Original article was adapted from The Strait Times.
These lifestyle adjustments can protect your physical and mental health against weariness and strain.
According to a recent investigation by The Straits Times, one in every two employees has been working longer hours since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, with a third of them working more than two hours every day.
Extensive work hours, often at the price of relaxation and sleep, can lead to exhaustion and stress, which can have a bad influence on our health. It can also weaken the immune system over time, making us more susceptible to disease.
Our TCM physicians from Sin Kang TCM Clinic weigh in and describe the long-term repercussions of persistent stress on the body and offers some advice on how to better care for ourselves.
What are the effects of exhaustion and stress on the body?
All of the body’s five primary organs – the heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and kidneys – are affected by stress. Many ailments, including insomnia, migraines, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, gastric reflux, constipation, and even cancer, are linked to it.
Qi stagnation occurs as a result of stress, affecting blood and energy flow. If the source of stress is not addressed, it will deplete our energy and induce exhaustion. Fatigue depletes our vitality and causes us to get drowsy.
A weary individual wakes up without feeling completely refreshed, and by lunchtime, lethargy has set in. Long-term exhaustion can also influence our performance and decision-making ability.
Stress weakens the immune system and makes us more susceptible to illnesses over time.
What can I do to alleviate my tension and exhaustion?
First and foremost, get at least eight hours of sleep. The most efficient strategy to restore immunity is to get enough sleep. Sleep also aids in the clearing of unpleasant emotions and sentiments that have accumulated throughout the day.
The next step is to take some time off from work. There will always be bills to pay, but we don’t want to waste our hard-earned cash on medical expenses.
You may also attempt meditation to help you feel less anxious by calming and relaxing your thoughts. Meditating before bed might also assist you in falling asleep faster.
If the acupoints that target stress and immunity are pushed, acupuncture is another way to treat stress. It improves blood circulation and releases endorphins, which are pleasant chemicals that allow oxygen to flow more freely and improve general body function.
What foods or supplements may I consume to boost my immune system’s strength?
- Berries: Berries are high in antioxidants, which help protect cells from free radical damage. Berries have also been demonstrated to lower stress and have anti-inflammatory properties in studies.
- Citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons, are strong in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which help the immune system function properly.
- Salmon and tuna, for example, are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Korean Red Ginseng: Ginseng’s usage has been documented throughout Asian history. In comparison to other ginseng species, Korean red ginseng – Korean ginseng that has been steamed and dried in heat or sunshine – is known to have the most kinds of ginsenosides. It was first used in ancient Korea in the early 1000s, according to records.
- Turmeric: Turmeric and its key component curcumin, a spice commonly used in Indian cookery, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. It also aids in the treatment of medical conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
What are the benefits of consuming Korean Red Ginseng?
Korean Red Ginseng is best for helping with weariness and mental alertness, as well as a boatload of other advantages including strengthening immunity and increasing blood circulation, making it an excellent choice for revitalising our bodies after an overworked, stressful lifestyle.
Korean Red Ginseng is most known for boosting your immune system, energy and stamina. It also effectively fights fatigue, promote blood circulation and supports memory function and replenishes antioxidants.
6-year-old red ginseng can help with the following aspects:
- Promoting blood circulation
- Boosting immunity
- Promoting antioxidants
- Supporting Memory Function
- Fighting Fatigue
Korean Red Ginseng that grows to 6 years old also is the most effective. Why does ginseng get better with age until 6 years?
Each ginseng takes a 6 year journey to unlock its maximum strength and optimal amount of ginseng saponins.
Ginseng gets better with age 6 years to be exact. Red ginseng is Botanically mature for 6 years, and after 7 years, the root epidermis becomes rough, resulting in poor quality.
There’s only a 50% chance that ginseng at 4 years grows to 6 years.
Panax ginseng, which is the most mass-produced, is rarely ever 6 years old.
MAKE SURE IT’S SIX-YEAR-OLD GINSENG!
Ginseng is a perennial herb, and their unique body is completed only when they are 6-year-old.
The ingredients including saponin, which is the main functional ingredient of ginseng, become optimal.
6 year old ginseng has better saponin content compared to 4~5 year old ginseng.
Among ginsengs, red ginseng made of six-year-old ginseng is excellent and highest quality.