Hot foods/ Cold foods

by Ken


Loving your website. I have a nasal allergy triggered by my face and nose getting too hot. I found some of your advice on coffee, spiced foods and fried foods being heating foods which can cause problems. I really see a direct link between drinking coffee and sneezing, almost immediate.

I am living in South Korea at the moment and spicy food is almost part of every meal. If I just eat spicy food, my mouth can't handle too much. However, if I take a spoonful of rice immediately after then the spiciness is neutralized in my mouth.

Q1.)Do you think the spicy effect will also be neutralized in the stomach too? It certainly feels like it.

Q2.)Are there any cold foods to combat the effects of coffee?

Keep up the good work,

P.S. I would like to find a good practitioner in Korea for a food suitability test. Do you know of any, or is there a reputable network or association of practitioners who carry out this work?

Matthew's reply: Hi Ken, while spicy foods are hot in nature, rice is neutral (neither hot or cold) so it will to some extent help to balance the heat from the spicy foods you eat. If Korean food and coffee are too hot for your body type and constitution you may notice signs of heat such as hot stools, yellow urine, bad breath, acid reflux, flushed face, acne, red eyes, fast heart beat, yellow moss on your tongue and a tendency to get angry or frustrated easily.

Balance is the key. Rice helps to balance the hot nature of Korean cooking as will cooling foods like fruits and vegetables.

For most people coffee should be drunk in moderation, just like other things like alcohol. Even iced coffee is considered heating in Chinese medicine. And the extreme cold from the ice actually is too cold for many people's stomachs and can create certain digestive problems. The fact that coffee triggers an immediate negative effect for you suggests that you need to consider cutting it out completely.

Once again, balance is key not just in diet but all areas of life. Regarding food suitability testing, sorry I have no idea what's available in Sth Korea.

But Korean traditional medicine is along the same lines as Chinese medicine, so I would seek out a traditional Korean medicine practitioner who will be able to advise you on diet etc.

If you have further questions or comments about hot/cold foods etc just post below.

All the best,


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