For many centuries in China, recipes for eternal life and youth, longevity and beauty were sought for imperial families. These secrets are passed down from generation to generation. We talk about them in the material of TSN.ua
Chinese scientists believe that the foundations of health in old age are laid in men in the period from 30 to 50 years, in women – in the period from 40 to 60 years. Therefore, in their opinion, it is most important to lead a healthy lifestyle after 40 years. We share the main recommendations and secrets of longevity from Chinese scientists.
The Chinese diet is rich in soy and bean products, vegetables, fish, mushrooms and algae. Nutrients contained in soybeans reduce cholesterol and blood sugar, normalize blood pressure, promote weight loss and prevent osteoporosis. Vegetables provide the body with necessary minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. At the same time, most vegetables have a low glycemic index. By consuming fish, they get high-quality protein and healthy fats, vitamins A, B2, iron, zinc and other trace elements. Black wood mushrooms prevent the formation of blood clots, and shiitake reduce cholesterol.
Chinese scientists recommend:
- Eat less salty. Although this substance is necessary for the normal functioning of internal organs, the human body is usually simply oversaturated with it. Excess salt accumulates and causes irreparable damage to health. To compensate for these excesses, it is necessary to increase the consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits by 5-7 times, as well as drink mineral water.
- Use products as fresh as possible. Expired products should not be eaten under any circumstances.
- Do not use fats that are easily oxidized. They are contained, for example, in the oil that remains after frying. Similar fats are found in smoked meat and fish, expired confectionery, and some types of noodles.
- Never cook food in boiling oil, it emits particularly dangerous substances – for example, butadiene, which contributes to rapid premature aging of the body.
Li Junyi, a professor of traditional Chinese medicine, advises to follow the rules of “Three more and three less”: eat less fatty, salty and sweet foods and consume more fruits, cereals and water.
Many Chinese people start their mornings with qigong breathing exercises, play badminton or table tennis in the evening. Even a leisurely walk of 10 to 20 minutes a day can improve blood circulation and, as a result, general well-being. Daily physical exercises for 30 minutes contribute to the improvement of immunity and the accumulation of yang energy in the body.
Chinese folk medicine believes that the internal organs of a person are connected with the external environment and with each other with the help of meridians, through which the energy of qi moves. And diseases, according to Chinese doctors, arise precisely because of a violation of the circulation of this energy in the body. Acupuncture reflexology helps restore its course. Therefore, preventive acupuncture is very common in China to prevent stroke, seasonal colds, increase immunity and slow down the aging process.
Chinese folk wisdom says that “to protect a tree, it is necessary to protect its roots.” That is why the Chinese take good care of their feet. According to Chinese scientists, there are more than 60 acupuncture points on the feet that are closely related to internal organs. If you make the simplest foot baths every evening and rub the soles and toes, you can improve blood circulation and relax the muscles.
There are also many acupuncture points on the head, so combing the hair and massaging the scalp can relieve pain and even improve vision. The Chinese rub their scalp with their hands until it turns pink, usually in the morning and evening. Scalp massage improves blood flow to the brain, increases the ability to think and remember, and also improves the condition of hair follicles.
Balance of work and rest
The Chinese believe that there is a close connection between a long life and a reasonable daily planning of work and rest. A deep, healthy sleep helps to accumulate energy, restores strength. Excessive amount of work contributes to insomnia. A closed circle arises – chronic fatigue, lack of sleep, impaired working capacity, illness. Therefore, as the Chinese proverb says, a balance is needed – “thoughts during the day, and dreams at night.”
Positive life position
Modern lifestyle is unthinkable without stressful situations. The Chinese try to avoid stress – it promotes the production of cortisol, a hormone that is also called the “hormone of death”, which destroys the structures of the body’s cells.