Walnuts are healthy

Walnuts are literally packed with good nutrients. They contain many different nutrients that are good for us, such as antioxidants, vitamins and fibers. The beneficial effects of the specific blend of nutrients in walnuts are confirmed by research.

Walnuts Walnuts also contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, much more than other nuts. Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation and improving arterial function. For patients with type-2 diabetes, lowering cholesterol levels in the blood is important. Walnuts can also help to reduce the insulin resistance – that is help the cells absorb glucose from the bloodstream. When using walnuts as a source of fat in diets the test subjects did not gain weight and they also felt more satisfied, which made it easier to stick with the diet.

Furthermore, walnuts have also been found to reduce risks for cancer, stroke, high blood pressure and depression.

Green tea for health

Drinking green tea has proven to have a healing effect on the body and is an easy and effective way to stay healthy. Some of the positive effects of green tea are: lower cholesterol values, a strengthened immune system and reduced risk of infections, cardiovascular disease, cancer and tooth decay (caries).

Green tea Green tea contains several useful vitamins, nutrients and a large number of antioxidants. It also has antibacterial qualities that account for the positive effects on tooth decay, infections, food poisoning etc. In addition, drinking green tea on a daily basis gives an anti-virus effect which provides protection against the influenza.

The green tea differs from other sorts of tea e.g. black tea in that it has not been fermented and thus contains more of its original substances. It is worth mentioning that the healthy ingredients can vary between different types of green tea. High quality teas contain more health promoting ingredients, whilst low quality teas have almost none.

According to Chinese tradition, the tealeaves should be placed directly into the teapot and be left to soak for five to ten minutes. It is preferable to buy tea in loose weight since it can be hard to determine the actual quality of the tea in pre-packaged teabags.

Gentle healthy smiles

In Qigong we are often encouraged to have a gentle smile on our faces. Qigong teachers frequently point out that this facial expression is very good for us. They claim that it will help improve our health, give good information to others and get good information back from others.

Gentle smiles In developed societies, mental problems are an increasingly important reason for poor health. The amount of research on how our mental and emotional state affects our health has successively increased. Some research has also been conducted on emotional states that can improve and strengthen the health. When a person smiles, the brain produces hormones such as serotonin as well as a number of endorphins. This can improve our mood, emotion, sleep, energy level and appetite. It also has some other effects such as reducing stress, removing pains and strengthening the immune system.

To often have a gentle smile on our faces might actually give us more reasons to smile!

In our courses we sometimes talk more about gentle smiles.

Does sitting in front of the computer tire you out? Practising Qigong can help you! 

A lot of work in front of the computer and sitting still for a long time can be a strain on the body. It can make you stiff and tired, reduce your ability to concentrate, and cause headaches and pains in shoulders and neck.

If you have spent more time in front of the computer during the last months, practising Qigong can be a way of removing the bad effects of sitting still for a long time.

*Think of your posture when sitting in front of the computer

Alternate between standing and sitting if possible, and keep your posture straight but at the same time relaxed. During our basic courses we teach how to stand and sit in a way that is relaxed and can help us to conserve our energy instead of getting worn out. How we stand and sit has an impact on our health and the more we use the body in a good way the better we will feel.

*Take short breaks for training during the working day.

One way to avoid health problems due to too much sitting down is to find a moment to train during the working day. Practising Qigong is a good method to improve the circulation without working up a sweat. The practise does not take much time since you do not need to shower afterwards. If you have already attended our courses and are now working from home – practise Hold Qi Up, Shenxin Qigong or La Qi, even just a short while, during your working day.

*Do not forget the eyes

A general feeling of tiredness often starts with the eyes. Several hours in front of the screen or reading can tire the eyes and it is good to give them some rest from time to time.  An idea can be to let the eyes shift focus, i.e. look away from the screen and instead look at something further away. A more powerful way of relaxing the eyes we teach in the course ‘EasyCare for Eyes’. By taking a break from your work in front of the computer and doing the ‘EasyCare for Eyes’ the health of your eyes can improve. The eyes influence the rest of the body so the practise is also good for general well-being throughout the body.