Nutrition

Walnuts and Your Brain

Many people like to add walnuts to food to add some zest and a little crunchy kick, but walnuts are much more than a flavor additive, as they are chock full of healthy properties and have been used in Asia as an overall health tonic and brain booster for years. Let’s take a nutty look at walnuts.     continue reading »

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Eating According to TCM: Five Foods for Spring

Spring is a time of renewal, regeneration, growth and energy. The plants and animals awaken from the slumber of the cold winter months. The vital nutrients that have been stored in the roots of the plants and the bodies of the animals, comes to the surface and life becomes more vibrant and fluid. Human beings are no different. Humans tend to stay indoors more during the winter months and sometimes pack on a little extra weight in the process. As the weather warms, humans become more gregarious and spend more time outside enjoying nature. This is just a natural process. continue reading »

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Fermented Foods and Intestinal Health

fermented food for digestive healthThe modern world is changing every single day. Because of this constant state of change, our bodies are frequently having to adjust. We have a food supply being degraded and depleted of nutritional content, which in turn, causes our bodies to become depleted. Our soil and water is contaminated with antibiotics and deadly fertilizers. All of which become part of the food chain we rely upon. Because of this, antibiotics are failing and superbugs like MRSA are on the rise. Lack of nutrition and the overuse of antibiotics are just a couple of the things wreaking havoc on our intestinal health. But there are ways to combat this and keep the gut healthy. continue reading »

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Acupuncture: Not Just Needles

Cupping AcupunctureMost people have heard of the field of acupuncture by now, but the scope of Chinese medicine practice encompasses so much more than needles.  Let’s explore this ancient therapy in modern day practice.

The practice of Chinese medicine starts with a diagnosis. The practitioner asks many questions to assess the patient’s health history; this includes asking about digestion, appetite, diet, sleep patterns, bowel movement urination, pain, reproductive health, lifestyle, and stress levels. The acupuncturist will also be noting voice pitch, hair luster, skin color and tone, as well as posture and mood of the patient as these give additional clues to the patient’s diagnosis.  Additionally, the tongue and pulse are assessed within the framework of Chinese medicine to provide significant information about the patient’s pattern of balance/imbalance.  After taking this history, a diagnosis and treatment plan is determined and the practitioner will include different interventions in that plan to move the patient toward better health and balance.  continue reading »

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Foods for the Winter Season

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Everybody knows that food is what gives our bodies the energy we need to survive. But not everybody is aware that certain foods should be consumed during specific times of the year. In areas like the Midwest, where fruits and vegetables are harder to keep on hand when the weather becomes colder, this principle is followed a little more closely. But in areas like Hawaii and Southern California, where fresh fruits and vegetables are always available and the climate is more moderate, people sometimes forget to eat according to the seasons. continue reading »

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