High Blood Sugar: Yamaimo (Japanese yam) (Fig. 1) >> slow down absorption of sugar by wrapping it around
High Blood Pressure: Lemon >> antioxidant effect of polyphenol
Dementia: Seaweed laver (Fig. 2) >> rich in folic acid >> toast with seaweed laver and cheese containing short-chain fatty acid which is also good for dementia, Seaweed baked with butter
Smoothening blood: Bonito flakes (Fig. 3) >> EPA and DHA prevent blood clots>> be careful in winter because don’t drink water very much >> more effective if eat with soy products like miso, tofu
Immune system: Scallion (Fig. 4) >> Null which strengthen immune cells which are macrophages, IgA and natural killer cells >> green part of scallion, more in thick scallion >> prevent a cold and flu
Aging of blood vessels (Hardening of the artery): Sesame >> vitamin E prevents oxidization of blood vessel and Sesamin lowers LDL cholesterol >> any kinds, 1 tablespoon per day is effective >> grated is better to absorb
Cold intolerance: Japanese pepper (Sansho) (Fig. 5) >> sprinkle on fried food or miso soup, mixed with mayonnaise as a dip
Osteoporosis: Yuzu (a citrus fruit) (Fig. 6) >> citric acid increases the absorption of calcium by 20 % >> use instead of vinegar >> taking the skin containing Beta-cryptoxanthin helping form bones is effective
Major causes of high blood pressure are:
(1) Overconsumption of salt
When you take too much salt, the density of the salt in the blood goes up. To dilute the density, water in the blood increases, the pressure to the wall of the blood vessel increases and blood pressure goes up.
(2) Contraction of the blood vessel
The blood vessel loses the flexibility with unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking or drinking, or aging, and becomes narrow. Since blood flows through the narrowed blood vessel, the blood pressure goes up.
Let’s check the risk of high blood pressure
How many clauses are applied to you?
If more than 4 clauses are applied, you need to be careful of high blood pressure.
When you don’t eat breakfast, you feel stress of starving and that tightens the sympathetic nerve that controls the blood pressure.
People who eat breakfast less than twice a week have 36 % more risk of brain bleeding, compared to people who eat breakfast every day.
According to a data, sleeping for10 to 12 hours tends to cause obesity so that 6-7 hours sleep is recommended.
Food effective to improve high blood pressure
Try whichever you can do.
(1) 20 pieces of peanuts with skin per day
The skin of peanuts contains polyphenol which has the effect to expand the blood vessel.
(2) A glass (200 ml) of 100 % grape juice 3 times a day
100 % grape juice also contains polyphenol so that if you drink it every day, lowering blood pressure is expected.
(3) A table spoon (15 ml) of Vinegar every day
Acetic acid contained in vinegar has the effect to expand the blood vessel and lowers blood pressure.
You can drink watered-down vinegar and it is also effective to use a table spoon of vinegar for cooking.
Exercises effective to lower blood pressure
Shaking hands and feet (Fig. 1)
Shaking hands and feet loosens the tension of the muscle, expands the blood vessel and is effective to lower blood pressure.
It is effective to do this exercise for 1 minute 3 times a day, morning, noon and night.
Pain is essential to us because pain is a warning signal. Pain informs us that there is imminent danger or abnormality and we need to avoid the danger.
For example, in the case that you step on a nail, you feel pain and step back quickly to prevent the nail from puncturing your foot more deeply.
Therefore, this type of pain is on our side.
When you injure somewhere in your body, our body transmits a signal of pain and causes inflammation including redness, heat, swelling and pain. This is considered as acute pain. If this pain signal continues for a long time, our nerve memorizes the pain and the pain becomes chronic even after the injury is cured. So it is important to control the pain at the beginning of the injury not to make the pain chronic.
That is why it is okay to use painkiller (anti-inflammatory analgesics) or icing in the case of acute joint pain with severe pain.
Why Painkiller should not be used for chronic pain?
Because painkiller is not effective against chronic pain.
Painkiller prevents the production of the substance to dilate the blood vessel and contracts the blood vessel, preventing the blood flow. Our body wants to provide a lot of blood to the diseased area to supply nutrition that improves the injury. But continuous use of painkiller prevents the improvement of blood flow and delays the cure.
Therefore, painkiller is proper to be used for acute pain for a short period of time and should not be used for chronic pain.
The same is true of cold patch (topical anti-inflammatory analgesics).
Cataract is a disease that because the lens of the eye becomes cloudy by aging, vision becomes blurry or things are seen doubly or triply.
The ratio that people with cataract cause a traffic accident is about 2.5 times more than people with normal vision. In the worst case, it causes loss of the eyesight.
Let’s check the risk of cataract Part-I
Which Japanese characters are written in Fig. 1, たどれ or たちどまれ?
The answer is たちどまれ.
If you can only see たどれ, you may have initial cataract.
Cataract often makes the lens tune yellow. Cataract is the condition seeing things through a yellow filter, so it is difficult to see yellow and it is also difficult to see blue because it becomes black (Fig. 2).
Progression of cataract makes it difficult to distinguish whether the fire of the stove is on or off (Fig. 3). That causes accidents like getting burned or burning clothes.
Let’s check the risk of cataract Part-II
Which Japanese characters are written in Fig. 4, おしりor おとしより?
The answers is おとしより.
In some symptoms of cataract, things look like white. That makes difficult to see thin colors or notice a slight difference in level, causing falls.
The above 2 tests are for the cataract that the center of the eye is cloudy, but there is a cataract that the eye is cloudy in spots (Fig. 5). In this case, the center of the eye is relatively clear, so the above 2 tests can be cleared.
Let’s check the risk of cataract Part-III
How do you see the light in Fig. 6 (Needs to see actual light)?
If you see multiple lights or you see the light radially like Fig. 7, you may have initial cataract.
In the normal eye, the light going into the eye converge and we can see a thing, but in the case of cataract with cloud in spots, the light going into the eye goes through the cloud and spreads to various directions, seeing multiple or radial lights.
People with this type of cataract see things while driving like Fig. 8.
Food to prevent cataract
Salmon rich in astaxanthin which has strong antioxidant effect is effective.
5 Best Acupuncture Points You Can Easily Press and Improves Symptoms Chosen by 100 Acupuncturists (5/5)
1st: Chosen by 31 out of 100 Acupuncturists
Stiff neck and shoulders, Headache, Cold intolerance, Edema, Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, Tiredness of Eyes, Low back pain, Knee pain, Constipation, Menstrual cramps, rough skin, High blood pressure, Diarrhea, Pollen allergy, Sore throat, Toothache, Dizziness, Snoring, Ringing in ears
This acupuncture point is all-around and the strongest acupuncture point effective for various symptoms all over the body.
Large Intestine-4 (LI4)
Location of LI4
LI4 is located where the bones of the index finger and the thumb meets and is the index finger side (Fig. 1).
Pressing LI4 promotes the secretion of the substance having an analgesic effect and affects the symptoms all over the body.
How to press LI4
Push your thumb into the inside of your index finger and count 10 (Fig. 2).
5 Best Acupuncture Points You Can Easily Press and Improves Symptoms Chosen by 100 Acupuncturists (4/5)
2nd: Chosen by 23 out of 100 Acupuncturists
Low back pain, Knee pain, Tiredness of legs, Constipation, Tiredness of stomach
Location of ST36
ST36 is located where the finger hits the bone when pushing the bone below the knee upward (Fig. 1).
Pressing ST36 improves the blood flow around the low back and the whole legs and promotes the function of the stomach and intestines through the brain.
How to press ST36
(1) Overlap your thumbs one another on ST36 and push toward your knee (Fig. 2).
(2) When you push for 5 seconds, release for 5 seconds (Fig. 3).
(3) Repeat 5 times.
5 Best Acupuncture Points You Can Easily Press and Improves Symptoms Chosen by 100 Acupuncturists (3/5)
3rd : Chosen by 18 out of 100 Acupuncturists
Low back pain, Knee pain, Cold intolerance, Edema and Menstrual cramps
SP6 is located where the point 4 fingers above the inner side of the ankle bone meets the inside of the leg bone (Fig. 1).
Pressing SP6 increases the blood flow around the pelvis, uterus and ovaries and regulates the balance of hormones, so it is effective for low back problems and gynecological problems.
How to press SP6
(1) Press SP6 like putting your thumb into the inside of the bone for 3 seconds (Fig. 2).
(2) Release your thumb for 3 seconds (Fig. 3).
(3) Repeat (1) and (2) for 5 times.
5 Best Acupuncture Points You Can Easily Press and Improves Symptoms Chosen by 100 Acupuncturists (2/5)
4th: Chosen by 12 out of 100 Acupuncturists
Stress, Anxious Feeling and Insomnia
Pressing PC10 (Pericardium 10) calms the autonomic nervous system and is effective for various symptoms caused by tiredness of your heart.
Location of PC10
PC10 is located between the tip of index finger and the tip of the middle finger when you clench your hand (Fig. 1).
How to press PC10
(1) Press PC10 with the thumb of another hand (Fig. 2).
(2) Press the point toward the tip of fingers for 10 seconds (Fig. 3).
Pressing PC10 works instantly, so try pressing the point when you feel irritated.
Is it possible to recover fully from dementia?
There is neither medicine or treatment to recover fully from dementia. But there is a adhesive skin patch which is able to delay the symptoms of dementia. This patch increases acetylcholine, which is a substance transferring the information of nerves, in the brain.
Let’s check the risk of dementia
If there are more than 4 clauses applied to you, you need to be careful of dementia.
(1) What are 4 things drawn in Fig. 1?
The answer is a wine glass, a pencil, a folk and a bucket.
Dementia weakens the spatial ability, causing unable to distinguish these things and recall the name of them.
(2) Which is the same graphic as the above graphic within graphics (1) to (3) in Fig. 2?
Dementia weakens the ability to recognize 3-dimentional objects.
Food to prevent dementia
A canned mackerel in brine (Fig. 3) is effective because DHA and EPA contained in blue back fishes protect nerve cells in the brain, leading to the prevention of dementia. A canned mackerel contains DHA and EPA without losing them. Eating a can once every 1 or 2 days is effective.
A piece of Camembert cheese a day or 2 glasses of red wine are also effective (Fig. 4).
Simple exercise to prevent dementia
(1) Make your left hand scissors and right hand rock, put your right hand on your left hand and make a snail (Fig. 5 & 6).
(2) Make your left hand a rock and right hand scissors and put your left hand on your right hand (Fig. 7).
(3) Repeat (1) and (2) rhythmically.
If you can repeat this 10 times in a row, you are okay. If you can’t, please train it.
5 Best Acupuncture Points You Can Easily Press and Improves Symptoms - Chosen by 100 Acupuncturists (1/5)
5th: Chosen by 11 out of 100 Acupuncturists
Stiff neck and shoulders, headache and tiredness of eyes
Location of GB20
GB20 (Gall Bladder 20) is located at where the spine in the neck runs into the bone behind the ears and is where is dent a little (Fig. 1).
Pressing GB20 loosens the tension of the optical nerves and relieves the tiredness of the eye, and also promotes the blood flow of the neck and improves stiff neck and shoulders and headaches.
How to press GB20
(1) Cover your head with your palms and place your thumb on GB20 (Fig. 2).
(2) Look up slightly and press toward the center of your head for 5 seconds with breathing out (Fig. 3).
Doing 5 times for 5 sets is effective to improve stiff neck and shoulders, headache and tiredness of eyes.
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