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What's the best food to start your day, and when is the best time to eat breakfast?
According to Chinese Medicine, the best time to have your morning meal is from 7:00-9:00 AM. This is the high functioning time of the Stomach. The Stomach, according to Chinese Medicine, functions much like we know it to - it breaks down food, making it accessible to the Spleen to be used as nutrients for the body. The Spleen and Stomach together create each person's "post-heavenly qi" (with the lungs) which provides energy for the whole day.
From 9:00-11:00 the Spleen is working at peak function, and eating should be complete by this time. The Spleen isn't an organ system that's given much thought by most westerners, but according to ancient knowledge, the stomach and spleen work together to digest and assimilate food. The Spleen transforms nutrients and transports appropriately.
What's the best way to prep the Stomach and Spleen (and the rest of your body) for health throughout the day? A glass of warm (not too hot, not to cold) water, about 5-10 minutes before you start breakfast. Having this upon rising moistens the stomach and gently replenishes and revitalizes the body's fluids, which are essential for good health.
The Stomach, in the classic texts, is said to require a wet environment in order to do it's job, and the Spleen's work requires that the temperature not be too cold. Ice water, for example, is taboo in Chinese medicine, for it injures the qi (energy) of the Spleen.
A glass of warm water, followed by a congee or grain porridge is the ultimate way to set you up for health for the rest of the day. This is also very easy for the body to assimilate. I like to add soaked seeds and nuts, as well as fresh berries in the summer time, making it as delicious as it is healthful.