Year: 2017

August 10, 2017

how does acupuncture workAcupuncture is a 3,500-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organizations (WHO) as well as numerous universities have documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture enjoys a great reputation for treating pain of all sorts, ranging from back and neck pain, joint pain, headaches, neurological issues, menstrual pain, and more.  In addition, acupuncture is used to regulate the body’s functionality and thereby can help support other treatments for a multitude of health issues.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites-commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and linaments.

August 4, 2017

how to soak raw nutsNuts and seeds are great nutrient-dense snacks or additions to dishes, but they contain  phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that can interfere with your ability to absorb nutrients. All plants contain phytic acid to some degree, but nuts and seeds, grains, and legumes typically contain the highest levels.

Soaking (and sprouting), nuts and seeds can help in reducing the action of the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors and make the nutrients more available to your body.

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July 26, 2017

baby antibioticsKilling the Good and the Bad

Use of Antibiotics early in life can reportedly lead to immune-related diseases. In animal studies it has been shown that antibiotics change the intestinal microbiomes and reduce the diversity of bugs. The long term effects are unknown. The antibiotics they studied includes the macrolide family: Azithromycin, Clarithromycin.

The average child living in the United States will receive about 10-20 rounds of antibiotics by the age of 18.

The research indicates that it takes at least ONE YEAR for the intestinal microbiota to recover from antibiotic treatment, and if the child receives multiple courses of antibiotics during their first years, it may not have time to fully recover.

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July 26, 2017

ayurvedic healingAyurvedic medicine or Ayurvedic healing is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems that was developed in India thousands of years ago. Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit word “Ayur” meaning life and “Veda” meaning wisdom or knowledge.  Ayurveda is based on the belief that health and wellness depends on a delicate balance between your body, mind and spirit and the universe.  According to Ayurvedic theory, everything in the universe is connected and a disruption of this harmony can lead to poor health and illness. Some things that can cause disruptions of your balance include genetic or birth defects, injuries, climate or seasonal changes, age, emotions, food, elimination processes and stress.

Ayurveda recognizes that each person if made of a combination of five basic elements found in the universe: Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.

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July 25, 2017

high protein breakfast for weight lossHow many times have you heard the comment that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day?”   The University of Missouri recently published a study to actually show that – YES – a high protein breakfast definitely plays a role in weight management. Over a 12 week period, the research team had two groups of overweight teens who typically skipped breakfast, eat either a normal protein breakfast or a high protein breakfast. (A third control group did not eat any breakfast).

What do you think were the results? The group who ate the high protein breakfast actually reduced their daily food intake by 400 calories, lost body fat mass and had more stable blood glucose levels than the other groups. The group who ate a normal protein breakfast or completely skipped breakfast gained weight and were more prone to snacking and getting blood sugar spikes.

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