There is a debate on whether these foods may actually build your jing, or rather they just support it and keep you from losing it. As jing is an energy (and a model of looking at the world) this distinction may not be all that important as the end result is more youthful living either way. According to Daoist Tonic Herbalism, only the best herbs will actually regenerate your jing. As that’s the case all these foods will play a more supportive role.
Make sure to read the previous article on jing for background information on what it is and why you should build it.
Eggs – Think about jing’s relation to reproduction and it becomes obvious the eggs can be a great food for this purpose. For the most nourishing you’re going to want to highest quality eggs. Factory farmed chickens will not do. Instead find eggs from birds that eat their natural diets. Get eggs from pastured birds or duck eggs and you’ll see a richer orange and much thicker yolk. Sometimes the shells are even tough to break.
Fish Eggs or Roe – But birds aren’t the only egg laying animal. Fish roe are another option. These eggs were highly prized by many indigenous people, and especially fed to young children and pregnant women (sometimes even pre-conception). In fact in the Andes, people would travel sometimes hundreds of miles to collect these eggs to bring them back for eating. Hopefully, you won’t have to travel that far. Instead, the next time you eat sushi make sure to get an order with tobiko or roe.
Nuts and Seeds – These are the reproductive parts of plants. All of them will work to some degree. One of the best is black sesame seeds. In fact, this is regarded as a great jing tonic in Chinese medicine. (One hint is that the color black, and even dark colors, are often associated with jing. Antioxidants contribute to health and aging slowly so they may be associated with jing. )
Algaes and Seaweeds – The large amounts of minerals and dark colors contribute to the jing essence of these foods.
Pollens – Once again the reproductive agents in plants. The pollen is likened to the mammalian sperm and thus is highly rich in nutrients. Bee pollen is one option. And due to the strong hormonal component pine pollen is even better.
Royal Jelly – This substance is fed to the queen bee and is responsible for her becoming the queen. The workers are genetically identical to her, but do not get this food. It is what the royal jelly activates (epigenetics) that causes her to become queen.
Beans – Certain beans like kidney, black and azuki beans are thought to contribute to jing. Many argue that beans cause digestive problems so this may be up for debate. The best way to consume them is likely in fermented forms like miso, natto and tempeh.
Black Rice – At one point in time only the Chinese emperor could consume black rice. It was punishable by death for the common people to consume it. This forbidden black rice is now widely available for royalty and common folk alike. While more expensive then its white or brown counterparts, it has significantly more nutrition. Its antioxidant count is said to rival blueberries.
Organs – Jing is stored more in the organs than the muscle. Organs of all types have much higher amounts of minerals and vitamins. For more jing go to the jing organs themselves including the kidneys and brain (recall the jing is tied into the nervous system).
Bones – Jing also governs the marrow. Bone marrow was regarded as highly prized in ancient China because it is mysterious and the most hidden and tucked away in the human body. Various qi gong practices are devoted specifically to the marrow. So eating it will help you build it as well. A good quality bone broth may be one of the best jing foods out there. Some even call it the original stem cell therapy.
Jinged Up Miso Soup
I’ve been doing some version of this recipe along with dinner at least once a week for the past month or so. Not only is it highly nourishing but it tastes great. I’ve been a fan of getting miso soup when I go out for sushi, but this soup tastes so much better while being better for you.
Here’s the approximate recipe used in this video:
- 1 Quart Bone Broth (can substitute chicken or vegetable stock)
- 2 TB Miso
- 2 TB Black Sesame Seeds
- 1 handful Hijiki seaweed
- 1 TB Brown Shilajit
Heat up soup and stir well, but avoid boiling.
Another benefit of both miso and seaweeds is that they detox heavy metals from the body.