A: Health is not a static state, but rather, a lifelong journey of learning and discovery of optimal health. You should strive toward having optimal nutrition, regular exercise, a right living environment, and being open-minded to change.
A: The essential nutrients can be split into two categories, macronutrients and micronutrients:
Macronutrients are nutrients that we consume in large quantities in our food. They regulate our bodies and give us energy throughout the day. There are three kinds of macronutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
Micronutrients are nutrients we need to consume externally in small quantities to regulate our bodies.Micronutrients can be split into two groups: minerals and vit amins.
A: The amount of nutrients you need to be healthy is called your nutritional requirement. Your nutritional requirement is unique to you, and is affected by various factors such as your gender, age, environment, and eating habits (for example, women need more iron than men do). In addition, people's bodies absorb and utilize nutrients at different levels of efficiency, and so require different amounts of nutrients (for example, poor vitamin B12 absorption is common in the elderly, so they would require more).
A: A personal nutrition plan is not just a plan, but a way of life. It means you need to take responsibility for your actions and keep track of what you eat. Don't expect instant results; vitamins and minerals are not miracle drugs that instantly improve your health. Most people experience a definite improvement within three months. Your health should continue to improve as you follow the right plan for you!
A: Yes, what you eat has a profound effect on your outward appearance; for example, your vitamin c intake is directly related to collagen production (collagen is used in cosmetic surgery to make your skin look younger and firmer--but we recommend you to stay beautiful without surgery!) Nutrition is fundamentally involved in every stage of skin, hair, and nail (and more!) health. An ideal diet should provide adequate quantities of all the nutrients that keep you looking fresh and beautiful.
A: Your immune system's strength is dependent on an optimal intake of vitamins and minerals. A lack of the vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B9, B12, C, and E suppresses immunity, as do iron, zinc, magnesium, and selenium. A combination of these nutrients at even modest levels can effectively boost your immunity.
Yellow Emperor Canon - the earliest extant canon of TCM
Three Basic Characteristics:
Promote coexistence with disease instead of destroying disease
Promote peace with nature and society
Promote a person centered approach that is based on philosophy, to balance Ying and Yang
Three Secrets to Longevity
Keep peaceful emotion with an open mind and a kind heart
Adapt well to the Seasons and lead an orderly daily life
Balance your diet with the 5 flavors (sour, sweet, bitter, spicy, salty) well to supply body with what it needs
Yin and Yang Foods:
A basic concept in TCM. The Chinese symbol for Yin is the shady side of a hill, while the symbol for Yang is the sunny side.
The food grouping is based on their effects on the body and not on the physical nature or temperature of the foods itself.