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The Digestive Weak Type

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Your digestive system is your weakness and you feel tired easily - especially after meals.  You have a tendency to worry and overthink and you may have food allergies or sensitivities.  You also tend to feel bloated easily, have loose stools or diarrhea, and you are known to have a sweet tooth.

This type is common and mainly comes from eating too many raw and cold or frozen foods and drinks or from irregular eating.  Cold foods lead to digestive problems because your body has to heat up your food to a 100 degree "soup" in order to digest and assimilate these foods.  You actually end up absorbing less nutrients from cold or raw foods than from cooked foods because of the extra strain on your digestive system.

 

Possible Symptoms:

  • bloating

  • chronic fatigue

  • fatigue after meals

  • loose stools or diarrhea

  • sugar cravings

  • difficulty digesting foods

  • food intolerances

  • poor or erratic appetite

  • worry/overthinking

  • heaviness or weakness in the limbs

Causes:

  • eating too many raw and cold/frozen foods and drinks (i.e. ice cream, smoothies, salads, ice water, juices), especially in the winter

  • poor eating habits

  • irregular meal times

  • eating too late

  • skipping meals

  • overeating

  • eating too much dairy

  • eating microwaved foods

  • mental strain

  • worry and overthinking

  • living in a damp/wet climate

  • chronic illness

Helpful Tips:

  • Stick to eating mostly cooked foods - especially soups, stews and congees - which are easily digested.

  • Any raw food should be eaten on its own (not in combination with hot meals), as to not impair the digestion of other foods.

  • Only drink beverages and water that is room-temperature, warm or hot.  When dining out, ask for "no ice" or order a cup of hot tea.

  • Eat regular meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Best foods to eat:
  • Meat: chicken, beef, lamb, liver, turkey, venison

  • Seafood: anchovies, halibut, mackerel, tuna, trout, salmon, shrimp

  • Vegetables: cabbage, carrots, fennel, onions, peas, pumpkins,

       sweet potatoes, turnips, winter squash, yams

  • Starches/grains: rice, sweet rice

  • Fruits: apples, apricots, cherries, dates, figs, grapes, peaches, plums, raisins

  • Nuts/seeds: hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachios, sesame seeds, walnuts

  • Spices: aniseed, black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, nutmeg

What to Drink:
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Foods & Drinks to AVOID:
  • raw & cold/frozen foods and drinks

  • dairy

  • sugar

  • sweet foods

  • fruit (especially bananas, oranges, pineapples, watermelons)

  • fruit juices

  • smoothies

  • ice cream

  • cucumbers

  • tomatoes

  • salads

  • wheat beer

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Recipes to Strengthen
Your Digestion:
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Baked Spiced Apples with Peanut Butter