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This book is devoted to the basics of Macrobiotics - the philosophy of nutrition of eastern medicine.
George Ozawa (Yukikazhu Sequoizhzawa) is the author of more than 300 books; was born in the ancient Japanese capital of 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 survived 700 editions. He devoted 30 years of life to bringing Eastern culture to Europe, while also explaining Western culture for Japan.
Macrobiotics. In translation it is a "great life". Still Hippocrates used this word, describing very healthy and long-living people. The Japanese enlightener George Ozawa named his teaching of the macrobiotic, emphasizing his kinship with the ancient eastern food system. J. Ozawa was long and seriously ill, and only after turning to ancient Chinese medicine and studying it, he was able to cure himself with a simple plant diet, built in accordance with the principles of "yin" and "yang."

"Yin" is the name of energy or motion, which has a centrifugal direction and leads to expansion - that is, "cooling energy". "Yan", on the contrary, denotes centripetal motion, directed inwards and leads to compression - that is, warming energy. In the human body, 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 the tradition of the East, "Yan" means hard, astringent, warming, irritating, bitter and salty, but "yin" has the properties of cool, moist, soft, elastic, sweet.
J. Ozawa came up with a new approach to the concepts of "yin" and "yang", implying under them the acid and alkaline reaction of the product. The basis of the product's belonging to a particular category is taken by the content of potassium and sodium in them. As the macrobiotic says, a person is healthy, if the body has the right 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 - roots and tubers, wheat bread. Strong "yang" - products - red meat, poultry, fish, hard cheeses, eggs; moderate "yang" - products - cereals (rye, barley, rice, buckwheat, oat flakes); weak "yang" - products - bread of coarse grinding, beans, corn.
Health is harmony of "yin" and "yang", balance between our inner and outer environment, between mental and physical activity, between plant and animal food, between food thermally processed and raw.
"Macrobiotics", set out as a training course, aims to happiness through health, through nutrition.
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