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Healthy gut improves sub-health

Hong Kong people are under a lot of stress at work, and they don’t usually eat and rest on a regular schedule. Add in the serious environmental pollution, and it’s easy for the body to accumulate toxins. When you feel out of sorts physically and/or mentally but you don’t have any obvious symptoms, the World Health Organization (WHO) would say that you’re in a state of “sub-health”.

Sub-health conditions include:

  • Being tired all the time
  • Having Indigestion
  • Contracting colds and the flu easily
  • Feeling irritable
  • Being unable to sleep (insomnia)

Say goodbye to being in a “sub-health” state by adopting healthy lifestyle practices and also taking heed of Dr Simon Chau’s suggestion to “thump the thymus” (the gland behind your breast bone) to give a temporary boost to your immunity. More importantly, you should keep your gut healthy, which means eating easily digestible foods (such as raw and nutritious fruits and vegetables) and keeping your intestines clean. Doing so can reduce the burden on your digestive system and keep toxins from accumulating. If you follow this advice, you will naturally feel healthier.

Time needed to digest various foods
Fruit 30 mins - 1 hr
Gourds and squash 45 mins - 2 hrs
Cereals and grains 1.5 - 3 hrs
Protein (milk, soymilk, meat, etc.) 1.5 - 4 hrs
Fats (plant and animal oils) 2 - 4 hrs

The concept is similar to the juice cleanses that are quite popular nowadays. Let’s listen as Dr Chau introduces us to a simple, economical and tasty green smoothie.

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