The Winter season is aligned with the Kidney/Bladder system, governed by the Water element. Cold in nature and downward moving, the Kidney Water system embodies Yin, storing the body’s fluids. As it regulates and stores the Water, the Kidneys moisten the body.
Incorporate Kidney nourishing food
As the Kidneys are the organs associated with the Water element and Winter, they in turn require extra nourishment during this time. This ensures that their capacity and function remain in harmony as we continue to replenish and restore our energy (Jing Essence) reserves before we emerge into Spring.
Eat warm, hearty, slow cooked meals.
Avoid excessively cold foods such as smoothies, ice-cream, raw salads etc. This is the time of year to take more time in the preparation of food, eating stews, soups, and casseroles. Slow cooking food allows ingredients to rest during the cooking process.
Stay hydrated – drink warm water first thing in the morning and throughout the day.
Eat a balanced meal (carbohydrates, protein, and fats)
Stew or poach your fruit.
Eat slowly and mindfully.
Incorporate Vitamin C rich foods.
During the winter months it is important to nourish the kidney, as this is also the time when this energy is most easily depleted.
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