Things To Know Before You Take Tonic Herbs Or Supplement This Season

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Traditionally, end of year (Dec) and beginning of year (Jan / early Feb) is one the best times to take tonic herbs and supplements because of the cooler weather we are having. If you are planning to take any herbal supplements or herbs such as cordyceps (冬虫夏草), ginseng (参类) or other tonic products, do take note of the following points so that the products you consume will give you the most nourishing benefits.

Avoid taking tonic if you have cold/flu symptoms.

I believe this is the most obvious thing that many people know. But you may not know what are the symptoms to look our for. As long as you are afraid of cold / wind, you should not take tonic until your body recovers. You should also avoid taking tonic if you have fever, sore throat or body ache due to cold/flu.

The reason why a person should not take tonic when he/she has these symptoms is because when a person develops such symptom, it means that person has 邪气 (bad qi) inside the body. If you take tonic now, then it will become the situation “闭门留寇”. It means you are shutting the exits in your body with the bad qi inside. If one has bad qi, the right approach is to either get rid of the bad qi or strengthen your good qi (depends on your body constitute) to overcome the bad qi. Only after you fully recovers, then you are more suitable to take the tonic.

Do not take tonic together with radish!

You may have heard this from the elderly that don’t eat ginseng with radish as it will destroy the nourish effects. It is true because tonic products such as ginseng mainly helps to 补气 (supplement good qi) but radish has a property of 破气 (break qi). Hence, if you take tonic products with radish, there won’t be any beneficial effects due the the clashing of the properties.

On a side note, some people say do not take radish with ANY TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) but this is not true. You can consume radish with other TCM herbs as long as the herbs do not have any 补 (tonic) property. For example, you can still drink chrysanthemum and most cooling tea because these herbs only have cooling effects (清热) rather than tonic (补气 ) effect.

You can supplement tonic with 理气药 (herbs that harmonize qi) for greater effects.

mandarin orange peel

In TCM, your body will absorb the most of the tonic when you have a good spleen (脾) and digestion. If your spleen is weak, most of the tonic won’t be absorbed. On top of that, it is easier for the qi to stagnate in your body if your spleen is weak. Hence, to minimize this from happening, you can take some mandarin orange peel (陈皮) after taking tonic. These orange peel can be easily purchased at any local TCM store such as Hock Hua tonic stores (Singapore ).

The main property of mandarin orange peel is 理气 (harmonize qi), and this will make any stagnate qi in your body to flow and thus, making the tonic effect work for your body.

These are some of the things I learn in my Chinese Dietitian course over the past 1.5 years. I will be sharing more tips in future in my blog. Do let me know if there’s something you want to ask or find out and I’ll help to clarify them (with the help of my teachers if need be)!

Have a great 2018!

The Truth About Food Ingredients Review

We live in a day and age where more and more people are obese, unhealthy and sickly. Most of these ills are the result of a poor diet that is high in processed food, junk food, additives, preservatives, genetically modified food, etc.

There has been more change in our diet over the last 50 years than over the past century. The reason for this is that big companies are all out to get the dollar and can’t give 2 hoots about the health of their consumers.

Studies have shown that the majority of food items sold in supermarkets contain toxic ingredients. This is highly disturbing and that’s putting it mildly.

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The Good Points about this report and software:

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Top 5 Aloe Vera Supplements Comparison & Their Benefits

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Traditionally, aloe vera has been used extensively in Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic and other forms of herbal medical systems to treat all sorts of ailments. The versatile medicinal plant is well-known for its rich source of antioxidant and antibacterial properties and can be applied topically or consumed orally. Fast becoming a leading component in major beauty, pharmaceutical and healthcare products, let’s look into some of its most enhancing benefits.

Benefits For The Skin

Moisturizes The Skin

Sworn by many for its incredible moisturizing properties, aloe vera has been proven to produce miraculous results particularly for oily and acne-prone skin. By increasing the water content in your skin and retaining your skin’s natural moisture content, aloe vera ensures your skin remains hydrated and supple, giving off a beautiful and luminous complexion.

Reduces And Heals Acne

The natural astringent properties of the aloe vera can work many wonders on your skin. The properties help to absorb excess oil, sebum and dirt from the pores of your skin, which greatly helps in reducing the chances of future acne outbreaks. Aloe vera also helps to promote and assist the regeneration of new cells. This helps to speed up the healing process for acne.

Remedy For Sunburns

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera is often used to treat sunburns. The properties help to reduce the inflammation as well as provide immediate relief to the sunburned skin. Together with its antioxidants and other nutritional properties, the skin is able retain moisture, which in turn expedites the healing process of sunburned areas.

For The Hair

Boosts Healthy Hair Growth

Aloe vera has an incredible ability to heal and repair the damaged cells in your scalp as well as stimulate dormant hair follicles.

Reduces Dandruff

Those with dandruff-related problems should give aloe vera a try. As a widely used ingredient formulated in a wide range of shampoos and conditioners, aloe vera helps to remove the dead cells from your scalp and fights against infections and irritations that cause dandruff.

Conditions The Hair

With its moisturizing properties, the aloe vera helps to lock in nutrients and hydration, which in return, conditions your hair, strengthens it and adds a certain shine to it.

For The Health

Reduces Pain And Inflammation

Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, consuming aloe vera can help to substantially reduce pain and inflammation. The pain relief works similar to aspirin, however you stand to gain much more from this natural substance.

Stabilizes Blood Glucose Levels

A key benefit of aloe vera is it is effective to reduce or maintain blood sugar levels. This may be useful for diabetics as an added supplement, though it must be taken in controlled doses.

Builds Immunity

Consuming aloe vera can do a remarkable job in strengthening your overall immune system.

Caution

Aloe vera consumption can be lethal if taken in high doses. Therefore, prior to consuming any aloe vera products, it is recommended to check with your doctors for sound advice. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid consuming aloe vera.

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What I learnt About Vitamins In My Chinese Dietitian Course

I have never want to consume multi vitamins supplement because I believe as long as I have a balanced diet, I don’t need supplements. My thinking has changed when I started to study the Chinese Dietitian course since a year ago.

In my course, my teacher Chinese College of Traditional Chinese Medicine shared with us the daily intake of fruits and vegetables in order to get enough vitamins and minerals. My teacher also make reference to WHO (World Health Organisation), an adult daily intake of fruits and vegetables should be 400g. Unless you are preparing your own meals, if not, it is very difficult to consume this amount daily. Even if you order mixed rice (1 meat and 2 vegetables) in Singapore coffeeshop or foodcourt, chances are it is way less than 200g, or even 100g. To give you some perspective, a packet of vegetable that you purchase from NTUC Fairprice typically weighs about 200g.

Special note from WHO – Potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava and other starchy roots are not classified as fruits or vegetables.

In addition, I didn’t expect that my teacher to focus so much in vitamins and minerals in our 中医营养学 (TCM food nutritional module). We discussed about Vitamin A, C, D, E, K and other minerals like Potassium, Selenium and Manganese. Missing these vitamins and minerals can also lead to diseases (I may blog about these topics in future) so this makes me realise the importance of vitamins and minerals. That was when I decided to take multi-vitamins because I don’t think I consume enough fruits and vegetables each day especially during the days when I’m outside.

If you are eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day, then that’s very good! Please keep it up. If you think you are not consuming this amount each day, the next best alternative is to take multi-vitamins supplements.

So How To Choose A Multi-Vitamin Supplement

There are countless of multi-vitamin supplements to choose from in the market so how to choose one that is suitable for you? The one I am taking is MegaFood’s supplement and I have listed three criteria below for you to consider when choosing one for yourself.

1.Derived from Whole-Food!

The first criteria I will look at is to find out if the supplement is derived from whole-food source instead of synthetic. I chose megafood multi-vitamins because they use the Slo-Food Process to make vitamins from fresh fruits and vegetables.

One easy way to find out if the multi vitamins you are taking is synthetic or not is to take a look at the ingredients label on the bottle. If it is synthetic, you can see most of the vitamins are higher than 100% of the daily recommendations! Take a look at the following label for a popular multi-vitamins brand that you can find in Singapore. One of the reasons why I think this is so is because our bodies have difficult time absorbing non-food source vitamins, hence, the dosage (%DV) needs to be huge in order for it to be effective.

Synthetics vitamins dosage are way higher than daily recommendations!

On the other hand, the multi-vitamins I take from MegaFood brand are derived from whole-food, as listed below. You will notice that the vitamin A is from carrots, vitamin c is from organic orange, Folate is from broccoli etc. In addition, the dosage is not extremely high as compared to the common brands.

All dosage are significantly lower as compared to synthetic vitamins.

 

2.Easy On Stomach!

This is the second criteria because I want to choose something that is gentle to our digestive system. Hence, only whole-food derived vitamins falls in this criteria. If you are taking a whole-food multi-vitamin, you will notice that you can take it even on a empty stomach. But if you are taking synthetic multi-vitamins, you should take it with a meal.

On top of this, it is also more convenient if you just required to take one tablet every day. Instead of multiple tablets throughout the day. Hence, do take note how many tablets you need to eat a day when considering to buy multi-vitamins.

 

3.Be Aware of the Effects On Your Body!

One very useful advice that I learnt from my school teachers is that we must always be aware of what we eat and the effects they had on our bodies. So one very important thing is to be more aware of your body (how you feel, your alertness etc ) after you take the multi-vitamins. Is your body feeling better or the same? Or even worse off? Our body always tell us how it feels, we just have to listen and be more aware of it.

There you have it! Besides MegaFood, there are also other brands that sells whole-food vitamins, you can do a search on Amazon. It is just that I would recommend MegaFood since it is not overly expensive and I find it effective for me!

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