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Diet includes seasonal foods, meal times and meal routines, food combinations, individual constitutions and body types and flavours, and these factors affect your health in many ways. 

Food can affect the pH levels in your body, your mood, underlying conditions or the development of severe conditions.


Stress has been known to induce and contribute to a range of conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, unhealthy metabolism, dysfunctional immunity, weight gain, muscle tension, psychosomatic illnesses and the likelihood of a stroke.

To stay healthy, eat well, exercise and live within a positive and uncluttered environment. Try not to overburden yourself and take time out of your day to walk around in the natural environment, take in some fresh air and unclutter your thoughts. 

Following these steps will restore balance and calmness in your life and help you balance busy daily routines.


Exercising any time of the day, whether it is short and low impact just to get the blood moving around the body or an intense cardio workout, can assist in achieving a state of relaxation of both the mind and body. 

Chinese Exercise Forms

The three forms of Traditional Chinese exercise are Tai Chi, using Baoding Balls and Qi Gong.

Tai Chi was developed in China as a form of self-defence but is practised in modern times as gentle exercise or a moving meditation. Tai Chi consists of a series of graceful postures and slow, flowing body movements.

Using Baoding Balls in the palm of the hand is a form of alternative medicine that is beneficial to pressure points or acupuncture points on the hand. They are known to boost the circulation of the blood whilst relaxing the joints and muscles in the arm.

Qi Gong is closely related to TCM, which includes the theories of Yin/Yang, channels (the meridian system) and organ systems (Viscera/Zang-fu). It is also closely tied to the practice of martial arts. The variety of postures relaxes the muscles and calm the mind. The effect on circulation and general body tone can be seen after only a few weeks of practice. Other changes, including relaxation, that begin to permeate an individual’s daily life, come gradually over a period of months.

Warning Signs

Watch for these abnormal signs when exercising.

Dizziness might indicate abnormities in the cardiovascular system or around the neck and spinal cord. If this happens, reduce the intensity of the exercise.

If headaches occur, stop the exercise and check the nervous system and cardiovascular system.

If recovery to normal breathing takes an abnormally long time after exercise, check the respiratory system.

If thirst does not abate after drinking a considerate amount of water, check spleen function.

If appetite increases continuously and by a large amount, check spleen function. 

If a loss of appetite still exists after a long time resting, check the digestive system.

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