Monday, June 26, 2017

A Balanced Acid-Alkaline Diet for a Healthy Pregnancy

Do adopt a balanced acid-alkaline diet throughout your pregnancy (why: a balanced acid-alkaline level increases your energy and vitality, neutralizes excess acids in your body, removes accumulated toxins in your blood, strengthens your immune system and organ systems, destroys harmful microorganisms, and balances the pH in your body).
  
Your body cells, as well as those of your baby, need an optimum environment for growth and replication: they need a balanced acid-and-alkaline environment. Acid and alkaline are substances that have opposing qualities. Your body functions at its best when the pH is optimum, which is slightly alkaline. The pH of your blood, tissues, and body fluids directly affect the state of your cellular health as well as that of your baby.
  
The pH scale ranges between one and fourteen. Seven is considered neutral. Anything below seven is considered acidic, while anything above seven is considered alkaline. Deviations above or below a 7.30 and 7.40 pH range can signal potentially serious and even dangerous health conditions.
  
Don’t let your body become too acidic (why not: when your body is too acidic, the tissues of your cells are forced to relinquish their alkaline reserves, depleting them of alkaline minerals, which are the components of the tissues themselves; the acute shortage of alkaline minerals will lead to disease and the malfunctioning of the immune system).
  
Acidification comes from excess intake of foods containing great amounts of acid, and insufficient elimination by the body through the kidneys (urination) and the skin (sweating). Not too much acid can actually stay in the bloodstream, and, accordingly, any excess is directed to other body organs and tissues, where it can accumulate.
  
Too much acidification can make you unhealthy, and even sick:
    
The corrosive nature of acid irritates your body organs, causing inflammation, which is often a source of body pain, pain, and hardening of tissues.

Acidic sweat may cause skin allergy, especially in areas where sweat seems to accumulate, such as the armpits.
Acidic urine may cause infection and inflammation in the urinary tract, resulting in bladder problems.

Acidification may cause lesions of the mucous membranes, for example, your respiratory system, making them vulnerable to infections.

Acidification decreases the activity of enzymes in the body, which are responsible for proper digestion of foods and assimilation of nutrients.
Loss of minerals may result in bone loss and brittle bones for the baby, as well as joint inflammation and hair loss for the mother.

Diet is the main contributor to excess acidification in the body. Your diet is the primary source that determines your acid-alkaline level in your body. All the foods you eat can be divided into three main groups:

Acidifying Foods

Acidifying foods are characterized by their high protein content, and/or fats, including the following:

Meat, poultry, fish and seafood
Eggs
Cheese
Vegetable oils
Whole grains
Beans, such as broad bean, chickpeas, peanuts, soybeans, and white beans
Bread, pasta, and cereals
Sweets and sugars, including brown sugar and honey
Sugary drinks and sodas
Alcohol, coffee, and tea

Your digestion of protein produces amino acids (containing acid minerals, such as phosphorus and sulfur) during digestion, and uric acids during acidic degradation.
  
You utilize fat in the form of fatty acids, and your digestion of saturated fat is often incomplete, resulting in toxic acid substances that contribute to acidification.
  
Your digestion of glucose may be adversely affected by inadequate or poor metabolism, turning originally alkaline elements into acidic ones.
  
Your consumption of too much sugar (the average person in the United States consumes approximately 90 pounds per year—which is much too much) strains your body’s metabolism in converting it into energy, and thus creating more acid in the process.
  
The bottom line: do consume less acidifying food. 

Acid Foods
  
Acid foods may be alkalizing if your body’s metabolism is efficient. In other words, if your body can easily metabolize and oxidize them, these foods can be transformed into alkaline elements, making your body more alkaline, instead of more acidic.

Acid foods contain a good deal of acid, and are acidic in taste, include the following:

Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
Grapefruit, lemons, oranges, and tangerines
Sweet fruits, such as watermelon
Unripe fruits
Acid vegetable, such as rhubarb, tomato, and watercress
Honey
Vinegar
Yogurt

Do eat the fruit, instead of drinking its juice (why: alkaline minerals are present in the pulp; the juice without the pulp is only more acidic). Cooking fruits does not remove their acidity.
    
Alkalizing Foods

Alkalizing foods contain little or no acid substances, and they do not produce acids when metabolized by your body. Alkalizing foods include the following:

Green vegetables
Colored vegetables (except tomato)
Chestnut
Potato
Avocado
Black olives
Bananas
Dried fruits
Almonds and Brazil nuts
Milk
Alkaline mineral waters
Cold-pressed oils

Potato, especially its juice, is good for stomach acidity and ulcers. It is often an ideal alternative to acidifying cereal grains.
  

Dried fruits are alkalizing (why: much of the acid is removed through the drying process). Do eat more dried fruits during pregnancy.

Sally Smart


Friday, June 23, 2017

Make Your Baby A Geniusb

Thomas Edison rightfully said: “Genius is one percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.”

This applies to both the baby and the parents. Perspiration means effort and endeavor, both of which involve consistent and considerable time consumption. Do spend time with your baby if you want him to be smart. If you are the parents who wish your baby to become a super baby—not necessarily a genius or prodigy someday—there are many things you have to do, as well as many things you shouldn’t do.

Repetitions

Do repeat and repeat. Repetitions strengthen the neural pathways in your baby’s brain. Do any activity with your baby again and yet again.

Do encourage your baby to repeat his activities again and yet again.

Don’t stop an activity just because your baby has already acquired the skills or learned how to do it. Repeat it not only to reinforce it but also to improve his memory skills.
 
Don’t get bored yourself. Instead, do observe the subtle differences in the repetitions of those activities to better understand how your baby has managed and mastered those memory skills.

Stimulations

Do give your baby stimulations as many and as often as possible. Any physical stimulation enhances brain cells and motor skills development in your baby.

Do stimulate your baby’s auditory sensations. Do speak in different tones: whispering and shouting (of course, don’t frighten your baby).

Do articulate your words slowly, syllable by syllable. Do sing to your baby, even creating your own words and rhythms.

Do touch your baby as often as possible, especially his fingers and toes.

Do create movements: exaggerated facial expressions; clapping hands; and even jumping up and down.

Do vary your stimulations, the types, as well as the duration.

Do encourage your baby to respond to your different stimulations. If he makes noises, let him. If he smiles, repeat it.

The bottom line: don’t let your baby get bored; but don’t over-stimulate your baby (no more than 5 minutes each time). 


This book is written for parents and grandparents who wish to make their smart babies super smart. This can be achieved through everyday simple games, activities and interactions aimed at increasing brain cells through spatial intelligence, non-verbal communication, emotional development, language skills, kinesthetic enhancement, and music appreciation.

Stephen Lau

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Healthy Pregnancy

Getting pregnant, especially for the first time, is usually an exciting experience. But it is also challenging to become pregnant with your first child and to confront the imminent parenthood. 



There are, however, many things a mother should learn to do during the nine months of pregnancy. In addition, there are also many things that her spouse has to do to help her cope with and overcome the challenge of pregnancy, including the physical, the mental, the emotional, and even the spiritual changes brought on by the pregnancy. A safe and healthy pregnancy plays a pivotal part in producing a healthy and smart baby.

The Dos and Don'ts During Pregnancy provides some good advice to help the parents, especially the first-time ones. This book is concise and comprehensive, very highly recommended.

Stephen Lau








Monday, June 5, 2017

How To Be A Wise Parent?

Are you a wise parent?

In spite of living in an age of information and technology, many of us may only be knowledgeable but not wise, although we may delude ourselves into thinking that we are wise.

Given that life is limited and knowledge is unlimited, using what is limited to seek out the unlimited is not only futile but also unwise. Yet many people seek knowledge in a futile attempt to attain and accumulate wisdom. But true wisdom is the application and interpretation of limited knowledge assimilated and internalized through a variety of life experiences in order to understand better the nature of things. This profound understanding is true wisdom.

Wisdom has much to do with the thinking mind, that is, how the mind thinks.

Your mind is your being, and your brain is the most important of all your body organs because it controls your thinking, and hence your whole being. How you think, what you choose, how you act or react, and what you do with all your life experiences—they ultimately become not only your memories but also your realities.

Descartes, the famous French philosopher, once said: “I think, therefore I am.” Indeed, your thoughts become what and who you “think” you are right now.

Therefore, it is your thinking that holds the key to unlocking true human wisdom. As mentioned previously, true wisdom is not the same as extensive knowledge: a wise person is not necessarily knowledgeable. Human wisdom is the capacity and capability of the human mind to intuit knowledge accumulated and life experiences encountered, and then apply that self-intuition to everyday living to live as if everything is a miracle.

Important as it is, thinking is not easy, just as Albert Einstein once said: “Thinking is difficult; that is why so few people do it.” To become a wise parent you must do your thinking, and do it often.

Understanding the Thinking Mind

Understand that thinking is a process of self-intuition through asking relevant questions to create self-awareness and self-introspection. It is the natural habit of the human mind to try to solve problems by asking questions. Through solving problems, the mind can then make things happen. Asking questions is self-empowering wisdom because it creates the intent to learn and to change.

Understand the importance of asking questions, and continue to ask meaningful and relevant questions through-out your life.

If you are a wise parent, you will also be  a better and happier  parent.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, May 29, 2017

A Learning-and-Teaching Environment for Your Smart Baby

It is important to maintain and sustain the learning and teaching process of your baby. According to novelist John Steinbeck, a genius is “a child chasing a butterfly up a mountain”; let your baby’s curiosity be the butterfly and let his learning environment be the mountain. Most real learning in the first year occurs within the context of ordinary everyday life. It doesn’t require formal training; it is a natural consequence of everyday experience. Be that as it may, to maximize your baby’s learning potentials, you need to create an enriched learning and teaching environment. The typical American child, however, does not live in an enriched environment: he spends hours watching television or playing electronic toys; he is often engaged in self-directed play, instead of interactive and imaginative play with his parents.

An enriched learning and teaching environment for babies and children to reach their maximum intellectual potentials includes the following:

Your baby needs to spend time in a safe, secure, and quiet environment.

Your baby needs a dimly lit environment to see better; use only 40-watt or less light-bulbs in the nursery.

Your baby needs freedom of movement; use the crib or playpen sparingly.

Your baby needs age-related toys and art materials.

Your baby needs new things to look at all the time.

Your baby needs regular contacts with adults, especially eye contacts.

Your baby needs smiles, as well as friendly and affirmative words.

Is Your Baby Ready to Play and Learn?

There are some obvious physical changes and signs if your baby is good and ready to play and learn.

Your baby needs good rest before he can play and learn. Adequate rest avoids mood swings and improves the brain function in your baby.

Your baby’s breathing is always slow and even, with a relaxed abdomen, if he wants to play and learn.

Your baby sucking rate also slows down considerably.

Your baby’s attention focuses on the source of stimulation, his fingers and toes fanning with excitement towards it, as well as his pupils dilating and his eyes widening.

On the other hand, your baby may show signs of overstimulation when he cries and squirms, flailing his arms and legs, and even thrusting out his tongue.

Good parenting means providing an enriched learning environment for babies and children to learn while playing. A study conducted at the University of Chicago found out that some accomplished adults, such as distinguished athletes, musicians, mathematicians, and scientists all had parents who shared certain outlooks about enriched environment in which they were raised and reared.

They all unintentionally produced a prodigy

They all encouraged their children to play and to explore the world.

They all stimulated and motivated their children through playing and learning.

They were all dedicated to their own interests, and encouraged their children to do likewise, but without pushing them in that direction.

They all supported their children’s self-chosen interests, and made their passion a top priority.

They all encouraged their children to have independent thinking, and to think for themselves through curiosity and asking questions.

The key to successful parenting is to provide an enriched environment for learning while playing, as well as for recognizing talents and potentials that may or may not be the skills and abilities you value most. Praising your baby’s efforts and his accomplishments strengthens your baby’s neurological connections between activity and emotional rewards, and thus instrumental in developing more interest in trying new things and experiences.

Bottom line: the more your baby enjoys spending time with you as he explores the world, the more motivated he will become, and the more he will learn. Relax, loosen up, and always look at the environment and the world through your baby’s eyes, rather than those of your own. It is just that simple.

Stephen Lau
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Make Your Smart Baby Super Smart by Stephen Lau

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Healthy Eating for Healthy Pregnancy

There is much wisdom in eating because food is medicine and medicine is food. We live to eat, and not eat to live.

According to the wisdom in Chinese medicine, the human body can be classified into two types based on its thermal nature: the cooling body type and the warming body type. The thermal nature is a result of eating certain types of food. The Chinese believe that there is internal energy, known as qi, which is produced when food is consumed, and this energy circulates the entire body through meridians, which are energy channels. The energy changes the temperature of the body, and thus resulting in a cooling or a warming body, In addition, the cooling effects move downwards and inwards, while the warming effects move upwards and outwards. A person with a cooling body slows down internally and externally; a person with a warming body speeds up internally and externally. 

It must be pointed out that no individual has an entirely cooling or warming body; rather, all individuals have a combination of both a cooling and a warming body. However, an individual may have a body with characteristics that are either predominantly cooling or warming. Hence, it is important to balance a cooling body with warming foods, and a warming body with cooling foods in order to create the internal harmony, which holds the key to health and wellness. Essentially, this explains the "yin" and "yang" concept in Chinese health and healing.

Some of the common characteristics of a cooling body are: feeling cold most of the time; walking and talking slowly; having a slow heart rate; feeling tired and sleepy most of the time; having cold hands and feet to the touch; having a pale complexion and moist skin; thinking intuitively.

A warming body, on the other hand, has some of these common characteristics: being aggressive and impatient; having a rapid heart rate; feeling energetic; having warm hands and feet. 

If you have a cooling body, eat more warming foods, such as: carrot, leek, onion, watercress; apricot, berries, cherries, mango, peach; pumpkin seed, sesame, sunflower seed, and walnut.

If you have a warming body, eat more cooling foods, such as: asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, lettuce, spinach, tomato, zucchini; apple, banana, citrus fruits, pear, pineapple, watermelon; barley, mung bean, soybean, and wheat.

There are foods that do not affect the thermal nature of the body. They are neutral: they are neither cooling nor warming, and they include the following common foods: beet, Brussels sprout, parsnip, squash, sweet potato, yam; date, fig, grape, papaya, plum; almond, peanut, pine nut, raisin; brown rice, corn, kidney bean, and snow pea.

Wisdom in eating requires a balance in the diet to maintain the harmony between the cooling and warming characteristics within the body. This profound wisdom in eating is also manifested in the balance and harmony concept in the Five Elements  (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water).

For thousands of years, the Chinese have believed that these Five Elements are not only fundamental to the cycles of nature, but also represent the five important organs in the body. These Five Elements also correspond to five different colors in foods. 

Wood corresponds to green color, such as dark green vegetables and fruits (e.g. lime), green beans (e.g. lentils) and seeds (e.g. pumpkin). 

Fire corresponds to red color, such as red vegetables (e.g. red pepper) and fruits (e.g. cherries), red nuts (e.g. pecans) and beans (e.g. red beans). 

Earth corresponds to orange and yellow, such as red and yellow vegetables (e.g. squash and yam) and red and yellow fruits (e.g. papaya), orange and yellow nuts (e.g. almond and cashew) and beans (e.g. chickpea).

Metal corresponds to white color, such as white vegetables (e.g. cauliflower) and fruits (e.g. banana), white nuts (e.g. pine nuts) and beans (e.g. soybean).

Water corresponds to black, blue, and purple, such as dark-colored vegetables (e.g. eggplant) and fruits (e.g. blackberries), dark-colored nuts (e.g. walnut) and beans (e.g. navy bean).

The wisdom in eating requires a daily diet in which the five different colors of foods are consumed. 

Indeed, there is so much wisdom in eating according to Chinese medicine because food is medicine and medicine is food. 

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Stephen Lau

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Depression After Pregnancy

It is not uncommon for women to develop depression immediately after their pregnancy has ended. The beginning of motherhood may be a new challenge to many, who may feel that they are incapable of handing the new challenges ahead of them. In addition, their pregnancy might have left them with indelible memories of disappointment and frustration that make them depressed.

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It provides many examples from news and everyday life to show you  how TAO wisdom can help you live as if everything is a miracle.

Don’t deny or stigmatize your depression! Go through it, and you may or may not get enlightened, but you will look at your depression differently.

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Stephen Lau

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