Posted by Debra MacIntyre, ND on July 09, 2016
Did You Know?
All ancient health philosophies talk about "constitution", which basically means how you're built & wired genetically. I'm going to help you to determine what some of your own strengths and weaknesses are, so you can improve your health in a way that's right for YOU!
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Much of my training is based in TCM, which is one of the most ancient of healing philosophies. You've probably seen this symbol , which is used in TCM and stands for Yin and Yang. But more than that, it illustrates balanced Yin and Yang, which is the ideal base for good health. Here are 3 basic body types-
Which one are you?
(more yin) (balanced) (more yang)
If you're built more Yin, your tendency to get unbalanced will be to get even more yin. Ditto with a Yang build... It is easier to unbalance in the direction of more Yang. A balanced build is tougher to unbalance, but it can certainly happen and push you in either direction. So, what does it mean to be too Yin or Yang?
Yin energy is very expansive, and when you're too yin you will lose energy too quickly. When I say energy, I'm talking about life force energy or Chi, as it's referred to in TCM. When you're too Yin and start to feel this energy loss on some level, the natural tendency can be to use caffeine, sugar & other carbs, or even mentally staying over-excited to create the feeling of more energy. We've all seen Yin people with seemingly boundless energy, but it's not really coming from a stable, grounded place. Think of it like a car- You might be doing 80mph down the highway, but are you doing it like a V8 Cadillac or like an old school VW Bug?
To bring Yin back into balance
It's comical, but these balancing influences do not come naturally, because your body will crave more Yin. So use discipline and after several weeks you'll feel the positive change. Here are the foods and exercises that help balance excess Yin:
Yang people can bull through all kinds of things with seemingly no effect. Key word seemingly... The effects do eventually take their toll, sometimes in a sudden event, like a heart attack. The unbalanced Yang person can abuse their body with great cocky-ness about the whole thing. They never feel the taps on the shoulder that a Yin person does, so one day they get decked with the 2X4!
To bring Yang into balance
Again, this will take discipline! Go easy on heavy meats.... You can eat them, but they should be like a garnish to the veggies instead of the main course. These are the foods and exercises that help to balance too much yang:
Big salads and lightly cooked veggies, melons
Walks in nature and yoga
This is a basic overview
When you understand how your body is built, you can make the necessary choices to stay balanced. Please don't take this article to be "all or nothing"!! If you are built yang, for example, and you love pounding weights at the gym, that's fine.... Just balance that with walking, swimming or yoga a couple of times a week. Ultimately, it's all about the balance.
This should go without saying, but I'll say it anyway: I am not a medical doctor and nothing in this newsletter should be taken as medical advice. Discuss all medical issues with your own MD.