Strong Constitution vs Delicate Constitution
In macrobiotics, a person’s physical capacity is evaluated as either having a strong constitution or weak constitution. Strong and weak constitutions are based on the health, emotional stability, and active lifestyle of the mother during pregnancy and continues progressing during the first six years of life. Nevertheless, the pregnancy is the most important time for physical development because the mother’s blood and hormones are shared with the growing fetus and in the first trimester starts the formation of bones and organs. Fortunately, through macrobiotics both strong constitutions and weak constitutions can lead a long vibrant life if they build healthy habits and consume a nutritionally dense diet.
A strong constitution is a person who received a proper balance of high quality minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates from their mother during their growth in the womb. Someone with a strong constitution begins with many advantages compared to weak constitution. They are characterized to have extra energy, easier time recovering from illnesses, stronger healing ability, and capability to overcome challenges. Cons to a strong constitution is a stubbornness to changing lifestyle and diet, ignoring signs of illness, and difficulty to take advice. A person with strong constitution starts with solid health ,however, with poor nutrition and consumption of processed foods can lead to sickness later in their life.
Unlike a strong constitution, a weak constitution, also referred as “delicate constitution”, is a person who received not enough nutrition, stability, and activity during development in the womb. With a weak constitution, a person lacks energy and struggles maintaining physical health. Since a weak constitution deals with physical limitations, it is more likely that person will be quicker to change and incorporate healthy habits into their lifestyle. Even though a weak constitution started physically behind a strong constitution, they are still capable of gaining strength and vitality, living an energetic and bright life with a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle.
No one has control over their constitution development in the womb but what we do have charge over is how we treat our bodies later on. Strong constitution and weak constitution start with different physical makeup strengths but both can end up with illnesses if they continue consuming foods that lack in nourishment and keep to unhealthy habits. We recommend both constitutions to start building a plant based diet into their life. Every healthy habit counts no matter if you are a strong or weak constitution. Learn about macrobiotics by reading “Macrobiotic Lifestyles: A How & Why Discussion”, setting up a counseling session with Denny Waxman, or taking a Strengthening Health Institute course.