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Milk Alternatives: Which One's Right for You? Naturna Institute blog

Milk Alternatives: Which One’s Right for You?

Oh, the world of alternatives to cow’s milk!Alternative milk products take up almost an entire aisle of larger supermarkets these days and are covered with all kinds of confusing labels: "dairy free," "carrageenan free," "lactose free," "soy free," "organic," etc. What are these milks really made out of and which is the healthiest?Below is a review of the most common “milks” and what you need to know when selecting which is best for you.Soy MilkArguably, the first dairy milk (from cows or goats) alternative introduced in the USA in 1979 by a company called Vitasoy.  Soy milk is made by soaking whole soybeans for a number of hours and then they are ground. The mixture is then boiled and strained. Preservatives are then added and...

Preparing for a Beautiful Birth: Empowerment and Education

The birth of your child will be one of the most important and memorable experiences of your lifetime! It can be an empowering and amazing experience that sets the tone for your earliest days with your new baby so it is worth the time and effort to learn about all of your childbirth options.Education Is KeyWhat kind of birth do you envision for yourself? What is most important to you? How will you feel best supported to move through this amazing and challenging journey?Learning the details about your choices and options is the best way to start this journey into parenthood. So, start reading! Take a childbirth education course, enjoy prenatal yoga classes where you can connect with other new moms, take a breastfeeding course,...

Treatment of the Cancer Patient, Naturna Institute, Blog, Kelley Mondesiré

Treatment of the Cancer Patient Using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Chinese medicine addresses all aspects of the human being: physical, emotional and spiritual, which are all considered to be affected by the disease process and thus are included in the treatment.This all-inclusive approach leads to more comprehensive healing and a sense of well-being. It also encourages you, the patient, to be active in the healing process.From a western, biomedical point of view, acupuncture influences a number of physiological functions such as the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals. Acupuncture can also help with the restoration of proper circulation in diseased areas, stimulate hormonal glands and improve immune system function.During an acupuncture session, some patients feel a slight Qi1 sensation when the needle is inserted: most feel nothing at all. These...

Optimal Sleep Positions and Solutions During Pregnancy

The best sleep position during pregnancy is on your left side with your knees bent and a pillow between your legs. Sleeping on your left side prevents the liver from applying pressure on the uterus and improves blood circulation to the uterus and the fetus. Increased blood circulation can help alleviate low back pain. Sleeping on the left side can improve the body's lymphatic system (located predominantly on the left side of the body) which carries infection fighting white blood cells throughout your body and helps with detoxification.1Some common sleep problems that occur during pregnancy include the following:InsomniaPhysical discomfort and stress are common causes of insomnia during pregnancy. Avoid drug therapy as this can harm a developing fetus. Meditation and herbal tea can...

A Few Tips for Making New Year’s Goals Stick, Kirsten Jordan

A Few Tips for Making New Year’s Goals Stick

Conflicted about setting New Year’s Resolutions this year? Wondering if it’s worth it? How many times have you set a New Year’s resolution or intention, then by the end of January it has fallen by the wayside?According to an article in Forbes, only  8% of people keep their New Year’s Resolutions. What is the best way to pick a New Year’s Resolution, and make sure you are part of the 8% enjoying your new habits in 2017?Here are some tips:Pick an outcome to strive for that you really care about accomplishing. Something with a concrete end goal that you feel inspired to do. Avoid resolutions that include “should” or “have to.” To execute lasting change, it must come from the heart. During one...

Holiday Alcohol Consumption: Tips & Recipes, Naturna Life, Blog

Holiday Alcohol Consumption: Tips & Recipes

Part of unwinding and celebrating the holidays for many is to enjoy a glass of wine, beer or a holiday cocktail. Many people ask us: What is the healthiest way to consume alcohol? Here are some recommendations:1. It is best to consume alcohol with food (not on an empty stomach). Food helps to absorb the alcohol and avoid feeling sick or nauseous. 2. Staying hydrated is key. If you plan to drink alcohol, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and between drinks. 3. Sugar from sweet mixers or liquors is the most harmful part of many cocktails. Often the simpler and more bitter the drink the healthier it is for you and the better you will feel tomorrow.Which beverages are healthiest? The alcoholic...

Holiday and Seasonal Recipes Blog, Naturna Institute, December 2016

Holiday and Seasonal Recipes

In celebration of the holidays, the Naturna team shares favorite dishes and sides. Enjoy a mix of healthy and delicious recipes with some healthy tips.Recipe from Christina Burns, Founder and Doctor of Chinese Medicine A Christina original!Chocolate Avocado Mousse Serves 2 (double recipe as desired)Ingredients 1 medium avocado 2 dates 1/2 cup almond, cashew, coconut or hemp milk (depending on desired creaminess) 1-1/2 tbsp pure organic cocoa powder 1 tbsp (sweeten to taste) pure Maple syrup — No "Aunt Jemina" corn-syrup variety. Yuck! Optional: 1 tbsp chia seeds for omegas, well-blended to create a smooth consistencyDirections 1. Toss everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Voila! 2. Serve immediately or let cool and set in the fridge 1-2 hours Avoid eating too much at night as the chocolate packs a caffeine kick.HEALTHY TIP: Avocados are rich in nutrients,...

Breaking Out of a Rut, Kirsten Jordan, Naturna Institute, Blog, December 2016

Breaking Out of an Unhealthy Rut

Late fall rolls into the holiday season which is prime time for getting into a “rut.” By a rut I mean getting stuck. The actual definition of a rut is “a habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change.” I hear this theme a lot everywhere I go: “I know I shouldn’t be doing this, but I can’t stop” or “being healthy starts Monday.” There is no worse feeling than the inertia of bad habits rolling into an overall poor lifestyle with no end in sight.  Well into fall, we have already accumulated habits of going out too much, staying up too late, and just generally burning the candle at both ends. While this may not ring...

Grain Bowls by Kirsten Jordan, Naturna Institute, blog, November 17, 2016

Grain Bowls: How Can You Make Sure They Are Healthy?

Salad or grain bowl? Raw or cooked? What’s the healthiest lunch option with the “bowl” trend available at every corner?It used to be that a “healthy” take out lunch was a sandwich. Then it was a salad. At some point a few years ago grain bowls hit the scene and they are now the new lunch option on the fast food lunch line. But are they healthy? Here is a breakdown of the ingredients in these bowls and what you should know to make them nutrient rich and satisfying:Grain Base The base of these bowls is usually a hot or room temperature grain or “grain-like seed.”  Some of us tolerate whole grains well and are unaffected by them during digestion and assimilation. Others fare best...

Natural Treatment for Menopause

Traditional Chinese Medicine does not recognize menopause as a disease. Rather, it considers the symptoms of menopause to be imbalances within the body. Ideally, it is best to consider treatment prior to entering this phase of life so the transition can be smooth and without ill effects, but it is never too late to partner with your acupuncturist to plan a strategy. The combined modalities of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can balance the body’s energetics and expediently give relief to menopausal symptoms without the side effects of pharmaceuticals....

How Your Diet May be Sabotaging Your Skin

Diet, herbs, and acupuncture are phenomenal in addressing skin issues. For many people, skin conditions are sourced in immune and gut health. Foods such as sugar, chocolate, dairy, and refined carbohydrates will more than likely cause issues. For others, it’s hormonal. But guess what? Hormones are also heavily affected by what we eat. ...

20 Natural Tips to Prevent Breast Cancer and Balance Hormones

Breast cancer is probably one of the most publicized and researched cancers around. It is the most common cancer affecting women. If you have breast cancer or someone you love does, I feel for you. It takes tremendous strength to be on either side of this devastating disease. Breast cancer is unique because there is a huge hormonal element along with an unignorable genetic component. The objective of this post is a review of tips you can use to stay healthy, keep your hormones in balance, and prevent breast cancer.  Why hormones? In many clinical studies, dominance and abundance of the hormone estrogen is the primary culprit in breast cancer tumor growth.What is the best way to keep estrogen levels in a healthy balance?...

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Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss: Causes and Approaches

First off, I’m deeply sorry if you have experienced a miscarriage. Despite it being common, that fact only helps so much in coping with the loss and consequent fears that come with it. This article is not an aggregate of statistics to help you understand your likelihood of miscarrying. It is simply an effort to help you understand the common causes so that you might find additional solace. If you have experienced more than one pregnancy loss, my heart goes out to you. I hope the content of this article may additionally assist you in understanding what tests to seek out and how to best mitigate the chances of this happening again. Or, at the very least, gain some insight.Chromosomal AbnormalityThe most common cause...

Not All Gluten Free Foods Are Healthy

How many people do you know who are “gluten free”? Some people follow gluten free diets for health reasons – either because they have a sensitive digestive system or because they have a diagnosed Celiac disease. (For more on this topic, read our blog “What’s the Deal with Gluten Free?”) However, gluten free has also become a fad. One example is Miley Cyrus who lost a ton of weight in 2012 claiming a new gluten and dairy free diet. Not surprisingly, more and more foods are being packaged and advertised with the label “gluten free” – some of which are healthier options than others.Gluten free is defined as avoiding foods that contain the substance “gluten.” Gluten is a general name for the proteins...

How to Strengthen Immunity Naturally to Prevent Cold, Flu, and Allergies

The fall season is a popular time to focus on strengthening the immune system to prevent cold and flu, and treat allergies. You may have seen signs at the pharmacy for the flu shot or advertisements of various antihistamines. However, by following simple health guidelines culled from Eastern medical wisdom, you can learn how to naturally transition through every season with better immunity.From an Eastern medicine perspective, each season concentrates on an organ system or pair of organs. Fall being the season of the lungs and colon, it makes sense that we see a myriad of respiratory and immune issues pop up. Another aspect of autumn is dryness. Perhaps you may notice a dry cough, dry lips, or dry sinuses? In some cases dry stool or...