Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I am vegan and I also have a hypothyroid problem. I have normal blood work, but I am always cold. My TCM doctor says I have a weak pulse and a yin deficiency, and advised me to eat ginger and sesame seed oil with every meal, but not to overdo or I will become dry. Are there other foods that you recommend that I eat?
A: It is important that you work with your health care practitioners to find a diet that works to support your nutritional needs and your taste buds.
That being said, foods that have warming qualities include: oats, lentil, black beans, walnuts, chestnuts, pine nuts, bell peppers, kale, leeks, onions, green beans, mustard greens, cherries, pineapples, plums, raspberries, basil, fresh ginger, cardamom seed, and fennel seed. Black pepper, dry ginger, and cinnamon are considered very warming. You might include moderate amounts of these foods in your diet.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao products helpful for poor circulation: “Super Clarity” and “Blood Builder/Fatigue“. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.