In Traditional Chinese Dietary Therapy there are six physical constitutions that everyone can have, such as Cold, Hot, Dryness, Dampness, Deficiency and Excessive. Before anyone decides to commit to the Long Life Diet (Chang Ming Yin Shi) which many students of the Li Family Arts (Li Jia Shu) have done. They need to know what exactly their physical constitution is, so that they can then better understand what particular foods best suit their own physical constitution when it comes to creating a balanced Long Life Diet. Let’s just say for example that you have a “Damp” physical constitution, you are properly overweight, due to water retention which can make you look fat and your energy levels are low. This is were you must then add more aromatic types of food to your Chang More Ming Yin Shi Diet which will have a tendency to dry up the internal region, and necessary in promoting urination and perspiration to remove the excess water retention.
Many students of the Li Family Arts commit themselves to the Lishi Chang Ming Yin Shi Diet without even considering their own physical constitution. Not realising that the food they intake into their own bodies, can affect their own health and energy levels. Again for an example if you have a “Hot” physical constitution and you are ingesting more warm and hot foods and drinks, the chances are you will suffer with insomnia or palpitation and hard stools as the body becomes more dried out and your energy levels rise. Hence, it is important that your Chang Ming Yin Shi Diet is built around what physical constitution to help maintain balance.
Obviously, you might develop a physical constitution that has a combination that could be either Hot & Dampness, or Cold & Dryness or even Cold & Hot. That is why when you have a balanced diet you must take into account foods that fit with your own physical constitution combination. Let’s say for example that your physical constitution is a dryness caused by coldness, so your Long Life Diet must involve foods that create more warmth and you should reduce your intake of cool and cold foods, eat more flavours that are sweet and pungent, plus because of the dryness within your body you need to intake more foods that lubricate the body like honey for example.
Many believe and are told that the Chang Ming Diet is suitable for everyone, but in actual fact no it is not. Everyone must take into account their own physical constitution and its combinations of any of the Six Physical Constitutions of Cold, Hot, Dampness, Dryness, Deficiency and Excessive that everyone may have. Once that you have a better understanding of your own physical constitution then you can eat the appropriate foods as part of your Chang Ming Diet that suit your own physical constitution towards improving your health and wellbeing.