The young heart has a lot of capillaries and the blood circulation is good so that sufficient nutrition is delivered and the heart can beat vigorously.
But the number of capillaries decreases with age so that the nutrition delivered to the heart also decreases, making the heart beat weak. Ignoring this condition can cause serious heart diseases.
But recently a substance to stop the aging of heart has turned out.
The substance is GLP-1.
According to a research published on The New England Journal of Medicine, people who took GLP-1 for 3 and a half years had 22% less development of heart diseases that people who didn’t. Therefore, GLP-1 can be expected to prevent the aging of the heart and keep vigorous heartbeat.
GLP-1 is a hormone secreted from the small intestine.
The keys to increase the secretion of GLP-1 are:
(1)What to eat
(2)When to eat
(1) What to eat
The important things of what you eat are foods containing proper amount of sugar and insoluble dietary fiber, which stimulates the small intestine and promotes the secretion of GLP-1.
The foods containing proper amount to sugar and insoluble dietary fiber are root vegetables such as carrot, burdock, potato, sweet potato, yam, etc. Different from carbohydrate, the sugar contained in root vegetables is appropriate to stimulate the small intestine and root vegetables are rich in insoluble dietary fiber as well (Fig. 1).
(2) When to eat
The important thing of when to eat is eating 3 meals a day at the same time. This makes the small intestine stimulated at the same time, leading to more secretion of GLP-1.
GLP-1 originally got attention as a hormone lowering blood sugar and is used as the medication for diabetes. But it has turned out that GLP-1 protects the blood vessels of the heart as well.
2 functions of GLP-1
(1) It was said that lost capillaries wouldn’t increase again, but according to various researches, GLP-1 can increase capillaries.
(2) It was also said that plaque, which rapture causes heart attack, created once in the blood vessel wouldn’t be removed, but GLP-1 can decrease plaque, prevent the hardening of the arteries and protect the function of the heart.
Eating root vegetables at the same time 3 times a day stimulates the small intestine regularly and activates the secretion of GLP-1. It seems a little difficult.
But there is a food that is easy to take with you and is expected to secrete GLP-1.
Almond is the food expected to secrete GLP-1.
Nuts are rich in insoluble dietary fiber and almond has a higher content of insoluble dietary fiber than other nuts and root vegetables.
So it is recommended to eat root vegetables 3 times a day at the same time as often as possible and to take almonds when you can’t eat root vegetables at the regular time.
In UK, it is very common method to control the symptoms of pollen allergies.
The method is applying Vaseline in the nostril.
Pollens break when they come into the nostril and more allergen substances come out like the time of pollination. Nasal discharge is mildly alkaline which is suited to break pollens.
Vaseline prevents pollens from breaking because Vaseline is not water but mineral oil.
Applying Vaseline in the nostril prevents the symptoms in the eyes because there is nerve reaction between the eye and the nose.
How to apply Vaseline
Apply Vaseline around the entrance of the nostril with cotton swabs.
Sometimes blow your nose and apply again 3 to 4 times a day.
But if you have seborrheic dermatitis which the skin is sensitive to oil, avoid using Vaseline.
(1) Vaseline prevents pollens from going into the nostril, preventing the allergens of the husk.
(2) Vaseline prevents crushing husk of pollens, preventing the allergens of the inside.
Other preventative measures
(1) Sun bathing: Vitamin D produced by sun bathing suppresses allergy reactions (15 minutes a day, 2 times a week).
(2) Clean the floor: Pollens are difficult to be accumulated on the slippery floor.
(3) Mask: recent masks can cut pollens by 99 %.
The patient was 9 years old girl. She had been to my clinic for other health issues, but one day she came with her right ankle pain. She hurt her right ankle a few days ago, but she didn’t know how it happened. The inside of her right ankle hurt when she walked or just stood.
Laying her down on her back, I checked her ankle. There was heat around ankle bone. When the ankle was twisted inward and outward, and was flexed downward and upward, she felt pain inside of her ankle.
After general pediatric acupuncture treatment, I checked her right ankle for painful points with pressure. There were 5 painful points and I tried to relieve the pain, but a few points remained painful. Then when she stood up, her ankle still hurt even though it was a little better.
When she came to my clinic 2 days after the last treatment, her ankle still hurt. She went to see a doctor and took X-rays, but there was nothing wrong.
When I checked her ankle for painful points with pressure, there were no painful points around the ankle bone but 2 painful points on the ankle bone. After general pediatric acupuncture treatment, I gave a little strong vibration with a tool called Dispersion needle to the painful points on the ankle bone, and then asked her to stand up. She said her ankle didn’t hurt. She went home without an ankle support brace she had been wearing when she had come.
When she came back 4 days later, she didn’t feel any pain in her ankle even if I pressed around her ankle and there was no heat around the ankle.
This was a case that a tiny hairline crack on her ankle bone was suspected, which didn’t show up on X-rays, but Dispersion needle was as effective for this kind of cases as I had experienced before.
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