Blood is the resource of our whole body’s nutrition. It nourishes the bodys' tissues and organs. As we grow older, "garbage" collects in our circulatory system. If we don’t clean up this trash promptly, the blood will become dirty, thick, and sluggish, which will be extremely harmful to our health. Today we have good news to share with you, there are many foods which can help us to clean our blood, and we call these kind of food, “Blood Trash Scavengers”

Blood Sugar Stabilizer: Pu-Erh Tea

Pu-Erh tea is very mild, it has very minimal digestive stimulation and contains polyphenols and other ingredients which are beneficial to our health. Studies have found that Pu-Erh tea has significant inhibitory effects on diabetes-related enzyme which helps to stabilize blood sugar.

Recommended way to drink: Pu-Erh tea is recommended to drink between meals, and to brew it with boiling water. The tea needs prewashed to drink.

Blood Lipid Regulating Agent: Oats

Oats are rich in beta-glucan and dietary fibers which can inhibit the absorption of cholesterols, and therefore lower the cholesterol level. Moreover, oats can make your stomach feel full and lack of sense of hunger, which is beneficial for weight loss.

Recommended way to eat: it is recommended to choose the most pure oats, which are large, whole-grain, not processed and without any sugar, cream etc. Oat congee with nuts are nutritious and delicious.

Blood Pressure Lowering Agent: Celery

Celery is rich in potassium and apigenin, which help control high blood pressure. United States Heart Association Journal published a study that, drinking appropriate amount of celery juice helps lowering the blood pressure.

Recommended Way to Eat: Cook celery with less oil and salt, otherwise it will undermine the hypotensive effects of celery. Celery can also be blanched for salad or juiced to drink.

Blood Circulation Catalyst: Black Beans

Black beans are rich in anthocyanin, which can clean free radicals, lower cholesterol and promote blood circulation. Additionally anthocyanin has eye protection function.

Recommended Way to Eat: anthocyanin is more stable in acidic conditions, therefore soaking in vinegar is helpful to the absorption of the nutrients in black beans. Stir fry the black beans first, let them cool, then soak the black beans in the vinegar, be sure to let the vinegar covers the black bean and left about 1/3 of the space for black beans to expand. Cover the pan and wait for the black beans to expand. After the black beans are fully expanded, the black beans are ready to eat. Black beans can also be used to make bean milk or bean congee.

Vascular Purification Agent: Kelp

Kelp is not only with high iodine, and also rich in dietary fiber and pectin. Kelp pectin can combine blood toxins such as heavy metal to detox and clean the blood.

Recommended Way to Eat: After soaking in the water, kelp can be made seaweed salad. Since the kelp has the cooling property, it is recommended that seaweed combines with braised bean curd in high temperature for the cold and weak people to eat.

Thrombolytic Agent: Natto

Natto is made from soy beans by bacillus natto fermented soy products. Researchers confirmed that the nattokinase in natto can dissolve blood clots and prevent diseases such as myocardial infarction, cerebral infarction. In addition, natto contains high soy isoflavone, zinc and vitamin K, which can not only improve estrogen but also can help menopausal symptoms and prevent osteoporosis.

Recommended Way to Eat: In order to maintain the activities of nattokinase, natto must be consumed fresh and cold. Natto cannot be heated. In order to keep natto good for cardiovascular health, natto is not advised to be consumed with large amount of oil or meat.



Now you have some tips for your daily health. Should you have conditions which are not able to be helped by dietary modification alone. Our practitioners here in Integrated Oriental Medicine, PS are ready to help you the natural way to get healthier through acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Give us a call (206) 440-1634 or email us:  drmen@drmenacupuncture.com

 


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