Walking strengthens the heart and improves circulation, helps prevent and control diabetes and osteoporosis, can alleviate symptoms of depression, and keeps you fit. Recent studies have also showed that for people in their 60s, walking regularly can lower the risk of dementia.
Perhaps this will inspire you to get moving!
Goji berries, also known as gou qi zi in chinese medicine, have been used in China for many generations as an herb for longevity. There are many tales of people living far beyond age expectancy, and looking several years younger, all because of their regular consumption of gou gi zi.
According to chinese medicine, goji berries nourish and tonify the liver and kidneys, brighten the eyes, and moisten the lungs. Liver and kidney deficiency can manifest with symptoms such as dry eyes, blurred vision, diminished visual acuity, dry throat, dry skin, insomnia, headache, soreness of the low back, tinnitus, nocturnal emissions, hot flashes, constipation, and “wasting and thirsting” (diabetes).
From a nutritional standpoint, goji berries are high in antioxidants, which decrease cell damage by free radicals. By preventing cell damage, antioxidants protect against cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses, and slow the aging process. They are also rich in vitamin A, which boosts immune function, protects vision, prevents heart disease, and also has anti-aging benefits.
Gou qi zi can be found in most health food stores or in Chinatown. You can make tea from it, or add it to your food (oatmeal, yogurt, trail mix, muffins, etc).