Food Energetics: Warming vs Cooling Dog Food

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What Are Food Energetics?
As a form of food therapy that originates from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), food energetics are the tangible effects of food on the body.

Foods that dogs consume can be grouped into three groups:

  • Yin (Cooling) food
  • Yang (Warming) food
  • Neutral (neither cool or warm) food


Food Energetics & Your Dog’s Health

When all of the yin and yang aspects of Qi – the body’s vital force are in harmony with one another, the body is regulated and a sense of well being for your dog is achieved. However, when your dog is exposed to an allergen (from a food or the atmosphere), it causes the defenses in your dog’s body to go into overdrive, leading to an overheating of the body.

An overheated yang Qi body often presents symptoms such as itchy, inflamed skin, restlessness, and panting.

On the other hand, a dog with too much yin Qi may not drink a lot of water, has low energy levels, frequently urinates or has frequent loose stools.


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Types of Foods

Cooling Foods
Cooling foods helps to bring down heat & inflammation throughout the body

Meat: Duck, Rabbit
Fish: Whitefish, Cod
Vegetables: String Bean, Celery, Broccoli
Fruits: Apple, Pear, Banana
Others: Yogurt, Flax Seed Oil, Barley


Neutral Foods
When used in combination with other types of foods, it helps to decrease the extremities of a very cold or very hot diet. Neutral foods also help to tonify Qi & the blood.

Meat: Pork Liver, Pork Kidney, Beef, Beef Liver, Tripe, Quail
Fish: Tuna, Sardine, Salmon, Mackerel
Vegetables: Carrots, Green Bean, Cabbage, Cauliflower
Others: Spirulina, Cow’s Milk, Egg (Chicken), Wolfberry


Warming Foods
Warming foods can be considered for dogs who do are sensitive to cold temperatures, bloat easily after eating & tire faster.

Meat (warm): Chicken, Chicken Liver, Turkey
Meat (warmer): Venison, Lamb, Mutton, Kidney
Fish: Anchovy, Shrimp, Trout
Vegetables: Sweet Potato, Squash, Pumpkin
Others: Oats, Goat’s Milk, Turmeric, Rosemary, Basil


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Food energetics infographic