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“The Fourth Trimester:” Alison’s Experience with Postpartum Care

After now having experienced the birthing process and postpartum recovery myself, I am certain of one thing: the “fourth trimester” is real, and not for the faint of heart! The mental and physical acrobatics of navigating this new world together is hard, as it wasn't just a baby that was born, it was also a parent. As I now begin to transition out of this postpartum phase, I feel less engulfed in the experience of adjusting to parenting, and more in the process of coming back into myself. Such an important process of motherhood (and also in the practice of acupuncture) is learning to care for yourself in order to care for others. I realize now that discussing the fourth trimester and all it brings...

All About Soy

“Is soy bad for you, or is soy good for you?” is a common question I get asked as nutritionist. Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple one, because there is conflicting evidence on this topic. My general answer is that soy is bad for you most of the time, but there are some exceptions when it can be good. In this blog post, you can learn more about soy and when it can be harmful or helpful! Phytoestrogens In order to understand soy, it is important to understand phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are known as “dietary estrogens” because they are not produced in the body like the estrogen hormone. Instead, they are ingested or consumed through certain foods. Phytoestrogens are found in plants like soy, where they are...

Acupuncture for Autoimmune Diseases

In today’s world, chances are high that you know of someone living with an autoimmune (AI) disease, or you may have an AI condition yourself! Autoimmune disease refers to an illness where the body tissues can’t “recognize friend from foe” and they begin to attack the body’s own immune system. Common symptoms include general malaise (or feeling “icky”), fatigue, joint pain or swelling, skin problems, abdominal or digestive problems, recurring fever, and swollen glands (Orbai, n.d.). The American Autoimmune Related Disease Association (AARDA) estimates 50 million people in the United States are currently living with an AI disease (AARDA, 2018). There have been 80-100 different AI diseases identified and another 40 additional diseases are suspected of having an AI basis. The number of people suffering...

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Keeping Up with New Years Resolutions of Health

As the first month of the new year draws to a close, many of us have made little progress on our resolutions like getting in better shape, eating healthier, or just wanting to feel better. If you have ever tried shedding a few pounds, becoming more physically active, or simply leading a healthier lifestyle, you know that it’s not always easy. There are a lot of factors that play a role in our health, so it’s important to look at all of them. However, this does not have to be done all at once! As a Nutritionist, I have found that setting small goals each week with my clients allows them to achieve their long-term goals. Here are a few tips to help you get...

Natural Relief for Post-Travel Illness

With January nearing its end, many of you have returned from your vacation travels and are back at work and school. While unpacking the souvenirs and gifts from your travels, you may realize that may not be all that you’ve brought back. Traveling to a foreign country is a privilege everyone should experience at some point in their lives. You get to encounter different cultures and traditions, have new experiences, and meet wonderful people. However, your body also comes into contact with very foreign environments, most of which it won’t be used to. Inevitably, your body can contract a foreign strain of bacterium, most often from the bathing water or water used to cook most foods, causing you to become ill during and after the...

Chinese herbs for holiday season

     With the holiday season comes the office parties, friendsgiving and family gatherings that often lead to indigestion, abdominal discomfort and disrupted bowel movements.  Especially if all the rich holiday foods and drink is a departure from your normal clean eating regime.  In Chinese medicine short term bloating, distension, acid reflux, and sometimes abdominal cramps due to excessive food intake is called food stagnation and the marquee formula prescribed is called Bao He Wan.  The formula contains seven herbs that work together to promote the digestion of meat, fatty foods and grains, reduce nausea and vomiting, and regulate bowel movements.  It can be taken before or after a large meal and is generally used for a short term.  While the formula is generally safe...

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The Importance of Vitamin D During the Winter Months

As the weather changes and winter approaches, the Winter Blues seems to become quite common among many adults. These months can be stressful and emotionally draining with all of the holidays. However, the main culprit is believed to be deficiency in vitamin D levels and intake. Because of the cold weather, there is little time spent in the sun, and any sunlight you may be exposed to, is not enough for vitamin D production. A majority of the US population (90 percent of adults) are thought to be vitamin D deficient. This is especially true for those who live in northern regions of the world where less sun exposure is experienced. Besides its effect on mood, vitamin D deficiency has more serious consequences. Vitamin D deficiency...

Natural Solutions to Boost Your Immune System

As winter approaches, the cold winds and snow invite in a variety of colds and the flu. Here are a few ways to boost your immune system naturally to avoid getting sick and/or speed up your recovery process if you do get sick. The Immune System The immune system is a network of organs, cells, and proteins that protect the body from any foreign substances. A primary function of the immune system is to kill and remove pathogens like bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi that may have entered the body (1). We are constantly exposed to different organisms from the environment. Whether or not these organisms will cause us to get sick is determined by how well our body’s immune system is functioning. When our immune system is...

Top 10 Sleep Hygiene Tips

We spend over 30% of our lives sleeping. Sleep is when our mind and body repairs itself. We understand the importance of sleep for babies and kids, yet as adults we often neglect to value our own sleep. If you’ve ever pulled an all-nighter or suffered from any degree of insomnia or sleep disturbance, you know first hand that poor sleep has a detrimental impact on mood, performance, and general wellbeing. On the flip side, getting a good night’s rest can be rejuvenating for soul.   There is a Chinese adage that says replenishing health with medicine is not as good as replenishing health with diet, but that replenishing health with sleep is the best treatment of all.   So how can you judge if you have healthy sleep?...

Get the Skinny on Fats

The Skinny on Fats   Many believe they need to avoid dietary fats in order to maintain a healthy diet. Nutritional guideline plans have even been created to accommodate this trend by recommending higher amounts of carbohydrates and very low fats. Now, low-fat and nonfat foods have been normalized to become part of the common diet. However, in order to enhance the flavor of these products, companies replace the fat with high amounts of sugar. Many healthcare communities and social media make claims about dietary fat that are often misleading and false. The idea that high fat diets with saturated fat and cholesterol would lead to heart disease has been has been exposed to be false by studies such as in Siri-Tarino, Sun, Hu, & Krauss’s (2010)...