Fermented Foods and Intestinal Health

fermented food for digestive healthThe modern world is changing every single day. Because of this constant state of change, our bodies are frequently having to adjust. We have a food supply being degraded and depleted of nutritional content, which in turn, causes our bodies to become depleted. Our soil and water is contaminated with antibiotics and deadly fertilizers. All of which become part of the food chain we rely upon. Because of this, antibiotics are failing and superbugs like MRSA are on the rise. Lack of nutrition and the overuse of antibiotics are just a couple of the things wreaking havoc on our intestinal health. But there are ways to combat this and keep the gut healthy. continue reading »

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Are Your Eyes Red or Inflamed?

Traditional Chinese Medicine for vision and eye healthIn the world of Traditional Eastern Medicine, the liver energy flows upward into the eyes. When this energy is flowing smoothly and working as it should, your vision is clear and sharp, you have efficient night vision and the eyes are bright and well-lubricated.

When out of balance, the liver can generate heat that rises upward. This heat can manifest in dry eyes, itchy eyes or eyes that are red and irritated. Think about how red one’s eyes can get after a night of drinking. Alcohol adds heat to the liver, which in turn rises upward and creates hot, red eyes. The facial flushing you see after a night of imbibing is also indicative of this heat. continue reading »

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Summer Solstice

During the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.

According to five element theory, during the summer the organ that receives extra energy is the heart. When the seasons change so do the organs we should focus on in the body. You should focus on the heart during summer. Feed the heart heart-nourishing foods and make sure to remain active so the heart receives positive energy. continue reading »

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What Are The Signs Of Heat Stroke?

Tucson Is About To Get Very Hot; What Are The Signs Of Heat Stroke?

It’s hot and getting hotter in Tucson. While the heat is draining, it’s mostly just a nuisance for many of us in the Old Pueblo. But for young children and older people, it can be a severe health risk. And some people in those age groups may have trouble verbalizing that they are experiencing symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Here are some signs to watch out for this summer if your loved one is at risk for health problems caused by heat.

Not sweating: The heat causes plenty of perspiration, but if your child has stopped sweating in high heat, it could be a sign that she is in distress.

Dry skin: If skin is getting dry, that’s an indication that the person may not have enough water in their system and may be feeling the effects of heat stroke.

Cramping: Muscle cramps and spasms in high-heat conditions could indicate that the body is struggling to deal with the heat.

Restlessness: If the person is in some discomfort, they could become restless as an indication of heat stroke.

Confusion or dizziness: The heat can have an effect on the mind, especially in cases of heat stroke or exhaustion. If a person is tired or dizzy and has to sit down, he may be in danger of heat stroke.

Nausea or vomiting: Heat exhaustion or stroke may cause someone to be sick to their stomach.

For babies and young children, refusing to drink when offered is another indication of possible heat stroke.

If you find yourself or someone else suffering from these symptoms, your goal should be to cool down the person’s core with an ice bath or at least put ice packs on their body.

You should allow them to sip cool water or a non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverage if they are alert. Don’t give a drink to someone who is vomiting, and don’t give them aspirin or acetaminophen.

Most importantly, if you’re not sure what to do or if the symptoms appear serious, CALL 911.

 

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IBS: Relief with Traditional Eastern Medicine

Acupuncture for IBSIrritable Bowel Syndrome, otherwise known as “spastic colon,” is a common disorder that affects the colon and causes many disruptive symptoms. Many of these symptoms can be managed with a simple change in diet and lifestyle. Eastern herbal medicine and acupuncture may be able to help. continue reading »

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