Blood deficiency is a broader term than simply anemia. Blood refers to the body’s overall fluids and nourishment.
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:
- High quality proteins,
- Lightly cooked vegetables and
- Chewing meals thoroughly.
- Meals should emphasize leafy green vegetables
- Complex carbohydrates, like whole grains and lightly cooked vegetables.
- Where ever possible choose organically grown foods.
Specific foods for Heart Blood deficiency
- Wheat, rice, oats, roasted barley, sweet rice, spelt, millet
- Pumpkin, sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, corn, parsnips, yams, peas, stewed
- Fruit, onions, leeks, garlic, turnip, mushrooms including oyster & shitake,
- Spinach, chard, kale, greens, beets, parsley
- Lychee, coconut, grapes, cherries
- Legumes in general, chick peas, black beans, kidney beans, fava beans, tempeh
- Chicken, beef, organic liver, mackerel, tuna, anchovy
- Dates, lotus seeds, mulberries, black sesame seeds,
- Molasses, rice syrup, barley malt, dates, figs, sugar cane
Foods to restrict or avoid
- Salads, raw fruits, sprouts, raw vegetables
- Excess amounts of tofu, overly rich or oily meals
- Overly sweet foods, refined sugars, high doses of vitamin C, chocolate
- Cold foods like ice cream or smoothies
- Iced drinks including ice water, strong tea, coffee, chilies