Eat Warming Vegetables in Winter

One of the fundamental principles from Chinese medicine (and other humoral medicine systems) is that foods offer energetic properties beyond just calories and macronutrients like carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Foods impart a specific energy to the body when eaten – one that has been described as a "thermal nature" or thermal energy. According to humoral dietary theory, foods can have a warming, cooling, or neutral effect on the body. Hot peppers are one of the more obvious examples of foods with a warming thermal nature. Eating hot peppers can cause your body to warm up to the point that you perspire, your skin flushes, and your heart races. In contrast, when you consume cooling foods like

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