Live Your Healthiest Life Through Eastern Medicine and Chinese Herbal Nutrition in Los Angeles
Proper nutrition is the core of traditional Chinese Eastern Medicine and Chinese Herbal Nutrition. Dr. Bita—the mastermind behind Wellness To Be— is highly knowledgeable, experienced and extremely passionate about providing a more comprehensive, holistic approach to health and wellness by bridging the gap of Eastern and Western medicine. She has an advanced understanding of how Eastern Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help improve your mind, body, spirit and overall well-being. Wellness To Be provides their advanced nutrition guidance and other recuperative holistic health solutions for clients residing in the Los Angeles area, such as Beverly Hills, Westwood and Brentwood. Discover healthy living with Wellness To Be!
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has evolved over thousands of years as an all-encompassing method to prevent illnesses and to treat patients with symptoms from a variety of conditions. The philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on eight complimentary and contrasting concepts: cold and hot, external and internal, excess and deficiency, and yin and yang.
Each of these contrasting and complimentary concepts is considered when the individual focuses on TCM diet and nutrition. One of the underlying principles of TCM diet and nutrition relies on the idea that there are five flavors to food: sweet, salty, bitter, sour and spicy. Some practitioners even consider “bland” as a sixth flavor. In order to promote health, TCM requires that an individual’s diet is balanced between the five flavors, as food therapy, to ensure a well-balanced qi energy and life.
According to Taoism philosophy (Chinese Medicine), certain foods have specific properties, such as warm and moist, or cold and dry. These properties not only define the food, but also effects the consumers. For example, bitter herbs are cold and drying, when consumed, balance out warm and moist conditions. Eating certain foods during certain times of the year can help counter the effects of allergies, common colds and even more serious illnesses. However, each plan is customized to the individual’s temperature, presence or lack of moisture, and current health regimen.
Traditional Chinese Medicine diet and nutrition strives to include all foods, unlike many Western diets which eliminates whole food groups or focuses on including one type of food consistently, like grapefruit or green tea. Balancing the foods consumed and eating in moderation for every meal are the keys to fueling a healthy body.
Ancient Chinese tradition warns against overeating, which is unhealthy to the body and digestive track. Cold, raw, and damp foods are also difficult for the body to digest. When eating cold food, it is best to pair with complimentary warm and dry foods to create a balanced meal. Although no foods are completely banned from a diet based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is important to consider the following advice.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Nutrition instructs individuals to customize their diets while considering the seasons (warm vs. cold and dry vs. moist). Eating a balanced diet full of fresh, natural and colorful ingredients, acts as a preventative treatment to encourage health and wellness for the mind, body and soul. For more information about how Traditional Chinese Medicine and Eastern Nutrition can help you live your healthiest life, contact Dr. Bita at Wellness To Be. Her extensive education and experience allows her to be an expert in a diverse assortment of holistic approaches, such as Functional Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Meditation and much more! She is passionate about helping her patients live their best lives through health and holistic approaches.
TCM Nutrition suggests avoiding or minimizing these foods:
- Cheese (other Dairy Products)
- Red meats
- Fatty foods
- Processed or fast foods
- Greasy foods
- Spicy foods
- Excessive raw vegetables or raw foods
Traditional Chinese Medicine Nutrition suggests including these foods into your diet:
- Cooked vegetables
- Small portions of meat
- Fresh seafood
- Fruits that are in season
- Nuts and Seeds
- Healthy fats (Ghee, Coconut oil, Olive oil and Grass fed butter)
- Herbal teas