Tracy’s Pick of the Week: 4/7/14 – 4/13/14 2

Stress management is a topic that never ends. And, I would like to bring up this topic from time to time and explore options with you on how we can handle stress and live a more balanced and focused life.  That’s why we will start from managing stress today with some very basic and simple therapeutic exercises you can follow. Enjoy!

How Chronic Emotional Stress can Ruin Your Health

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Photo by Alexander Stein

If you only want one thing to dramatically improve your health, Dr. Ben Kim, chiropractor and acupuncturist from greater Toronto area in Canada, recommends this: learn how to effectively manage emotional stress.

Stress has been labeled as a negative word these days. But in fact, stress serves to our advantage when it comes to dealing with physical emergencies. Below is a list of benefits that the body will do for us to increase our chances of survival when we were chased by a mountain lion during a hike:


Indeed, stress is not as bad as what you think. However, it is the chronic stress that can lead to poor health and problem skin. Let’s focus on the highlighted texts below:


If these conditions are carried on on a continual basis, we are likely to suffer from problems like poor digestion, high blood sugar and increased amount of cortisol, which all can lead to breakouts. The danger is more than what just you are looking at right now, chronic stress can also stimulate overproduction of androgen (or, male hormone) and disrupt the body’s self healing mechanism, both of which add to unfavorable conditions that can prevent people (especially those with acne-prone skin) from maintaining clear and glowing skin.

So, what are the solutions recommended by Dr. Kim? Maybe you have been familiar with some of the tactics already. But here is a complete list: deep breathing, starting a relaxation session like praying and meditation, visualization, eating right, being honest with your feelings, and moving your body.

Yes, you may even know all of them already. The truth is: the most effective solutions are oftentimes very simple rules and principles. But, have you walked the talk yet?

Five Herbs to Calm Anxiety (without Feeling Drowsy)

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Photo by Klaus Böhm

Now that we are on the topic of stress management and also have talked about the importance of eating healthy above, here are some tips for relieving stress. Passionatflower, lavender, lemon balm, ashwagandha, and L-theanine found in green or black tea. How many of them have you heard of and tried?

Walmart Makes Organic Foods more Affordable

Photo by Mike Mozart

Photo by Mike Mozart

This past Thursday, Walmart announced its partnership with Wild Oats to provide its customers with foods from a broad variety of categories at a more affordable price. The partnership began from this month; Walmart plans to sell Wild Oats organic foods in 2,000 of its 4,000 stores, with the goal of eventually offering the line in all of its U.S. retails operations. If you are into online shopping, will start offering Wild Oats products in this summer.

Time to Throw out Your Microwave?

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Photo by Nemo

A few days ago, I stumbled upon a post by Food Babe written back in 2012 and thought it might interest you as well. Microwaves destroy the nutrient value in the food such as antioxidants which are especially precious nutrition for acne-prone skin. Vani, author of this post cited a study from Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture that broccoli cooked in the microwave lost up to 97 percent of its antioxidant content, a study also cited in an article written by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Physician and author of two New York Times Bestsellers, The Great Bird Flu Hoax and The No-Grain Diet.

The research of whether or not using a microwave causes harm to the body has been an interesting journey. As I dug a little deeper, I found that Dr. Andrew Weil, , American medical doctor and naturopath, and a teacher and writer on holistic health, actually mentioned that the study cited above was actually flawed. According to Dr. Weil, 10 tablespoons of water was used, while a proper way of cooking vegetables with a microwave do not need more than two tablespoons of water. Furthermore, Dr. Weil cited a study from Cornell University that “spinach cooked in the microwave retained nearly all its folate but lost about 77 percent of the nutrient when cooked on the stove”.

Despite of this, Dr. Weil also believes that the process of microwaving the foods can decay and change the molecular structure of the food during radiation, which will then weaken the body’s immune and digestive system. He once wrote: “there may be dangers associated with microwaving food… there is a question as to whether microwaving alters protein chemistry in ways that might be harmful.”

So, after acknowledging the potential benefits that using a microwave could have, Dr. Weil still chooses to steam and stir fry vegetables on a regular basis, while using a microwave only for defrosting or rapid reheating of leftovers.

Sometimes science can get confusing, don’t you agree? There are a lot debates going on regarding whether it is safe to use a microwave or not, all with scientific supports. I personally will cut down my use of microwave. And I recommend you do the same. My question is: despite all the scientifically proven benefits of using a microwave, why should you use a technology that has also been scientifically proven to cause different kinds of health issues at the same time?

What is your biggest takeaway from today’s news pick? Start exploring Walmart for organic food choices, stop using a microwave, or anything else? I’d love to hear back from you in the comment section below!


May you enjoy a peaceful mind and vibrant health. We’ll talk soon.



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2 thoughts on “Tracy’s Pick of the Week: 4/7/14 – 4/13/14

  1. Reply Justine Apr 20,2014 12:02 pm

    It’s a very nice and detail article about health life. I believe many people live in sub-health environment. Hope to read more interesting topics.

    • Reply Tracy Huang Apr 23,2014 10:34 pm

      Hello Justine, thank you so much for your comments. Hope you find that helpful. If you like what you are reading, please feel free to subscribe to my blog here: That way, you will be updated with my latest blog posts;) Cheers, Tracy

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