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1Mar/10Off

18 tips to keep men young (Part 2)

(cont'd from Part 1)

7. Morning Erection - keep it "up" in the morning shows the young energy. The "harder you keep", the healthier your arteries are. There is a research indicated that having sex for over 3 times a week can reduce ED (Erection disorder) by four times, while having sex for less than one time a week can increase ED probability twice.

8. Fat body makes you 10 years older. In 2007, there's an important research discovered that for every 5% increase of BMI (Body Mass Index, around 13.5 kg) of men, the level of testosterone decline to a "10 years older" level.

9. Train your brain for 15 years younger. Take some IQ test or solve some puzzles can keep a 45yo man to have a 30yo active brain.

10. A glass of wine (no more than 3 glasses in general) can increase 97% of survival rate up to 85 years old.

11. 7 hours < Sleeping time < 8 hours keep the longest life in average. There was a research that lasted for 22 years with 21268 adults involved indicates that men sleep less than 7 hours will increase early death rate 26% while sleeping more than 8 hours will also increase early death rate for 24%.

12. Vitamin A helps eliminates wrinkles around the eyes. As one grows old, cell metabolism rate slows down and skin starts to lose collagen, and it will be shown directly on the thinnest skin - which will be the eyes area. Vitamin A helps produce more collagen on skin.

(to be cont'd)

27Feb/10Off

18 tips to keep men young (Part 1)

I posted some food suggestions to keep women young about a week ago. This time is men's turn. Not necessary foods though. These are tips suggested from the Internet and Men's Health Magazine.

1. Shave often. It just look younger. And there's a skin specialist telling people that shaving stimulate the collagen production on the face and make it look shinier and smooth.

2. Eat less. Eating a little less can reduce the probability of inflammation. We normally can afford eating 30% of our daily value. (honestly, I don't agree on this myself...but research is a research)

3. Sleep more and better. Lacking of sleep consistently can get old faster because the muscle around the eyes gets trained through the activity of eyeball during sleep. Lacking of this activity would cause those muscle shrink and leave a dark shade.

4. Exercise more. I guess everyone pretty much knows about this. 3 hours workout per week and make us look 10 years younger.

5. Oral hygiene. There is a research with 6693 adults in England indicates that people who have teeth problems or oral problems are obviously less smart than people with healthy teeth. Reason can be teeth problem causes more minor inflammation within the body and hence hurt the brain.

6. Slow heart beats. To keep you young, a strong heart is definitely needed with slow heartbeats and keep the blood slowly but efficiently flow. Human have about 300 millions of heartbeats in average of the whole life. Slow down the heartbeats should mean that we can live longer. Of course, to keep your heartbeats strong but slow, exercises are always needed.

(to be cont'd)

5Aug/09Off

Internal Causes of illness: Perverse Emotions

Other than the cause-and-effect relationship between perverse climatic conditions and disease we talked about in the last article, another important Chinese medicine concept is that emotions (namely, anger, fear, grief, joy and anxiety) also influence health. Chinese medicine holds that when certain emotions are experienced in excess, they'll affect particular organs. Specifically, anger is associated with the liver, fear with the kidneys, grief with the lungs, joy with the heart, and anxiety with the spleen. While the explicit connection between emotions and the vital organs is not always obvious, examples such as the effect of grief  and weeping on the lungs or how anxiety can affect the spleen or stomach (by causing digestive problems in general or a nervous or upset stomach in particular) are more apparent.

Not just emotions an important sources of diagnosis, Chinese medicine assigns even greater importance to them by stating that the combined effects of external climatic elements and internal emotional factors are major precipitating factors in all forms of disease. So excessive emotion for a long period of time can cause cancer - that's why we got the line, "Don't worry. Be happy." Worries, fears, sadness can really kill somebody.

In fact, the close investigation afforded by traditional Chinese medicine to psychological and climatological factors is rivaled only by the attention given to what are considered the two primary substances in human physiology: the blood and the Chi (Qi)

(sources:  Chinese Herbal Medicine made easy by Thomas Richard Joiner.)

4Aug/09Off

External Causes of illness: Perverse Energies

Last article we talked about the fundamental root of all disease, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is an imbalance of Yin and Yang. I read a Chinese article about where cancer came from, the author said when there is too much Yin elements in the body while there's an obvious deficit of Yang elements, that's when cancer starts. That article also said sometimes western medication tends to use vitamins as supplements in imbalance of nutrition. Vitamins belong to Yin. On the other hand, a lot of controlling medicines like painkillers or antibiotics cause the deficit of Yang. If a person take excess vitamins and painkillers/antibiotics together for too long, cancer may just start because of the excess of Yin plus the deficit of Yang. That means even taking  harmless medicine incorrectly may actually have negative effects on your body. Of course, this is just one example of imbalance of Yin Yang, other than medications, nutrition, emotions and what they call "perverse energies" can also cause imbalance of Yin Yang - hence cause cancer or other diseases.

External Causes of Illness: Perverse Energies

Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that perverse atmospheric conditions -- perverse energies -- are often the primary cause of, or at least contributing factors in, a long list of common illnesses. Perverse energies include the followings, which somehow I mentioned in the last article:

Wind, the primary transport system for hundreds of air borne viruses associated with a great number of respiratory diseases;

Cold, which causes the body's fluids to congeal, impeding the circulation of fluid to the joins and blood through the body, causing poor digestion, diarrhea;

Heat, which causes pronounced sweating and dehydration, skin infections;

Dampness (Wet), associated with inflammatory muscle and joint disease such as rheumatism and arthritis;

Dryness, which attacks the body fluids and is associated with, among other things, increased thirst, dry skin, coughing and constipation.

Chinese believe that perverse energies occur most often when normal environmental conditions are excessive. Examples are extreme cold spells in winter and unseasonable conditions such as a warm spell in winter or a period of transition from one season to another - that's why during a dramatic weather change, people are more easily to get sick.

There's no way to avoid exposure to environmental changes. So Chinese medicine prefers a preventive rather than a curative approach by offering strategies for protecting the body from perverse energies. Usually, there are two ways to carry out preventive strategies:  via the diet, and through the use of Chinese herbs (which consists of botanical, mineral, and zoological substances). Combination of these two became a powerful tool for body natural defense. Used on regular basis, herbs become and extension of nutrition that helps the protection against pernicious external influences. This practice has proven to be effective for general health maintenance as well as for promoting life extension.

(sources: Chinese Traditional Medical Association (hantang.com), Streetwise Guide: Chinese Herbal Medicine by Wong Kang Ying and Martha Dahle, Chinese Herbal Medicine made easy by Thomas Richard Joiner.)