Lungs and Large Intestine (Yin/Yang)

Did you know that in TCM, the lungs and large intestine form a yin and yang pair? They work together as a team.

Peak Function/Hours:
Lung: 3-5 am – Ever wake up during that time short of breath?
LI: 5-7am – Do you wake up and immediately have to go to the bathroom (that’s good btw). The emotion associated with the yin yang pair is grief. Grief cleanses and eliminates what we no longer need. That’s why letting go feels amazing!

The peak season for the lungs & large intestine is autumn, which despite the weather in sunny CA, we’re approaching in the Northern Hemisphere. In autumn, tree leaves change color & are dropped. The trees are literally letting go of what they no longer need. TCM is so cool.

Some lung strengthening foods – Cauliflower, grapes, citrus, lentils, red pepper, dark leafy greens, pomegranate & citrus.

Darky leafies are amazing for the lungs. They look like lungs & chlorophyll is to plants is what blood is to us and dark leafy greens are chlorophyll dense. Eating leaves supports blood formation, liver function, fiber for the large intestine, & our lungs.

I made lentil tacos with sauteed kale, rep pepper and onions topped with cauliflower and some wasabi mashed cauliflower that was life changing. I may or may not have eaten the whole bowl and I’m not mad about it. It’s good to start to clear away old crap as we approach autumn. Start to move things that are stuck. No one likes stagnation. In addition to food, here are a few things you can do:

💚Marie Kondo your life, your house, your closet, or your desk. I just did and it was nothing short of magical. Remove any clutter, that which you no longer need. This can also include relationships.

💚Try to resolve old, hurtful issues that for some reason you still cling to. Let them go, they no longer serve you.

💚Take time each day to meditate, even if it’s for 2 minutes. As you exhale, think of any negativity leaving your body.

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