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. For that reason, people with strong constitutions are often characterized to have extra energy, easier time recovering from illnesses, stronger healing ability, and capability to overcome challenges. This means they start with many advantages compared to someone with a weak constitution. However, cons to a strong constitution is a stubbornness to changing lifestyle and diet, ignoring signs of illness, and difficulty to take advice. So if a strong constitution continues a poor diet that lacks in nutrition and consumes processed foods, it will lead to sickness later in 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, deals with physical limitations and struggles maintaining physical health. As a result, this constitution is often 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. Both constitutions 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 constitution. Learn about macrobiotics by reading “Macrobiotic Lifestyles: A How & Why Discussion”, setting up a counseling session with Denny Waxman, or taking a SHI Macrobiotics course.
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