Eating Foods Locally and in Season

I always recommend eating fruits and vegetables when they are in season in your local area.  By doing this, you are consuming the products when they are freshest and therefor most nutrient dense.  In addition, you are supporting the local economy and by eating in season, you are in harmony with nature which is a fundamental principal of health within the Chinese Medicine system.

Let’s look at an example.  It is always possible to find strawberries in your local grocery store,

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Gratitude

We love that people spend time thinking about what they’re grateful for during the holidays, and we teach and encourage our patients to actively practice gratitude all year long! Practicing gratitude is a powerful way to change your attitude, outlook and create a more positive life  As it turns out, there is scientific proof that being grateful is good for your health! However it doesn’t happen by accident; you have to be conscious and intentional with your gratitude practice, here

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Meditation for Calming the Mind

You may have heard about the amazing benefits of meditation, and you may have thought that’s great, but it’s not for me.  I don’t have the time, I can’t sit still, my mind is always racing.

The truth is, everyone can meditate, you just need to get started.  What do you think about starting with 5 minutes a week?   Do you think you can do that?  It’s all about making a pledge to get starting, setting a doable goal (5 minutes,

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Basic Supplements Everyone Can Benefit From

We are not real big on taking a lot of supplements.  We think the best way to achieve optimum health is through eating nutrient dense foods that are grown in a way to optimize nutrition (ie organic).

But there are some basic supplements that many people can benefit from:

Vitamin D3 – Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is synthesized in the skin with exposure to sunlight.  The amount of sun exposure needed depends on your skin pigmentation and your

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“Flu Season”

It’s that time of year again when every time I drive past a Walgreens or CVS I roll my eyes at the message on the monument sign. If you hadn’t heard by now its “flu season”, cue eye roll.

The flu comes from a virus, which is more active in the winter. The virus is more stable in colder and dryer weather which is why flu season is generally from about November until March.

So why my eye roll when I hear

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PMS: why it happens and how to deal with it

When a young woman starts her menstrual cycle, it can come with a good amount of pain from cramping, as well as emotional upheaval associated with changing hormones. For some women, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can be debilitating, leading to missed school or work, taking a variety of pain pills to lessen the symptoms, and even resorting to birth control pills to balance hormones. There are plenty of options available to deal with the discomfort of PMS, and you can easily

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The ONE thing that changed my life.

If I were to be completely honest, the ONE thing that changed my life was going to acupuncture school. It was the most challenging, interesting, life-changing thing I have ever done, as my mom told me before I started “it changes the way you think and see the world.” But I know everyone doesn’t have 4 years and 100k to put towards a Master’s degree in Oriental medicine so I’ll just tell you the one thing that started all other

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