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Friday, January 20, 2017

The Seven Pillars of Healthy Aging

The World Health Organization defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” That was said in 1948. What was true then is also true today.

If you are healthier in the real sense of the word, you will also be younger; if you have set this as a lifelong goal, you will then experience it for longer in your life.

Life is a learning experience: everything and everyone you encounter can be your teacher, if you are willing to be the student. The more you learn about how to be younger and healthier for longer, the wiser you become. Let healthy living be your lifelong goal and let your healthy lifestyle be upheld by the following seven pillars of wisdom to remain younger and healthier for longer.

(1) The wisdom of fresh air and healthy sunshine: “Fresh air impoverishes the doctor.” – A Danish Proverb

All centenarians have at least two things in common: they all breathe deeply and slowly (i.e. correct breathing); they get their solar energy from green food and salubrious sunshine. Clean air and sunshine provide the groundwork for healthy living and a healthy lifestyle. 

(2) The wisdom of clean drinking water: “By means of water, we give life to everything.” — Koran 21:30

Your body is made up of 70 – 90 percent of water, depending on your age and constitution. The most important nutrient in your body is clean pure water. The quality of your tissues, including their performance and resistance to injury, is absolutely dependent on the quality and quantity of the water you drink.

(3) The wisdom of healthy eating: “Your food shall be your medicine.” — Hippocrates

You are what you eat, and you become what you eat. You eat to live, and not live to eat.

(4) The wisdom of physical fitness: “Health is the vital principle of bliss, and exercise of health.” — James Thomson

Physical fitness is an on-going physical activity that must begin today without delay or procrastination, because tomorrow may become a disease. Physical fitness gives you not only a good body image but also a clean bill of health.

(5) The wisdom of good relationships: “You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.” – Barbara De Angelis

The art of living well is the capability to live in harmony within self as well as with others. It requires focusing first on others’ needs rather than on one’s own. Loving-kindness and human compassion constitute mindfulness, which is the key to any good relationship. Read my book Be A Better and Happier You With Tao Wisdom. Learn how to live according to the ancient wisdom of Tao (based on the true human wisdom expressed in the book Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, an ancient sage from China.

 (6) The wisdom of natural sleep: “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health to our bodies together.” — Chamfort

Natural sleep relaxes your body, mind, and soul to provide holistic wellness, which is the foundation of health and youth. Natural sleep does not require the aid of pharmaceutical drugs to induce sleep.

(7) The wisdom of life passion: “There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.” – Federico Fellini

Life passion is your passion for being younger and healthier for longer. Essentially, it means you are passionate about your well-being: why you want to be healthier and younger, and how you can achieve these goals in life.

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Stephen Lau

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Don't Let Your Mind Slip!

Do you want to have a better brain even as you age? If yes, then don't let your mind slip!

The human brain has great potential—even for those for who have dementia or memory problems. Your have fully utilized only a fraction of what the human mind is capable of. Therefore, it is never too late to harness the untapped potential of your mind. Don't let your mind slip!

Years ago, Richard Welch, scientist and researcher, developed a reading speed program, and in the process of research and development also discovered an amazing scientific program called Mental Photography. His amazing scientific proven phenomenon can help you harness 98 percent of your untapped brain.

How does Mental Photography work?

Richard Welch’s state-of-the-art system trains your subconscious mind so your memory becomes razor sharp. According to his groundbreaking research, if you have acquired the ability to absorb information speedily, you can then effectively store the information in your long-term memory. No only that, you can store every single word in your long-term memory for life, such that you will never forget it and you can always retrieve it at your will.

But how do you remember it in the first place?

A razor sharp memory requires concentration and focus. Richard Welch uses Albert Einstein’s “Distraction Index” which is a simple but extremely effective exercise that gives you 100 percent laser targeted focus and concentration. He shows step-by-step how you can spend 10 minutes a day just to maintain what you have stored in your long-term memory. You will be able to retrieve the information at any time, and automatically remember things that were once forgotten. Isn’t that remarkable?

Senior moments are common among seniors. But it does not have to be like that. A better brain with a powerful memory and targeted focus will give you an edge in every aspect of life, even as you continue to age. Mental Photography can effectively reduce the amount of sleep you need and make you wake up feeling great with more energy and enthusiasm than ever before. Help your brain remember the things you wish to remember. Do not let your mind slip. Brain health holds the key to longevity health.

For more information on how to build a better brain, go to ZOX Mind Training System.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Eat Black Rice

According to ancient Chinese legend, black rice was so rare, tasty, and nutritious that only the emperors were allowed to eat it.

Nowadays, black rice is available but is still relatively rare. Nutritionists and researchers have identified the nutritional values of black rice in addition to its distinctive flavor.

If you’ve never heard of black rice, much less seen it, the dark-hued grain is now available at supermarkets, such as Whole Foods and appears to be gaining a foothold in kitchens and restaurants in the U.S.

Like brown rice, black rice is full of antioxidant-rich bran, which is found in the outer layer that gets removed during the milling process to make white rice. This is one of the reasons why you should not choose white rice.  Black rice is even better than brown rice because only black rice-bran contains the antioxidants known as anthocyanins, which are purple and reddish pigments — also found in blueberries, grapes, and acai — that have been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease and cancer, improvements in memory, and other health benefits. In addition, Some antioxidants in black (and brown) rice are fat-soluble, while anthocyanins are water-soluble and can therefore reach different areas of the body.

According to a study at the American Chemical Society, one spoonful of black-rice bran — or 10 spoonfuls of cooked black rice — contains the same amount of anthocyanin as a spoonful of fresh blueberries.

“I think the black-rice bran has an advantage over blueberries, because blueberries still contain a high level of sugar,” says the lead researcher, Zhimin Xu, Ph.D., an associate professor at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.

Because the health benefits of black rice lie in the bran, it’s important to choose whole-grain varieties when shopping. As with brown rice, you should look for “whole black rice” at the top of the ingredients list. 

Of course, if you wish to live longer, you need to do more than just eating black rice, if you just don't die!

Stephen Lau

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Two-in One or Three-in-One?

You are three-in-one. In fact, in a way, we all are -- at least in the beginning. 

Basically, there are only two persons inside you: one is your ego-self, and the other is your true-self, These two are living in the same physical or material world, while both are being influenced by the spirit, which is from a totally different dimension. There is continuous interaction between your ego-self and your true-self until one dominates over the other; and this control or domination originates from the spirit. The explanation is that if the true-self seeks the help of the spirit, which is the conscience deep inside all of us, then it may be instrumental in overcoming and letting go of the ego, and hence diminishing the impact of the ego-self on the true-self. Remember, the ego-self and the true-self co-exist, and neither one can get rid of the other completely.

Your ego-self tells you that you are separate from everyone else. Your ego-self wants more of everything not only to define who you are but also to distinguish you from others. Your ego-self is forever judgmental — not only self-evaluating, but also assessing others through constant comparison and contrast. As a result, your ego-self is always shifting and shuffling between the past and the future — focusing on how to better the old ego-self in the past, and visualize the new and improved ego-self in the future. 

Your true-self is basically who you were when you were created. Your spirit is the built-in conscience that often reminds your true-self who you really are and not who you wish you were or would like to become, as well as what is right and wrong for you.  

As a result of the constant conflict between the ego-self and the true-self, an individual may become confused and even at a loss regarding his or her true identity..

The classic illustration of the two-in-one is Robert Louis Stevenson‘s famous story of the dark side and the bright side of human nature — the duality of man. In his famous story of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” he presented Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde both as having a dark side within them, where evil is always lurking underneath to surface anytime. Both of them hide their evil away, pretending that it never exists. In the end, it turns out that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are actually one and the same person.

In a way, we all have Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde inside us because we are two-in-one. Our ego-self and true-self co-exist. Without the presence of the spirit, the ego-self dominates the true-self, and over the long haul, we become only two-in-one, instead of three-in-one. 

So, to maintain the three-in-one, we must have the wisdom of letting go -- letting go of all attachments that create the ego-self.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, January 2, 2017

A Different Mindset for 2017

Now 2017 has arrived. Have a new mindset for the New Year.

In the beginning of every new year, we all have new expectations and new resolutions. Unfortunately, most of them become unfulfilled, and we then look forward to another new year to come. If you look back over the past years, does this apply to you?

Why not have a different mindset for 2017?

Instead of a mindset of expectations, why not have a different one -- a mindset of no expectations?

Alexander Pope, the English poet,  once said: "Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. 

According to Lao Tzu, the ancient sage from China, the author of Tao Te Ching, an immortal classic on human wisdom, also known as Tao wisdom, "Having no expectations" is not passive living; instead, it means "doing good deeds with no expectations." You are nice to people because you are a nice person, and not because you expect people to be nice to you in return. Don't be a "user" of people. "Having no expectations" holds the key to good and harmonious human relationships,  

"Having no expectations" is also applicable to many different everyday life situations. You act with knowledge, but with no expectations of results of what you wish to accomplish. If you have expectations, you may become unduly stressed when things don't turn out the way you think they should. Like a gardener, you simply plant your seeds, and you will reap what you sow. Like a gardener, you have only a general idea what will happen to your seeds, but how the seeds will grow depends on many factors, such as the soil conditions, the weather, and the reaction of the seeds to the environment, is determined by nature, which is beyond your control.

Remember, what you end up getting in life is determined neither by your desires nor your expectations, but by your true nature: who you really are. Your true nature determines your actions and reactions, as well as your life choices and perceptions of your life experiences.

The bottom line:always be a better person, and you will be blessed throughout 2017.

Stephen Lau