Five Element Nutrition

Five Element Nutrition

Taoists say that overindulgence in the five flavors will strain the palate and make it difficult to taste—like a drug addict needing a bigger fix. 

The five flavor concept was subject to debate as early as the 3rd century BCE. Taoists saw the elaborate feasts of that time and the five flavors were exemplified by rare and expensive foods in the royal courts. 

Taoists believe in simple and natural foods. They say, as a way of life, plain flavors are better for health as a habit. Of course we can enjoy a treat, but as my dear friend Charlie says, “it’s ain’t a party if it happens everyday.”

Organs and Tastes 

Heart – Bitter, Bitter flavor can clear heat.

Liver – Sour, Sour flavor can calm the body.

Spleen – Sweet, Sweet flavor can tonify the body.

Lung – Spicy, Spicy flavor can expels cold from the body.

Kidney – Salty, Salty flavor can help the body shift stagnation.

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