冬至

冬至 一年中最重要的节气该如何养生

22号星期二就到冬至了,所有的朋友都要注意,冬至是二十四节气中最重要的一个节气,这一天,也是一年中最重要的一天,重要到什么程度呢?在古代曾把冬至定为一年的开始,皇上在这天要举行祭天的仪式,民间中有“冬至大如年”的说法,至今还有很多地区称冬至为“小过年”,可见它的重要。在这一天上,白天最短,黑夜最长,从此开始进入数九寒冬,在这个最重要又特殊的节气中,我们该做怎样的养生呢?

首先要了解这个节气的特点,冬至一阳生,在这一天上是一年之中阴阳二气转化的时刻,阴气盛到极点,开始下降,而阳气开始发芽,不要小看这一点阳气,它可是决定了明年一年的能量,所以为什么有的人过一年觉得自己老了一岁,力不从心,就是因为冬至没做好保养的缘故,而我们做好这个冬至的保养,使阴阳顺利的转换,阳气茁壮成长,就会越过越年轻了。这一定是你所期望的,想要收获就要有付出,让我们来看你要做的功课。

一、冬至上阳气升发,我们可以敲一敲经络来提升阳气的升发之力,具有这个效果的非胆经莫属,《黄帝内经》讲,凡十一脏取决于胆,所有内脏的阳气都要靠胆经的力量升发起来,所以周二这天上,你要记得早晨起来去敲胆经。胆经我们应该很熟悉了,在大腿的正外侧,从臀部至膝盖,外裤线的位置,来回敲打十分钟就可以,记住,敲胆经最好的时间是在早晨,最不合适的时间是晚上,一定不要敲错,否则适得其反。

二、说起冬至要吃什么来,我们应该都知道这么一句话:冬至饺子夏至面。对了,吃饺子!羊肉萝卜馅、或者白萝卜炖羊肉,这是千古不变的冬至养生食谱,因为冬至是补阳气的时候,而羊肉最补阳气,所以最为合适,如果有不吃肉的朋友,可以吃些韭菜、冬笋这一类有升发作用的食物同样会有效果。

三、冬至这一天我们要做的事情有很多,有一点一定不能忽视,那就是情绪,建议朋友们在这一天尽量保持情绪舒畅,不要发脾气,情绪平稳才能不耗散元气,使阳气顺利升发,切记呀,在这一天发点脾气当真很亏本,影响的可是明年一年的阳气。

四、最后呢,也就是最重要的,那就是我们反复强调的睡眠,冬至这一天是一年中阴阳转化的时间,而这一天的子时是一天中阴阳转化的时间,所以如果这一天上熬夜的话,损失可大了,有什么事情都尽量放一放吧,记住了,这一天能在十点之前进入睡眠是最好了,睡觉之前泡泡脚,保持好心情,睡个好觉,使阴阳顺利转换,为明年的养生打下好的基础。

好了,以上四点就是我们冬至上的功课,是一年中养生的重中之重,这两天好好做准备,下周二开始迎接真阳之气的萌生。

作者: 迷罗瑜伽

The Bubbly Tale Of Water Kefir (太阳菇菌 – 水克非尔)- by Joyful

Water Kefir Grains, also known as Sugar Kefir Grains, Tibicos, Tibi, Japanese Water Crystals, Ginger Beer Plant or California Bees, are a culture of bacteria and yeast held in a polysaccharide matrix created by the bacteria. The microbes present in Water Kefir Grains exist in a symbiotic relationship thus maintaining an incredibly stable culture. The friendly microbes feed off the sugar in the sugar water solution, producing lactic acid, alcohol (ethanol), and carbon dioxide gas which carbonates the drink.
Water Kefir Grains facilitate the fermentation of sugar water or juice to create a carbonated lacto-fermented beverage. Extremely easy to brew, water kefir grains can be used as a starter to create a new batch of water kefir every 36-48 hours cycle.

Water kefir is a fantastic non-dairy alternative to milk kefir and can be flavored after brewing to make a variety of delicious sodas. If you are serious about replacing those sweet carbonated soft drinks which cost you your health and money, you are surely going to love the water kefir.
What’s the benefits of Water Kefir?

PROBIOTICS and ENZYME !!

The probiotic benefits of water kefir are similar to those of milk kefir even though they share different strains of bacteria and yeast. Typically, water kefir grains have a mix of Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, Pediococcus and Leuconostoc bacteria with yeasts from Saccharomyces, Candida, Kloeckera and possibly others.

Depending on the fruits or juices you use, the water kefir grains may pick up other beneficial yeast and bacteria which may pre-exist in the fruits. So, no two cultures shares  the same strains of microbes at any one time.

The only slight setback is, water kefir lacks the nutrients and goodness of milk which is found abundantly in the milk kefir.

Water Kefir is extremely cheap to prepare and you will save a lot from buying canned soda and most of all, probiotic supplements which will cost you heaps of money.

Basic Preparation of Water Kefir

The basic preparation method requires you to add Water Kefir Grains to a sugary solution and allow to brew 36 to 48 hours. A typical recipe might be:

  • ½ cup of Water Kefir Grains (3 soup spoons)
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar (from cane sugar)
  • 1 litre (4 cups) of un-chlorinated water
  • 1-2 dried fig, halved
  • ½ lemon (discard seeds)

Methods

  • Dissolve the sugar in the water
  • Add the lemon (cut into 2 thick slices) and the figs.
  • Drop in the Water Kefir Grains and cover the jar. If the lid is tightly closed, you will get a carbonated and fizzy drink. If covered with cloth, it will be less fizzy.
  • Set the jar aside to ferment at room temperature for 36 to 48 hours, away from direct sunlight and heat
  • When ready, strain out the Water Kefir Grains
  • Discard the figs or dried fruits
  • Squeeze the juice of the lemon slices into the strained water kefir
  • Store the strained water kefir in a narrow neck glass bottle with lid on and keep chilled in the fridge for 24hrs to get extra fizz
  • Give the grains a quick rinse before making the next new batch

Utensils you need

  • 2 litre glass jar with lid
  • Nylon strainer
  • Plastic or porcelain spoon
  • funnel
  • Narrow neck bottle with lid for storing the strained water kefir

Alternative Flavors

  • Dried Fruit alternatives : raisins, dried apricot, dates, cranberries, dried apples, dried pineapples, dried papaya, candied ginger etc
  • Fresh Fruits/Plants alternatives : lemon, pineapple, apples, oranges, grapefruits, berries, grape, passion fruits, lime, ginger, lemon grass, mint leaves, kaffir lime leaves etc
  • Fruit and vegetable juices
  • Young coconut water, make an ideal isotonic drink

Note: you may add dried fruits when brewing water kefir but for fresh fruits and juices, add in during the secondary fermentation stage ie. after you strain the water kefir, add in fresh fruits or juices to the strained water kefir (without grains) and close the lid tight for another 24 hrs at room temperature.

When ready, strain out the fresh fruit pieces or blend the fruit pieces together with the water kefir for a nice textured and fizzy water kefir drink.

Enjoy.

You need the Water Kefir Grains (WKG) to brew Water Kefir. WKG is different from Milk Kefir Grains.

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If you would like to DIY Water Kefir, please write to us at kefirbaby@yahoo.com with your name and address.

We are based in Kuala Lumpur and would be happy to send you the water kefir grains if you are anywhere from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia or Philippines.

Shipping and handling charges applies. The amount collected will be channeled to fund charitable projects.

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Some external reference:

http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html#alternativekefir