Cold food slows down the healing process of our bodies. Too much cold food in the diet taxes our digestive energy. One example is water; we’ve all heard that “drinking warm water will quench your thirst quicker than cold water.” The reason being is that to begin absorbing water your stomach must first heat it up to the appropriate temperature. Therefore, warm water is absorbed much faster, even though the cold water may feel better going down. Only drinking cold beverages will ultimately weaken your stomach’s function.

Cold causes contraction and coagulation, which obstructs circulation. Consequently, cold foods should be avoided in the early stages of injuries; this includes foods like iced drinks, ice cream, and fruit juices. It’s not just food/water that is temperature cold, but foods that are energetically cold should be avoided. Some examples of energetically cold foods are raw vegetables, raw fish, and raw fruits. A mistake people make is consuming large amounts of raw fruits and vegetables thinking it will help them recover quicker. Cooked vegetables are much more nutritious than raw vegetables. Cell walls of plants are incredibly strong and difficult for human digestive systems to break down. Cooking the vegetables breaks up the nutritional components stuck in the cells of plants making it easier to absorb.

Don’t always believe “eating healthier” is a universal term for what is actually healthy. People who consume too many raw foods tax their digestive system and risk impairing the normal circulation in their body.

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