Tears of the Beautiful and Wild

Before you read further, please watch this video about Keiko Fukuda, who at 93 years old became the first woman to earn a 9th dan black belt, the highest honor in Judo.

“Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful” -Sensei Keiko Fukuda

For the past week or so I’ve had a bout of dry eyes, a recurring annoyance for me. The last time I had dry eyes, my acupuncturist prescribed goji berries, as they have restorative effects on the liver, which in turn improves the eyes, according to TCM. It may have been just correlation, but when I started chowing on them my eyes felt better. This time around, though, the goji berries weren’t helping.

The video above showed up in my facebook feed today. At 3:10 mark, the interviewer asks Fukuda a question that hits somewhere deep inside. Her┬álip begins to tremble. A truth begins to form in her gentle face.┬áThen that truth, the essence of her life and spirit, come out in her words and her tears. My initial reaction was, “Is she regretting the path she chose?” I quickly realized that these were tears of Love, though bittersweet, and from a life lived in the way that she teaches: Strong, Gentle, and Beautiful. Continue reading

Vitamin D

Sorry, ab-ficionados! Taeyang* is not a substitute for real sunlight =(

*His stage name, Taeyang, literally means "sun" in Korean.

Just in time for summer. Throw some D’s on it.

To put it bluntly, you need this shit! I really can’t think of anything else with a higher Return On Investment for your body than fixing a Vitamin D deficiency. It’s super easy to do and elicits vast improvements in how you look/feel/perform. Not only do adequate levels of D correlate with greater loss of abdominal fat, but the issues that stem from deficiency pretty much looks like a list of every modern ailment. It also enhances various markers of athletic performance, including muscle synthesis. How the hell is this thing so awesome? In The 4-Hour Body, Tim Ferriss states that D is a “steroid hormone and regulates more than 1,000 vitamin-D responsive genes,” meaning it interacts with most, if not all, parts of your system.

I’m not saying fixing your D is going to make you a fucking invincible Wolverine, especially if your food, stress, and sleep are out of wack. But it’s a step in the right direction, and the damn easiest. Continue reading