Tips For A Restful Night And A Good Restorative Sleep

Practicing good sleep hygiene and keeping your body in sync with the rhythm of day and night can help your body cope with sleep deprivation. By following few of these suggestions, you should notice a great improvement in your sleep.

Ambiance

Make your bedroom a sanctuary. Keep it dark, cool and quiet. Angle the clock face away from the bed. If you get up to use the bathroom during the night, don’t turn on the light; use a nightlight to safely guide you. The optimal temperature for sleep is 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

When Hungry

Avoid heavy meals and sugary or high grain snacks before bed. They will raise your blood sugar and make it difficult to fall asleep. Reduce nicotine, caffeine and alcohol use. If you are hungry, try yogurt, a banana or half of a turkey sandwich.

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Reduce Late Night Activity

Stop working at least an hour before you plan to go to bed. Let your mind relax. Limit television and computer use in the evening. If you want to read in bed, avoid backlit devices as the light stimulates the brain. Read a book or use a device that requires you to use a separate soft light source.

Bedtime Routine

Establish a relaxing routine as you prepare for bed. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time everyday, even on weekends. Relax by taking a hot shower, practicing mediation, or try progressive muscle relaxation, starting at your toes and working up to the top of the head.

It is important to leave the day’s worries behind. Do not over think while you lie in bed. Take a deep breath, clear your mind and drift into a state of restful sleep.

Detox for Seasonal Allergies

Latest statistics show that more than half of the US population suffers from seasonal allergies. With the rapidly declining immune functions of the majority, this number is likely to increase.  Please refer to an earlier article (Nutrition for maximum health) for the major reasons why our immune functions have deteriorated. Over-the-counter and prescription medications provide temporary relief for typical symptoms of seasonal allergies, but they cannot address the deeper  causes for incessant sneezing, inflammation of sinus cavities, itchy and red eyes, headaches and brain fog. What can we do to combat seasonal allergies?

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Before we jump into this topic, here are some interesting perspectives in Chinese medical theories on seasonal allergies: Spring is associated with the liver, meaning the liver is most vulnerable during spring. The liver is also responsible for emotions such as frustration, anxiety, and anger. The relative health of the liver shows up in the eyes—can you see a connection between conjunctivitis (itchy, red, crusty eyes) and the liver? The taste associated with the liver is “sour and the color is “green which means we need to take a lot of green/sour foods during springtime.  The liver is also connected to the gallbladder as a yin-yang pair, which means one cannot have a perfectly healthy liver and a weak gallbladder because they are mirror images of each other.

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Liver/Gallbladder cleansing

Arguably, the most effective measure to combat seasonal allergies is Liver/Gallbladder Cleansing.

Dr. Hilda Clark’s Liver/Gallbladder cleansing protocol

This cleansing method surpasses any other widely-known allergy elimination protocol because it addresses the root cause of all allergies, including environmental, seasonal, food-related (gluten included), and chemical- or metal-related allergies. Commonly known as the Liver/Gallbladder Flush, this protocol is designed to remove calcified (gallstones) and non-calcified fat deposits from the liver and gallbladder.

Suggested to be repeated as many as 20 times every 2-3 weeks, this protocol will restore healthy functions of the liver and gallbladder. For those who removed their gallbladders, it is even more critical to adopt this approach in order to reduce the extra burdens placed on their liver and pancreas.

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When one’s liver is completely clean, not only allergies but other diseases are likely to disappear because a healthy liver produces clean blood, which is the single most important factor in maintaining optimum health.

(Personal note: During the 3rd liver/gallbladder flush, I removed more than an inch-long, bright green, non-calcified gallstone along with thousands of smaller fat deposits stuck in my liver and gallbladder.)

 

 

Nutrition for Maximum Health

In my practice, I see a lot of patients with long-term, chronic conditions that cannot be resolved through conventional medical protocols. In fact, in many cases, I am their last resort. I do my best, but there are some cases I cannot address despite my best efforts. Acupuncture works like a magic in reducing pain and inflammation in human bodies, and some internal/emotional disorders. Nonetheless, I have found that the principles in traditional Chinese medicine are somewhat at odds in resolving deeply-ingrained, internal conditions.

Deeply frustrated, I sought to understand why my training in Chinese medicine seemed to be falling short. Then, one day, I had an epiphany at an alternative healing seminar in New York, where an immunologist from Harvard Medical School explained the disturbing increase of autism, ADHD, male/female infertility, fibromyalsia, and early onset of Alzeimer’s disease with a simple statement: “We live in a highly toxic environment.”

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I regrettably agree with this assessment. The air we breathe, foods we consume, water we drink, relentless usage of antibiotics and steroids, and most importantly, the level of stress we deal with on a daily basis together form a dangerous and toxic environment. It’s not easy to be healthy these days. That being said, there are a few things we can do to boost our immune functions, normalize hormonal imbalances, and to mitigate age-related health concerns.

1. Minimize the amount of wheat and sugar in your diet. Wheat produced in the US is largely derived from genetically modified and chemically treated seeds. Our bodies simply are not compatible with chemical chain reactions that wheat-based foods cause internally. Sugar, even sugar straight from organic sugar cane, is a major culprit in an unprecedented growth of candida albicans (yeast and fungus that thrive in highly-sweetened environments) which may be the biggest health threat in modern times.

2. Eat locally grown foods, preferably all organic, that match the season. In other words, eating watermelon during cold winter directly contradicts the Nature’s law.

3. Use antibiotics and steroid-based medications minimally.

4. Remove mercury from your teeth, regardless how much it costs to remove them. We are already living in a highly toxic environment. Nobody needs toxic gases from mercury fillings.

5. Eat a well-balanced breakfast and a small dinner.

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If you religiously follow the above points for few months, you will be astounded to find a surge of energy, better sleep, and far less chances of getting sick from cold, flu, or sinus infections.

Lastly, I cannot stress enough how important it is to meditate. Contrary to many believe, one doesn’t need to set aside a big block of time for meditation. It can be done anywhere, anytime, such as when you are riding in a bus or train, waiting for a cashier at grocery stores, or even brushing your teeth. Health benefits of meditations are too numerous to mention.

 

Fight Food Addiction With a Total Nutrition Program

What does it mean to listen to your body, as the expression goes? What if your body is telling you to eat chocolate bars for breakfast, or that fast food makes for an acceptable and tasty dinner?

When your mind and body enjoy relative good health, the body’s cravings should prove more reliable in discerning which foods to take in for maximum nutrition.

Unfortunately, in most cases, our bodies are not nearly healthy or balanced we would like to see. In a state of chaos when multiple organs do not function in a cohesive manner, our bodies produce “distorted” messages regarding what food we would love to have.

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Often times, this results in addictive eating patterns (for sugar, salt, fat, carbo, etc.) which tend to induce weight gains, low metabolism, blood pressure issues, and/or blood contamination.

Nutrition Response Testing offered at our office is designed to discover the most “diseased” organs or meridians to address food addiction issues.  This program also identifies food items that cause the greatest harm in one’s body.

Diet changes based on testing results often produce fantastic results in resolving not only food cravings but other symptoms such as skin irritations, asthma, and a myriad of digestive issues.

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The issues of overeating and low metabolism are addressed with powerful nutrition support.  Just eliminating a few food items and ingesting nutritional support (for instance, supplying more enzymes in one’s body) often produce  dramatic results in reducing food cravings and a surge of energy.