“Is health really all about the abdomen? The way my doctor talks, and you know… the main reason I got into all this mess… was ma’ ticker,” Arty knocked on his chest.Emily smiled, “Well your doctor isn’t wrong. The lungs and heart are pretty much – outside of the Brain – the most important organs of the body. They are the “Is health really all about the abdomen? The way my doctor talks, and you know… the main reason I got into all this mess… was ma’ ticker,” Arty knocked on his chest.
“Sure. Think about something. Your heart beats every second of every day. Some people twice every second. What other muscle in your body gets such a workout? Not even your tongue. The heart works out all day long, even in your sleep. It doesn’t get weak in 99.9% of people. If anything, working it out too much can cause problems. We call it Heart Qi deficiency, where it’s worked out so much that it starts missing beats. I myself had such a situation when I was working out 6 times a week, 3 hours a day… at age 24. Real heart health comes from breathing correctly, and staying active so that your Qi moves daily or at least regularly. And from nourishing your Blood.”
“How do we nourish the Blood?”
“Actually, all of your cells are surrounded by cholesterol. You need both sugar and fat to live. Your nervous system and muscles simply must have these. You need, however, natural oils. Not fried foods saturated in trans-fats. Not things high in triglycerides, but things that are soft, squishy,
and wet. Most of your water needs to be absorbed through your food. If you try to drink water more because you’re dry (hair, mouth, skin, and nails) you’ll simply force your kidneys to work too hard. Instead, absorb water through your intestines from your food. Meat has water, and all the necessary proteins to build Blood. Can you use nuts, beans, and legumes alone? Some people can, but others cannot. All the longevity cultures of the world have some amount of meat-protein in their traditional diets. Just not the majority.”
Emily nodded. “Once you’re in the situation, you have to do whatever you can to get out of it. But right now, while you’re not sick is the time to be building the Lung and Defense Qi. The main problem may come down to your Liver overacting on the Lungs. When you undo this process, then the lungs themselves can heal and the Qi is stronger, you won’t have all the allergies. It takes time, perhaps years even, to undo allergies, so try not to get frustrated by the process. Astragalus, Ginseng, Ginger, Atractylodis, and Poria will be in your formula for recovering your Qi.”