If you want to have a healthy digestive system, stimulate your metabolism, and increase longevity, you should eat more warm and cooked foods versus raw and cold foods.
In Chinese medicine, the Spleen is in charge of your digestion and metabolism. The Spleen is also in charge of transforming your food to usable energy, and sending the waste downward to the intestines. Since this is how we get our nutrients after birth, the Spleen is a major role in enhancing longevity. The Spleen is also the source of your immune system. It is mother of the Lungs, in Chinese energetic relations.
The Spleen loves warmth, and hates cold. Warm and cooked foods support the Spleen's natural function, such as steamed, baked, boiled, and lightly frying. Hot tea and soup are also great choices. Drink room temperature water instead of adding ice. Eat less raw and cold foods such as salad, sushi, iced drinks.
You will notice great energy, wonderful digestion, and you will not feel sick!
Have a peaceful day!
-Rachelle Lambert, L.Ac.