June 16, 2021
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Unhealthy diets and ‘the three highs’
“I just completed a body check-up recently, and the doctor told me I’m at risk of getting the three highs. What can I do to solve this mid-life crisis?”
CheckCheckCin: The three highs refer to high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol, and urban dwellers tend to have these problems. Poor dietary habits such as consuming foods that are high in cholesterol, sugar, and sodium, and the lack of exercise, inability to cope with stress, and unhealthy lifestyle would cause a spike in the readings.
According to Chinese Medicine, aside from using medication, an individual should improve the body constitution and lead a healthier lifestyle if he or she wishes to get these conditions under control.
In general, individuals with the damp heat, blood stasis, and yin-deficient body constitutions would develop the three highs more easily. Individuals with a damp heat body constitution have asthenic qi and spleen, and the fluid would stagnate easily in the body. Those with the blood stasis constitution may experience the stagnation of the blood and the vein. People with a yin-deficient constitution will experience a spike in their blood pressure if they constantly mess with their biological clock.
To improve the condition of the three highs, consult registered and licensed Chinese physicians, so they can prescribe you the right medicine and customize treatment for you.Eat lighter food, take more vegetables and cut down on meat, reduce eating out and processed food, and avoid eating foods that are high in cholesterol, sugar, and sodium.
Cultivate the habit of exercising regularly. Make it a point to exercise and sweat three times a week, and each session should last at least 30 minutes. Avoid sleeping late and find the most appropriate way to relieve your stress, as negative emotions can also trigger a surge in the blood pressure.
Chinese hawthorn tea with Black fungus
Effects: Activates and cools blood, relieves obesity and hyperlipidemia.
Ingredients: 15g dried Chinese hawthorn, 15g black fungus
Preparation: Cut the ingredients into slices and place into the thermos. Rinse with hot water once. Then add in hot water again and steep for 10 minutes. This tea can be rebrewed until its flavor weakens. For best results, drink consecutively for 2-3 days a week. Two weeks for a treatment.
Note: Not suitable for pregnant women.
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