Datuk Lee Chong Wei, a Malaysia National shuttler, is suffering from early nose cancer. Everyone feels distressed and wishes him a speedy recovery.
Someone said: “I never thought that a top-ranking player with such a disciplined and healthy life would also develop cancer.”
Many people think that sportsmen should be healthy and how can they get sick?
Today we talk about sportsmen and health.
Early we have discussed 3000 years ago ancient sages proposes illnesses theory, the various factors like internal and external causes, today we only concentrate on a few variables.
Let’s start with simple logic. (I only bring out the concept of “Qi- blood” as per YEIC)
When athletes do intense exercise, breathing and heartbeat naturally accelerated. A lot of Qi-blood needs to be supplied to the heart and lungs. The body consumes a lot of “blood” and “qi”.
Intense exercise produces internal heat, body temperature increases, burning body fluids, turning into sweat. This also consumes body fluids in the body.
The “Qi, blood, and body fluid” consumed need adequate supplement .
（blood, and body fluid = Yin, Qi=Yang)
How to provide supplement?
It is necessary to have enough sleep and a proper diet.
Western nutrition theory only has the theory of protein, vitamin, etc. There is no clear guidance on how to supplement “qi, blood, and fluid” particularly.
The ancients experimented with a variety of different foods and analyzed their effects, such as what foods can produce blood, fluid, and Qi.
At the same time, it also needs to correspond to the individual’s body constitution. Therefore, different athletes should have different types of diets as supplements.
When in intense exercise, Qi and blood is specially supplied from the other organs to the heart and lungs. This also causes other visceral imbalance.
If other visceral features are inherently dysfunctional (because they are congenitally insufficient / acquired during growing stage), then there are double imbalances to manage.
At the same time, the ancient sages also said that emotions, personality also affects the function of the organs, such as “anger affects liver”, “fear affects kidneys”, and so on. Athletes, like everyone else, also have their own emotions to balance.
Besides, sweating consumes a lot of body fluid, which also causes the metabolism to lose balance and needs conditioning.
If the functions of the internal organs are seriously out of balance or dysfunctional, all sorts of diseases can occur, not necessarily just nose cancer!
Disorders of the internal organs need to be conditioned every day.
Conditioning also needs to understand the theory of “yin and yang, qi, and five elements of doctrine” to understand the changes in yin and yang of your body every day.
Then there is another factor, a habit that everyone takes for granted, after intense exercise, feeling thirsty, drink a lot of cold drinks!
Let’s analyze it again, the heat inside the body, and then a cold drink, what effect on the body?
A person who doesn’t know how to cook, burns the rice cooker very hot and pours cold water on the pot. Over time, will not the rice pot crack? This is called “Thermal Spalling”, crack as a result of expansion and contraction.
Internal heat, sweating, drinking cold drinks, as a habit, over time, will Not the blood vessel weakened or harmed? Can Qi-blood still flow smoothly?
The ancients have always stressed the importance of “cold and hot, that is, yin and yang.” Western medicine has no theory of cold and heat.
From the above discussion, do you realize that sportsmen need to learn more about Life Cultivation as per Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic in order to truly enjoy sports healthily?
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are elaborated in the 2-day YEIC training class , or online training for learners outside Malaysia.
“Yin Yang Theory 阴阳”，”Meridian Theory 经络学说”, “Body Constituents 体质”，Personality, Psychology, Causes to illnesses.
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