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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Why and How You Should Not Eat Too Much Salt


You need oxygen to survive, but, ironically, oxygen is also your undoing. As you breathe in oxygen, you also give out carbon dioxide, which is toxic to your health. Nature has designed this unique built-in mechanism to guarantee your mortality. You get life-giving oxygen, but you also receive life-damaging byproducts in the form of free radicals. You are just like a log of wood burning oxygen for fuel. Fortunately, your body is also equipped with antioxidants that not only prevent free radical formation but also defuse the free radicals already formed. So, there is always a constant combat between antioxidants and free radicals within your body.

No matter what, free radicals may have damaged your cell walls. When cell walls are damaged, they become more difficult to metabolize the sodium intake, leading to more sodium leaks and hence further sodium metabolic impairment. Blood vessels damaged by excessive sodium leaks may result in swelling and edema. In this way, your arteries may become clogged and your blood pressure elevates. 

Cellular damage to the DNA by free radicals is a major contributing factor not only to heart disease but also to many human cancers, as well as damage to the neurons in the brain. Therefore, reducing salt in your daily diet is important.

To prevent further free radical damage to your cells and blood vessels, reduce salt intake. You have heard too often: Cut back on salt! But it is easier said than done, because nearly all processed foods contain some, if not excessive, amount of sodium chloride. Even Jell-O pudding may contain as much as 400 mg of sodium chloride. So there is salt in almost any supermarket food item 

(1) Always read food labels before any food purchase. Unless it says “no salt added,” there is always a certain amount of sodium chloride. 

(2) Reduce voluntary salting. Never reach out for a saltshaker in a restaurant. 

(3) Lay off all high-salt condiments, such as soy sauce, steak sauces, gravies, and relishes

(4) Restrict consumption of salt-laden foods, such as canned soups, potato chips, and pretzels, among other junk food items. 

(5) Eat whole foods instead of their processed counterparts. Eat living and raw foods instead of processed foods, which are always loaded with salt.

Reducing salt intake is an important component of a healthy longevity diet. Eating right is the art of living well.

Copyright© by Stephen Lau
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Daily Wisdom in Weight Management

Weight loss 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."

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 the 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.


Here is how you begin your mindful meditation:
:

  • Set aside 10 minutes or so.
  • Sit comfortably with both feet on the floor.
  • Good posture brings stability, which is right mindfulness for mindful meditation. Align your spine with your head and neck to allow your breaths to flow freely. Rest your hands on your lap or on your knees.
  • Start with 3 deep, cleansing breaths. Breathing meditation requires you to breathe naturally. Be mindful of areas in your body that have tension, such as your neck, shoulders, or lower back. Send your breaths to these areas. This is relaxation meditation.
  • If your mind wanders, notice your breath. If you are aware of any sound around you, notice it, but without consciously hearing it. If you are aware of the temperature in the room, again notice it. Whenever you become less aware of your sensations, return to your breaths. Notice how you inhale and exhale, or hold your breath.
Mindful meditation is breathing and relaxation meditation for body detox. Mindfulness is the most natural weight loss detox.

7. Body awareness is your relationship with your body. Your body awareness is important to weight loss.


Many dieters are concerned with what they see on the bathroom scale, or with the body shape they see reflected on the mirror.


Body awareness helps you optimize your breathing, which facilitates the removal of toxins to lose weight.


Body awareness is mindfulness of how eating makes you feel: be aware of the taste of the food, such as how it feels in your mouth; be aware of how you feel as you eat the food, especially after have eaten it.

You can further enhance your body awareness by the following:
:

  • Lie on your back on the floor, wearing no clothes.
  • Be aware of your body, how it feels against the floor, especially your spine.
  • Start focusing on your feet—how do your toes feel?
  • Then, slowly shift your focus up your body—from your legs to the upper parts of your body until you come to your head.
Practicing body awareness on a daily basis will fine tune your body and awaken an internal awareness that will help you in your food choices. Remember, you should eat what you want to eat, and let your body tell you what you want to eat. There are times you want to eat certain food (what you call "forbidden" food), but you eventually decide against it, or at least you end up eating much less than you originally intended to—this is your body awareness working for you. 

Stephen Lau

Copyright © by Stephen Lau

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Why Wear Suspenders

Gentlemen, if you wish to be healthy, wear suspenders, and not belts for your pants!

Why?


Health has a lot to do with your breathing, which has a lot to do with your posture, which has a lot to do with your spine. Optimum breathing provides oxygen to your lungs and henceforth to the rest of your body. Breathing, however, can be compromised or even disrupted by poor posture, which will result in an unstraight or crooked spine.


How does wearing suspenders help? 

Irrespective whether you have a flat or bulging tummy, you tend to push your tummy forward when you are wearing a belt for your pants--this disfigures your posture. A correct posture is to tuck in your tummy, slightly squeeze your buttocks and push them forward in order to align your spine. If you do this while wearing a belt, your pants tend to drop; psychologically and unconsciously, there is a tendency to push the tummy forward.


Wearing suspenders, on the other hand, enables you to tuck in your tummy. At first, you may find it straining to do just that due to weak abdominal muscles; however, through greater awareness and more practice, you will be able to overcome it. 

Remember, good posture means in any standing position, you body posture should be as follows:
  • Your head is directly above your shoulders.
  • Your ear, shoulder, and hip are in a straight line from a side view.
  • Your upper back is straight, not slouched.
  • Your shoulders, relaxed and straight, are flat against your back.
  • Your pelvis is in a neutral position.
  • Your knees are unlocked.

Wearing suspenders is not only a statement of fashion but also an expression of posture health.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Daily Drinks to Live Longer


Detox Shake

In this day and age, you are daily ingesting a great deal of toxins into your body through the food you eat. In addition, if you regularly take prescribed medications from your doctor or over-the-counter drugs, you have loaded toxic chemicals into your body. Always look for alternatives to dangerous drugs.

To detoxify, the best way is to fast on a regular basis. But you may like the idea. Another alternative is to take a detox shake.

Put 3 tablespoons of whole flax seed, juice of 1 whole lemon, and 1 tablespoon of ground milk thistle into 1 cup of water, and drink it on an empty stomach. Get your detox shake 2-3 times a week for internal cleansing.

Eye Smoothie

Are you tired of wearing glasses or contacts? Do you want the vision of an eagle's?

Drink this eye smoothie every morning on an empty stomach, and do not eat at least for an hour after the smoothie.

The eye smoothie is simple to make: an apple, a small potato, a carrot, a medium tomato; put all ingredients in a blender, and drink immediately. 

You can drink this eye smoothie in place of your breakfast. It not only gives you nutrients but also improves your vision. 

If you have just started wearing reading glasses, you can dispense them within a few months. If you have been wearing them for a while, you may need some good eye exercises. Go to: 
Vision Self-Healing Self-Help.

Stephen Lau

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Letting Go to Heal


Letting Go to Heal

To be diagnosed with cancer or an autoimmune disease is a devastating experience for many, especially when the doctor says that there is little or no known cure, except managing the disease symptoms with medications and other undesirable procedures. Self-efficacy, which is self-belief, is critically important in healing and coping with a disease or disorder. You have to believe that humans have a built-in mechanism not only to fight against diseases and disorders but also to get healed from them. As a matter of fact, for thousands of years, physicians and sages all over the world have acquired and assimilated this profound wisdom in healing.

Wisdom is the ability to interpret information in order to influence one's choices in actions that will ultimately transform the body and the mind. Wisdom in healing is therefore the use of right choices for right actions to facilitate the natural self-healing process innate in humans.

To have that wisdom, you must, first and foremost, have an empty mind.

"An empty mind with no craving and no expectation helps us let go.
Being in the world and not of the world, we attain heavenly grace.
With heavenly grace, we become pure and selfless.
And everything settles into its own perfect place."
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 3)

The above is taken from the translation of the famous ancient Chinese classic Tao Te Ching.

According to Lao Tzu, the ancient sage from China, who was the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching on human wisdom, we must have an empty mind before we can attain true human wisdom. An empty mind means we let go of any pre-conceived concepts and ideas before we can receive new ones. The human mind is often "conditioned" or "programmed" into a certain way of thinking because of the regular input into the subconscious mind, which controls the conscious mind. 

It is not easy to have an empty mind because of the presence of the ego-self, which is made up of many attachments that may self-delusively identify who you are. So, to have an empty mind begins with letting go of all attachments, which include emotional and material attachments that are the raw materials with which you have created your ego-self.

How do you let go in the first place?

Letting go is an involuntary surrender; the opposite of conscious holding on. Letting go is a simple and natural process of the human mind. It provides you with real freedom--it is the absence of that feeling you may have of being trapped; it is having no strong feeling about something, whether it happens or does not happen to you.

Over the long haul, letting go may lead to an empty mind. With an empty mindset, you may have reverse thinking, which is not only thinking out of the box but also creating your own box of thinking.

With an empty mind, you may look at your autoimmune disease with totally different perspectives regarding prognosis and treatment. Use your empty mind to heal--just as I used my empty mind to heal my myasthenia gravis.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau

Monday, June 25, 2018

Holistic Weight Management


Holistic Weight Management

Change the Subconscious Mind to Change the Conscious Mind to Change Life Completely


The art of living well is wisdom in living. Living well does not require abundance, but a healthy body, a sound mind, and a joyful spirit are requisites for holistic living.

Everything in life begins with the mind--your thinking mind--because it affects your decisions and life choices, precipitating in your actions and their respective consequences, which then become your life experiences. So, how well you live is contingent on how well you think. In other words, your thoughts create your personality and henceforth the raw materials, the building blocks with which you build your own life.

But the mind is not independent of the body and the spirit; as a matter of fact, they are interrelated, and hence the importance of holistic living in the art of living well. Accordingly, the mind is significantly affected by the body. A healthy body constitutes a healthy mind; what is good for the body is also good for the brain, the hardware of your thoughts. A healthy mind breeds a joyful spirit.

Your body weight is often a good indicator of your physical health. As a matter of fact, your body shape may be a reflection of your current health conditions. To illustrate, if your body shape is like that of an apple, with extra weight in your midsection, you may have a higher risk for developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, among other health problems. The explanation is that the abdominal fat stored in a beer belly is more likely to be converted into cholesterol, causing heart problems further down the road. On the other hand, if your body shape is like that of of a pear, with extra weight around your hips instead of in your midsection, you may be less at risk for diabetes and stroke. Therefore, you cannot be healthy if you are obese. If you have heart problems with constricted blood vessels, your brain may also be affected due to restricted blood flow that carries oxygen and nutrients to your brain cells. To conclude, a healthy brain requires a healthy body with optimum body weight.

Holistic weight management is a holistic approach to weight loss. Effective weight control is more than just about weight--just as Oprah Winfrey told "People" Magazine: "My greatest failure was in believing that the weight issue was just about weight." Oprah was right: weight loss is about the body, the mind, and the spirit, not just the body weight. That explains why many have failed in their fight against weight gain and obesity. To lose weight permanently, you need holistic weight management, which begins with the mind.


First and foremost, there must be the intent to lose weight. Some people simply have a couldn't-care-less attitude towards their health, not to mention their weight problems. The intent empowers the mind to find out everything about weight loss: the body's metabolism, the calories, the digestive system; the buildup of fat, among others. The road to weight loss is paved with hurdles and obstacles that have to be overcome with discipline from the mind. Weight control is mind over matter. But your thinking mind can be your asset or liability. To illustrate, you want a piece of cheesecake, but you strongly believe that it will make you fat. So you may have second thoughts about eating it. But, unfortunately, your mind has created what you do not want--that is, getting fat--and you will attract what you do not want, which is gaining weight,through the Law of Attraction. Remember, your thoughts create your own reality--sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. The human thoughts generate energy, and negative energy attracts negative energies. Likewise, obsessing with what you do not want will, ironically enough, get you what you do not want.

Once you have control over your mind, you can also have power over your body with reference to diet, exercise, and lifestyle that will facilitate weight loss. A healthy mind and body cherishes a joyful spirit that focuses on who you are, rather than who you want to become, and thus taking away the stress that comes with self-image in the process of weight loss.

To lose weight naturally and permanently, you need to know about how to successfully manage your weight. through your mind.

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tao Wisdom Is Daily Living Wisdom


Wisdom is an important aspect of living because we need it not so much to make a success of living as to live well. In order to live well, understanding the ancient Tao wisdom plays a pivotal role, especially in its application in contemporary living. Understanding the ancient Tao wisdom is to live well.

What is Tao wisdom? It seems its too profound for human understanding. As a matter of fact, over the centuries, many people have found it intriquing and controversial, to say the least.

The ancient Tao wisdom is expressed in the book Tao Te Ching, an ancient Chinese classic ."Tao" means "The Way" to understanding the human wisdom in living; "Te" means "virtuosity" and "Ching" means "classic." The book, written by Lao Tzu (meaning "old master"), contains 81 short chapters (only 5,000 Chinese characters), expressing succinctly the wisdom of the great Chinese philosopher. According to the legend, Lao Tzu, who was born with gray hair (a sign of wisdom related with age and experience), was stopped at the city gate when he was riding backwards on an ox; he was just about to leave the ancient capital of China for another country. Lao Tzu was "forced" to record the essence of his teachings; at first, he was reluctant to put anything in writing because he believed that true human wisdom was ineffable and inexpressible, and anything that could be expressed in words would be self-limiting.

Tao Te Ching, written around the 6th century B.C., has become one of the most translated works in world literature because it is regarded by many scholars as one of the wisest books in the world.

Why is it difficult to understand Tao wisdom?

Tao wisdom in simple but profound; it is paradoxical but illuminating. It is all-embracing in that it is applicable to every aspect of life and living. Tao wisdom is universal and timeless wisdom. To fully understand and internalize Tao wisdom in living, you must, first and foremost, have an open mind or an empty mind that would be receptive to unconventional thinking. In fact, you must not only think out of the box but, more importantly, to create your own box of thinking. Your mind must not have any preconditioned ideas about anything. That is to say, you must have an empty mind for reverse thinking before you can intuit the true wisdom of Tao.

"Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Every desiring, one sees only the manifestations.
And the mystery itself is the doorway to all understanding."

(Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching," Chapter One)

To fully understand the wisdom of Tao, with an empty mind ready for reverse thinking, you must be "ever desireless" because your desires, once conceived, will "dictate" how you "would" like to live, rather than "knowing" the true wisdom of how you "should" live your life. In other words, if you have set your goals in life, you are in fact shaping your own life according to your goals; however, this may not be the true life that God has intended for you. Therefore, "ever desiring" will let you see only the manifestations of your life, not the "mystery" which holds the key to unlocking your understanding of true wisdom. In real life, if you are too preoccupied with what you want, you will miss the essence of life and the true meaning of living.

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Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Wisdom of Mental Attention


Mental Attention plays a pivotal role in the functioning of the human mind. Many people don’t know how to think, because according to Albert Einstein, thinking is difficult; that’s why so people do it. But thinking holds the key to human happiness: we become who we are as a result of our thoughts; in other words, we are the products of our thoughts.

To better understand Tao wisdom, read the text of "Tao Te Ching", the origin of TAO, which is the wisdom of the ancient sage Lao TzuNO EGO NO STRESS not only contains the complete text of "Tao Te Ching" but also the strategies to cope with everyday stress through the application of Tao wisdom.

Mental Attention plays a pivotal role in the functioning of the human mind. Many people don’t know how to think, because according to Albert Einstein, thinking is difficult; that’s why so people do it. But thinking holds the key to human happiness: we become who we are as a result of our thoughts; in other words, we are the products of our thoughts.

Mental attention is the capability of staying focused. In a way, many of us are suffering from attention deficit syndrome: our minds cannot stay focused; it is forever shifting back and forth between the past and the future.  

Remember, the mind always expresses its power as mental attention, which is acute awareness of the mind and the body. Most of us do not pay much attention to the body—except when we experience physical pain—let alone paying attention to the mind. But mental attention is important to the art of living well because the mind and the body are interconnected. Mental attention is essentially body consciousness or attention to the physical conditions and the needs of the body in relation to how the mind thinks.

The brain and the body are interconnected. The body is created to support the mind. For example, your thoughts affect your body sensations. If you are kissing someone you love, it is more than a physical sensation: your mind becomes elated, and your soul rejoices.

Therefore, to sharpen your mind power, you must also enhance the awareness of your body first. If you feel that your body, mind, and soul are not connected, most probably there is lack of body awareness by the mind in the first place. Learn how to align your body, mind, and soul, and live as if everything is a miracle

Don't let your mind drift. Learn how to concentrate and focus on the present moment. This is not easy, but can be done. First and foremost, stop texting while walking or driving to maintain and sustain a quiet mind. 

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Younger and Healthier for Longer with Vitamin D


Younger and Healthier for Longer with Vitamin D

1 billion people don't get enough vitamin D.

A study has linked vitamin D deficiency with an increased risk for cancer and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis MS, and lupus, and even heart diseases. According to researchers, mapping vitamin D receptors binding throughout the human genome, vitamin D deficiency is a major environmental factor attributed to increasing the risk of developing these disorders.

The cause of deficiency is a combination of not getting enough exposure to the sun and not having enough vitamin D in their diets. 

You can ask your doctor to give you a simple blood test called, 25-hydroxy vitamin D test.  It can tell you how deficient you might be in vitamin D.

Increase your level of vitamin D by eating more oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel and tuna, egg yolks and mushrooms, as well as  cereal and milk fortified with vitamin D. Of course, exposure to the sun (in the morning or late afternoon) may give you 20,000 IUs of vitamin D. Vitamin D must be processed by the liver and kidneys into a form (calcitriol) that can attach to vitamin D receptors in most of the body's cells. Your body stores one form of previtamin D, called dehydrocholesterol, in the skin.  When your skin absorbs sunlight, it is transformed into previtamin D3 (cholecalciferol). 

Vitamin D can lift moods and strengthen bones -- they are critical to te he elderly. Advancement in age may make an individual become depressed, especially when confronted with life challenges and health issues. Brittle bones are conducive to falls, one of the many causes of death among the elderly.

A lack of vitamin D may play a role in chronic pain caused by a variety of conditions. Research has indicated vitamin D deficiency may be implicated in musculoskeletal conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, neuropathy, migraine, and inflammation. 

Vitamin D must be processed by the liver and kidneys into a form (calcitriol) that can attach to vitamin D receptors in most of the body's cells. Your body stores one form of previtamin D in the skin.  When your skin absorbs sunlight, it is transformed into previtamin D3. 


Stephen Lau
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau

Monday, June 11, 2018

Tao Wisdom is Daily Living Wisdom


Wisdom is an important aspect of living because we need it not so much to make a success of living as to live well. In order to live well, understanding the ancient Tao wisdom plays a pivotal role, especially in its application in contemporary living. Understanding the ancient Tao wisdom is to live well.

What Is Tao Wisdom?


Tao wisdom is the ancient wisdom from China based on the the sage Lao Tzu who was born a few centuries before Christ.


Lao Tzu was the author of the immortal ancient classic "Tao Te Ching" which has become one of the most translated works in world literature. The word "tao" literally means "way" or "pathway", and hence "the Way" referring to Tao wisdom, which is the wisdom of Lao Tzu. It must be pointed out that Lao Tzu was reluctant to write "Tao Te Ching" because he believed that true wisdom must be intuited and therefore could never be expressed in words. But he was told explicitly that he would be permitted to leave China for Tibet until he had finished his book. Very much against his will, he deliberately put down his wisdom in exactly 5,000 words, without any punctuation mark. As a result, his profound wisdom was concise, intriguing, and even controversial.

Tao wisdom plays a pivotal role in wisdom in living. For one thing, Tao wisdom enables you to live a stress-free life, which is almost impossible in this day and age. For another, it shows you how to have an empty mind, giving clarity of thinking without any conditioned mindset. The essentials of Tao wisdom provide a blueprint for living a life of balance and harmony, which is the prerequisite of self-healing or recovery from any autoimmune disease.


The Book of Life and Living is a 190-page book on wisdom in living, based on the integration of conventional wisdom, the ancient wisdom of Tao from China, and the spiritual wisdom. The art of living well is holistic living with harmony of the body, the mind, and the spirit.  Life is short. Make the best and the most out of your life. Learn how to use your mind to control your thoughts to live the life you want.

Also, visit my website: Wisdom in Living.

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2 FREE Books for You


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The Happiness Wisdom
By Stephen Lau

Many are unhappy not because of what they have experienced throughout their life journeys, but because they don't have the human wisdom to perceive and process what they've experienced.

Happiness is a state of mind, due to the the perceptions of the human mind. Change your perceptions to change your so-called realities. Empower your mind with human wisdom -- ancient wisdom from the East and the West, conventional wisdom, and spiritual wisdom -- to think differently to have totally different perspectives of what may have made you happy or unhappy.

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by Stephen Lau

A complete translation of Lao Tzu's immortal classic Tao Te Ching with respect to the Holy Bible.

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