tcm views maintaining good digestion as the basis for good health.
In tcm, our digestive system transforms food into Qi and Blood, which are the most important substances necessary for life. Our digestive system includes the functions of the Stomach, Spleen, Large Intestine and Small Intestine.
Tips for healthy digestive system
What we eat affects our health directly. Therefore it is important to make good dietary choices to maintain good digestive health.
Eat warm food
Maintain an optimum temperature for better digestion and helps metabolise foods well.
Too cold or too hot can upset the temperature balance and slow down the digestive process.
Avoid too much raw or cold food or cold drinks during mealtime
Eat in moderation
Overeating lead to food stagnation in our body.
Eat less fried food, spicy food, dairy products and alcohol
This range of food can aggravate digestive disorders and cause discomfort.
Avoid excessive pungent foods
Pungent foods like garlic, chillies, peppers, onions and ginger facilitate gastrointestinal movements, dispel gas and promote appetite.
Excessive pungent food may cause abdominal pain due to over-stimulation of the gastrointestinal tract.
Take less water during meals
Drink more water half hour before meal, not during meal.
Drink only a small amount of warm fluid with meals helps digestion.
Wine drink in moderation is useful for digestion.
Reduce salt intake during mean
Salt helps to clear internal body Heat and toxins as it facilitates bowel movements.
Too much salt increase the risk of cardiovascular and kidney diseases.