Veganism and Chinese Medicine

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Veganism – is it for you?

Veganism is somewhat of a controversial topic in Chinese medicine. The medicine itself is based on the principles of yin and yang, which emphasizes the importance of finding balance and equilibrium within the body. Chinese medicine is not so keen on anything that leans too far to one side, meaning that a diet based solely on plant-based foods can be seen as somewhat extreme. That being said, Chinese medicine respects that every body is different, and that what may be optimal for one person may be less than ideal for another. Many people thrive on a vegan diet, but it does require paying special attention to your body and extra effort to ensure that you are getting all the nutrients you need.

So, why adopt a vegan diet?

There are many reasons people choose a plant-based diet, including animal rights, environmental factors, and overall health. Many studies suggest that a plant-based diet reduces your risk for: obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, and many forms of cancer. The reason for this is that a diet heavy in animal products usually contains more saturated fats and cholesterol. A healthy vegan diet generally includes: vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, seeds and nuts. These foods are high in fiber, nutrients, and low in cholesterol and saturated fats.

There are some drawbacks to veganism such as the risk of b12 and iron deficiency. This is why it is important to pay special attention to your diet to ensure you are supplementing adequately to get all of the proper nutrients. From a Chinese medicine standpoint, eating meat builds blood in the body. Adequate blood is essential for good reproductive health, joint/muscle tightness, and overall energy. Vegans have a tendency towards blood deficiency, so it is important to incorporate blood-building foods like beets, dark beans, and walnuts into a plant-based diet.

Ultimately, the decision to follow a vegan diet is a personal choice and should be made on a case-by-case basis. Pay attention to your own body and its needs, and choose a lifestyle that allows you and your health to thrive.

Disclaimer: The information provided on our social media channels, blog and newsletters is for educational and informational purposes only and is made available to you as a self-help tool. While we draw on our professional and clinical experience, this information should not be substituted for advice from your medical professional.

 

References:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Vegetarian-Diets_UCM_306032_Article.jsp#.WTAasRPyvEZ

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/149636.php

 

Disclaimer: The information provided on our social media channels, blog and newsletters is for educational and informational purposes only and is made available to you as a self-help tool. While we draw on our professional and clinical experience, this information should not be substituted for advice from your medical professional.

 

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