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11Feb/10Off

Foods that keeps you warm in winter (Part 3)

(cont'd from part 2)

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.

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.