Here I list some books related to health that might interest you. Each of the books may bring you a new angle to think about the daily food we consume, the habits we choose to consume food and to treat diseases, and you may find interesting things that surprises you. Perhaps it will change your life in somewhat positive way.
Taiji Master Pin-yin Li lives in Fair Lawn, Bergen County, New Jersey. Members of Taiji Quan Research Association (TJQRA) have been learning Yang Style Taiji for years in New Jersey. AnBen Huang is one of Master Li’s students, probable the best one. Master Li is not only a Taiji Master but also a Tuina and Acupuncture Master. Because of his Taiji Gongfu, Master Li’s Tuina often has outstanding results on the patients. If you live in central Jersey area, you have owned a treasure that others envy. That is the opportunity to learn Taiji from Master Li and TJQRA, and possess a skill for healthy and long life. For more details, please visit TJQRA website.
Recently I read an article in New York Times: the scientific 7-minute workout. It includes jumping jacks, wall sit, push-up, abdominal crunch, step-up onto chair, squat, triceps dip on chair, plank, high knees running in place, lunge, push-up and rotation, side plank. Do each for 30 seconds with 5 seconds in between. If you are using a smartphone, there is the scientific 7-minute workout app, which shows the exercise in order with time-counting for you. The order of the exercises is important. It seems simple enough but scientifically proved effectiveness. If you think it’s easy to do, try it and you will find out. The most important thing is the persistence to do the exercise every day to have a positive effect in your health.
In TCM practice, I can not emphasize more how important to do some kind of exercise every day. It is one of most important thing to keep your body young and reduce your chances to get sick. Now here it is the 7-minute workout. No more excuse of no time.
Although this 7-minute workout sounds short, its intensity is high, and it might be categorized as high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which has been studied as a treatment for preventing or reversing the deficits associated with many chronic illnesses, and sometimes can be as effective as medication for many people with chronic health problems. So go for it!
A classmate from college shared his experience and thoughts on running in our classmates WeChat group. He started running as a way of exercise a few year ago, and has trained to be able to run marathon now. He told us that running changed his energy level and health level, and his life in so many positive ways. He is promoting running in our group now. Quite a few of my classmates are encouraged and motivated by him to start this simple yet effective way to exercise and stay healthy.
There are numerous sites and articles to promote running: why and how to run. Running is easy and simple to learn and start. Yet it is a sport using all parts of your body, which is what your body need. Every day 30 to 40 minutes running, even just slow and keep moving, is good for your bone, muscle strength, body flexibility, mitochondria increase, and improves the functions of your lung, heart, liver, kidney and other organs. It also can help us prevent and fight many chronic diseases, e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high fat level in blood etc. Let’s start running today for the benefit of our health!
My classmate recommended the following books for those who are interested in starting running:
Every five years since 1980, there is a new version of dietary guidelines for American. The latest is the 8th edition given in 2015. For decades, people follow this guideline for the intake of salt, sugar, fat, cholesterol, and watch their total daily calories. The 2015 guideline came with an ease on cholesterol, fat and salt, and new limits on added sugar consumption.
Egg and shrimp lovers have no need to worry about their intake of the “bad” cholesterol any more. Decades of research has shown that dietary cholesterol has little or no effect on the blood cholesterol levels of most people. Studies also show too little salt may be as bad as too much if not worse. Not mention that the low-sodium product often contain more artificial food additives to achieve the same effects from salt.
This site is mainly used to share my learning notes of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as well as healthy daily life tips. I believe that there is an alternative way to help our body overcome diseases in most cases, especially chronic diseases, other than taking western medicines, which often have bad side-effects on our body. Healthy life habit will help us reduce our risk to get sick.
For decades, milk has been promoted as an essential daily food for good bone health, and the USDA’s dietary guidelines suggest 3 cups a day for an adult. I was shocked to see people drink it like drinking water when I first came to the states. Is that too much? More and more scientific studies suggest yes to this question. Milk may have some benefits for certain people but its effects are certainly exaggerated for other purpose than bone health. Little evidence shows the linkage between milk consumption and reduced risk of fractures, which is the main argument of USDA’s recommendation. In contrast, more and more researches indicate the opposite effect to one’s health, e.g. too much milk consumption associated higher risk of certain cancers (fatal prostate, ovarian cancers etc.), a higher risk of fracture esp. in women, and even an increased risk of death in some study.