Seasonal Topics

Oct13

Healthy Halloween Trick or Treat Tips

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Here are some suggestions of what to leave for trick or treaters to help kids be healthy:

 

1. Fresh local fruit

2. Small toys (glow in the dark bats, etc.)

3. Raisin boxes or other small packages of dried goods (goji berries, cherries, nuts, seeds)

4. Fruit Leather

5. Herbal tea bags

6. Home-made goodies like trail mix, etc.

(depending on your audience)

 

Have ideas? Send them our way!

 

Aug03

Make Your Transition Into Fall

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As we shift into fall, remember that this season is the best time for cleansing the digestive tract. Your digestion must be vibrant and strong in order to make a smooth transition to the cooler weather without allergies or flus.  Some of the best foods available with the local autumn harvest help support the digestive tract:apples, pears, dill, basil, squash, peppers, and fennel. 
A simple 10-day cleanse with fruit in the AM and vegetables and fats in the PM is helpful.  You may want to take supplemental support such as bentonite, fiber, probiotics and herbs for the digestive tract to assist the detoxification.
This cleanse is safe for most people to do.  If you are wondering if this cleanse is right for you, it is a good idea to get an assessment. Our Flow System assessment helps determine the body’s need for specific cleanses or support. Both Dr. Terri and I are trained in the Biomedx Flow System enabling us to quantify and interpret the biochemical measures of the body evidenced in the urine and saliva.
Sometimes the biochemistry in the body is not conducive to a cleanse such as when the protein utilization levels are too low.  In such a situation other choices can be made to improve your well-being including an individualized food program.

Jun08

First Aid for Summer

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Summer is a great time to practice the Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared. With a few simple supplies on hand with some basic first aid know-how and most summer mishaps, from insect stings to ankle sprains can be easily addressed. In addition to the bandages and ice packs you may want to tuck a few tea bags into your First Aid Kit: ·

Chamomile tea will soothe the nerves. If taken orally; it soothes headaches and irritations, and if used topically, it reduces inflammation of wounds and insect bites.·

Peppermint tea eases stomach upsets that may follow summer picnics andheadaches after hours in the sun.

Raspberry leaf tea applied topically to a wasp sting is especially useful in easing the pain.

White Oak Bark tea is good if you get too close to poison ivy or oak. Apply a compress soaked in the tea or the homeopathic remedy Anacardium.

Following a fall or collision during a family game of soccer, Arnica, a homeopathic remedy, may lessen the severity of an injury if taken under the tongue. In a topical cream, the herb Arnica will soothe bumps and bruises and may decrease healing time. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is a natural antiseptic.

Tea tree has multiple uses from direct application to minor wounds to prevent infections to a foot soak to ease the itch of athlete's foot.

A second essential oil that is multipurpose and a great addition to your First Aid kit is Lavender. It has sedative, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. Helpful for headaches, anxiety, insomnia, wounds, burns, and insect stings. When in doubt, use lavender.

Jul14

Cooling Foods for Summer

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In our culture, we may not typically think of foods as having additional qualities beyond calories and specific nutrients. Traditional Chinese medicine and other ancient modalities such as Ayurveda view foods with qualities including heating or cooling. If you find that the heat of summer is aggravating you emotionally or physically (an example of "heat" in the body might be a hot itchy rash), I suggest incorporating more cooling foods into your routine:

 

1) Raw foods (such as a salad) are more cooling than cooked foods. Foods that are cooked for longer tend to be more warming.

 

2)  Most fruits and vegetables are cooling, and also cleansing, as many of you know. Ones that are especially cooling include radish, cucumber, zucchini, watermelon, lettuce and most other leafy greens.  Vegetables that are warming include garlic, onions, kale, cabbage, mustards, and leeks.  Warming fruits include cherries and dates.

 

3) Gluten-free grains that are cooling include amaranth and millet. Sprouting grains, seeds, or legumes will increase their cooling nature.

 

4) Most animal foods are neutral or warming. Lamb is warming, as are chicken and beef.  Pork is neutral and fish tend to be neutral or cooling, depending on the fish.

 

For more information on the subject, I suggest consulting the book "Healing with Whole Foods" by Paul Pitchford.

Aug26

Preparing the kidneys for Winter

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Before the deepest part of winter sets in, it is a good idea to give your kidneys a boost as they are the organs most vulnerable during this season. This can be done through daily teaspoon of liquid chlorophyll in water or an herbal "kidney tonic".  Parsley, kale, and dandelion greens are also very good. Avoid cold and raw foods in excess. A 4-day kidney cleanse is advisable for many people.

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