Friday, January 13, 2017

Herbs and Foods for Healing

Basil was herb of kings, according to ancient Greeks. As a matter of fact, it has been used as a healing herb in India for more than 4,000 years. It was believed that basil was found near the tomb of Jesus Christ, and henceforth it began to spread to all over the world.

Basil has rightfully earned its title as "herb of kings" for a good reason. It is a potent herb for self-healing.

The medicinal properties of basil include the phenolic compounds with potent antioxidant properties, and flavonoids to prevent cell damage, and its anti-bacterial properties. Basil is good for heart health: animal studies in rats and rabbits have demonstrated better blood circulation and less damage to heart tissues.
Nowadays, basil is extensively used in cooking for its mint-like flavor (basil is an herb of the mint family). Remember, put basil only in the last few minutes of your cooking in order to preserve its flavor and its medicinal properties.
In addition to using in recipes for cooking, basil is also used to heal common ailments:
  • Treating mouth ulcer by putting a basil leaf in the mouth
  • Curing earache with a drop or two of juice from basil leaves into the ear canal
  • Rubbing the scalp with basil oil to prevent hair loss
  • Drinking water with basil and rock salt to overcome indigestion
  • Treating hoarse voice with honey and basil juice

Remember Hippocrates, the father of medicine, once said: "Let food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food." This is the essence of self-healing. 

Always use natural healing foods to combat diseases and disorders -- not pharmaceutical drugs!

To illustrate, Acai berries are a self-healing food. Acai berries from the rain forests of Brazil are loaded with antioxidants--much more than those with blueberries and strawberries. Despite the high calories of acai berries, they are rich in anti-inflammatory omega-9 fats, with only little sugar. The rich contents of essential fatty acids, calcium, iron, vitamin A, and fiber make acai berries a self-healing food.

Acai berries are good for sexual performance enhancement. In Brazil, acai berries with guarana syrupare popular social drinks.

According to studies, the potent antioxidants in acai berries can significantly reduce cell proliferation in leukemia patients.

Eat acai berries. Use them to make jams and sauces. Add them to make smoothies or beverages. Avoid heating acai berries to preserve their rich antioxidants.

Healing Gourmet: Use healing foods to heal inflammation, glycation, oxidation, depletion, and toxification. Food is medicine, and medicine is food. Eat to live well!

Food is medicine, because it gives the energy for growth and development. At birth, we all got our nutrients in the food consumed by our mothers during pregnancy. When we grow up, we get our nutrients from the food we eat. Our food choices produce the energy we need to grow and maintain our bodies throughout our lives. In that respect, food is medicine.

Food is medicine because we obtain our self-made energy from food. As we age, our self-made energy from the food we have consumed over the years begins to decline, and this is evidenced by our inability or difficulty to cope with the stressors of life, and our vulnerability to disease. To add insult to injury, our metabolic slowdown that comes with the natural process of aging makes it even more difficult to maintain our health and energy. Instead of focusing on the concept of using food as medicine, many of us begin to resort to a quick fix of our health problems, which is the use of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. 

Take a step further: Let food be the "only" medicine. If you have developed a degenerative disease, start thinking of food is medicine, in fact, the best medicine, if not the "only" medicine. Your body is designed to digest and utilize food to get its nutrients and energy. But only wholesome food can do that—not even supplements, because supplements are just what they are called. 

When food becomes your medicine, you will also learn to trust your body; that is, you will learn what your body is telling you, and how it responds to natural, wholesome food. Food is medicine!

When you do become sick, learn to use herbs as medicine. Herbs from different parts of plants have different therapeutic values that promote self-healing without the use of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. As a matter of fact, many common herbs, such as cinnamon, garlic, and ginger, have been used as "food" medicine for thousands of years. According to a Chinese saying, "You can never draw a line between foods and herbs. Herbs can cure many common ailments, such as constipation, cholesterol, high blood pressure, with little or no side effects. For example, use ginger 's anti-inflammatory properties to fight arthritis pain and nausea; use hawthorn berries for your cardiovascular health; use aloe juice to cure an upset stomach. So, why take dangerous pharmaceutical drugs? Instead, let food be your medicine.


Stephen Lau
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Monday, January 9, 2017

A Healthy Liver for Healthy Living

Liver is one of the most important body organs because it reflects your lifestyle, or how well you live; that is why it is called "liver."

For centuries, Chinese doctors have used their patients’ eyes to diagnose their diseases and disorders by looking at their eye conditions, such as aching, bloodshot, bulging, itching, watery, and yellowish eyes. Therefore, the eyes reflect the liver health.

According to Chinese medicine, the eyes are “the windows” of your internal health, especially that of your liver: constant redness in the white of the eyes indicates dysfunctional circulatory and respiratory system; yellowish skin under the eyes suggests overactive liver and gallbladder; water-containing bags under the lower eyelids are signs of congested digestive and excretory systems; lack of luster shows a congested liver.

The importance of liver health cannot be overstated. But a healthy liver needs regular cleansing and detoxification. Here are some simple ways to regularly cleanse your liver:
  • Drink organic unsweetened apple juice daily for 2 to 3 consecutive days to initiate detoxification.
  • Eat a raw diet of only fruits and vegetables, with no dairy products, for 2 to 3 days.
  • Drink a mixture of organic pure olive oil (4 ounces) and equal amount of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Shake well and drink immediately before going to bed.
  • Drink ginger tea daily for liver and bowel cleansing. This is how to make ginger tea: juice one lemon, a two-inch fresh ginger root, four cloves, and one stick of cinnamon, and add the juice to two cups of water in a saucepan; bring it to boil, and simmer for 10 – 15 minute before drinking it.
  • Add a pinch of sea salt to your drinking water to alkalize it, as well as to provide important minerals and trace elements.
A healthy liver filters approximately 3 pints of blood per minute, producing 1 to 1.5 quarts of bile daily. You can also enhance your liver health by doing the following:
  • Eat raw:  eat some raw vegetables or drink fresh vegetable juice daily. A raw diet provides you with enzymes, which are required for optimum digestion and which are easily destroyed by heat during cooking. At least 20 to 30 percent of your diet should be raw fruits and Avoid excess fat.  Do not overload your liver and gallbladder with excess fatty foods, such as animal milk, (instead, drink rice milk and soy milk); animal skins; deep-fried foods; full-cream dairy products; hydrogenated oils; and preserved meats.
  • Consume essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are fats in their natural, unprocessed form, such as alfalfa sprouts (you can easily grow alfalfa sprouts from seeds), avocado, fish, flax seed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds
  • Eat more proteins. Get non-animal proteins from grains (brown rice and oatmeal), raw seeds and nuts. Eat animal proteins moderately, such as eggs from free-range chickens, and lean red meats.
  • Eat healing foods for the liver, such as beet, broccoli, cruciferous vegetables, garlic, and ginger root.
In short, a healthy diet leads to a healthy liver, which is essential for overall health, including your vision health

Healing begins with the mind first — the desire to be healed. The mind controls the body, which is connected with the mind. Both the body and the mind are overseen by the soul or spirit of the individual. Healing is a complex process of returning to balance and harmony — the essence of health and wellness. Empower yourself with the know-how to enhance your liver health. Live your healthy living with a healthy liver.

Stephen Lau
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Wisdom in Weight Loss

Weight loss has become an obsession with the general public: everybody wants to lose some weight, but nearly everyone has experienced some failure in the battle of the bulge. As a result, obesity has become an epidemic in Western countries, especially in the United States, where, according to current research, by the age of 10 nearly 60 percent of girls have some weight problems. 

There is much wisdom in weight loss, which is more than just about focusing on what to eat and what not to eat. Oprah Winfrey hit the nail on the head when she said: "My greatest failure was in believing that weight issue was just about weight." Weight loss is about wisdom.

There are many things you can do everyday to help you with your weight loss. This daily wisdom in weight loss may not have anything to do with what to eat or what not to eat.

1. Brush your teeth as often as possible. Always carry a travel-size toothbrush with mint-flavor toothpaste. Brushing teeth more often not only saves you dental cost but also changes the flavor in your mouth; yes, this may also change your food craving.

2. Add spices, instead of sugar, to your food, even desserts. For example, eating curry or hot chili pepper causes you to drink more water, and thus giving you a feeling of satiety, so you may eat less.

3. Resist the temptation of trying different flavors or versions of the same type of food. If you like chips, just stick to one flavor. Trying one flavor after another only makes you want to eat more and thus gain more.

4. Always prepare your meals ahead of time, such as preparing in advance 2-3 meals instead of just one. The rationale is that you may avoid last-minute rush for fast food or a TV dinner.

5. When you do your supermarket shopping, always get a list of what you need to buy. Do not be distracted by unhealthy food items on checkout lanes. Never shop when you are hungry.

6. Body detox is tthe foundation of weight loss. Ultimate weight loss occurs only after body cleansing. Mindful meditation is the most natural detox of the body and the mind. Mindful meditation is both breathing meditation and relaxation meditation for weight-loss detox.

Stephen Lau
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Anti-Inflammation to Heal

Inflammation is the underlying cause of many diseases, pains, and aches. Diet is the best solution, and not pharmaceutical drugs  Hippocrates, the Father of modern medicine, once said: “Let food be your medicine, and your medicine your food.” Physical pain is often due to the consumption of inflammatory food. 

To illustrate, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is becoming an epidemic in the United States, affecting more than 25 million people, and 70 percent of them being women, is a disorder of the intestines, resulting in pain, bloating, gassiness, and changes in bowel movements. 

Diet is the culprit of pain, and inflammatory foods are behind it. In addition to inflicting pain, inflammation at the cellular level is the cause of aging, chronic diseases, such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and even Alzheimer's. Foods can be pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory. Pro-inflammatory foods are those that cause a rapid rise in blood sugar, leading to the rapid release of insulin into the bloodstream. Your diet not only affects your cells but also your brain. According to Dr. Steve Henricksen, a brain researcher, "We used to think the brain was like a computer. Now we think each cell is like a computer, a separate computer. And one single cell is like the whole brain." The cells in the human brain produce neuropeptides that can increase or decrease inflammation, thereby responsible for body weight, energy level, mental functioning, mood change, and regularity of the immune system. In other words, neuropeptides play a pivotal role in inflammation and the natural health of an individual. 


To overcome inflammation that causes diseases and disorders, take anti-inflammatory spices in your diet.


Ginger is one of the many highly recommended spices for motion sickness, and upset stomach. Researchers in Denmark have attested to the efficacy of ginger in reducing arthritis symptoms, one  which is pain. 

Turmeric is an Indian curry spice that is also anti-inflammatory. Turmeric is prized not only for its flavor in curry, but also for its sun-like golden-yellow dye. As ab an anti-inflammatory spice, it is also applied cosmetically to enhance skin health and tone. In India, topical turmeric-based ointments are used to treat bruises and joint pain, and skin disorders. Turmeric is a safer and more potent anti-inflammatory agent than standard NSAIDs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Given that it has properties instrumental in enhancing the human body's cortisone-type hormones, turmeric is anti-aging.


Researchers at the University of California have also recommended that turmeric should be used as a chemotherapeutic agent for colorectal cancers. Other studies have indicated that turmeric is efficacious in reducing cholesterol, and thus helping the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Due to its potent anti-inflammatory attributes. turmeric may prevent brain and nerves disorders, including Alzheimer's disease.

The bottom line: take anti-inflammatory foods, and avoid sugar as much as possible. Sugar, which is toxic, comes in many different forms. Most processed foods have hidden sugar, and therefore should be avoided.

The best anti-inflammatory diet is a clear, bland diet of unrefined grains, such as brown rice and beans, and low-fat meat, with lightly cooked vegetables.


Great Taste No Pain: A digestive system to give you no pain eating! Get rid of your digestive pain in one day; end digestive pain fast and naturally. It provides a science-based 4-day eating plan, including snacks, and 13 mouth-watering breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes, and much more! Enjoy your food with no pain and no gain! 


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Stephen Lau

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Active Aging

If you are over 65, you belong to the 10 percent of the U.S. population heading towards longevity. If you are one of them, continue with your healthy lifestyle to remain younger and healthier for longer!

Only 5 percent of individuals over 65 are confined to an institution. Being healthier for longer assures you will not be one of them!

About 95 percent of individuals over 65 are still healthy without chronic health problems. If you are one of them, good for you! Continue your healthy lifestyle and stay healthy!

Cognitive function does not decline dramatically with age. The majority of seniors are still capable of learning new skills and acquiring new information. In general, your ability to learn new things is affected not so much by your age as by your desire to learn them. Keep up with your desire, and don’t lag behind the world of information and technology! This will keep you mentally fit for longer.

Your physical strength is usually maintained from your biological maturity until around age 60. But physical strength and body mass are more related to disease and health than to your number of years. Continue to exercise to maintain your muscles. Use it or lose it! Be physically active and mobile to keep you younger for longer. Also, keep your good posture, which is important not only in preventing falls and improving muscular strength, but also in maintaining your youthful image and physique.

In your golden years, you have become older but wiser—wiser being a process of becoming more of what you have been.

In your golden year, you have become more confident due to the benefits of accumulated life experiences. You should not be experiencing any identify crisis because by now you know who you are and what you want out of your life. In addition, life has taught you not to take any rejection by anyone as personal; you have come to believe that the way people treat you is no more than a reflection of their own inadequacy and insecurity.

In your golden years, you may have by now become more proactive, instead of procrastinating, because you are fully aware that your clock is ticking. An increasing awareness of how precious time is and a desire to utilize it more effectively is self-motivation not to procrastinate any more.

In your golden years, you have become more patient and less impulsive; maybe by now you have more time to yourself. With more tolerance and less impulse, you have become more rational in your thinking as well as in your behavior.

In your golden years, after decades of pushing, striving, and struggling, you have finally cooled down and attained inner tranquility without the need to excel or to shine any more.

In your golden years, you have also grown mellow. Instead of looking only at the bigger picture, you have begun to shift your focus on the little fine things in life that now afford you pleasure and satisfaction of a different kind, rather than on your quest or pursuit for success in your younger years. You have learned that it is better to take things in stride, especially the bigger ones, such as life challenges. Most importantly, you have acquired the wisdom of having no need for you to be right all the time, let alone championing your beliefs and standpoints.

In your golden years, you have more free time to develop a network of both old and new friends. Getting involved not on a career level often broadens your horizon and extends your perceptions of life.

In your golden years, you may have become more spiritual, not necessarily being connected to a specific belief system or religion; your inner spirit is simply awakened to the people and the world around you.

In your golden years, you have learned to accept the unalterable; this acceptance teaches you to live in the now, as well as to appreciate what you still have, not what you have lost or are going to lose.

Read my book Your Golden Years and Santa Claus to find out how to age gracefully and healthily. Also, get the wisdom to let go of all attachments to the material world in order to enhance your positive aging. I have recently published a book entitled You Just Don't Die! This 154-page book explains what you should do, if you just don't die, and you still have many changes and challenges to face.

Visit my new website: Health and Wisdom Tips to get information on how to age gracefully and gradually.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Get Your FREE BOOK on Longevity Living!

YOU JUST DON’T DIE!” 

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This 154-page book is about how to live your life as if everything is a miracle if you just don’t die as you continue with you life journey with the many changes and challenges confronting you, including your loss of vision.

Human existence is meaningless without life purpose and human happiness. The pursuit of longevity has been going on since time immemorial. Consciousness holds the key to the success of this pursuit. Consciousness of living is wisdom of the mind to understand the self, others, as well as how and why certain things happen. Wisdom in living enables one to complete the rest of one's life journey and reaching the destination.

To live to 100 and beyond—if you just don’t die—you must ask questions about life; after all, living is about asking questions and seeking answers to the questions asked, and thereby instrumental in providing wisdom or a blueprint to continue the rest of your life journey.

The first question you should consciously ask yourself is: "How long do I wish to live?" Of course, that is only a hypothetical question because you really don’t have much of a choice—unless you would like to purposely end your life prematurely. Naturally, the answer to that question may also change over different phases in your life, depending on the quality of your life in that particular phase.

The second question you should consciously ask yourself is: "Why do I want to live long, or why not?" This question will be naturally followed by the third question: “How do I live long, or what can make me desire to live longer?”

The final question—if you just don’t die—is: "How should I live the rest of my life to overcome my daily problems and life challenges?"

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Stephen Lau
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

How to Live If You Just Don't Die!

I have just published my book: “YOU JUST DON’T DIE!” This 154-page book is about how to live your life as ifeverything is a miracle if you just don’t die! 

Even if you have been taking good  care of your health all these years, as you continue to age, your life will be full of many life changes and challenges -- if you just don't die! So, how are you  going to continue the rest of your life journey?  This is what this book is all about -- giving you the wisdom to live if you just don't die!

Human existence is meaningless without life purpose and human happiness. The pursuit of longevity has been going on since time immemorial. Consciousness holds the key to the success of this pursuit. Consciousness is wisdom of the mind to understand the self, others, as well as how and why certain things happen. Wisdom is the capability of the self to ask self-intuitive questions along the life journey.

To live to 100 and beyond—if you just don’t die—you must ask questions about life; after all, living is about asking questions and seeking answers to the questions asked, and thereby instrumental in providing wisdom or a blueprint to continue the rest of your life journey.

The first question you should consciously ask yourself is: "How long do I wish to live?" Of course, that is only a hypothetical question because you really don’t have much of a choice—unless you would like to purposely end your life prematurely. Naturally, the answer to that question may also change over different phases in your life, depending on the quality of your life in that particular phase.

The second question you should consciously ask yourself is: "Why do I want to live long, or why not?" This question will be naturally followed by the third question: “How do I live long, or what can make me desire to live longer?”

The final question—if you just don’t die—is: "How should I live the rest of my life to overcome my daily problems and life challenges?"

The objective of this 154-page book is neither to convince you to crave longevity, nor to show you how to live to one hundred and beyond. It simply presents you with the consciousness of living the rest of your years—if you just don’t die!

Click here to get the digital copy, and here to get the paperback copy.

Stephen Lau
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