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The “Five Elements” Theory Of Chinese Cooking

Chinese people believe that we are surrounded by five energy fields or five different kinds of “chi” (氣). These are also called the “Five Elements” and they play an important role in all aspects of Chinese culture, including the way people eat.

This theory states that if these five elements are changed or moved, this could seriously affect a person’s fate.

If the concept of Yin and Yang is the center of the Chinese culture, then the theory of the “Five Elements” should be treated as its cornerstone. But what exactly are the five elements of Chinese cooking and how do they play a part in Chinese cuisine?

The five elements are: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth.

It’s just like finding the perfect balance yin and yang, it’s about trying to find the perfect balance between the five elements.

The Five Elements In Chinese Cuisine

Chinese herbalists and doctors believe that to properly treat a patient, you must know the state of the five elements in their body. Any deficiency or an excess of an element can lead to illness. 

The five elements also represent our five main organs:

    Lung (metal)
    Liver (wood)
    Kidney (water)
    Heart (fire)
    Spleen (earth)

The five elements also represent five different colors:

    White (metal)
    Green (wood)
    Black/blue (water)
    Red (fire)
    Yellow (earth)

In Chinese medicine and cooking, it’s believed that if you are weak or ill in certain parts of your body or organs, you should consume certain colors/elements of food to help you feel better and improve your health.

Red/Fire/Heart Food

Chinese people believe consuming food that is red in color is good for your heart, small intestine, and brain.

Foods that fall into this category include carrots, tomato, sweet potato, strawberry, chili, red beans, red pepper, jujube, goji berry, dragon fruit, apple, brown sugar, and anything else that is a shade of red.

Green/Wood/Liver Food

If you consume green-colored food, it’s good for your liver, gallbladder, eyes, muscle, and joints.

The list of green foods could be endless. Some of the main ingredients used in Chinese food include mung bean, Chinese leeks, wasabi, and all the green vegetables and fruits.

Yellow/Earth/Spleen Food

According to this theory, yellow food is good for your digestive system and spleen.

You can eat things like sweet or baby corn, yellow sweet potato, taro, oats, pumpkin, butternut squash, yellow pepper, soybeans, egg yolk, bean curd, ginger, orange, star fruit, lemon, pineapple, papaya, peanut, walnut, honey, and more.

White/Metal/Lung Food

If you eat white-colored food, it is supposed to benefit your lungs, large intestine, nose and respiratory system, and skin.

Common white foods include rice and noodles, both of which are staples in Chinese cuisine. The list also includes lotus seed, daikon, onion, garlic, bitter melon, winter melon, broccoli, bamboo shoots, white wood ear, milk, tofu, soy milk, Asian pear, banana, almond, white sesame, rock sugar, and more

Black/Water/Kidney Food

Black and blue foods are reportedly good for your kidneys, bones, ears, and reproductive organs.

Black or dark blue foods aren’t as numerous, but the list includes some great options. Look for ingredients like wood ear, seaweed, shiitake mushrooms, eggplant, black beans, raisins, blueberry, black grapes, black sesame, black vinegar, tea, sweet bean sauce, and more.

Conclusion: It’s Not a Prescription Diet

Please note, eating a balanced diet is very important. This article is simply intended to introduce you to the five elements theory as it’s reflected in Chinese food. It is not designed to be a magic cure-all for anything that ails you. If you have any health issues, it is important to consult your doctor or a nutritionist before you take on any specific diet.

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Eating Certain Colored Foods To Realign Your Emotions And 7 Chakras

Do you sometimes find yourself feeling burnt out, unmotivated, tired, anxious or just overly emotional? This could be a sign that your chakras are out of whack.

Chakra balancing is vital to our health and well being, and is something that often goes overlooked during our hectic lives.

Running from the base of the spine to the top of the head, the 7 Chakras are centers of spiritual power, or wheels of energy, that flow through the body.

Each of the 7 chakras is associated with a color, physical & emotional aspect and certain foods.

When your chakras aligned, balanced and cleansed, you will feel reenergized, emotionally balanced and ready to live life to the fullest.

Below are the chakra colors and foods associated with each of the 7 chakras. The philosophy of eating certain colored foods to realign your emotions and 7 chakras.

Try eating the rainbow and let us know if you feel a difference:

1st Root Chakra: Red for Energy: If you are feeling run down, tired, burnt out, lazy or lethargic, red foods, such as tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries and beets, will help to boost your energy levels and body temperature.

2nd Sacral Chakra: Orange for Confidence, Creativity & Self-Worth: If you find yourself feeling low on confidence, doubting yourself or feeling uninspired and creatively blocked, get yourself some oranges stat! Orange foods like mandarins, mangos, carrots, squash, pumpkin and yams will all make a powerful impact on these feelings.

3rd Solar Plexus Chakra: Yellow for Joy & Happiness: When you are feeling depressed, sad or emotional, immediately eat some yellow food, like a banana, corn on the cob, fresh pineapple or yellow peppers, and watch your mood shift. The color yellow is a natural mood enhancer, so eat yellow!

4th Heart Chakra: Green for Rejuvenation: Feeling low on energy? Stressed? Overworked? Then green is the color for you. Throw your favorite organic greens into a juicer or make a gigantic salad and feel your anxiety and stress vanish. The live enzymes, oxygen and chlorophyll in the greens are responsible for this.

5th Throat Chakra: Blue/Black for Calming: Do you often experience anxiety? Enjoy a bowl of blueberries or blackberries. Blue and black foods help to tonify the kidneys and help to bring forth honest communication.

6th Third Eye Chakra: Purple for Peace: Purple foods will help calm your energy and bring you peace when you are feeling frustrated and angry. Eat foods like eggplant, purple kale, concord grapes, purple carrots etc. Try a purple smoothie!

7th Crown Chakra: White for Strength: White foods such as mushrooms, garlic, ginger, onion, lychees and coconut help to ignite your strength and power. When you are feeling defeated of down, eat white foods to experience a surge of inner strength.

Try this chakra balancing technique to align and activate your 7 chakras! Each day, try to eat foods of the chakra colors and you will notice a difference.