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I will do my best today, because I want to do it, not because I have to do it and not because I am trying to please others.

   
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Acupuncture: Boost Fitness and Sports Performance

Want less pain and a faster recovery? Try acupuncture! I like to say that with every ailment, acupuncture can help! When a top athlete like Kobe Bryant tweets a picture of acupuncture needles in his leg, you know it’s time to consider how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help improve your sports performance. All athletes and coaches are involved in an ongoing search for ways to improve performance and gain a competitive edge over their rivals. Many are finding that acupuncture can often provide that edge.

From moving more fluidly to recovering from an injury, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you to stay active, boost your fitness level, and recover more quickly. By following the principles of Oriental medicine, an acupuncture treatment can strengthen body function and restore internal harmony and balance. Professional sports teams and top athletes often have an acupuncturist on staff to treat injuries and keep them performing at their peak.

Practitioners of Oriental medicine can help athletes, even the amateur “weekend warrior,” in many ways. In addition to acupuncture, tight, stiff muscles may be helped by manual techniques such as cupping, a suction-based massage, and Gua Sha, a Chinese form of friction massage. In 2011, researchers at the University of Duisburg-Essen found that Gua Sha was effective at treating chronic pain and muscle stiffness in the lower back. In India, researchers from Majeedia Hospital found cupping helped to reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle stiffness in patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis. Cupping also improved blood supply to the area and simulated light exercise, leading to increased muscle flexibility in the region, researchers explained.

Some of the best Olympic athletes incorporate acupuncture into their wellness programs. China’s 7 foot 6 inch basketball center, Yao Ming, used acupuncture and Oriental medicine to help him recover after undergoing surgery on his ankle. Chinese swimmer, Wang Qun, was photographed doing some last minute training in Beijing with round marks on her back from cupping.

Call today to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you meet your fitness goals and assist in recovering from an injury!

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Acceleration Training: The Power Plate

My new favorite piece of equipment for fitness, flexibility, whole body circulation, muscle strengthening, conditioning and recovery is the Power Plate. Okay, maybe I am so attracted to this doctor’s scale looking vibrating machine because it started out so foreign to me, and it promised the world, and would reduce cellulite? The Power Plate company uses the ideology and science of accelerated training (vibration plate technology) to naturally stimulate the body’s reaction to vibration (in as little as 15 minutes, three times a week). It is not just a fad, however. In Europe, acceleration training has been scientifically proven to help people of all ages, genders, and professions recover, and has also been approved by the EEC in Europe (which holds the highest standards in rehabilitation medical devices).

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5 Secrets for Flat Abs

Here are 5 ways to improve your eating habits that will dramatically flatten your abs: Flat Abs Secret #1: Enjoy natural sweets
Traditional sugar-filled sweets will quickly add up around your waistline. Instead of going for sugary sweets, enjoy natural sweets.

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Take Control of Your Food Source: Start Your Own Garden 101

Continuing with the Earth Day “month” theme, I wanted to write a little about organic gardening. Since we all do not have aeroponic or hydroponic tower gardens in our homes (though i believe we should. . . Please visit: http://truthnhealth.com/2014/02/the-tower-garden-by-juice-plus/), most of us are able to grow something in and around our homes place of residence. The more I learn about how our food sources are being genetically altered and compromised, the better “grow it yourself” foods sound.The common phrase of “farm to table” does not resonate the same as from your own garden to your own table. Home growers know exactly what is used to grow their food source (if the seed is unaltered) and has total control of what foods (NOT chemicals) go into their bodies and the bodies of their loved ones. It is the time of “take control” and feel good about the whole process and agricultural green thumb journey along the way, especially if you are new to gardening. 

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The Promised Miracle Weight Loss Pill: Garcinia Cambosia

It is all over the internet, including most forms of social media and has superstar medical doctors, such as Dr. Oz endorsing it for its amazing weight loss abilities. People say it is inexpensive, works like no other supplement, safe and accessible. They are all taking about Garcinia Cambosia, a tropical plant which yields a fruit that with its rind, has many medicinal healing properties. It is a completely organic pumpkin-shaped fruit native to Indonesia and has been successfully and scientifically proven to “tear away fat from the body.” Yes. It is a miracle. Please keep reading for benefits, warnings and dosage suggestions.

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Charley Horses, Leg Cramps and Foot Spasms, Oh My!

If you frequent painful muscle spasms in the foot or legs, you are not alone. These often short lived but sometimes debilitating leg occurrences are brought on by overused or injured muscles, dehydration, having low levels of minerals such as potassium or calcium, or pregnancy. They can sneak up on you in the middle of the night or occur during a workout (especially if you are challenging your body to do new movements or heavier weights). Upper leg spasms are more common with running or jumping activities. Spasm in the neck (cervical spine) can be a sign of stress. Let’s take a look at additional causes of these painful spasms and ways to prevent them!

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13 Power Foods That Help Detox the Body

Spring time is usually the most popular time for people to consider and make the decision to do a detox program. Most of these brave and committed soldiers are forced to choose between dozens of media popularized detoxes, most of which are expensive, abusive to the colon or too low in calories. Beneficial detoxes should help the body eliminate and neutralizing toxins from the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system and skin, and also help to rebuild damaged tissues through the detoxification process (done only by replenishing the body of phytochemicals, macronutrients and the right amount of calories). Because there are so many programs out there, and picking the exact detox program right for your own body and life situation can be overwhelming, below is a list of top detoxing foods that will help in the day to day elimination of accumulated body toxins.

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Pregnancy and Exercise

There are so many conflicting “do’s” and “don’t’s” these days when it comes to pregnancy and what is accepted from the stand point of the modern medical professions to cultural and even generational beliefs. It seems like every article I read seems to either contradict the last one, or encourages mothers-to-be to push the antiquated envelop of bed-ridden pregnancies. I read articles on cross fit and marathon women competing and racing well into their third trimesters, and huge supports and nay-sayers for both sides. It’s like the “eggs are good and eggs are bad for you” argument. Which is it really? I recommend each mother to listen to their bodies, ask for help and guidance from fitness and health professionals if they have questions (not just googling and self assessing) and to stop painful movements, but many people ignore the body’s warning signs and need a check list of exactly what to and what not to do. Below is a very general guide for the modern woman regarding pregnancy and exercise. Take it at face value and then modify to your lifestyle and fitness ability.

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Why Diets Seem to Fail

It is an obsession with many Americans and those of the progressive and developed countries. . .  Weight Loss and dieting. It is no surprise that year after year, weight loss remains one of the top 3 new year resolutions on most people’s list. Sure, losing weight is one of the top resolutions made each New Year, but only about twenty percent of people are able to achieve weight-loss.

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2014 Top Fitness and Weight Loss Trends

It’s that time of year again . . . The smell of evergreen and cinnamon in the air and the thought of holiday festivities. What some may consider the “most wonderful time of the year,” is always followed by the wouldas, shouldas and couldas, or what I like to call New Year resolutions. On the top of most people’s list is the very popular, weight loss and get fit aspirations. The following article highlights the top fitness trends for the 2014 year from the American College of Sports Medicine, who conducts this world-wide survey of over 50,000 professional fitness instructors on most popular types of workouts.

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