by Julie Jin
Disease and illness have a number of causes, but two primary causes are bacteria and toxins within our body. Clearing the body of toxins is an important part of achieving and maintaining good health. Eastern and Chinese medicinal philosophy believes that healthy foods are the best medicine. Foods can be both “medicinal and edible,” and unlike pharmaceutical medications, fresh, healthy foods have no side effects and do not add toxins to your body.
Certain foods can help your body eliminate toxins, according to guidance provided by centuries-old Chinese medicine practices. Here are eight sources of toxins within our bodies and the foods that can help you eliminate them:
1.Gas. Symptoms include abdominal distension and smelly gas. The results of long-term accumulation include abdominal pain, skin aging and increased cancer risk.
Food solutions: Sweet potatoes, fresh pressed fruit juice.
2. Stool. Normal bowel movements should happen at least once each day; a problem arises when there is no bowel movement for three or more days. Irregular bowel movements can cause rough skin, bloating, abdominal pain and even colorectal cancer.
Food solutions: Foods rich in dietary fiber, grains, water, cereals, beans, brown rice, oats, seaweed, apples, pineapple.
3. Congestion. Excess congestion can cause physical aches and pain, cold hands and feet and can be a cause of irregular menstruation in women. Too much congestion over an extended period of time can cause problems in certain body organs and can result in uterine fibroids, endometriosis and even fertility issues.
Food solutions: Ginger, carrots, safflower, apricots, cinnamon, salt prunes.
4. Lactic Acid. Excess lactic acid can make your body feel heavy, make you feel fatigued, and cause shoulder and neck pain. Long-term problems can include rheumatism, neuralgia and an increased risk of cancer.
Food solutions: Foods rich in B vitamins, vinegar, enzymes, aspartaterich foods.
5. Alcohol. Alcohol toxicity can result in a reddened face, heart palpitations, headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Long-term problems can include alcohol dependence syndrome, fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Food solutions: Water, persimmons, turmeric, aloe vera, raw fruits and vegetables and fresh pressed fruit juice.
6. Uric acid. Evidence of possible uric acid toxicity include swelling of the big toe, body aches and pain, thirst and frequent urination. Longterm accumulation can cause gout, hyperuricemia, kidney disease and uremia.
Food solutions: Celery, tomatoes, mineral water, black foods.
7. Visceral fat. This is fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity, around important organs. This can cause difficulty breathing, quickened heart rate, lack of concentration and forgetfulness. Long-term accumulation can cause myocardial infarction, cebral infarction, diabetes and cirrhosis.
Food solutions: Oolong tea, coffee, foods rich in lecithin, capsaicin-rich foods, leeks, fresh pressed fruit juice and raw fruits and vegetables.
8. High blood sugar. Evidence of high blood sugar includes abnormal thirst, increased frequency and quantity of urination and increased appetite. Long-term problems include diabetes and its complications such as diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy and diabetic nephropathy.
Food solutions: Onions, chromium-rich foods, small amounts of foods rich in linolenic acid such as vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and animal products.
Julia Jin is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner who is also general manager of Taichi Wellness Spa Plus, which has four locations in the San Antonio area. For information about Taichi Wellness Spa Plus, visit www.taichiwellnessspa.com.