Diabetes and Prevention

Acupuncture for PCOS

Can acupuncture help PCOS?

April 8, 2021

Can acupuncture help PCOS and insulin resistance? If you suffer from PCOS aka Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, you know that it can often be debilitating. Facial acne, irregular menses, struggles with fertility, and possibly struggles to loose weight. There is a strong link between women with PCOS and also having what is known as insulin resistance…

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Healthy Smoothie with Blueberries

The Power of Antioxidants

February 15, 2021

The Power of Antioxidants You’ve probably heard that antioxidants are really important for your health but do you know exactly what they do? There are lots of different antioxidants and some of them are known for giving fruits and vegetables their distinctive colors. For example, lycopene, is found in red fruits and veggies and beta…

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Optimal heart health tips

Mindful Eating for Optimal Heart Health

February 12, 2021

Mindful Eating for Optimal Heart Health As a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, I understand the body as a complex system of energies and organs, all working together as a whole unit. However, when an acupuncturist talks about an organ, like the spleen, heart, or kidneys, they are not referring to the physical organ that sits…

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Nutrition for heart health

Nutrition for Heart Health

February 9, 2021

Nutrition for Heart Health Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) nutrition combines ancient wisdom with modern science. TCM nutrition is a holistic approach, which aims to balance all five flavors within most meals with one or two flavors being emphasized for therapeutic purposes. TCM nutrition for hypertension emphasizes bitter flavors, sour flavors, and energetically-cooling foods. Incorporating the…

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Mood Food for mental health

Mood Food: What to eat to curb depression

August 9, 2020

Mood Food: Using food as medicine to help depression Many have heard the question posed what came first, the chicken or the egg? But how does that concept apply to depression? It’s well-known that when we’re depressed, our motivation and interest in maintaining a healthy and balanced diet subsides in the same way our energy…

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healthy diets for optimal living

Are Crash Diets Dangerous for Your Health?

August 6, 2020

How Crash Diets Can Affect Your Health Ever been tempted to go on a really strict diet to drop some pounds quickly? Sure, you might drop a dress size or two pretty quickly but this can come at a big cost. Intense diets that significantly restrict your calorie intake may lead to some weight loss…

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Natural ways to boost metabolism

Why is My Metabolism Slow?

July 13, 2020

Why is My Metabolism Slow? You may feel tired, cold or that you’ve gained weight. Maybe your digestion seems a bit more “sluggish”. You may be convinced that your metabolism is slow. Why does this happen? Why do metabolic rates slow down?   What can slow my metabolism? Metabolism includes all of the biochemical reactions…

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Treatments for poor circulation

Suffer from poor circulation and blood flow? Read this

March 20, 2020

  Do you suffer from poor blood flow or poor circulation issues?  This is a common complaint I hear about in my office. Especially in the PNW in the Fall and Winter months, cold hands and feet due to poor circulation. We all know that keeping your head and feet properly covered maintains our internal…

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Natural ways to control blood sugar

What no one tells you about blood sugar

August 20, 2019

How Do I Keep My Blood Sugar Stable? Diabetes, especially Type 2, is a major health epidemic. With an estimate of over 366 million people world wide diagnosed and that number is on the rise. Type 2 diabetes involves a chronic high blood sugar levels that leads to the body becoming insulin resistant. This is…

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Glycemic index explained

A complete guide to understanding the glycemic index

August 10, 2019

What is the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load?  You may have heard of the glycemic index in the news. It has been around a long time to provide insight on how our bodies process different foods in regard to sugar content. Glycemic literally means “causing glucose (or sugar) in the blood.” The glycemic index was…

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