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Diet Guidelines for Lung Qi Deficiency

To prevent Qi deficiency it is best to consume fresh foods that are slightly cooked.

Food that is lightly prepared helps to ensures that nutrients are preserved and are more readily digested and absorbed.

  • General dietary recommendations to prevent Qi deficiency include:
  • Eating smaller meals more frequently and
  • Enjoying meals by sitting down to relax while you eat and
  • Chewing thoroughly to savor flavors.
  • Small amounts of naturally sweet flavors like molasses, dates and rice syrup and
  • More pungent tastes including onion, garlic, turnip, ginger, fennel, cinnamon and nutmeg are also beneficial in strengthening Qi.
  • Overly rich, oily or heavy foods should be avoided because they can overwhelm the digestive system.
  • Cold foods such as raw fruits and vegetables, tofu, and ice cream should also be avoided.
  • Wherever possible choose organically grown foods.

 

Specific foods for Lung Qi deficiency

  • Cooked whole grains, glutinous rice, oats, roasted barley, sweet rice, spelt
  • Pumpkin, potatoes, sweet potatoes, taro root, squash, carrots, corn, parsnips,
  • Yams, peas, stewed fruit, onions, leeks, garlic, turnip, shitake mushrooms, oyster mushrooms,
  • Chick peas, black beans, walnuts
  • Chicken, beef, lamb, mackerel, tuna, anchovy
  • Black pepper, fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, fennel, molasses, rice syrup,
  • Barley malt, dates, figs, honey

Foods to restrict or avoid

  • Salads, raw fruits, citrus, wheat, sprouts, wheat grass, raw vegetables, tomatoes,
  • Spinach, swiss chard
  • Tofu, dairy, nut butters and other high oil foods
  • Overly sweet foods, refined sugars, high doses of vitamin C, seaweeds, chocolate
  • Cold foods like ice cream or smoothies
  • Iced drinks including ice water, strong tea

 

 

Diet Guidelines for Lung Yin Deficiency

The Yin of the body is as the aspect of the body that nourishes and moistens.

  • A diet that is nutrient rich and building is recommended.
  • In general it is best to eat foods that are lightly cooked to ensure that nutrients are preserved and are more readily digested and absorbed.
  • General dietary recommendations to prevent deficiency include eating smaller meals more frequently and enjoying meals by sitting down to relax while you eat and chewing thoroughly to savor flavors.
  • The diet should also include plenty of fluids, especially in the form of soups.
  • Where ever possible choose organically grown foods.

 Specific foods for Lung Yin deficiency

  • Wheat, oats, rice, millet, barley
  • Adzuki beans, black beans, mung beans, pine nuts,
  • Eggs, dairy in moderate amounts, sheep’s milk, yogurt, tempeh, nuts & seeds, tofu
  • Chicken, mackerel, sardines.
  • Zucchini, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, melons, string beans, beets, button mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, tremella mushrooms
  • Apples, banana, mulberries, mango, coconut, peaches, apricots
  • Olive oil, flaxseed oil, almond oil
  • Kelp, spirulina

 Foods to restrict or avoid

  • Chilies, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onions, shallots, leeks, basil, cloves, wasabi
  • Coffee, vinegar, pickles, tea
  • Lamb, shrimp, prawns
  • Citrus fruits
  • Cigarettes, alcohol, recreational stimulants

Diet Guidelines for Lung Heat Patterns

The Lung Organ Network includes aspects of our immune system.

A diagnosis of Lung Heat often means that our immune system needs additional support.

Foods that remove heat and protect the Lungs are recommended.

  • Lightly cooked foods and some raw fruits and vegetables are included because of their cooling nature.
  • Because most animal sources of protein are heating in nature, these should be replaced with vegetarian protein options.
  • The diet should also include plenty of fluids, especially in the form of soups, and should avoid overly oily, spicy or hot dishes.
  • Where ever possible choose organically grown foods.

 Specific foods for Lung Heat

  • Millet, wheat, barley
  • Tofu, tempeh, soy milk, mung beans,
  • Celery, spinach, swiss chard, cucumber, lettuce, radishes, asparagus, eggplants,
  • Cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, watercress, mung bean sprouts, carrots, pumpkins, daikon radish, bamboo shoots, turnips
  • Apples, pears, watermelon, peaches, strawberries, lemons, grapefruit, mangos, persimmons
  • Peppermint, chrysanthemum flowers, kelp, spirulina

Foods to restrict or avoid

  • Chilies, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onions, shallots, leeks, basil, cloves, wasabi
  • Coffee, vinegar, mustard, horseradish, chocolate, tea
  • Lamb and large amounts of other red meats, shrimp, prawns, cheese
  • All fried foods, BBQ’d foods, cigarettes, alcohol, recreational stimulants