Balance includes extremes: day and night, summer and winter, hot and cold, sun and shade. This reality is what is meant by the terms Yang and Yin. These are the opposites that are present in every single part of the universe. Positive and negative. Heaven and earth. Fire and water. They all oppose yet balance each other. That is the principle of balancing therapies such as Chinese Medicine and Nutritional Balancing.
Nutritional Balancing and Chinese Medicine are both systems that recognize patterns of imbalance in the body and mind and is designed to correct them. The fact that nutrients have both activating and calming effects on the metabolism is the basis of Nutritional Balancing. The same is true for Chinese Herbal Therapy. Each of these systems allows us to determine where the body has become stuck in extremes, and where it has lost the ability to right itself and regain homeostasis.
Using balancing therapies such as Nutritional Balancing and Chinese Herbal Therapy to restore the balance of the autonomic nervous system and get out of sympathetic dominance can be a very effective way to regain balance and manage stress more effectively. This is essential to be in a healing state. Healing is always impaired by chronic stress.
Balancing therapies such as Nutritional Balancing and Chinese herbal therapy are strongly supportive of the effectiveness of all the strategies to regain autonomic nervous system balance. Regaining a balanced stress response and increasing vagal tone is essential to healing all illnesses, especially chronic fatigue and adrenal fatigue.
The targeted therapies such as Nutritional Balancing and Chinese Herbal Therapy will help the body and mind to regain balance and energy. But the best results will come from a strong foundation of stress management and self-care. Learning to recognize your own pattern of habits and triggers, can give you the power to reset and control those stress responses.
Foods and herbs have their own natures and effects. Some are warming and activating (yang), others are cooling and calming (yin). The denser foods that are higher in protein and fats are nourishing and strengthening and give long lasting energy. They are also essential for making the body structures and tissues. The lighter, more watery foods have many good nutrients and fiber, and they balance the heavy nature of the proteins and fats. Nearly all of the body is made of protein, and we can only get protein by eating foods that contain it. It cannot be made from fats or carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates like sugars and starches are mainly burned for energy, or they are converted to fats and stored for later use. Carbs have little or no structural functions in the body unless they are stored as fat. We can use all of the macro nutrients: protein, fat and carbs, for energy. We convert some of the protein we eat to glucose each time for example. This is part of why we don’t have to eat large amounts of carbs to live.
Some of us are better at burning carbohydrates than others. Chronic stress and adrenal burnout can cause various metabolic disturbances that we call glucose intolerance. Some people become so sugar intolerant that they need a low carb diet in order to calm the stress response and regain balance.