUTRITION FOR THE LIVER The liver regulates qi, the vital energy that sustains life, and stores blood, which carries qi around the body and supports the functioning of our organs, limbs and tissues. Nutrition can have a powerful effect on the liver and its ability to function properly.

It is important to avoid stimulants including nicotine and caffeine. Some spicy and pungent food in moderation can be helpful as it can help to facilitate qi movement, as stagnation of qi is quite common with liver imbalances.

To Support the Liver, Incorporate the Following Foods: leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, beets, carrots, chives

blueberries, goji berries, grapefruit, strawberries

crab, crayfish, lobster, mussels, oysters, shrimp, squid, trout, whitefish

flax, pine nuts, sesame

cayenne, garlic, onion, vinegar, turmeric

olive oil, cod liver oil, krill oil (increases anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids)

chrysanthemum tea, green tea, lemon or lime water

Avoid: alcohol, coffee, caffeine sugar