Fresh Food Has More Chi

I thought I would take a little time to talk about the connection between our chi and how it relates to the types of foods we eat, especially the importance of eating fresh foods. One of the most common complaints I hear from my patients is that of fatigue. Many times what they are feeling is a lack of chi. Simply put, chi is your lifeforce, the basic underlying energy that makes everything in the universe, including us, go. The theory of chi is similar to the theory of energy as it is described in physics: that everything in existence is essentially a different manifestation or expression of these energies and forces.

Fresh Food Has More Chi

We get our chi from just two sources: whatever we inherit from our parents and whatever we extract from the air, food, and water that we take in. Our respiratory organs extract chi from the air, our digestive organs extract chi from food, and our urinary organs extract chi from water. In other words, besides the energy that we are born with, air, food, and water are the only fuels that keep us going. This is why it is so important to get fresh air, eat well, and stay hydrated.

In Chinese medicine, eating well most of all means eating fresh foods. Fresh, seasonal, local, and unprocessed foods, just like the ones found at our farmer's markets, are the best. This is because fresh foods contain a nutrient that you cannot get from foods that are dehydrated, canned, frozen, preserved, or highly processed: chi. Not only are fresh foods higher in vitamins and other nutrients, they are also more alive. Foods that lack chi can even rob us of ours, taking more energy and nutrients to process and digest than they replenish, or they may contain toxic ingredients like artificial flavors and preservatives that require great amounts of energy to neutralize and safely eliminate. Foods like these have been stripped of their nutrients but have also been dead for a long time, perhaps for months or even years before they are eaten. In short, eat more fresh foods to have more chi!

 
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