Heat Got you Down? Need More Energy?

The summer heat can sneak up on you. This time of the year it is common to experience dehydration, sunburn, fatigue, and heatstroke. Be sure to stay well hydrated with water and electrolyte rich foods and beverages. The main electrolytes are sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium. It’s easy enough to get these in our diet without the use of fancy sugary sports drinks.  Some of the best sources of electrolytes are found in: bananas, celery, coconut water, cucumbers, leafy greens, lemon or lime water, oranges and tomatoes, so be sure to eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to stay well hydrated and energized this summer.

 

If you’re still struggling with having enough energy, consider an acupuncture tune up to boost your system. From the perspective of Traditional Chinese medicine, fatigue or lack of energy is considered a Qi deficiency. Qi is the life force energy of the body and mind, and is a measure of overall vitality in a person. The level and quality of a person’s Qi depends on their physical, mental and emotional balance. Acupuncture is an energy medicine that acts on the body’s own subtle energy system to clear obstructions and maximize the flow of energy (qi) through the nervous system, endocrine system and immune system. This enhances the body’s own innate healing capacity and leads to an overall increase in energy and vitality.   

 

During an acupuncture treatment to increase energy, your body will first experience a deep relaxation that will help you eliminate stress, clear energy obstructions and balance your body, mind and spirit. After your session you should feel a renewed sense of well being and increased energy with better mental clarity.     

 

You are now free to peacefully conquer the world. 

 

Acupuncture Boosts
 Fertility
 

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There are many benefits of acupuncture for fertility. Acupuncture helps regulate and stabilize hormone levels and menstrual cycles. Acupuncture facilitates the production of more follicles, increases blood flow to the uterus and ovaries and thickens the endometrial lining. Acupuncture can also help reduce chances of miscarriage and prevent postpartum depression.

Not only does acupuncture assist in regulating the reproductive system, it also dserves to enhance the function of the whole body which in turn allows unlimited potential in healing. This is especially important for couples over 40 as it stimulates overall health to effect reproductive health and a reduction of biological age.

The typical treatment is generally 3 to 6 months. It generally takes up to 3 cycles to regulate hormones, cycles and ovulation. Depending on your individual case it can take up to 6 months or longer. Giving yourself 6 months to become as healthy as you can should be an enjoyable and enlightening experience. It will make your pregnancy just that much more pleasurable, and help ensure the health of you and your baby from start to finish.

 

Acupuncture with Invitro Fertilization

In a study by Stener-Victorin from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and University of Gothenburg, women are encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer. Clinical observations from the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness suggest that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medical interventions. However, conception does sometimes occur when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used without traditional medical interventions.

It is better to do more acupuncture than less. Patients are commonly treated for three to four months before an insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. This period of treatment seems to have a therapeutic effect.

 

Typically, most miscarriages occur within the first three months of pregnancy. Therefore, treatment of patients may often last through week twelve to help prevent miscarriage.

 

Overview 

Regardless of your age or specific reasons for seeking treatment to enhance fertility, acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to IVF, or a complimentary tool to make IVF more successful. We strive to improve your overall heath and wellbeing by bringing your body, mind and spirit back into balance where all things may be achieved, and nothing is impossible!

Super Healthy Chocolate Chia  Pudding  

chia puddingA chocolate pudding so healthy you can eat it for breakfast!  If you’re looking for an easy, convenient, healthy snack that gives you loads of energy and packs a nutritional punch, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Not only is chocolate chia pudding delicious, it has a plethora of health benefits. Let’s start with chia seeds. Chia seeds are most notably known for being high in omega 3 fatty acids and are considered the richest plant-based source of omega-3 available. They also consist of 30% protein, are high in antioxidants and contain an abundance of vitamins: A, B, D, E and K. These magical seeds also help maintain healthy blood pressure, balance blood sugar levels and work to promote cell repair. They also are rich in silica which supports healthy skin, collagen, and hair. Because chia seeds are high in soluble fiber, they are great for keeping the intestinal tract regular. In terms of other nutrients and minerals, the list is lengthy. A run down in alphabetical order: calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, thiamine, and zinc. No wonder why the Aztecs refer to chia as a magical seed!

Now let’s talk about chocolate. Contrary to popular belief, chocolate is not bad for you. (who would think such a terrible thing?) Quite the contrary (thank goodness). Chocolate in it’s raw unprocessed form and void of unhealthy additives like sugar and dairy, is an antioxidant powerhouse. The nutrient density of raw cacao benefits every function of the body. Raw cacao is the highest source of magnesium and chromium of any food. Magnesium happens to be one of the most deficient minerals in the average human, and is almost always found to be deficient in those suffering from heart disease. The abundant amounts of magnesium and other phytochemicals found in raw cacao can balance blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, scrub away arterial plaque and promote general health by reversing heart disease.
 We  Chocolate!!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe (serves 2 or 1 very hungry person)

  • 1 cup of homemade or store bough almond milk (or other nut milk of your choice) 
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds  
  • 1/2 to 1 TBSP raw cacao powder depending on your chocolaty taste preference 
  • Stevia liquid or powder to taste 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract (optional)    

Directions: 

Place the chia seeds in a bowl and put aside. Blend the almond milk, cacao powder, and stevia in a blender until well mixed. Taste the mixture for sweetness, and add more stevia if desired. Pour over the chia seeds and mix well. Let the mixture stand for 15 to 30 minutes stirring occasionally to keep a smooth consistency. Because chia seeds can absorb up to 10 times their weight in water, you will end up with a thick tapioca pudding like consistency of pure deliciousness.

Serving Suggestion: Spoon into dessert bowls or cups, drizzle with raw honey and garnish with fresh raspberries, blueberries or fruit of your choice. Eat and enjoy!

Nutritional Mega Benefit: A mere one-fourth cup of chia seeds supplies as much calcium as three cups of milk, as much magnesium as ten stalks of broccoli, as much iron as one-half cup of red kidney beans, 30% more antioxidants than blueberries, 25% more dietary fiber than flaxseed, and approximately the same amount of omega-3 as that found in a 32-ounce fillet of salmon. That’s a lot of amazingness right there…do we really need any more reasons to eat chocolate chia pudding? I think not. 

 


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