Knowing this can be very helpful in treating conditions and illness related to excessive heat in the body; and also avoiding problems created by the opposite, of having too much cold in your body.
(If you have been reading the other articles in this blog you will know why this is so important. If you haven't been reading them, then I suggest you start with this article ... The Art Of Balance )
Cold inducing foods …
We must remember that cold acts much more slowly and far less obviously than heat. Foods which create heat like chili and whiskey will produce an instant hot effect when consumed. But with cold foods, if you eat some now, it will take a few hours before you would notice any effect. Because of this, the mind doesn’t usually associate the food as being responsible for cooling the system. However when you become conscious of this and know how to look for it, you will see that these cooling foods really are having this effect.
There are two methods we can use to cool the body through foods...
The bitter flavor is particularly useful when phlegm and toxins are present. Bitterness expels and purges, and as it pushes away obstructions from the circulation and your organs, you will find that everything is moving more freely and therefore needs less energy to keep it moving. As energy slows the heat it produces diminishes and the body cools.
In excess, bitter can even start to push the nutrients out that feed the energy. This causes a further cooling. In summertime, we are naturally drawn to more bitter fruit to cool ourselves down.
The second and more long term way we cool down our bodies is through heavy dense cooling particles in our foods; like heavy proteins and minerals...
About five per cent of our body is composed of minerals. They help in lots of functions in the body. One of them is in cooling.
In nature, a general rule is that the denser something gets the more cold it feels. When you put your hand on feathers, then wood, then cement, then steel, you will notice the harder, heavier, denser they are, the cooler they appear to be. Your dense heavy mineral filled bones will be much cooler than the surrounding flesh and blood.
In physics, they would tell you that what is really happening is, if something appears to be cold, it is pulling energy from you. When it appears to be hot, it is emitting energy to you.
We can see the effective use of this principle all around us...
In our clothes, ultra light and thin materials are used for ski wear. Carpets are used in cold climates to warm floors, and tiles in hot ones to keep them cool. Even houses made of stone are used in hot countries compared to houses made of wood in the colder ones.
When we consume heavy foods, laden with minerals, they are broken down and pulled into our bodies. Vegetables, nuts, seeds and eggs are all excellent sources. But cooling particles can be found in many other types of food too, even in water.
When we eat vegetables, water or anything else containing minerals and proteins, these tiny particles get deposited throughout our bodies. They mix amongst our cells. And as living things move and create energy, some of their heat is pulled away into these cooler minerals. This stops the cells from overheating and suffering any damage.
The dense heavy particles don’t use up any of the energy they are pulling away from the living bodily cells, they merely store it. Once the active cells start to lose power and their temperature drops below the energy stored in the mineral, then the mineral will start to feed this energy stored in them back to the cells until there is balance once again.
You can see this working very simply outside the body... If you put your warm hand on a cold radiator or other metal object, energy will start to be transferred from you into it. After a few minutes, if you take your hand away and then get someone to touch that area, they will notice it is warm compared to everywhere else on the radiator. Literally the cold metal has soaked up and drained energy from you into it. It will now feed that energy back into the room until it becomes cool again.
However, be aware that you can have too many vegetables and overcool your body, leading to a lack of energy and power. This may over time produce cold type illnesses.
In the past, in Western society, most people remember seeing some vegetarians who looked tired, drained and lifeless; often with dull, pasty complexions. They had simply consumed too many vegetables, which created too much cold in their bodies and slowed all their functioning down. There are many vegetarians in India, China and throughout Asia who get around this over-cooling by adding a moderate amount of hot spices into food to create more balanced meals.
For more information on how too much cold can cause you problems, see the series of articles entitled ... How having a cold body system can make you sick.