All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

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Nishi Shiki was invented in 1927 by Katsuzō Nishi, the chief engineer for the Tokyo subway and an aikido teacher.

Most of my life I followed the first four rules every day, and substituted the rest with yoga asanas. 

Laws of the Nishi Health System 

  1. heisho (平床寝台) - sleep on a flat hard surface, 
  2. kochin (硬枕利用) - with hard semi-cylindrical pillow,
  3. kingyo undō (金魚運動) - wing your hips horizontally like fish (1 minute),
  4. mōkan undō (毛管運動) - lie on your back and raise your arms and legs, then shake them (1 minute),
  5. gasshō gasseki undō (合掌合蹠運動) - lie on your back and join your hands and feet, then slide your hands and feet horizontally (10 times). 
  6. hifuku undō (背腹運動) - sit down Japanese style and swing your upper body centering on your hips (10 minutes). When you are in inclined position, pump your abdomen, in upright position - shrink your abdomen.

Marcel Proust

The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid, or ascorbate, is an essential nutrient for humans, a water-soluble vitamin. Humans, unlike most animals, are unable to synthesize vitamin C, so it is an essential dietary component. 

  • Vitamin C is required for the biosynthesis of collagen (an essential component of connective tissue), L-carnitine, and certain neurotransmitters, it is also involved in protein metabolism.
  • Vitamin C is also an important physiological antioxidant and has been shown to regenerate other antioxidants within the body, including alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E). Vitamin C regenerates vitamin E by reducing vitamin E radicals formed when vitamin E scavenges the oxygen radicals. 
  • Vitamin C plays an important role in immune function and improves the absorption of nonheme iron, the form of iron present in plant-based foods.

Approximately 70%–90% of vitamin C is absorbed at moderate intakes of 30–180 mg a day. At doses above 1 g a day, absorption falls to less than 50% and absorbed, unmetabolized ascorbic acid is excreted in the urine. 

Insufficient vitamin C intake causes scurvy, which is characterized by fatigue or lassitude, connective tissue weakness, and capillary fragility.

Cells accumulate vitamin C. The total body content of vitamin C ranges from 300 mg (at near scurvy) to about 2 g.

  • High levels of vitamin C are maintained in cells and tissues, and are highest in leukocytes (white blood cells), eyes, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, and brain.
  • Relatively low levels of vitamin C are found in extracellular fluids, such as plasma, red blood cells, and saliva.

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