A Secret Ingredient for Health

Bone Broth reasons
Courtesy of revivalistkitchen.com

One has probably heard about bone broth (made from beef, pork, chicken, fish) and veggie broth, but Heather Dane really explained well why we need bone broth, especially after age 40!  The star in bone broth – collagen – supports, strengthens, cushions, provides structure, and holds the body together like glue, according to Heather.  If your body starts to lose collagen, no wonder you can feel more aches and pains, have wrinkles, thinner hair, and eye problems, experience loss of muscle tone, have digestive issues, etc.  Bone broth is also the key ingredient to many tasty Chinese soups such as this wonton soup (Hong Kong-style) and this 5-minute veggie soup (add animal protein if you like).  I have personally experienced really really tasty Shanghainese wonton soup in the streets of Shanghai – the secret is no doubt their long and well-simmered bone broth!

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New Year, New Luck, New Project

Happy New Year of the Monkey!  May this year be the year when your best of dreams come true, and a year filled with great happiness, wealth, and health!  If you know your zodiac sign, you can check out your luck this year here and you can see what the character of your zodiac sign means (keep scrolling down).

In celebrating a New Year, I am also doing a project which I have been thinking for a little while.  I would like to make a PDF booklet gathering from a group of friends your health tips/habits that have made a difference to your health and energy, your favourite wellness food and drinks, yummy recipes, and apps or tools that you cannot live without, etc. Then I would love to share among us.

If you would like to contribute, please fill in this survey and let me know by the end of February, 2016.  Here’s to health and wellness!  Thank you so much!

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I Want to Share This Amazing Summit

Have you been to many doctors but still do not get or feel well?  There is a good chance that you are suffering from a category of condition called Autoimmunity Disease (AD), which is not currently embraced by the medical community as a category of disease, but is the underlying cause of more than 100 serious, chronic illnesses. Of the 50 million Americans living and coping with autoimmune disease, more than 75 percent of them are women, according to the National Institutes of Health, which names AD as a major women’s health issue (see table below).  These conditions are costing more than $100 billion of health care direct spending. AD is also affecting yours truly.

Table I (Source: AARDA)
Female:Male Ratios
in Autoimmune Diseases
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis 10:1
Systemic lupus erythematosus 9:1
Sjogren’s syndrome 9:1
Antiphospholipid syndrome-secondary 9:1
Primary biliary cirrhosis 9:1
Autoimmune hepatitis 8:1
Graves’ disease 7:1
Scleroderma 3:1
Rheumatoid arthritis 2.5:1
Antiphospholipid syndrome-primary 2:1
Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) 2:1
Multiple sclerosis 2:1
Myasthenia gravis 2:1

You will be surprised to know that only 25% of autoimmunity is caused by genetics, and the other 75% is environment.

Here comes a free online Autoimmune Summit from November 10 to 17.  Dr. Amy Myers plus almost 40 experts in the fields of Functional Medicine, nutrition and autoimmune diseases have come together to explain how leaky gut, genetics and environmental triggers such as toxins, food sensitivities, infections and stress all play a part in the development of autoimmune disease.  The good news is that there are natural ways to treat autoimmunity.  You can learn more about it and register here.

If you want to watch all the video presentations (plus bonuses) at your own time, you can get them here before they increase in price after 9 November.  I hope you will help spread the words to your friends, family members, and those in the health care world and share these presentations before the show begins.  Enjoy good health!

(courtesy of thegardenofzen.com)
(courtesy of thegardenofzen.com)

July – National Watermelon Month

An article from health.com caught my attention because it is about my and many others’ favourite fruit in the summer – watermelon.

In the “5 things you didn’t know about watermelon”:

At 46 calories per cup, watermelon offers 20% of your daily intake of vitamin C and 17% vitamin A, according to the USDA.

It has more lycopene than raw tomatoes. That can stop free radicals from damaging your cells and immune system. But store it in room temperature to maximize its antioxidants before slicing, according to the nutritionist.

The juice can relieve muscle soreness because of the citrulline it contains, especially in the rind.

It’s a fruit AND a vegetable and can be traced back to the squash, pumpkin and cucumber family.

It is 91.5% water, said the USDA.

I should add that although watermelon is a sweet fruit and has a high glycemic Index of 72 (GI measures how fast the carbohydrate turns into sugar; over 70 is high), it has a glycemic load of only 4 (GL also takes into account how much of that carbohydrate is in a serving; below 10 is low.)

It is a superfood for everyone that is cool and tasty, too!

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3 Favourite Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress

Since I sit in front of a computer most of the time, stretching and breathing become very important breaks for me.  Here are three of my favourite poses for stress, neck and shoulder relief as well as mind clarity.  All photos are sourced from PocketSports.

1.  Standing Forward Bend (Deep) with Shoulder Opener

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Tips: Do not squeeze the shoulders together, but let the shoulders drop to the ground.  This way, you can relax the tension on your neck and shoulder.  Great for those who sit in front of the computers a lot.

2.  Tripod Headstand

headstand_tripod_preparationTips: The key is not to force your head onto the ground – whatever height you are comfortable with your head, let it be.  Allow your head to hang free.   This pose brings mental clarity especially after a long day of brain work.

3. Wide Child Pose

child_wide poseTips: This pose is great for relieving tension in every part of your body.  The key is to spread a wide “V” between your legs, sit and relax onto the ground.  Stretch your arms as far as you can.

Weather + Health

After landing in San Francisco at late night flying back from Hong Kong a few days ago, I woke up to a beautiful and sunny morning.  The first word that came out of my mouth: “How I miss the California sunshine!”

The last few weeks in Hong Kong were exceptionally foggy, rainy and moist with humidity close to 100%!!

Foggy Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong
Foggy Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, photo courtesy of Pavel Kiselev

There were occasional thunder storms and very dark clouds – all pretty scary for my young nephews and nieces.

Thunder storm in Hong Kong, photo courtesy of Michael Du
Thunder storm in Hong Kong, photo courtesy of Michael Du

Now, coming back to San Francisco, I am blessed with the sun and breezy weather.

Sunny SF
Flowers in the Levi Plaza’s park, San Francisco
Pier 7, San Francisco
Pier 7, San Francisco, photo courtesy of 123RF

Research has traditionally said that sunny weather and higher barometric pressure lift up moods while cloudy, rainy and humid weather depresses moods although rainy weather can help you to concentrate better and improve your memory!

So in order to reduce your body’s sensitivity to weather, whether it is rainy or shiny, find ways to keep your mood up – writing a blog, listening to beautiful music, eating real, whole foods, reading a good book, talking to an old friend or taking a nice bath. When the sun comes out, take full advantage of it, walk around, run a bit and exercise to recharge your batteries in case of a rainy day tomorrow.