Traditional Chinese Medicine sees qi as the cosmic energy or life force that flows through the body-mind. An excess or lack of qi – too much or too little yang, or heat; too much or too little yin, or cold – is the cause of disease. And one way to keep qi balanced is through a balance of the five flavors in your diet: sweet, sour, bitter, spicy (hot), and salty.

breathing fireSpicy foods make us sweat. They produce heat in the body, burning through excess dampness and moisture, which is perhaps why they’re so good to eat in the fall, stoking that internal fire for the cold winter to come. But spicy foods are pretty polarizing. People either LOVE spice or they hate it.

But when should you incorporate heat into your diet? And when should you avoid it?

Next week, we’re hosting the fourth FREE talk in the Five Flavors Talks series will focus on the Spicy flavor and how it relates to the Metal Element of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Wed., May 4th
6-7pm

Savory Spice Shop
2041 Broadway St. Ste. 1
Boulder, CO 80302

Be introduced to the Metal Element expressions in your body, mind, and spirit.  Get an idea of which signs in your body are signaling a need to cut back on the heat, like if you sweat excessively or are prone to rashes or ezcema, heat leaving your body through the skin. And hear a little about the signs that are telling you that it would be helpful to your internal balance to, quite literally, spice up your life, like if you are frequently cold, or suffer from loose stools.  Then learn about a variety of exotic spices from around the world that will satisfy this taste while leaving your food flavorful and hear about their fascinating medicinal benefits.

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