Nourishing food to support the kidneys: by Carolyn Laney, BA, MCM, Dipl.Ac., L.Ac., CMT
Winter is a great time for eating nourishing foods that warm the body and support the kidneys. In Chinese medicine, the kidneys represent the essence or our body’s constitution, childhood development and the aging process. They correspond with the bones, marrow, and the brain, sexual function and fertility, and help us process stress. Nourishing the kidneys boosts mental clarity and cognitive function, helps us manage stress, and aids in development and slows the aging process to an appropriate rhythm.
Foods that help with kidney function that are naturally salty and bitter in nature (no added or excess salt, please). These foods include:
Fruits and vegetables:
Grains and Legumes:
Lean meats, seafood, and protein:
Spices and seasonings
This is by no means a list of foods that you should narrow your diet to, but ones that you can incorporate into your diet throughout the season. It is always best to eat a variety of foods.
Not sure how to incorporate these foods? Here’s some links to recipes that utilize some of these foods in the dish. Enjoy!
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