In Chinese medicine, we believe winter is the time to nurture and nourish our kidney Qi. After all, this is the time when this energy can be most easily depleted. Our bodies instinctively express the fundamental principles of winter – rest, reflection, conservation, and storage.

Bolster your Qi by eating hearty soups, whole grains, and roasted nuts to warm the body’s core and nourish your self. In addition:

  • Drink water. The kidneys are associated with the water element. Drink ample water, at room temperature, throughout the day.
  • Eat kidney shaped foods. Black beans and kidney beans nourish and benefit kidney Qi.
  • Eat blue and black foods. The colors blue and black correspond to and strengthen the water element of the kidneys. Include blueberries, blackberries, and black beans in your diet.
  • Consume seeds. Flax, pumpkin, sunflower, and black sesame seeds relate to fertility and growth which is governed by kidney Qi.
  • Eat nuts. Walnuts and chestnuts have been found to be especially effective.
  • Get your vegetables. Dark, leafy green vegetables are the best choice for kidney Qi. Asparagus, cucumbers, and celery are also effective.