Diet plays a very important role on how our bodies feel. The huge spike in chronic pain cases is indicative of a society embracing a diet that is harmful to our bodies. From poor diet, a condition, described as “dampness in the body,” becomes a problem in the body. Why? Well, let us discuss what damp is.
According to TCM (traditional Chinese Medicine), damp is a condition of the body when things become sticky and dense and heavy. Because of this viscous material in the body, things are not able to circulate properly in the body, such as blood and/or qi (energy). When things are stuck, the body reacts by trying to either push through the blockage or avoiding it all together. When the body tries to push force the blockage out, it uses a lot of energy and sends a lot of qi and blood to the site of the problem. When this happens, it is similar to an overheating car trying to go up a steep climb. In the body, it is recognized as inflammation. Other times, the body will give up after a time and stop feeding qi and blood to the area which results in weakness and numbness in the area.
Now that we have discussed how dampness in the body can create inflammation and pain, let’s talk about how dampness becomes created in the first place.
Dampness comes a from a dysfunctional digestive system.
Your digestive system can be broken due to:
- not eating enough
- eating too much
- many years of eating heavy, greasy and nutritionally empty foods
- long term illness
- sedentary lifestyle
Ways you can tell if you are suffering from dampness within the body is:
- you wake up feeling heavy and sluggish
- you have cystic acne
- you catch colds easily
- you’re tired all day, fatigue
- you have to use a lot of tissue to wipe after each bowel movement
Foods to avoid when there is damp in the body: meat, dairy, eggs, sugar, refined flours, and processed foods.
For a more complete diet guideline, please go to your nearest acupuncturist. The reason for this is because there are a variety of reasons you may have developed dampness in the body and it may also manifest itself in a variety of ways. For instance, you have dampness in the body with heat symptoms, you may also need to avoid spicy foods. But if you have dampness with cold symptoms, you will need to avoid raw food or cold food.
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment.