Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M.,
Your body was designed to heal itself, and it can rejuvenate
naturally—without drugs, hormone replacement, or invasive surgery. You
can live a long, healthy life by using the natural secrets of the
Chinese medical tradition, which can revitalize your body, slow the
aging process, and activate your body's built-in regenerative powers.
1. Green tea combats Alzheimer's
If you replace your morning cup of coffee with green tea, you'll get
more than a fleeting pick-me-up. Studies suggest that green tea may
actually protect against Alzheimer's disease and other forms of mental
degeneration. Green tea is packed with polyphenols, antioxidants that
have been found to increase cognitive acuity and learning ability.
One particular polyphenol is responsible for these beneficial brain
effects: catechin. The concentration of catechins in green tea is four
times that of black tea. Researchers aren't exactly sure why, but the
minimal processing used for green tea may help to preserve a higher
concentration of the antioxidants. Another bonus to green tea? Studies
suggest that you can lose more belly fat when you add green tea on top
of your weight-loss exercise regime. So drink up to reap long-term
benefits for your brain.
2. Magnesium for more energy
Magnesium is an essential mineral that mitochondria—the tiny power
generators in your cells— require to help your body produce energy. Most
of us don't get enough magnesium because two common dietary habits leach
magnesium from our bodies: too much dairy and too much salt. And most of
us just don't get enough magnesium to begin with due to the popularity
of overprocessed foods. For example, rice bran contains an ample supply
of the mineral, but bran is only found in brown rice. White
rice has none. In the same way, wheat germ has plenty of magnesium, yet
there's none in white bread and white pasta.
So keep eating whole grains for maximum magnesium intake. You can
also get plenty of magnesium from nuts and seeds. Have a daily handful
of pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, Brazil nuts,
and cashews. Magnesium also helps your heart health, relieves muscle
cramps, and protects your skin from UV damage. If you prefer capsule
form, try taking 500 mg magnesium daily.
3. Try chai for revitalization
The herb that gives chai tea its main flavor is cardamom, a spice that
has long been valued in Asia for its ability to increase circulation and
improve energy. Cardamom is a stimulant that positively affects your
overall well-being, as both a revitalizing tonic for the body and as an
antidepressant for emotional disorders. Orchid bees are drawn to
cardamom, and use it to synthesize pheromones.
Because of this combination of properties, cardamom is routinely
prescribed by Chinese doctors—generally in doses up to 5 grams per
day—to rekindle sexual desire. But that's not all! Cardamom also reduces
fever, eases indigestion, and combats intolerance to grains. So add some
to your cereal or bake it into breads and cakes for a tasty treat free
from digestive issues. And of course you can always drink the tea for
this myriad of benefits.
4. Ease nervous eating with magnolia
Millions of Americans experience the symptoms of chronic stress: nervous
tension, restless sleep, irritability, difficulty focusing—and eating
disorders in particular. Who hasn't responded to stress by reaching for
convenient comfort foods? Many people respond to situational stress by
eating ice cream, cookies, and chocolates. When the stress becomes
chronic, overeating becomes a habit—with predictable results.
To break the pattern, natural Chinese medicine uses magnolia,
boasting a bounty of versatile benefits. Magnolia bark regulates
appetite, improves digestion, and reduces swelling and bloating. The
flower is a powerful remedy for allergies and sinus conditions. Studies
have found that magnolia contains a phytochemical, honokiol, which is
equipped with anti-stress properties that are helpful with appetite
control and weight management. You can take a magnolia supplement by
itself or in formulations with other herbs, in capsule form or as a tea,
available in health food stores, online, and from acupuncturists and
Bring these new rejuvenating secrets into your life on a regular basis,
and you'll have amazing results. I invite you to visit often and share
your own personal health and longevity tips with me.
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May you live long, live strong, and live happy!