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AUDIO: Dr. Mao - How Can Women Use Food To Achieve Personal Rejuvenation?

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My experience over the last 25 years working in a clinical setting is that the ideal weight for each woman differs depending on her need and her own condition.

So for example, if you are very underweight, at age 50 you are going to have more symptoms, more problems like hot flashes and sweats, and more trouble with menopause because the fat store in your body is needed to produce hormones, all right. So in other words, so you need to see and adjust your expectations according to what age you are at.

Of course, you don’t want to be overweight at any age because, you know, yes, you have fat reserve for your hormones, but at the same time it puts stress on your heart, increase the likelihood of developing diabetes and other kinds of problems. So, ideal weight is, if you feel good or optimal, if you have energy, if you can climb three flights of stairs without getting out of breath, and so that’s really sort of the gauge by which we look at ideal weight.

Weight and insomnia have so much in common and the proper rest that a woman gets each day. Do you have a good Chinese medicine cure for women who are struggling with insomnia?

Dr. Maoshing Ni:
Yes, I tell them to soak their feet in hot water before bedtime. I know that sounds funny.

I know it does; it gives them time to settle down without any outside interference.

Dr. Maoshing Ni:
Yeah, of course, because what happen is there are all these thoughts and energies in their head. By soaking your feet, and you can add some Epsom salt, for example, in the bath, you can allow your whole body to relax and you can do a very simple meditation just as you are soaking. You allow all the tension and stress to leave your body and dump it into that water, just allow to release, and very magically within 10-15 minutes you unwind, you relax, you will be able to go to sleep.

Of course, there are many different herbs that I recommend ranging from jujube date seeds to the passionflower or valerian root, all of which can be bought at the health store.


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