Diet Guidelines for Lung Yin Deficiency

The Yin of the body is as the aspect of the body that nourishes and moistens.

  • A diet that is nutrient rich and building is recommended.
  • In general it is best to eat foods that are lightly cooked to ensure that nutrients are preserved and are more readily digested and absorbed.
  • General dietary recommendations to prevent deficiency include eating smaller meals more frequently and enjoying meals by sitting down to relax while you eat and chewing thoroughly to savor flavors.
  • The diet should also include plenty of fluids, especially in the form of soups.
  • Where ever possible choose organically grown foods.

 Specific foods for Lung Yin deficiency

  • Wheat, oats, rice, millet, barley
  • Adzuki beans, black beans, mung beans, pine nuts,
  • Eggs, dairy in moderate amounts, sheep’s milk, yogurt, tempeh, nuts & seeds, tofu
  • Chicken, mackerel, sardines.
  • Zucchini, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, melons, string beans, beets, button mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, tremella mushrooms
  • Apples, banana, mulberries, mango, coconut, peaches, apricots
  • Olive oil, flaxseed oil, almond oil
  • Kelp, spirulina

 Foods to restrict or avoid

  • Chilies, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onions, shallots, leeks, basil, cloves, wasabi
  • Coffee, vinegar, pickles, tea
  • Lamb, shrimp, prawns
  • Citrus fruits
  • Cigarettes, alcohol, recreational stimulants