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Tonifying foods strengthen a bodily substance or function.  They are especially helpful for chronic conditions when our system is deficient in some way.  Foods with notable tonifying properties are listed below, broken down into four different categories.

Qi Tonics: Qi tonics maintain and improve the quality of available energy in the body.  They include:  Beef, Cherry, Chicken, Coconut, Date, Eel, Fig, Ginseng, Goose, Grape, Ham, Herring, Lentil, Licorice, Longan, Mackerel, Microalgae, Molasses, Oats, Octopus, Potato, Rabbit, Royal Jelly, Sweet Potato, Shitake Mushroom, Squash, Sturgeon, Tofu, Yam

Blood Tonics:  Blood tonics maintain and improve the quality of immediate nourishment available to the body,  They include:  Aduki Bean, Apricot, Beef, Beets, Bone Marrow, Chicken Egg, Cuttlefish, Dark Leafy Greens, Date, Dandelion, Dang Gui, Fig,Grape, Kidney Bean, Liver, Longan, Microalgae, Nettle, Octopus, Oyster, Parsley, Sardine, Spinach, Sweet Rice, Watercress

Yin Tonics:  Yin tonics maintain and improve our deepest reserves of subtle nourishment and soothe our system.  They include:  Apple, Asparagus, Cheese, Chicken Egg, Clam, Crab, Cuttlefish, Duck, Duck Egg, Honey, Kidney Bean, Lemon, Malt, Mango, Milk, Oyster, Pea, Pear, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Pork, Rabbit, String Bean, Tofu, Tomato, Watermelon, Yam

Yang Tonics:  Yang tonics maintain and improve our ability to generate warmth and stimulate our system.  They include:  Basil, Cassio Fruit, Chestnut, Chive seed, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Dill Seed, Fennel Seed, Fenugreek Seed, Garlic, Ginger, Kidney, Lamb, Lobster, Nutmeg, Pistachio, Raspberry, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Shrimp, Star Anise, Thyme, Walnut

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