The traditional Chinese winter ‘super food’

Turnip, the defect, which is the tuber of water lily, and red apple are the three “super foods” in winter according to traditional Chinese conception.

Oriental medicine conception “spring birth, summer growth, autumn lien, winter treasure”, ie spring reproduction, summer development, short fall autumn, winter storage. Winter is a suitable season for nourishing and positive energy for the body.

Three nutritious winter dishes enjoyed by ancient Chinese people:

Radish helps to digest phlegm

There is a saying, “Eat radish in winter, eat ginger in summer”. The radish harvested in November is compared to ginseng. Oriental medicine considers the lungs to be a vulnerable internal organ, the first place to be invaded by bacteria and requires special care in the cold.

White radish has cool, sweet taste, meridian, suitable for people with heat, phlegm, bloating, indigestion, digestive disorders. If you want to relieve cough, mix white radish with rock sugar, to digest phlegm, laxative, and cough. If you have a dry sore throat, boil white radish and olives into drinking water, reduce swelling and sore throat.

Radish is cold, so people with spleen problems, stomach ulcers, diarrhea … should not eat much. In addition, radish should not be eaten at the same time as supplements such as ginseng, royal ginseng, because this food will interfere with the absorption of nutrients.

Poor food intake of the spleen

Real starvation, water lily root, is a nourishing food, helping to “sue the past low”, tonic kidneys, reduce diarrhea … Famous Chinese writers and poets of the Song Dynasty, To Dong Pha, many times emphasizes the real impaired eating in his nutrition regimen.

Dried lilies bulbs are called blind in Oriental medicine. Image:Meishichina

Dried or fresh food can be chewed immediately after soaking in water or boiled with lotus seeds, tamarind bulbs, spirits, potatoes into a nutritious soup. Those who stay up late, get acne, canker, and constipation should drink this nutritious soup to nourish yin, tonify the spleen and stabilize the digestive system.

Red apples are good for gas

Red apples have many benefits for the body. There is a folk saying that “eating three red apples a day will become forever young”. Oriental medicine believes that red apples have a sweet and warm taste, helping to nourish air, nourishing blood and sedation, which is very good for winter.

Red apple is rich in iron, promotes blood circulation, is suitable for people with weakness, anemia, women with cold hands and feet. You can take a few red apples, a handful of cat mushrooms and a sufficient amount of rock sugar … to cook red apple mushroom soup.

Or, cook red apples, dong quai and brown rice into porridge. The red apple is good, but the peel is high in fiber, indigestible, so only eat in moderation.

Minh Vu (According to the Meishichina)


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