Keep it Cool to Boost Your Metabolism

July 18th, 2014 Posted in General Health | No Comments »

Want to boost your metabolism with ZERO effort?  Sounds too good to be true?  A recent study found that lowering the ambient temperature of your bedroom might do just that.

Read the full NY Times article: Let’s Cool It in the Bedroom

Interview: How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times

July 9th, 2014 Posted in General Health | No Comments »

Daniel Lieberman, professor of evolutionary biology at Harvard University, presents an interesting take on evolution, health and disease.  His theory in a nutshell: our Stone Age bodies are not equipped to thrive in the modern world.

Listen to the full interview: How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times

8 Hydration Myths Busted

July 9th, 2014 Posted in General Health | No Comments »

Trying to stay hydrated in the summer heat?  Here are a few things you might not know about hydration.

Runner’s World: 8 Hydration Myths Busted

New Study: Broccoli Detox

June 20th, 2014 Posted in Cancer | No Comments »

A new study published online in the journal Cancer Prevention Research found that consuming a beverage containing broccoli sprouts daily increased the rate of excretion of benzene and acrolein, two common harmful pollutants.  Throughout the clinical trial’s 12-week period, the rate of excretion of benzene increased 61 percent, and the excretion rate of acrolein increased 23 percent.

Researchers have yet to determine how little of a cruciferous superfood like broccoli sprouts need to be consumed daily for protection, and if the increased excretion rates will ultimately translate into cancer protection, but the results are promising.

Read the full article: Eating Broccoli May Give Harmful Chemicals The Boot

Your Brain’s Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

June 17th, 2014 Posted in General Health | No Comments »

Listen to the full NPR story: Your Brain’s Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

Simple Tips to Reduce Suffering from Seasonal Allergies

June 2nd, 2014 Posted in Allergies | No Comments »

 

Spring has sprung in the Eugene-Springfield area and so has allergy season.  Try these tips for preventing and reducing seasonal allergies:

Wear a mask

If you’re working or playing in areas that trigger your allergies, wear a mask like this 3M N95 filter mask to keep pollen out of your nose and mouth.

Keep it clean

Rinse your face and hands throughout the day to reduce lingering allergens.  Wash your hair at night, especially if you use sticky hair products like mousse and gel, to get the pollen out.

Rinse your sinuses

“Your nose is like a car windshield—pollen sticks to it,” says Neil Kao, MD, an allergist at the Allergic Disease and Asthma Center, in Greenville, S.C.

Use a neti pot or saline nasal solution to rinse pollen and other allergens out of your nose.

Relax

Studies have linked stress to more severe allergy symptoms and recurrent allergy flare-ups, so relax and take a deep breath.

To reduce stress, try acupuncture, meditation, making more time for fun, asking for help, and eliminating things that cause stress/ learning how to cope with it better.

Try Acupuncture!

Studies have shown than acupuncture is an effective way to help reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergies and hay fever.  What are you waiting for?  Call us at (541) 515-6446 to make an appointment today.

Gluten Sensitive? Here’s What You Might Not Know

May 23rd, 2014 Posted in General Health, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Gluten-free diets have become increasing popular in the US and Europe, but scientists are still struggling to identify the exact effects of gluten on people without Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the ingestion of gluten causes damage to the small intestine.  Many people self-diagnosed as “gluten sensitive” report feeling better on gluten-free diets, but gluten might not be the culprit.

According to NPR’s food blog, The Salt, “Gastroenterologists around the world who’ve been trying understand the gluten puzzle say they’re increasingly convinced of two key things: One is that the number of people who are truly non-celiac gluten sensitive is probably very small. Second, they say that the people who say they feel better on a gluten-free diet are more likely sensitive to a specific kind of carbohydrate in the wheat — not the gluten protein.”

That carbohydrate, called fructan, may be responsible for digestive tract irritation causing gas, bloating, diarrhea, and other uncomfortable symptoms.  Fructans occur in a variety foods such as agave, artichokes, asparagus, leeks, garlic, onions, yacon, jícama, and wheat.  Fructans, characterized as built up of fructose residues, fall into a larger category of charbohydrates that have been linked to bowel irritation called FODMAPs (fermentable oligo-di-monosaccharides and polyols).

The low-FODMAP diet, developed by a team of scientists at Monash University in Australia led by Peter Gibson and Susan Shepherd, has been shown to reduce gastrointestinal symptoms in people with gluten sensitive IBS far better than the gluten-free diet.

FODMAPs occur in a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and dairy products.  More information about the low-FODMAP diet and foods high and low in FODMAPs can be found on the Monash University website.

The moral of the story?  If you’re experiencing symptoms you attribute to gluten sensitivity, you may want to give the low-FODMAP diet a try and let your body decide.  No matter what diet you choose, it’s always best to stick to whole foods like fruits,vegetables, grains, nuts, legumes and meats and to avoid highly processed ones.

Happy eating and be well!

Recipe: Chicken With Grilled Peaches and Arugula

May 21st, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Aaah, what a beautify day!  The blue sky and warm sunshine have inspired me to share one of my favorite outdoor grilling recipes from Real Simple Magazine:

Chicken With Grilled Peaches and Arugula

The pairing of sweet grilled peaches, chicken, red onions, arugula and blue cheese crumbles is simply delectable, and it’s easy and good for you!  Mmmmmm!  Enjoy!

 

Fire Cupping Special

May 14th, 2014 Posted in Pain | No Comments »

Melt the pain away with Fire Cupping…

Are you suffering from aches and pains? Try the ancient healing power of fire cupping.

Fire cupping is a little like a “reverse massage.” A flame is used to create suction inside of glass cups that are placed on various acupoints on the body. The cups are either kept stationary to simulate specific points or moved around to release the fascia and relax tight muscles.

Fire cupping is pleasurable and relaxing like a massage, and increases blood, lymph and energy flow. Fire cupping is traditionally used to treat a variety of pain conditions as well as lung issues like asthma and bronchitis.

Take advantage of our “Spring Fire Cupping Special” and try fire cupping for only $40. Limited time offer. Call our office for more details. (541)515-6446

Fire Cupping Eugene Spring Special

Tips to Ease Swelling During Pregnancy

May 1st, 2014 Posted in Pregnancy/ Childbirth | No Comments »

WatermelonSummer is peeking around the corner, and it’s a glorious, sunny 85-degrees outside today in Eugene!  With this week’s shift to warmer temperatures, may of my pregnant patients are experiencing more severe swelling in their hands and feet.  Here are a few tips to reduce pregnancy related edema and get your body back into balance:

- Drink up!  Drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day will help rid your system of excess sodium and other waste products, thus minimizing swelling.

- Make watermelon your new favorite food.  Watermelon is a natural diuretic and contains lots of beneficial vitamins and minerals including potassium.  Check out Fit Pregnancy’s article, Watermelon Wonders for some fun recipes.

- Increase your potassium intake.  Potassium is an electrolyte that helps maintain normal fluid balance in the body.  Insufficient potassium can cause water retention and swelling.  Bananas, watermelon and coconut water are excellent sources of potassium.  Other good sources include some beans, swiss chard, avocado and sweet potato.

- Soak your swollen tootsies.  Try an epsom salt foot soak or full bath.  Epsom salt helps replenish your body’s magnesium and reduce swelling.

- Keep on moving.  Moderate exercise helps circulate fluids and keeps your system balanced.  Swimming, in particular, can help ease pregnancy related swelling.