Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Breathe Deep

Most of us breathe without much awareness. In other words, we are passively breathing whatever way the body is doing. Most of the time, shallow breathing.

Through practicing QiGong (breathing exercise), we can make the breathing slower and deeper. As a result, we will be able to bring much more oxygen into our blood stream, down to each cell.

When first start practicing, follow your body’s natural capacity, or natural breathing. Then focus on DanTian (lower abdomen) breathing. Three times a day, 5-20 minutes each time. This is to get your body prepared for the next step.

Then you may start to practice holding the breath. Inhale–hold–exhale. Hold for 2-4 seconds. It has to be gentle. Don’t force it.

Before you practicing, I suggest you measure the number of breath per minute (count inhale and exhale as one). Most people count 6–8 per minute. Measure again after 6 months of practice. You may be surprised how much you can improve after practicing QiGong.

For personal instructions, come to Nan’s Tai Chi classes at Long Branch Community Center (Thursday evenings) and Langley Park Community Center (Saturday mornings).

Friday, September 19, 2008

Keep Body Environment Alkaline

Human body has a narrow range pH level of 7.35-7.45 which is slightly alkaline.

pH (potential of Hydrogen) has a measurement scale of 0-14. Above 7.0 is alkaline and below 7.0 is acidic. Most fruit and vegetables are alkaline and meats are acidic. Stress and sadness acidify the body. When the body environment becomes acidic, we get sick.

How to keep our body environment alkaline? Here are a few steps to follow:

1. Be happy (Sad tears are toxic)
2. Eat alkaline food as much as possible
3. Drink alkaline juice: BarleyLife® and LeafGreens®
4. Drink alkaline water: ABOVA® ORP Water
5. Do Tai Chi and QiGong every day

Ask Nan for a free health consultation.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Chew Your Food

“Chew your food.” Mom always said. Chewing is the foundation of a good health. It is not just breaking the food, it combines food with enzymes released in saliva and it activates the enzymes in the fruit and vegetables we eat.

Hospital pureed food looks so nice, and it is easy to take. However, the patients are not fully assimilating the nutrients because chewing is missing. The enzymes in the saliva are not well mixed with the food. Some data says, we produce a liter or more of saliva every day. We need to bring out it’s full benefit to our digestion system.

We spend a lot of money buying food, and spend a lot of time cooking. But we often forget to spend time chewing the food. Chewing is where good health begins.

Ask Nan about PrepZymes® if you have digestive concerns.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Help Our Body to Fight

Do you know we have many fighters in our body. They are called phagocytes. They eat foreign things, such as bacteria, virus, or dead cells. When they are active, our body is clean, we feel clear-minded and energetic. When they are not active, we feel drowsy, cloudy-headed, and tired.

How do we keep the phagocytes active? Phagocytes are like little babies. When they are not hungry, they don’t like to eat. Some Chinese cancer researchers made experiments and found out, when we feel hungry, that’s the time when the phagocytes are active.

Now we understand why the old saying goes like, do not eat too full, eat 70-80% is good for our health. Let’s give it a try and help our body to fight effectively.