Kilimanjaro to Berlin - A Personal Challenge

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As many of you know, I took a break from my business this summer and set out on a 40th birthday adventure of a lifetime.  The trip had been years in the making.  Since I was a child, I’ve starred at a black and white picture of my dad in the 70’s at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  It has always been a dream of mine.  For some crazy reason Kilimanjaro wasn’t enough.  The Berlin marathon was a week after the end of my climb and actually on my birthday.  Why not do both?! 

Since returning, it's been difficult to express what this experience meant to me.  Yes - this was a trip of a lifetime - getting to share it with some of my closest friends, being inspired by others that crossed my path, transversing mental anguish and pain, seeing the most beautiful sunrises, sunsets and glaciers.  But most importantly feeling so fortunate that my body was able to do something like this.   

One of the reasons I became an acupuncturist was to inspire people to live healthier lives.  Committed to a healthy lifestyle can sometimes be a challenging sell, but I try to demonstrate it best by being a living example for my patients.  Living a healthy lifestyle is individualistic - it doesn’t have to be climbing a mountain or running a marathon.  Know what your body is capable of. Be gentle with yourself.  Do something that inspires you.  Live your happiest version of YOUR life.  

I hope this note finds you all well and if acupuncture falls into your idea of living a healthier life, I would love to see you in the clinic.  

Best to you all,

Jeani

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Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season

Incorporate these lifestyle practices to boost immunity naturally and keep yourself healthy all season long!

 Lifestyle practices to boost immunity

DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS:  

Our bodies feel and function better when hydrated.  Nourishing fluids include water, coconut water, bone broth and tea (peppermint, chamomile, and ginger).

EAT REAL FOODS: 

Eat clean, whole foods and limit sugar, dairy and wheat as much as possible.  These are the most common foods that cause inflammation.  

EXERCISE OR MOVE DAILY:

Moving your body is one of the best ways to improve overall health and keep immunity strong.  

MEDITATION:

High cortisol, adrenalin and emotional stress negatively affect immunity.  Find natural ways to lower stress such as meditation.

ADEQUATE SLEEP:

Lack of sleep compromises immunity.  Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.

VITAMIN D: 

Enjoy some sunshine or if your levels are low consider taking a daily maintenance dosage.  Vitamin D fights infections by activating immunity cells and producing antibodies and the proteins that affect cell behavior. 

IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY BY ADDING PLANTS TO YOUR HOME.

PROBIOTICS

Restoring the beneficial bacteria in your gut helps boosts immunity.  70-80% of immune tissue is located in the digestive tract.

OMEGA 3’s: 

Benefits are widespread so are helpful in improving overall well being and body function, mental and heart health and physical performance.  


But when the cold bites or the flu stings follow these natural remedies to recover faster ...

 Health remedies for the cold and flu

RAW GARLIC: 

Consuming raw garlic has a natural ability to help the body recover due to it’s antimicrobial, antiviral and anti fungal properties. 

FACE STEAM: 

Add thyme, rosemary and oregano into a pot of boiling water.  Boil for 5 minutes.  Lean over the pot with a towel over your head to keep the steam in. Breathing in the steam will help ease congestion and soothe the throat and sinuses.

GINGER LEMON TEA: 

Make ginger tea with 2 inches of fresh ginger root, lemon and honey.  Combine and let simmer for 25-40 minutes.  

BONE BROTH: 

Soothing remedy and a great source of protein and minerals.

ZINC

Supports immunity and works best when taken at the first sign of illness.  Zinc can be taken as a supplement and is also found in root vegetables, oysters, shellfish, seafood and almonds. 

CHINESE HERBS & SUPPLEMENTS: 

Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about a formula that will work for your symptoms!

Most importantly gets lots of rest and come in for an acupuncture session!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's talk about the benefits of fermented foods...

 Benefits of fermented foods

WHAT IS FERMENTATION?  

Fermentation is the process that preserves food and produces beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids and various strains of probiotics - all vital to overall health. 

 

IMPORTANCE OF BACTERIA:

Our digestive tracts contain 100 trillion bacterial cells, performing essential functions that are responsible for keeping us healthy physically and mentally. Fermented foods contain living cultures, helping us replenish and diversify our population of beneficial bacteria.

 

HOW CAN FERMENTED FOODS SUPPORT A HEALTHY GUT?

Fermented foods are easier to digest because the microorganisms have already started breaking down the sugars and carbohydrates in the food, making the nutrients more available for the body to absorb.  Living organisms are being delivered straight to your gut, increasing the population of good bacteria, resulting in: 

  • Immunity boost
  • Increased metabolism
  • Appetite regulation 
  • Improved vitamin and mineral absorption  

 

TOP 5 FERMENTED FOODS WITH GREAT HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Kefir
  • Fresh sauerkraut
  • Fresh kimchi
  • Fresh dill pickes
  • Kombucha

 

TIP:  

To gain all the benefits, fermented foods must contain LIVE and ACTIVE cultures.  Processing can inactivate or kill the microorganisms.  If the fermented food is stored in the refrigeration section of the grocery store, very likely it contains live cultures.  Local farmer’s markets are also a good place to look