In the past 100 years, the lifespan of the average human being has increased by 50 percent. While society as a whole is expected to live longer than previous generations due to better health care, diet, exercise, and an active mind.
A quality breakfast, a light supper, and eating to 70 percent full in three meals are good preventive prescriptions for illnesses. According to a Chinese saying, avoiding over-consumption during every meal, using cold water to cleanse the face, and soaking the feet in hot water are good ways to keep in good health.
Cao Yanjian, an established longevity expert during the Qing Dynasty, said: “It’s essential to maintain the stomach in good condition for the elderly.”
If the stomach of an elderly person always feels uncomfortable — for example, one is always belching or feeling bad while consuming a little cold food — eat ginger with porridge. After meals, eat honey and ginger. The stomach condition will improve over a period of time.
If the stomach is uncomfortable after eating cold food, a slice of fresh ginger will ease the discomfort. In the early stage of a cold or fever, drink ginger soup and eat hot porridge. If the condition does not improve, consult a medical doctor.
Keep your mind and body active
An active mind can prevent brain aging. Post-retirement activities like playing chess, court games, painting, calligraphy, gardening, reading, poetry, singing, and dancing can prevent brain degradation. Life after retirement is another stage of life. Many are able to engage in interests that were previously postponed due to their careers. Doing what one enjoys is a secret ingredient to happiness.
Maintain a daily routine
Live regularly, that is, have daily routines and self-discipline. Sleeplessness most often occurs in spring and summer rather than in autumn and winter. Before going to bed, wash your feet with warm water. Men may sleep on the right side. Pay attention to climate changes for changing one’s clothing. It is better to prevent illness rather than to take medicine after falling ill.
Have a cheerful heart
One needs to be selfless and content with one’s situation. Negative emotions are a source of illnesses. Being benevolent, as well as caring less about fame and wealth, are attitudinal prerequisites for better health.
Anxiety and worry are not helpful. The best way to be healthy is to be open-minded, optimistic, and cheerful every day. Avoid living in past memories or worrying about the future. Treasure and do well in the present.
Li Shiyi is a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine.