Discover the Best Daily Healthy Habits from Traditional Chinese Medicine

As a Youtuber, my biggest challenge is working with my team in different time zones to meet production deadlines. My schedule is a bit all over the place. I often stay up late and skip meals or eat food at random times. Recently, I’ve wanted to make a change. I looked into TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) for advice on healthy habits, such as the best time for sleeping and what to avoid in the morning. It was eye-opening, and I can’t wait to share with you what I learned.

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A Healthy Morning Routine

The best time of the day is the morning. In the early morning, as the sun has just risen, the Yang energy in our bodies begins to rise after a night of dormancy. According to traditional Chinese medicine, Yang energy is the source of vitality and key to good health. After getting up in the morning, drinking a glass of warm water is a good health habit. Water that’s too hot or too cold is not conducive to the rise of Yang energy. 

Chinese medicine believes that one should never skip breakfast. From 7 to 9 in the morning is when the stomach meridian is in command, so it’s important to eat at this time. What’s a good breakfast? There is no strict definition but one should eat a full breakfast, and there are certain foods you should avoid. The ancient Chinese left an important guideline on longevity. It goes, “When morning strengthens fire, and when noon leaks bodily essence, Yang energy declines and life is shortened.”   

It advises people not to eat food with strong fire properties for breakfast. In the morning, the body’s Yang energy is at its weakest. Eating large amounts of foods with strong fire properties will cause drastic fluctuations in the body’s Yin and Yang, speeding up the loss of Yang energy. Losing it excessively will lead to a situation of “shortening the lifespan.”

Foods with strong fire properties refer to those that are difficult to digest as well as oily and strong foods, such as hotpot, fries, spicy food, large amounts of meat and seafood. We should avoid eating them for breakfast.

In the morning, it’s also important to avoid emotions that cause excessive fire energy, which also disrupt the balance of Yin and Yang. Therefore, in the morning, we should avoid getting into arguments or becoming upset. 

For busy professionals, meetings can start as early as 7 or 8 am. Try to avoid difficult negotiations or discussions early in the morning. Save those for later in the day. If you are an HR professional or a manager, do not fire people first thing in the morning, it’s not good for your health or that person’s health. Instead, having positive, uplifting meetings first thing in the morning will be a good start to the day. 

What to do at noon

Noon is when our Yang energy is at its peak. Chinese’s noon time is the two-hour window from 11 am to 1 pm. This is the ideal time for lunch. During this period, after Yang energy has reached its peak, it will gradually decline while Yin energy begins to rise. At this time, you should avoid vigorous exercises to prevent the loss of the body’s essence and energy. Strenuous activities that make you sweat, such as working out, jogging, or sex are not advised during the noon hours. Instead, It’s best to take a short 15 – 30 minutes power nap after lunch to replenish one’s strength. 

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Traditional Chinese medicine advises people to eat a full breakfast, a good lunch, and a light dinner. The key to breakfast is that it must be filling, so carbs are a good option. Lunch should be the most nutritious meal of the day. It should be rich in protein and can include greasy and strong food. Dinner, however, should be light and one should eat sparingly for dinner. In the West, people usually eat a light lunch at work. Some even skip lunch and eat a big dinner after work. This is not healthy eating according to traditional Chinese medicine.  

What Time Should You Go to Bed?

The most ideal time to sleep is from 9 pm to 5 am. Within those hours, the time from 11 pm to 3 am is the most critical. TCM believes this is the most crucial period when your body goes through self-restoration and repair. Deep sleep during these hours helps restore energy, promote blood circulation, and enhance the function and recovery of bodily organs. Chinese doctors recommend that even if you can’t fall asleep, lying in bed to rest during those hours also has health benefits. 

If you take a shower at night, you must completely dry your hair and scalp. Going to bed with wet hair can lead to the body absorbing excess moisture, causing fatigue and a lack of appetite over time. This is particularly harmful to women and elderly people

That’s the healthy habits I learned from traditional Chinese medicine. I think I can follow most of it except going to bed before 11 pm. I start livestream programs sometimes at 10 and finish at 11. It then usually takes another couple of hours before I go to bed. I can try to start my programs earlier, but it involves moving everything up. A good habit takes time to develop but I will try. 

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