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Red dates/jujubes/hongzao cure anemia, insomnia and constipation!

by Lee Sok Lian|李淑莲

Alimihan Seyiti from Kashgar, near the border with Kyrgyzstan,
was born on 25 June, 1886

Madam Alimihan Seyiti (above) is 127 this year. My knowledgeable Chinese friend attributes her longevity to the world-famous Xinjiang dates, also known as jujubes or “hong zao”, which he insists, Madam Seyiti must have consumed in her younger days. He then proceeded to share with me the well-known Chinese refrain: “Three red dates keeps the wrinkles away!”


5 WaysTo Maintain Your Fitness Routine

by Lee Sok Lian|李淑莲

Mad about Soccer
Ba Duan Jing practitioners
The easiest exercise for most people is walking

Our Book "If You Think The Water Is Cold" Will Be Released Soon!

by Lee Sok Lian|李淑莲


If You Think The Water Is Cold

For many, the diagnosis of cancer begins the last chapter, but for Tan Siew Khim, it led to an entirely new beginning. To face cancer, you need the help of both science and nature, as well as the support of family and friends. But as Siew Khim knows, a cancer patient must also rely on her own inner strengths—a strong spirit and a positive attitude.

After facing her initial fears and conquering her reaction to “leave this world quietly,” Siew Khim decided that she wasn’t ready to quit this just yet. She embraced the different forms of medicine and treatments available. When she was invited to Sun Island Shanghai to convalesce, Siew Khim discovered the power of wellness activities such as mindfulness meditation and laughter yoga. This is where she met—and inspired—her biographer, Lee Sok Lian.


10 Little-known Benefits Of Walking Backwards

by Lee Sok Lian|李淑莲

10-little-known-benefits-of-walking-backwardsDutch researchers have found convincing evidence that lends credence to their belief that “backward locomotion appears to be a very powerful trigger to mobilize cognitive resource”. [Source: WebMD Health News, May 8, 2009.]

According to an article in the Penn State Sports Medicine Newsletter (1994), an athlete will see his heart rate soar to 156 bpm (from 106 bpm, walking normally) when he starts walking backward at the same pace!

The Chinese and Japanese have long practiced backward locomotion (also known as walking backwards or retro-walking), well aware that 100 steps backward walking is equivalent to 1,000 steps in conventional walking.

Being able to walk backwards requires balance since our bodies are used to going in a forward motion. As we turn around, our center of gravity may be slightly thrown off; some of us may experience a little discomfort or instability when we first start walking backwards. With practice, the strangeness or awkwardness quickly wears off, and we may be tempted to walk faster or even jog, once we become accustomed to backward locomotion.

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