We hear some incredible health stories on this podcast, and today is no exception! After a decade of very poor health, Simon Cheng found himself celebrating his 30th birthday with a tube of antibiotics connected directly to his heart valve. He said, “Enough is enough” and changed his life dramatically. Today we’re going deep into Simon’s personal and research-backed theories for improving not just lifespan, but quality of life.
Since then Simon has been studying and acting on all areas of health and has made a complete recovery. He took all that he learned about the medicinal powers of plants and created Pique Tea, a line of cold brew crystallized tea that is linked to better gut health. There are teas for stress and for sustained energy throughout the day.
Needless to say I always have some around!
On a personal note, Simon earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Harvard and Stanford. He’s also an educated Daoist healer and a qi gong and tai chi practitioner and teacher.
Episode Highlights With Simon Cheng
- One surprising reason Hong Kong is #1 for life expectancy (despite pollution/hectic lifestyle, etc.)
- Active ingredients in tea that can supercharge health
- Why quantity is as important as quality when it comes to tea
- Environmental toxins we encounter and why detoxification is so important
- Why our senses of touch, sight, and hearing also need “detoxifying”
- The spiritual and metaphysical side of tea
- How to work simple breathing and meditation techniques into everyday moments
- Using medicinal breathwork to unblock energy meridians
- Why caffeine in tea gives sustained energy vs. a quick fix
- The special benefits and traditions surrounding matcha tea
- Health benefits of different types of tea and how to match them to symptoms or conditions
- And more!
Resources We Mention
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