Thursday, October 27, 2016

Winter is coming

The weather is starting to get cold in most regions of the country, and that cold air puts a lot of stress on your body. It’s time to prep your body’s defenses to keep you healthy during this time of colds, flus, and other illnesses that can hit during the Fall season, and to keep you strong as we head into Winter. 

As Mother Nature prepares for winter, we, too, must prepare our bodies for the cold months ahead. This is a good time of year to detox your body. As with the changing weather, your body is looking to makes changes as well. A detox is a good way to kick off these changes. As your body comes off the detoxmake sure to eat warmer and more nourishing foods, such as roasted veggies and warm soups.

Foods, such vegetables and herbs, can help you stay strong through the colder monthsAmp up a bowl of soup by adding garlic, ginger, fresh green onions, and chives. These same herbs are even more important to include when you start feeling a cold coming on. The pungent flavors will open up your pores to help you sweat out the cold.

Finally, be good to your body and come in for an acupuncture session. Fall is an ideal time to get back into your acupuncture routine, especially if you are sufferingfrom cold, pneumonia, asthma, depression, fatigue, arthritis, or any illness really.

Acupuncture is great to include as part of your illness prevention plan. Acupuncture directly boosts your immune system to make you less susceptible to illnessesAs you prepare your housecar, and closet for Winter, make sure to prepare yourself as well for the coming cold.

Happy Fall, everyone!

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Chicago, IL 60654
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

Summer is my favorite season – farmers markets, warm weather, swimming, and everyone is just happier (I think it’s all of the festivals and sun – wakes us up from the chill of winter)According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Summer is the season of energy and life. It is associated with the Fire elementwhich is associated with the heart, small intestines, and tongue. As much as I love summer, this season can also come with health concerns, such as excess body heat, profuse sweating, parched mouth and throat, constipation, and heart palpitations. What can you do to help with these summer health concerns? Eat cool foods, of course.

Cooling foods, like lettuce, cucumbers, and strawberries, clear heat and toxins in the body; thus, cooling and calming the blood and nourishing your yinIf you know me, then you’ve heard me say, “Eat according to the season.” One of the easiest ways to do that is to belong to a coop or shop at your local farmers market. Sourcing your food locally is excellent for your health and supports your local environment.

Keep in mind: though raw foods, like salads, are good for cooling down your body, they take more energy for your body to process. Hence, if you have digestion problems, slightly stir-fry or sauté your veggies. Balancing raw foods with hot foods is a good way to follow a moderate eating plan and is good for your well-being.

Another function of Fire is to circulate oxygen-rich blood to your whole body. Hence, getting your heart pumping keeps it strong. Take advantage of the Summer – be active outside! But, remember to have fun doing so!

Happy July 4theveryone!

One last thought: when you do get hot this summer, try these great drinks.

Cucumber Water (good for your skin)

1 cucumber sliced
4 stalks of celery
lime, sliced
Watermelon rind (a few if you can get some)

Soak all of the ingredients overnight in a pitcher of water in the fridge, and enjoy! You can eat the ingredients or toss them. Do not leave the veggies and fruits in the water too long; it will make the water a bit bitter.

Cold Chrysanthemum Tea (helps prevent sunstroke and clears heat from your body, which is great for alleviating urinary tract infections)

60 - 80 White Chrysanthemum Flowers ( or

Rock sugar (candy) or honey (if you want it sweetened) (no sweeteners if you are using for UTI issues)
4 liters of water

1. Wash the chrysanthemum
2. Pour in 4 liters of water and bring it to boiling
3. Reduce heat and add chrysanthemum into a cooking pot
4. Continue to cook for 10 minutes and add in rock sugar or honey
5. Turn off the heat and allow the tea to seep for another ten
6. Remove pot from the heat and let tea cool to room temperature
7. Strain the tea and refrigerator
8. Serve the tea chilled