Introduction to Macrobiotics (part 7) – Food and the Water Element

In the Five Element Theory, Water corresponds to a salty taste.

The foods listed below, graded from greatest impact to least impact, support the Water element.

  • Drugs
  • Salted meat
  • Eggs
  • Salted yellow cheese
  • Anchovies
  • Salt
  • Seaweed
  • Round vegies growing in Winter: Brussel sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage Beans
  • Buckwheat

How does food fit into the 5-Element Theory?

5-element nurturing and controlling elements

In the 5-Element Theory, excess Water in the body such as salt, eggs, cheese, causes the body to contract and become tense. As a result, you may feel depressed, cut-off from people, and insecure.

Since Earth controls Water, you can balance an excess of the Water element in the body by increasing foods like squash, pumpkin, onion, sweet brown rice, millet and barley.