The macrobiotic diet is a popular diet that stresses vegetarianism and eating whole, healthy foods. Those who support the diet promote a flexible approach that allows for dairy, fish, or other additions as needed.
The word macrobiotic comes from the Greek word “macro,” which means “great,” and “bios” which means “life.” The term “macrobiotics” is based on the idea of working with the natural order of life. Philosophers and physicians from many parts of the world have used this term to describe living in harmony with nature and eating a simple, balanced diet to live to an active old age.
People use the macrobiotic diet for swelling in the joints (bursitis), cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, diabetes, swelling or infection in the digestive tract, endometriosis, gallstones, hormone imbalances, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney stones, menopausal symptoms, metabolic disorders, obesity, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and tendonitis.
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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of macrobiotic diet for these uses.
At the heart of the macrobiotic diet are the concepts of yin and yang. Yin and yang are two principles that complement each other according to the Taoist Chinese philosophy. Yin represents expansion, coolness, and passiveness. Yang represents contraction, heat, and aggressiveness. In the macrobiotic view, the forces of yin and yang must be kept in balance to achieve good health. Macrobiotic principles also affect how food is prepared and how it is eaten.
Foods are classified into yin and yang categories according to their properties and effects on the body. The tastes of food, such sour or sweet, determine how they will interact with each other. The food groups that have the least yin and yang qualities, which are grains and vegetables, are stressed in macrobiotics. Eating these foods is thought to make it easier to achieve a more balanced condition within the natural order of life. Foods considered extremely yin or yang are avoided. Food combining is planned to balance the tastes.
The macrobiotic diet is POSSIBLY SAFE when it includes dairy, fish, or nutritional supplements. But some research shows that eating a macrobiotic diet might increase the risk for some nutrient deficiencies when eaten without these additional components.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of eating a macrobiotic diet if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: The macrobiotic diet is POSSIBLY UNSAFE in infants, children, and adolescents without guidance from a professional or appropriate supplementation. Nutritional deficiencies, mainly vitamin B12 and iron, have been reported.
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