Incorporating Warm Foods: Traditional Chinese Medicine Meets Collagen

Have you ever thought about the temperature of your food and how it affects your digestion? I recently started going to acupuncture on a weekly basis and was told by my acupuncturist that I may benefit from eating warm foods more often than cold/raw foods. In traditional Chinese medicine, warm foods are said to help move energy in your body.

It was explained to me that consuming too much raw or uncooked food can place a strain on our digestive systems, forcing our bodies to work harder to break down food. On the flip side, when we consume warm or cooked food, less energy is needed to create digestive heat, so there is more energy available to aid digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Makes sense, right? I thought so, so I began to experiment with incorporating more warm foods and beverages into my diet. While I’m having a tough time giving up my morning smoothies, I’ve begun to sip on hot lemon water or tea first thing in the morning instead of an ice cold glass of water. I’ve been swapping out my raw salads at lunch for warm salads with eggs. Homemade soups have also been fun to experiment with, as they are fantastic for getting in a lot of nutrients at one meal.

This bone broth recipe was quite possibly the easiest lunch I’ve ever prepared - and tasted amazing! It kept me full throughout the afternoon and warmed me up at my desk (something that acupuncture also helps with!). Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Bone Broth Recipe

Heat up your water on the stove, stir in all ingredients. Enjoy. It’s that simple!

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t had the chance to check out some of our other posts on the benefits of collagen, here are a few reasons we’ve started to incorporate it into our routines...

Collagen & Beauty

Collagen restores and boosts your body’s natural beauty, making you sparkle & shine just as you were meant to! It works from within to naturally enhance skin by restoring moisture and improving the elasticity, tone and vibrancy. Many of you lovely readers are between the ages of 18 and 30 and may not be thinking about wrinkles or age spots. Truth is, we are never too young to start taking steps to naturally combat the signs of aging. Why not start with collagen now?

Collagen & Health

As it turns out, we aren’t invincible. And we can’t do it all on our own. So we’ve turned to the experts at Vital Proteins for products that help protect and promote bone and gut health. Collagen has been shown to support healthy digestion and restore gut health, which makes it the perfect addition to our morning coffee, matcha or smoothie. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our Gut Health blog post for some tips on sorting out gut imbalances.

Collagen & Fitness

As avid yogis, runners and fitness class lovers, we are always on the lookout for supplements to naturally help us rebuild, recover and perform to the best of our ability (again, the simple and natural way). Vital Proteins replaces what modern food processing has removed from our diets by restoring and promoting collagen production – which is SO essential to muscle and ligament health. This means we can push harder at Strive Village, run farther and faster, and hold yoga poses longer.

xx, J