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THE WATER ELEMENT

The water constitution is considered to be the most basic of all elements. Water is naturally serene and submissive; although, in excess, water can be as violent and inundating as a flood. They are sympathetic and can be slightly lazy. They are good negotiators and loyal to their work colleagues. They are aware, sensitive and sometimes psychic. Their strong point (or weakness if out of balance) is their bones. Water types of love movement and their spine can be longer than normal.

Water types have a round face and body with soft-white skin. The representative organ is the kidneys and bladder. The ears are a representative for the water type and they may be predominating on the face and/or you may experience ringing in the ears when out of balance.

The associated emotion is fear which you may experience as a first reaction to stressful situations. Excessive fear can damage the kidney and adrenal glands (located directly above the kidneys).

The energy of water is expressed in the flow of blood and lymph fluid in the body. When there is an imbalance one can expect to see problems such as swelling and edema, especially in the lower extremities. Also, you can expect problems with urinary tract irritation, impotence, low backache, and weak knees. A deficiency in the water element could lead to a lack of the ability to change, submit, or compromise.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

• Get plenty of sleep and relaxation or meditation
• Massage your kidneys with your hands regularly and keep your lower back covered as much as possible

DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS

The following list of foods has shown to be beneficial to your element and associated organs. The goal is to work as many of these foods into your regular diet as possible. This information is merely a guideline and one should be sure to eat a varied balanced diet with foods from all the food groups.

Vegetables: Alfalfa Sprouts, Artichoke, Asparagus, Kelp, Mung bean Sprout, Nori, Plantain, Potato, Seaweed, String Bean, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Water Chestnut, Yam

Fruit: Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Grape, Mango, Mulberry, Pear, Persimmon, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Raspberry

Beans: Adzuki, Black Bean, Kidney Bean, Lima Bean, Mung Bean, Soybean (black), Tofu

Nuts & Seeds: Coconut Milk, Pine Kernel, Sesame (black & white), Walnut

Fish: (no more than 2-4 servings per week) Abalone, Clam, Crab, Cuttlefish, Octopus, Oyster, Shark

Meat: (no more than 1-3 servings per week) Beef, Duck, Goose, Kidney (pork), Pigeon, Pork, Rabbit

Dairy: Cheese, Egg, Milk

Herbs & Spices: Marjoram, Nettle

Grains: Barley, Spelt, Wild Rice

HERBAL OR SUPPLEMENTAL SUGGESTIONS

Cistanche Powder, Zhi Shi or Citrus Auranti- Helps to increase energy, boost immune function, fight off colds and flus. It strengthens the digestive system and increases metabolic rate resulting in better digestion, balanced appetite and weight loss. Cistanche has also been shown to stimulate fat metabolism. This herb is also anti-microbial and is good for cleansing the body.

Gynostemma or Jiaolan Tea- This herb has shown to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as being effective in the treatment of cirrhosis of the liver. Inflammation is a naturally occurring process in the body that when is left untreated can cause such disorders as arthritis, cirrhosis, coronary artery disease, and many more autoimmune disorders.

Cranberry Extract- 3-4 times a year you should take cranberry extract as directed for a week in order to cleanse your kidneys and keep them working at optimal function.

Horsetail root- Not only is this herb high in flavonoids (powerful antioxidants that repair damaged cells in the body) it has shown positive results for the treatment of kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

Onion (in particular red onion)- The onion has an assortment of health benefits essential for all constitutions and should be consumed daily. Onions contain a specific flavonoid that helps to maintain digestive tract health. The level of allyl propyl disulfide and chromium found in onions helps to lower blood sugar levels. They also contain a compound that inhibits the breakdown of bone cells. Onions have strong anti-inflammatory properties which help to treat the symptoms of many disorders like arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and pain.

Eucommia Bark (Du Zhong)- Has shown in studies to improve bone, ligament, tendon and kidney function. Eucommia can help with stiffness, arthritis, knee & hip problems, overall joint health and also has diuretic properties to help with swelling. The collagen contained in this herb helps the skin and connective tissue to retain its elasticity resulting in firmer skin and stronger joints. This herb is great for building essential energy or Jing and can help to increase and improve sexual function.

EXERCISE SUGGESTIONS

Low impact exercise is a great choice for you. Of course, swimming would be the most preferred for your constitution but restorative yoga or Pilates would also be a good choice.

TREATMENT SUGGESTIONS

Fu Ling & Huang Qi (Pioria & Astragali) Wrap/ Mask- helps to drain dampness and strengthen Qi

Hydrotherapy | Watsu | Lily sugar scrub | Sea mud mask

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