Improving Digestion and Diet: Dampness

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A patient diagnosed with dampness may have some or all of the following symptoms:
fatigue, body heaviness, sluggishness
excess weight
cysts, tumors
yeast infections
bloating and gas
unclear thinking
chronic sinus infections
cloudy urine
foul smelling stools
thick tongue coating

The digestive system is slowed down by foods that are damp in nature. Dietary changes for patients diagnosed with dampness help “dry out” the system. In general, it is recommended that a patient eats foods that are warm and cooked, and plenty of vegetables, soups and stews. Grains should be well cooked and easily digestible. It is best to minimize:
raw salads
very sweet sticky fruits like melons, pears, bananas
dairy products
sugar and sweets
cold drinks with meals
alcohol, especially beer
artificial sweeteners
chilled, frozen foods and liquids
coffee, caffeine and other stimulants

Recommended foods that dry dampness are lettuce, celery, turnip, kohlrabi, rye, amaranth, aduki bean, wild blue-green micro-algae, asparagus, white pepper, alfalfa, pumpkin, vinegar, papaya and bitter herbs such as chaparral, pau d’arco, valerian, and chamomile.

Information in part from “Healing with Whole Foods” by Paul Pitchford