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.
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.
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.
Dementia has little objective symptom so that it is important that their family or people around notice their symptoms.
(1) Having stopped watching favorite TV dramas recently.
Dementia makes difficult to follow the story of dramas like how many characters there are, the relationship between the characters. Dementia also declines the track of the day of a week, so people with dementia have come not to know what day of the week the TV program is on.
(2) Often taking a nap for more than 30 minutes
Taking a nap for more than 30 minutes is counted as that you have had deep sleep once. This has a harmful influence to the sleep at night and make it difficult to remove the substance causing dementia, which is stains in the brain.
So taking a nap for more than 30 minutes makes the risk of dementia development more than double.
But taking a nap for about 15 minutes lowers the risk of dementia development by one fifth, compared to taking no nap.
(3) Sometimes rotting the food in the refrigerator.
It has drawn an attention lately that at the beginning stage of dementia, the sense of smell is decreased.
(1) Sitting on a couch that makes the low back lower than the knees
When you sit on a couch that makes the low back lower than the knees, the pelvis is bent backward, which applies an excessive burden on the low back, resulting in low back pain. The distortion of the pelvis causes the distortion of the spine (Fig. 1 & 2).
Countermeasure: put a cushion or pillow under the buttocks to adjust the low back to the position higher than the knees.
(2) Wearing a corset all the time encourages low back pain
A corset is effective to relieve pain at the time of acute low back pain by keeping the low back stable. But wearing a corset for a long time weakens the muscles around the low back and causes the opposite effect, which can be the distortion of the spine.
Which bag is good to prevent the distortion of the spine, a shoulder bag, a back pack or a hip pack? (Fig. 3)
The answer is a hip pack. A hip pack (waist pack) is recommended to prevent the distortion of the spine because the weight is at the center of the low back (Fig. 4).
A shoulder bag makes the balance between the right and the left lost, possibly causing the distortion of the spine. When you use a shoulder bag, it is recommended to change the sides to carry on every 30 minutes.
A back pack looks like putting less burden on the back, but when the slings are too loose, your upper body is pulled backward due to the weight of the bag so that you have a head forward posture without thinking to keep a balance and that causes low back pain. It is important not to make a gap between the back and the back pack by tightening the slings (Fig. 5).
(3) Footwear that the heel is not fixed
Footwear that the heel is not fixed like slippers, sandals makes you shuffle weighing backward, which makes your pelvis tilt back and leads to the distortion of the whole body (Fig. 6).
(4) A bad tooth
A bad tooth makes you bite on the other side without thinking, causing the distortion of the jaw, leading to the distortion of the neck, upper back and lower back. It is important to treat your decayed teeth and bite on both sides of the teeth.
First, let's check if your spine is distorted.
How to check the distortion of your spine
(1) Put your heels, buttocks, shoulders and head on the wall without your hands touching the wall (Fig. 0-1).
(2) Raise your right leg slowly and keep it for 5 seconds (Fig. 0-2).
(3) If you can keep your right leg up, raise your left leg slowly and keep it up for 5 seconds (Fig. 0-3).
(4) If you lose the balance when you raise either leg, your spine can be distorted to that side. If you fall to the left when you raise your left, your spine is distorted to the left. If you fall to the right when you raise your right leg, your spine is distorted to the right (Fig. 0-4).
Exercise to improve the distortion of the spine - Crawling exercise
The points are:
(1) Crawl in the opposite direction of your distortion (Fig. 1).
When you lift up your left leg, if you fall to the left, you need to crawl clockwise (right-handed), and when you lift up your right leg, if you fall to the right, you need to crawl counterclockwise (left-handed).
(2) The size of the circle to crawl
Crawl a large circle at the beginning and gradually make the circle smaller because that makes the muscles supporting the spine slowly stretched and the range of motion of the spine wider without strain.
Check the distortion of the spine (Thoracic spine)
Extend both your arms, put your palms together and check the tips of your fingers (Fig. 1-1 & 1-2). If the tips of the fingers are misaligned, there can be distortion of thoracic spine (Fig. 1-3).
Results after 1 week’s trial
Fig. 2 shows the result of 70 years old male. His back became straightened up and the flexibility when he bent forward became better by 13 cm (about 5 inches).
Crawling exercise not only fixes the distortion of the lumber spine but also loosens up the tension of the muscles around, improve the range of motion and makes it easier to bend forward.
Fig. 3 shows the result of 24 years old female who had had the distortion of the thoracic spine. Her rounded back became straighter and the line between her nose and jaw returned to vertical, which means the distortion of her cervical spine was also improved (Fig. 4). The tip of her fingers fit without misalignment, which means the distortion of her thoracic spine was improved.
Other 5 examinees’ postures were improved as well.
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