We had the chance to talk with Nghia Tran, Director of
and an extraordinary Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner based in East Melbourne, Australia.
When asked about healthy diet tips, Tran spoke of the importance of balance when choosing foods. "The nature of foods is key." He said. "Traditional Chinese Medicine categorizes foods into groups based on their effect to our body such as hot, cold or damp. If someone eats one type of food too much or too often, it can cause imbalance internally which will lead to illness.
Eat too much hot foods such as chili, curry, nuts or chocolate will make our body too hot and could bring pimples, headache, migraine, psoriasis, eczema or even stroke in some extreme cases.
Too Cold or Damp
Eat too much damp and cold foods such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, banana or grapes will create dampness in our body and can lead to excess mucus, sinusitis or diarrhea. Eat too much cold food and cold drinks such as salad, raw foods and cold drinks straight from the fridge can damage the digestive system which leas to diarrhea, abdominal pain, tiredness or chronic fatigue.
Combo of Heat & Damp
A combination of too much heat and damp can lead to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), urine tract infection, prostate enlargement and even cancer.
Good or Bad Foods? Tran`s Healthy Diet Tips:
Good or bad foods are relative to the person who consumes them. Garlic is good to prevent common cold due to the hot nature of it. Too much garlic can create internal heat and eventually lead to illnesses. "It is good to eat or drink in moderation, select a wide range and variety of foods. Combine hot and cold nature of food together in one meal to balance each other, such as roast beef with asparagus, etc.