Monthly Archives: July 2016

Crush Your Candy Cravings Part 2

Continued from Part 1 here.

In last month’s article, I spoke about how sugar affects our digestive system and how it plays a huge part on addiction and cravings. This month we dive deeper into what sugar can do to the liver and what Juli’s new pills can do. Interestingly enough sugar isn’t the only culprit that can cause digestive problems. Along with unhealthy comfort food, stress and transitioning periods such as the seasons’ weather, or for women, that special time of the month, can cause a chain of effects where the liver becomes compromised and discomfort arises in the intestines creating these bloating and digestive issues.

The human body is so intricately connected; one disharmony can affect the whole body. The liver is the organ of emotions in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The liver’s main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs and sugar. As it does so, the liver secretes bile that ends up back in the intestines. The gallbladder sits under the liver, along with parts of the pancreas and intestines. The liver and these organs work together to digest, absorb, and process food.

The liver is responsible for the free and smooth flow of Qi (life force), which has a deep relationship with a person’s emotional state. Anger and other related emotions such as resentment, unfulfilled desires, frustration, etc. are attributed to the liver. Conversely, anger, repressed emotions, etc. affect the llver organ itself, and disrupt the smooth flow of Qi in the body which is how stress comes into play.

When the blood in the liver does not freely flow, stagnation of blood occurs, and affects the emotional state as described before. Over a long period of time, stagnation impairs circulation of the blood. When stagnation occurs tightness in specific areas of the body such as the chest, breasts in women, hypochondriac region, epigastric region, or throat will be more prominant. Along with the tightness other symptoms like frequent sighing, pain and swelling of the breasts, tension in the stomach, the sensation of a lump in the throat may also occur.

The main problem with sugar, and processed fructose in particular, is the fact that your liver has a very limited capacity to metabolize it, less than 9 grams of sugar is the livers full capacity.
When sugar is metabolized in the liver, it breaks down into fructose and one of the end products is triglyceridea a form of fat.

Triglycerides can build up in liver cells and damage liver function. Triglycerides released into the bloodstream can contribute to the growth of fat-filled plaque inside artery walls. This is one of the main causes of obesity.
Now this clotting travels into the intestines and causes a blockage. This can cause symptoms of constipation, bloati

ng, gas, and all sorts of unwanted things. Juli’s new formulation of pills is made to target these specifically and much more.

With these new pills, currently called the #1 and #2, each has its one special power.

#1: These pills are designed to aid in the fluctuation of water weight for women experiencing their menstrual cycle. It aids in the bloating, and helps you pull through your cravings by stopping that negative feed back response to your brain making you want more sugar. It also helps clean your liver and helps promote a better menstrual cycle. The #1 is made for someone who has more of a
sensitivity.

#2: Unlike the #1 the #2 pills are made for more serious conditions. These pills can be for anyone, including men, that has had a consistant weight problem and the #2 pills are much more stronger than the #1. The weight gain could be due to intestinal blockage, too much stagnent blood in the liver, consuming too much sugar and salt, and not being able to properly clean out the body. Like the #1 these pills will help to detoxify and clean out the liver while also stopping the addicting cravings from sugar and alcohol, while decreasing the bloating.

When we get that nagging sweet tooth, it is easier said than done to avoid these addicting sweets (I would know). Sometimes we just need a little support to get things up and going again, and to remind ourselves of the consequences sugar can cause for our bodies.

Sweets in moderation! Treating yourself is healthy too but not when your body is constantly having to metabolize sugar. If you do plan on having a sweet, make sure it is during a time where you can burn it off like during the day. Natural sugars (found in fruit) is a better alternative anyway. Make your liver happier and ask juli about our new pills!

Wishing you wellness
~Shaila

Surviving The Summer Heat To Keep Your Skin Young

Older generations pass on to us the wisdom they have learned throughout the years of their life. Since summer has started, I wanted to share some advice my grandma shared with me when I was young. How to keep youth and beauty:

Avoid The Sun

A suntan does not prevent skin damage— it is skin damage.

One of the most important tips that many Chinese women follow is avoiding the sun. This helps keep our skin from developing wrinkles and staying pale. Carrying around umbrellas, hats and wearing very thin jackets to make sure we aren’t exposed to the sun’s rays as much as possible. It’s well known that the sun’s rays (UVA and UVB) damage the skin and can cause wrinkles.

Keep It Natural With Herbal Medicines & Teas

Herbal medicine is a huge part of our lifestyle to stay healthy and increase immunity; likewise, tea is also a major aspect of our routines. In Hong Kong there are Herbal Medicine Tea shops, the teas are prepared in fountain dispensaries but since living in the states grandma would prepare the teas. Prunella Herbal tea has been well known as the heal all tea, it clears the liver heat, clears the acne. Even when summer is hot, teas are also served including the beneficial green tea which has antioxidant properties and stimulates one’s metabolism.

Eat More Fruits & Vegetables (& Less Meat)

Diet consisting of mostly fresh fruits and vegetables is a huge part of a Chinese woman’s life. The preparation of fresh vegetables are cooked with little to no oil or fats, and fruits that are in season as desserts. Grandma preferred to serve minimal amounts of spicy foods, as she says that the heat can cause pimples, and sugary foods to avoid gaining weight. Heat foods are chips and dried crackers, roasted nuts and seeds, once you start eating them, it is hard to stop.
The choice to eat less meat is more complex than simply keeping a figure. Meat is expensive in China, so many view it as a luxury than an everyday food.

Exercise Is Gentle, But Important

This may be an obvious healthy beauty tip, but for Chinese women, it is very important to keep active. Walking after meals to help digestion and stay fit or get massages.

Enjoy Spas and Massages

Everyone seems to get massages in China. People go together with friends, or even alone. Getting massages is not seen as a luxury, but as a way to stay healthy and young. Chinese believe that routine massages will ensure proper blood flow and keep them sturdy and fit. Every week I have a deep tissue massage and cupping session, it helps me flush out toxins from my body, so that my skin is clean and hydrated. Enjoying a massage, spa, or having your spouse (exchange program) can also lower one’s stress level, which can be a reason people may have bad health or troubled skin.

Start Young

Many of the techniques my grandma taught me to avoid the sun was also being taught to my children. Chinese begin to protect their children while they are young. This ensures that they will grow with healthy, undamaged skin instead of trying to fix it when they are older. It never hurts to think about how a child might benefit from these teachings.

Although my grandma is no longer with me, I still treasure all the great memories with all the care and love she has given me. The love is so deep that it makes me strong, and the need to pass on all that she has taught me to you.

Love, Juli