Friday, February 27, 2009

Go Nuts

Nuts contain important nutrients that are good for our heart. Some studies show that people who eat nuts regularly are less likely to suffer from coronary heart disease. According to recent clinical trials, consuming various nuts such as almond, pecan and walnut can lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Scientists believe that nuts contain various substances that possess cardio-protective effects such as omega 3 fatty acids. Eat a handful of mixed nuts a day, either added to meals or for snack, can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Almond is a rich natural source of vitamin E. Almonds are known to help lower LDL cholesterol when consumed in a healthy way. They are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as found in olive oil. Almond is a good ingredient for low-carbohydate or carbohydrate-restricted diet. Almond flour is gluten-free which is good for gluten-sentitive people or those who suffer from wheat allergies.

Pecan is a good source of protein and a good low unsaturated fat source of vitamin E. The antioxidants and plant sterols found in pecans can reduce LDL cholesterol levels. A clinical research found that eating a handful of pecans each day may help lower cholesterol levels similar to what is often seen with cholesterol-lowering medications. Consuming nuts regularly can also help lower the risk of gallstones in women.

Walnut is a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Its health benefits range from cardiovascular protection, to the promotion of better brain function, to anti-inflammatory benefits for asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. An antioxidant "ellagic acid" found in walnuts supports the immune system. In one study, the participants followed walnut-rich diet were found to have lowered LDL cholesterol and Lp(a) ("lipoprotein a" is a lipid compound that increases blood clotting).

Start your handful of nuts this weekend, and let me know if you feel better.

Natural Form of Nutrition

In a commercial society as we live, the food industry would promote products that bring profit. Nowadays, you may find co-Q10, green tea, Omega 3 fatty acid, polyphenols, etc., whatever is hot, are being "added" to many products in the market.

As our human knowledge about nature is very limited, there are many things we cannot fully understand. We can break down a piece of tea leave and analyze its chemical components, but we cannot put those chemicals together and form a piece of tea leave!

What we really need are the natural forms of these beneficial properties that the nature provides, or the forms that are kept less tempered. We need nutrition supplements that can be fully absorbed and digested by the body.

If supplements are not fully absorbed and digested by the body, they may actually cause potential health problems, such as kidney stone or joint pain.

Get closer to nature. Get natural form of nutrition.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Live Wisely and Meridian Channels

The body heals, not the medicine, not the medical equipment. No matter how much medicine we pour into a dead person, it will not work. Because the healing mechanism is with us when we are alive. This is beyond the current medical science can explain. The ancient people figured out wise ways to work with this natural healing mechanism which still work up to this day.

We must not treat our body as a machine. Rather, we should treat it as an extremely highly intelligent being. Having this kind of understanding in mind, we will not try to temper with any part of our body with our shallow knowledge, but try to understand its unique operation as a whole and cope with it according to its natural way.

Tai Chi and QiGong are along this line of Chinese traditional medicine theory to help the body to heal naturally. According to this theory, the blood and energy supply focus on different meridian channels during the 12 time zones of a day. Each pair of related two channels work together to keep a balance.

子zi 11:00pm-1:00am--Gall Bladder Channel
丑chou 1:00-3:00am--Liver Channel

寅yin 3:00-5:00am--Lung Channel
卯mou 5:00-7:00am--Large Intestine Channel

辰chen 7:00-9:00am--Stomach Channel
巳si 9:00-11:00am--Spleen Channel

午wu 11:00am-1:00pm--Heart Channel
未wei 1:00-3:00pm--Small Intestine Channel

申shen 3:00-5:00pm--Bladder Channel
酉you 5:00-7:00pm--Kidney Channel

戌xu 7:00-9:00pm--Pericardium Channel(心包经)
亥hai 9:00-11:00pm--Triple Heater Channel(三焦经)