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13Feb/10Off

25 foods to keep women young (part 1)

Well, I know this title is more like gimmick, and I'm not even sure if it's correct, but since I've read that article from a Chinese medical site, why not share?

1. Carp

The meat of carp has a great variety of high quality proteins, those proteins help strength the elastic fiber of the skin. It especially helps reduce early wrinkles caused by stress and lack of sleep.

2. Broccoli

Broccoli itself contains rich antioxidant vitamin C and carotene. These kinds of vegetables with crosswise flowers are proven to be the best anti-aging and anti-cancer food by researchers.

3. Melon

Melon contains rich antioxidant vitamin C that moisturizes the collagen and elastic fiber of our skin. Always eat melon can help delay the formation of wrinkles and keep the skin smooth

4. Onion

Onion cleanses the blood, lowers cholesterol and helps anti-aging.

5. Tofu

Other than fish and shrimp, tofu is also a great sources for high quality protein. At the same time, these products of beans have a chemical called Isoflavones, which reduce the activity of estrogen. Always eat beans products can also reduce the opportunities of breast cancer.

6. Cabbage

Same as broccoli, it is also a vegetable with crosswise flowers with rich vitamin C and nice fiber.

7. Apple

I guess everyone would believe apple has a lot of vitamin C, fiber and sugar. It keeps the luster of skin. Its fiber helps the digestion as well.

8. Carrot

Carrot has rich vitamin A that helps keep the luster of hair and keeps skin fine and smooth.

11Feb/10Off

Foods that keeps you warm in winter (Part 3)

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After lamb and beef in part 1 and some hardcore food in part 2, it's time for some veggies. There are certainly foods that can keep our body warm for vegetarians other than meats.

6. Chestnut

Chestnut contains high sugar and lipase which are good for cold resistance. Take 15 chestnuts, peel off the shell and cook porridge with rice can help generate more heat for weaker people with "cold" and "empty" kidneys or who feel weak with the back and legs.

7. Leek

Leek contains a lot of nutrients like vitamin A, B, C and calcium, potassium and iron. It tastes bittersweet but helps supplement a weak body. Chop the leeks and cook porridge with rice can generate warmth and even helps menstruation disorders. Good for people who always feel cold with sore knees and back.

8. Spice food

Garlic, ginger, green onion, carrot, walnut, jujube and some "irritating" food such as pepper and coffee can help with cold resistances as well.

9Feb/10Off

Foods that keeps you warm in winter (Part 2)

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(cont'd from part 1)

Ok, last time we talk about lamb, lamb milk and beef can keep us warm because the nature of these food. There are more nasty food from Chinese point of view that can keep us warm during winter. However, in western culture, these are definitely either prohibited or hard to imagine. If you can't bear with this list, jump to part 3 and we'll talk about something for vegetarian.

3. Dog meat

Yeah I know that sounds crazy. But there are certain kinds dogs in China that are fed as pig or cow or chicken - they are supposed to be food. I don't dare to try myself, but I heard it's the best meat among all in terms of taste. Of course, western culture treats dogs as pet so it's probably a gross thing to imagine. From medical point of view, dog meat can stabilize the functions of organs, produce heat especially for weak people who have back pain and cold feet. However, it's easy to get thirsty afterwards and supposed to relieve the thirst by drinking rice soup. People with mucus and a lot of "heat" inside shouldn't take it. (Actually, I don't expect anyone reading this blog would even wanna try dog meat.)

4. Rabbit meat

Another meat that sounds gross to certain people. However, rabbit meat is pretty normal even in western culture. I had tried it myself but I didn't like it as much as other. It's opposite to dog meat, more like a "cold" meat that helps with flow of the "Qi" (Chi), dilute the blood and cleanse the poisonous elements. It is a high protein and low fat meat with the least cholesterol among all meat. Best for people with high blood pressure and heart attack, and also great for middle age and seniors.

5. Skin of shrimps

Ok, this doesn't sound as "brutal" as the above two - when I think about it, all meats are the same unless you're a vegetarian. Anyway, skin of shrimps usually can be eaten as dried shrimps. They're very normal in Chinese cuisine and used pretty frequently. They help the function of kidneys and heal the coldness caused by weak kidneys.

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5Feb/10Off

Fruits for curing Insomnia

Recently I met a friend who dreams a lot - literally - which means she never really sleep very well. Somehow I read a Chinese article about eating certain fruits can improve insomnia. Here I'd like to share it in English. I have no idea if these will work. But after all, they're just FRUITS. It's no harm no matter what.

Most people have to take pills for better sleep. Of course, in this blog we try to recommend every healing methods, not necessary Chinese, that are more natural or at least more "organic". There are some specialists recommending certain fruits that helps sleep.

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1. Kiwifruit

The latest research says taking two kiwifruit everyday can improve sleeping quality for 40%. Sleeping problem usually caused by exciting nerve system or abnormal hormone secretion from stress. The calcium in kiwifruit, which rarely appears in fruit, helps to stabilize emotion and control sensory nerves. The calcium, magnesium and vitamin C helps the material transportation within the sensory nerve  system.

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2. Grapes

There is a research saying grapes helps healing insomnia because grapes contains an element that is called "Melatonin". Melatonin is secreted from pineal in our brain and it helps adjust the sleeping time. Melatonin is mostly secreted at night to tell us it's about time to sleep. So if we eat grapes, more melatonin will tell our brain to start sleeping. So grape wine would help even better because it contains alcohol as well.

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3. Jujube

Jujube is more like a Chinese fruit. It helps stabilize mental state. We can also boil jujube after dinner with some water and drink it or make jujube porridge with lily leaves to eat before sleeping. It's going to help sleeping.

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4. Apple

Well, apple seems to be good for health. Basically it's supposed to be good for everything, like Kiwifruit, Calcium and Vitamin C and many elements helps our sensory nerves. However, another reason apple can help sleeping is its smell. It's smell strongly stabilize our nerve system and help us sleep.

30Jan/10Off

Orange Vs. Cough

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To stop coughing is always a hassle. I recently heard a special natural healing recipe that uses orange. It doesn't matter how much vitamin C in an orange. Citrus in orange always triggers more coughs. So in traditional Chinese medical point of view, orange is always bad for coughing.  However, this easy recipe for healing cough is going the opposite - JUST use an orange, but BAKED in an oven first. Here are the steps:

The only ingredient is just a fresh orange. Peel off the skin of the top of the orange for about a size of a quarter coin. The purpose is to force the heat directly into the orange. Place the orange into the oven and bake for  10 minutes in high heat. There will be a nice, "moist" smell from the oven. After the top of the orange is shows a little burn, it's time to pull it out. It's very hot so be careful when you handle this round little thing. A baked or roasted orange is very easy to peel the skin off, and it's sweeter than a fresh orange. Season with a little salt then it's going to be even sweeter but also more effective to stop coughing. Especially if you just start coughing, usually just one baked orange will work. It doesn't matter if it's Sunkist or expensive Japanese orange, sea salt or kitchen salt, as long as they're orange and salt then this formula should work.

A baked orange is very easy and inexpensive to prepare. The nice taste should keep the kids happy as well. At least there's no side effects. It's non-drowsy and it won't ruin your appetite.

18Dec/09Off

Ginger healing: hair loss, common cold and flu

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In western culture, I don't see ginger as a common food but more for seasoning . But in Chinese or Asian community, ginger plays a very critical role in cooking. It's because of both its great culinary and medicinal value. It's commonly used for seafood cooking especially steaming fish in order to get rid of the fishiness. Its medicinal value is even more important. Chinese use ginger to heal many diseases. Ginger root is the major one we always use, but ginger skin, ginger leaves and even dried ginger all have different medicinal uses.

Chinese consider cold or flu to be an attack of "coldness" inserting our skin and other organs and reach the inside our body. The property of ginger is "warm" (yeah, it's spicy so you can tell), which helps open up the tiny pores of skin again to release the "coldness" that got us sick. So whoever starts to get a cold or flu, just make some hot tea with ginger boiled and drink it. It's going to help a lot. There's always a typical recipe we use in our own family - hot ginger coke. You boil a can of coca-cola with a few slices of ginger and then drink it before going to rest. It works pretty much every time for us.

Very few people know that hair loss and alopecia can be healed by ginger as well. It's also based on the theory of refreshing the pore on the skin. There are few ways of healing alopecia and hair loss with ginger:

1. Ginger skin (dried by baking) and Ginseng 30 grams each.  Grind them into powder. Cut some ginger slices to smear the hair losing area with the powder. Do it every other day.

2. Grind a piece of fresh ginger, heat it up and smear it on the head 2-3 times. Make sure you don't burn your skin though.

3. Probably the easiest way: Cut a few slices of ginger and smear some alcohol (like brandy) on your head. About 2-3 times a day. Or another way is put a few slices of aged ginger into a glass of alcohol for 2-3 days, then smear these ginger slices onto the area of alopecia or hair loss every day, normally 2-3 weeks hair will grow again.

There are even more complicated ginger uses for hair loss, I just provided these three ways. I hope it helps certain people. Ginger still have plenty of medicinal uses. And since it's a pretty easy thing to find in the market, I'll try to bring up some more uses later on.