A healthy lifestyle is more than abstinence from alcohol, it is more than eating raw, paleo, sugar-free or more vegetables. We often limit our perception of health to what we eat – or don’t eat – how many times we hit the gym, and our dress size. We vilify coffee, sugar, wheat, alcohol and yet remain frustrated, angry, resentful, unforgiving, tense, distracted, competitive, chaotic, busy.
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There was a point in time where I felt deeply disempowered about my health. It was a time I was broken, physically, emotionally, mentally. It’s gravely concerning when you think about it, that we are not taught how to live our lives in a manner that keeps us well, outside of murky, generic and often contradicting information. If we want to help ourselves, then it’s left to just that – ourselves. That’s probably what’s brought you here, now.
Concerned with prevention rather than cure, Chinese Medicine is based off an entirely different model to evidence-based Western Medicine. Medicine as we know it here in the West has it’s limitations. It’s amazing at diagnosing and treating what is already broken, at which point – the tumour, high cholesterol, diabetes, autoimmune disease – is already a long way down the path of ill health. See, no one spontaneously gets diabetes. There is years of warning signs beforehand and we’re just not taught to look for them or know what to do about it. Enter, Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Your not alone. Summer is the season of the heart, and heat agitates our little beater which, in TCM speak, houses the emotions. Nature has provided watermelon to help keep our ticker cool. And wouldn’t you know it, this marries up in scientific research as well! Being lycopene rich this melon is of interest in cardiovascular research. In Chinese Medicine we talk about it’s cooling effect on the heart while balancing our internal thermostat. Watermelon builds fluids, and is a remedy for thirst while it’s diuretic action eliminates excess bodily heat via the urine. Great news if you’ve spent too much time in the sun.
Watermelon balances the Kidney-Heart relationship (ref. 5 elements philosophy). Normally, Kidney water keeps Heart fire in check. If there’s a reversal (Heart fire attacking Kidney water) can result in UTIs, nephritis, urethritis and other urinary concerns. This humble melon can keep yer nethers in tip top condition too.
There is a lot our tongues can tell us about our internal health and can be as precise as pinpointing which organs are not working properly. If you haven’t done so already, get to know your tongue. Through this it becomes clearer how your body changes and responds to life.
What is the point? It’s a first step in being aware of your body being mindful of where weaknesses lay. A vital beginning step to long term health. It’s ok to be flippant about heath in your robust 20’s, it’s when things start to fall apart and ageing has well and truly kicked in by your 50’s where it becomes harder to get back on track.