5 Simple Tips to a Healthy Weight

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Chinese Medicine Helps Achieve a Healthy Weight

Traditional Chinese Medicine, dates back over 5000 years. Today, it is just as valid and useful in helping us achieve our health goals, and can help your journey towards a healthy weight.

There are many medical research studies into the efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine for a healthy weight, and especially in weight loss suggests that its approach can inhibit the production of body fat, improve intestinal peristalsis to increase bowel movement, boost blood circulation, and speed up the metabolism. Herbal medicine, Acupuncture and Tuina Acupressure each play a key role in this endeavour, but here are five things you can do on your own to support your weight loss efforts.

Eat more Bitter foods.

I recommend replacing sweet and starch foods with eating bitter foods. Bitter is one of the five flavours in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Five are bitter, spicy/pungent, sweet, salty, and sour/astringent. It is one of the main flavours that help with weight loss because bitter tastes are difficult to overeat and help to purge the bowels, including flushing toxins from the body. Bitter flavours also increase digestive enzyme secretion, which improves our sense of satiety or feelings that we are full. Examples of bitter foods include cucumber, bitter melon, asparagus, and some lettuces.

Promote the Smooth Flow of your Qi daily

Qi is the life-force or energy that nourishes all life in Chinese theory. Our Qi can become stagnant or blocked in the body leading to ‘dampness’ or build ups or mucus or water retention. It is important to move Qi to clear stagnation and improve normal metabolic processes. Qi can be encouraged to flow freely with exercise. It’s not really important which exercise you do, as a 30-minute brisk walk moving the hands as well as the feet, will achieve the smooth flow of Qi in the body. Taichi, TaiQi, Qi Gong, Yoga and certain breath work can also help. Herbs can greatly improve the flow of Qi, as well as nourish certain body functions of metabolising food. Acupuncture can help also.

Drink Powerful Herbal Drink

Drinking the wrong liquid calories, whether from juice, sugary and soft drinks should not be part of a healthy diet, not to mind a weight loss plan. Traditional Chinese Medicine advises a different positive habit, suggesting you replace those drinks with herbal drinks. Tea has been used for millennia in China to support fat metabolism and prevent stagnation of bowels, toxins, fat, and Qi. The various types of tea, (Green, White, Black, Red and Herbals) is the go-to drink in China after consuming a high-fat meal. We advise the most powerful herbal formula to make a simple to use herbal drink in teabag form, called Teatox. Chinese herbs such as lotus leaf, cassia seeds, Chinese hawthorn, and Solomon’s-seal (Polygonatum odoratum) are traditionally used for weight loss. Smiling Body Teatox is a herbal formula in a simple teabag form, made up of these powerful herbs that can be taken daily to help reduce weight. Chinese Nutritional Therapy has shown that there are foods that help move Qi and these include green tea, celery, Job’s Tears, and melon, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds.

Balance your Water Consumption

Traditional Chinese Medicine advises to drink 1 litre of warm water early in the morning as it helps to prime the system, flush the bowels, and reawaken the metabolic processes. It further suggests to drink a further 3 litres of warm water over the rest of the day.

Traditional Chinese Medicine cautions against eating cold foods or drinking cold water, as it causes the digestive process to slow down, while your body uses vital energy to warm the food and water for metabolism, which can lead to stagnation.

Use acupressure points to suppress hunger

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There are so many acupoints located on the body, and your therapist will advise you to stimulate certain points daily to improve digestion and promote the smooth flow of energy.

Tuina-Healthy-Weight-EarThere is an area located on the tiny triangle (or diamond) of cartilage that’s in front of the entrance to the ear canal are two powerful points for reducing appetite. Pinch that bit of cartilage intermittently for 30-90 seconds starting about 10-20 minutes before meals, or whenever you feel uncharacteristically hungry to prevent overeating. You can pinch either or both ears.

 

Incorporate these principles into your healthy lifestyle and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goal weight.

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