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This book is devoted to the basics of Macrobiotics - the philosophy of nutrition of Oriental medicine.
George Ozawa (Yukikazhu Sekuoazhzava) is the author of over 300 books; born in the ancient Japanese capital Kyoto on October 18, 1893.
His bestseller "The New Theory of Nutrition and Its Therapeutic Effect" was written and published in Japan in 1920 and withstood 700 editions. He dedicated 30 years of life to bringing Eastern culture to Europe, while at the same time explaining Western culture for Japan.
Macrobiotic. In translation, this is "big life." Hippocrates used this word to describe very healthy and long-lived people. Japanese enlightener George Ozawa called his macrobiotic teaching, emphasizing his relationship to the ancient eastern food system. J. Ozawa was long and seriously ill, and only turning to ancient Chinese medicine and studying it, he was able to cure himself with a simple herbal diet, built according to the principles of "yin" and "yang."

"Yin" is the name of energy or movement, which has a centrifugal direction and leads to expansion - that is, "cooling energy." “Yang”, on the contrary, denotes a centripetal motion, directed inward and leads to compression - that is, the warming energy. In humans, the action of "yin" and "yang" is manifested in the expansion and contraction of the lungs and heart, stomach and intestines during digestion.
According to Oriental traditions, “Yang” means hard, astringent, warming, irritating, bitter and salty, while “yin” has the properties of cool, moist, soft, supple, sweet.
J. Ozawa approached the concepts of "yin" and "yang" in a new way, implying the acid and alkaline reactions of the product. The basis of the product belonging to a particular category is taken in the content of potassium and sodium. As macrobiotics says, a person is healthy if the body has the correct ratio of potassium and sodium. Strong "yin" products are potatoes, tomatoes, fruits, sugar, honey, yeast, chocolate, coffee, tea; moderate "yin" - products - milk, butter and vegetable oil, nuts; weak “yin” - products - root and tuber crops, wheat bread. Strong "yang" - products - red meat, poultry, fish, hard cheeses, eggs; moderate "yang" - products - cereals (rye, barley, rice, buckwheat, oatmeal); weak "yang" - products - whole-grain bread, legumes, corn.
Health is the harmony of "yin" and "yang", the balance between our internal and external environment, between mental and physical activity, between plant and animal food, between thermally processed food and raw.
“Macrobiotics”, described as a training course, has the goal of happiness through health, through nutrition.
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