While winter season is coming，the living activity is usually changing from vigorous to weak. In winter, we should follow the rule of “NOURISH YIN IN AUTUMN AND WINTER” in aspect of eating habits, in another word, to eat the high-nutrition food. Meanwhile we should have a wide diversity of diet, instead of eat the greasy and salty food, we should eat more food which is rich in protein, vitamin and fibrin. Nut is one of good samples; it contains the essence of plants and is helpful in growing development, improving physique and preventing diseases. TCM holds that eating nut will actually lead body “over-heated” in some other seasons; nevertheless, it can help us to against cold in winter. Furthermore, nuts also have some other effects, such as tonifying the kidney and brain and heart-nourishing as well. But the effects and benefits varies from person to person, any food should be taken in moderation.
Let the TCM expert explains the benefits of eating nut in winter:
The almond has obviously specific value in diet therapy. Effect: moisten lung and relieve cough, reduce sputum to relieve asthma, improve bowel movement, remove wrinkle and freckle, and improve skin condition.
Diet tips: Make congee from 50g rice, add 20g almonds (removed cusp) when nearly finished, cook well and then serve. Having the congee in breakfast would achieve the effects as above. Attention on eating less due to its drug adverse reaction.
Effect: strengthen body, tonify kidney, moisten lung, purify blood to remove blood stasis, reduce blood lipids and prevent cardiac-cerebral vascular disease.
Diet tips: Eat 3 pulps for each time, twice a day in morning and evening. People who are cough with phlegm and loose stools are unfavorable to use it.
Effect: strengthen spleen and reforce stomach, moisten lung. Indication: malnutrition, cough with scanty phlegm, puerperal lack of breast milk. The combination of peanut and red dates can also be used for the treatment of anemia.
Diet tips: Cook congee with 10 red dates, 50g peanuts and round-grained rice.
Effects: strengthen spleen and stomach, as well muscles and bone, tonify kidney, and promote blood circulation. SiMiao SUN who is the famous TCM specialist in Tang dynasty, said:”Chestnut is the best suitable food for patients with kidney disease due to the function of nourish kidney. " Modern research has shown that the chestnut contains quantity of starch, protein, fat and various of vitamin B; it can prevent hypertension, coronary heart disease and osteoporosis.
Diet tips: Cook congee with 30g chestnuts, 10 Chinese-dates, 15g yams, 6g fresh gingers, 100g rice (can served with brown sugar).
Indication: constipation, dry cough. Research showed that the fat of pine nut which contains unsaturated fatty acid, such as linoleic acid, it can help in softening blood vessel and prevent atherosclerosis.
Diet tips: stir-fried pine nuts with sweet corn grain.
Effects: moistening lung, eliminate cough with phlegm, quench feeling of thirst. Modern researches showed the cashew nut is rich in vitamin and microelement which is helping in protect blood vessels and prevent cardiac-cerebral vascular disease. The fat it contains is also has effect in regular bowl movement.
Diet tips: Better to directly eat 10 for each time.
Effects: strengthen spleen and stomach, enrich the blood, and improve eyesight. Indication: loss of appetite, weakness and dazzle. Filbert is known as ‘the king of nut’, it contains source of unsaturated fatty acid and nutrient-protein, vitamin A and C, carotene and microelement, such as iron, zinc and phosphorus.
Diet tips: directly eat, but one needs to avoid eating excessively.
Effects: tonifying kidney, attune of Qi, mood adjustment. Indication: deficiency of kidney Yang. In addition, Xue Min ZHAO-the famous Chinese medical scientist in Qing dynasty believes: It is fit to long-term eat for the effects of normalizing lung and invigorating QI. And study found that the pistachio contain Vitamin E which play roles in anti-senescence.
Diet tips: Easy to induce hyperactivity of “organ fire”, so eat less each time.
TCM holds that the base of health is balance of yin and yang, conversely, the diseases is caused by imbalance of yin and yang. So we should keep the balance to achieve the healthy and meaningful life in both physically and mentally. That is the attitude of health maintenance. We should remain balanced mind-sets among working and daily lives, exercise and rest, gain and loss. If we can take our peace of mind, we may content whenever and wherever we are, only at that time, we can say we touch the nature of health maintenance.