Health care for mental workers
Mental workers refer to the people who use the brain for a longer time for spiritual and thinking activities. These people often bend over their working and lack for movement of their limbs. Their working postures are simple and partial muscle remains in a tense state. This may easily cause Qi stagnation and blood stasis. As a result, over use of the brain may lead to cerebral ischemia and anoxia, giving rise to dizziness, headache, palpitation and insomnia. Accordingly, mental worker should concentrate on exercising limbs, tonifying the heart and brain, with equal attention to psychosomatic health in their health preservation.
Scientific use of the brain
Overuse of the brain is not advisable. Otherwise, it would give rise to consumption of Qi and blood. Therefore, mental workers should not surpass two hours each time when they bend over their desks working. It is advisable for them to take a rest once every hour for 10 to 15 minutes. The methods for rest may include exercising the body and limbs, taking a deep breathing or thinking long and hard with the eyes closed. When having prolonged mental work, take care to alternate the working content. For example, alternate the activities of reading, reading aloud, listening to music and watching pictures. Mental workers may also select the light, soft and slow music as the background to balance the activities of the work of the left brain ad the right brain. As a result, the pressure of the thinking center can be relieved.
When using the brain, mental workers use the eyes at the same time as well. TCM believes prolonged use of the eyes may consume the liver blood. Stop using the eyes when the tiredness is felt in the eyes. Then sit in repose with the eyes closed. Look at the remote sights after wiping the eyes with the fingers.
Living in a suitable environment
The brain consumes a great deal of oxygen. Therefore, the living environment should be well-ventilated to ensure plentiful supply of oxygen. Besides, it is the best for the working environment to be in a natural light with moderate brightness. Intense or weak light may impair eyesight. The working environment should be kept quiet and free from noises. The brain may be injured when the noise surpasses 60 Db. Apart from the above, the room temperature of 16 ? is the most beneficial to maintaining the brain in a refreshing state.
Tonifying the brain with drugs
Fat, glucoprotein, calcium, phosphorus, etc. are the essential substances for the activities of the brain. The simplest method to supplement these substances is to obtain them from foods.
Walnut is the traditional brain tonifying food. TCM holds walnut is warm natured, sweet and free from toxin. It tonifies blood, preserves vitality and prolongs life for longevity. The phospholipids in walnuts has better health care effect on the cerebral nerves. Walnut oil contains unsaturated fatty acid. It is the important constituent of the cerebral tissue and prevents cerebral arterosclerosis. Walnut kernel contains the essential trace elements of cerebral activities like zinc, magnesium and chromium
Fish and shellfish contain more unsaturated fatty acid. Unsaturated fatty acid is the important raw material to produce and protect cerebral cells. It should be eaten more.
Carrot: It contains rich vitamin B1. Those who lack vitamin B1 may suffer from thinking retardation and melancholia.
Spinach: It contains rich vitamin A and vitamin C. It is particularly important because it contains vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 that are beneficial to the cerebral function or memory. Lack of vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 may result in neuritis, obstruction of nerve conduction, with the symptoms of amnesia and restlessness. Besides, spinach contains chlorophyll, and mineral substances like calcium, iron and phosphorus. These substances have brain tonifying effect as well.
Kelp: It contains the rich mineral nutritious substances essential to the human body such as phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, kalium, calcium, iodine, iron, silicon, manganese, zinc, cobalt and molybdenum. Some of these substances are the ones some terrestrial vegetables lack. In addition, kelp also contains rich taurine. Taurine has significant actions of protecting sight and cerebral function.
Crowndaisy chrysanthemum: It has rich nutritious constituents. Both its stems and leaves are edible. It contains rich carotin. Every 100g contains 2.54mg of carotin. This is 15 to 30 times of that of the same amount of cucumber and eggplant.
Besides, nut kernel, milk, eggs, fresh fish, internal organs of animals and marine products contain calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium essential to nervous activities. Lack of these elements may cause nervousness, insomnia, declining memory, anxiety and spasm. Fresh milk, fresh mushroom, fresh liver and monosodium glutamate as well as other fresh foods contain glutamic acid essential to cerebral thinking activities. In addition, leafy vegetable, coarse food grain, malt, beans, yoghurt and beer contain vitamin B1, B6 and B12 that have catalytic effects on energy metabolism of cerebral substances and can improve memory.
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