Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Hydrogen water for Muscle Fatigue

Why did I start drinking Hydrogen water?

A few months back in April 2015, I developed an ache in my upper right arm that I could hardly lift my hand.
No gym. No running. :-( The muscle ache was so bad that I had to change my lifestyle from being a right-handed person into a leftie! I switched my handbag over to my left shoulder, tried using the left hand button for the mouse (most difficult task). I also used my left hand to reach out for things as much as possible to avoid using my right hand.
What's worse, I stepped on one of the kids' toys and developed a black bruise on my right heel, which had me hobbling for weeks.

I was a depressed woman since I could hardly walk and could not go running, my favourite activity in the world.

Did I see the doctor?

Yes, I did and I went to 3 doctors, in fact, who prodded and poked me and said: "Nothing's wrong". Then, each one of them prescribed Neurobion.

The dutiful patient that I was, I took the Neurobion but after finishing the prescriptions for 3 months, nothing changed.

In fact, the muscle ache in my right arm got worse that I:
a) couldn't turn the steering wheel 
b) couldn't cook!
c) cannot carry my own handbag. 

How am I going to work? Or drive the kids to school?

Anyway, I read about a few blogging buddies sharing about IZUMIO Hydrogen water earlier this year about eczema, health and etc but I was not really convinced :)

Then, I read about another lady's daughter's positive experience with incontinence after drinking this Hydrogen-rich mineral water and I was sold!

Do you know about Hydrogen water treatments?

Check out the various diseases and illnesses that molecular Hydrogen (H2) has been found to help:

  1. Inflammation, autoimmune diseases
  2. Obesity
  3. Haemodialysis, Nephritis
  4. Cardiovascular diseases
  5. Stroke
  6. Radiation effects (chemotherapy, radiotherapy)
  7. Neurodegenerative diseases
  8. Cancer
  9. Infections, sepsis
  10. Metabolic diseases
  11. Type-2 Diabetes
  12. Skin disorders
  13. Neuromuscular diseases
  14. Ulcers

The results?

For three weeks, I drank 3 packs (200 ml each) daily and also took 3 capsules of Super Lutein.

After that, I could use my right arm to do normal stuff without that aching feeling.

I was still cautious and gentle with it - I was just glad to get on with daily life and work. I was just too busy to post about it.

Now, my right arm feels almost as good as new!!!

My bruised foot? I could slowly hike up and down a small hill last Sunday so I think that things are only going to get better from now on.

I am really grateful for IZUMIO Hydrogen-rich mineral water.

If you have persistent muscle/arm ache, try this Hydrogen-rich water. 

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

How to make jiao zi (Chinese dumplings)

Ever since we tasted these soft, succulent dumplings during our last holiday in Hangzhou, the kids and I have been hankering for jiao zi (or Chinese dumplings). We were truly fortunate to witness 2-3 Chinese ladies, from Anhui, deftly wrapping these delicacies The ladies smiled kindly at the kids looking on curiously while we waited for our bowl of steaming jiaozi...

Last weekend, I'd bought about 400 g of minced pork, jiu cai (chives) and had ginger and garlic on hand. I'd taken the minced pork out of the freezer down to the cooler section but alas, the meat was still frozen in the evening! It's our new fridge @#$%^&!

Anyway, I decided to make the dough first since we'd need to let it proof a while and then move on to cut and chop the fresh ingredients. Here are 2 videos I'd found helpful: 1) How to prepare the dough and wrap the dumplings:

NOTE: I had to skip the double and triple proofings since I didn't have time In the end, the kids and I managed to produce about 25 *gigantic* dumplings (1/3 frozen for breakfast). I had about a fistful of dough leftover - the girl wanted it to make Olaf LOL. I'd split the dough into 3 sections since the kids wanted to do the kneading too.

We found that overkneading the dough created chewier, tougher dumpling skins...?
Perhaps we hadn't left the dough to proof longer?
Or we hadn't rolled them flat enough?

Here's our home-made jiaozhi:
Also, I must remember to pinch the ends thinner because they turned out quite thick in the end.

VIDEO 2) How to prepare the filling (by Mama Cheung, a HK lady)

NOTE: I didn't really include ALL the ingredients but I found her clear explanations helpful during the dinner rush.

Also, she provided a lot of tips especially if you're interested to make gyoza or pot stickers.

Our filling was a simple one of minced meat, chopped chives, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, sesame seed oil, a beaten egg, salt and pepper and on a brainstorm, a bit of potato starch (oops!). Turned out rather tough...needs more flavour too.

All in all, it was a fun and fruitful experiment.

Next is to cut it down to 1 hour's preparation - ours took almost 3 hours O_O

Here's another video I found, which made the preparation as easy as ABC. Enjoy!