6 Food Tips for Autoimmune Disorders

A class of plant chemicals — known as bioflavonoids — has been found to dramatically reduce inflammation and improve symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders.

Tea
Both green and black tea contain the flavonoids catechins and theaflavins, which are beneficial in autoimmune disease.

Apples
Apples contain the flavonoid quercetin, which can reduce allergic reactions and decrease inflammation. Quercetin also occurs naturally in other foods, such as berries, red grapes, red onions, capers and black tea.

Carrots
Carotenoids are a family of plant pigments that include beta-carotene. A lack of carotenoids in the diet is thought to promote inflammation. Good sources of carotenoids include apricots, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, kale, butternut squash and collard greens.

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Ginger
Recent studies show that ginger reduces inflammation by inhibiting prostaglandin and suppresses the immune system’s production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, reducing disease severity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Omega-3
Omega-3 essential fatty acids can counter the formation of chemicals that cause inflammation. Good natural sources include flaxseed oil and salmon.

Fiber
A healthy and active colon can decrease food sensitivity, which, in turn, can lighten the burden on your immune system.

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Insomnia, Acupuncture and Nutrition Response Testing

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Feeling tired upon waking

Major Causes of Insomnia

  • Significant life stress (job loss or change, death of a loved one, divorce, or moving)
  • Illness, pain, or discomfort at night
  • Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) that interfere with sleep
  • Medications (notably those used to treat depression, asthma, or high blood pressure) may interfere with sleep
  • Interferences in normal sleep schedule such as jet lag switching from a day to night shift
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Hormonal imbalance

Millions of people suffer from insomnia these days. Sleep deprivation is the root of many health issues like memory impairment, a weakened immune system and stress that can lead to cardiac disease, heart disease and digestive disorders. Sound sleep is the foundation of good health. We need 6-8 hours of sleep every night to recharge our batteries. 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 and give it an opportunity to get stronger and heal.

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We can address the root cause of insomnia by applying the yin-yang principle. In Chinese medicine, sleep occurs when the yang energy of the day folds into the yin energy of night time. Yin energy of the body is cooling and restorative; it is the time of day when our bodies turn inward and regenerate. Conversely, day time is yang, which is expansive. We expend the energy we have built up from the process of sleeping. This yin-yang principle provides invaluable tips to improve our sleeping patterns.

What to Do:

Keep your body and mind as much Yin as possible by following: Exposure to the diminishing light at dusk, eating your last meal at least three hours before going to bed, gentle and slow-moving exercise such as yoga or Tai-Chi, and Unwind your mind through meditation (Meditation is best practiced dung the day to help improve your sleep patterns at night.)

What to Avoid:

Cool your Yang energy down by avoiding hot and spicy food and drink. Avoid alcohol, coffee, chocolate and any other stimulants, especially late in the day. Excessive lighting at night, evening shift work, evening computing, video games, television, and late-night eating all serve to counteract the body’s natural rhythms.

Nutrition:

Just like any other human health issues, insomnia can be caused by: improper diet, immunological challenges, heavy metal or chemical toxins in your body, and unhealed scar tissues. Fruits and vegetables, seaweeds, bone-marrow soup, foods rich in minerals, and Vitamin B Complex can induce peaceful sleep at night..

If you or someone you know suffers from insomnia, call today to see what Acupuncture and Nutrition Response Testing can do for you!

Nutritional Support During Allergy Season

Here are inexpensive, effective, and easy ideas in alleviating allergy symptoms.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw, unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar has long been used to treat many respiratory diseases including allergies and asthma. Depending on the severity of symptoms, the dosage will vary. The best way to use apple cider vinegar for your allergies is on a consistent basis. Mix 1 tablespoon ACV with 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon of raw bees honey and drink three times a day.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey produced in New Zealand has been used to treat many conditions ranging from stomach ulcers to tinnitus (ringing in the ear). Manuka honey is a strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. Since most of allergy symptoms are caused by bacteria, mold and yeast, and parasites, using Manuka honey makes a perfect sense. Some claim that locally-grown honey is a good alternative, however Manuka honey is known to be far more potent than any other honey brands.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that belongs to the ginger family. It is a natural nutritional supplement that helps to cure many health problems, including allergies, because it contains curcumin, a compound that acts as a decongestant. Tumeric also acts as anti-histamine in reducing the mast cell de-granulation or histamine release.

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion root and leaves are natural detoxifiers and blood cleansers. The Chinese use the greens and roots of dandelions to “cool the blood.” Drinking the tea on a daily basis in the springtime can help to detox the body, purify the blood and is helpful for allergy-prone people.

Vitamin D

Optimizing your vitamin D levels is absolutely crucial in dealing with allergies. In fact, research suggests that vitamin D deficiency may be a primary underlying cause of asthma. 1000-2000 iu of Vitamin D is recommended, however during high pollen counts season, it can go up to 5000 iu per day.

Eucalyptus oil

This pure essential oil can be healing to mucus membranes. You can apply a drop on a cotton ball and sniff it several times a day, add a few drops to water for a steam treatment, or use a few drops in your bath water.

Avoid pasteurized milk products, all forms of sugar, and wheat

Dairy products are notorious for increasing phlegm and making allergies and asthma worse.  Sugar and wheat products tend to cause inflammations within the body and to reduce body’s natural immune capabilities.

Get Regular Exercise

Exercise regularly, especially out in fresh air, as it helps to boost your overall immune functions.

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.