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The Holy Monk Fruit?

From China and Thailand, the literal translation for these little round green guava like sweet fruits used for its medicinal and sweetness is Monk fruit, or luo han guo. Founded in the 1930s this fruit has been used in the Asias for combating cough, sore throats and promoting long life. It has been (more recently) praised for its sweetness, however, and commercially used as a sweetener alternative and said to be 500 times sweeter than sugar. Start looking at the ingredients of processed health food products and you will see monk fruit.

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Healthy Aging and Improved Longevity

Leaving behind the bright years of youth and entering a quieter, more mature phase in life often prompts the question: How can I preserve my youth and extend my life? For answers to this question we might consult the teachings of Li Qing Yun.

According to the 1933 obituary for Li Qing Yun in Time Magazine, he lived from 1736 until 1933. While this improbably long life span has become the stuff of legend, for arguments’ sake, let us acknowledge that this man managed to live to a ripe old age.

How did he live so long? Acupuncture and Oriental medicine provide guidance to understand what Li Qing Yun found essential to leading a long and healthy life. Let us examine the meaning behind his response when asked about his longevity: “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog.”

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Ebola Outbreak. Fact or Fiction?

It’s not just a popular 1995 American medical disaster film staring Dustin Hoffman. Ebola is a very rare but serious disease, killing more than 90% of those who become infected. For those in West Africa who are fighting the spread and contamination currently, it is a worst nightmare. Ebola is not forgiving and is a smart killer, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are reassuring people of the United States that an outbreak has never and will never happen in the states. But the reality is that the burning of the infected corpses in low temperatures of African Countries could possibly be spreading the disease from the smoke. There are already many of the healthcare professionals working on these crises diagnosed positive for Ebola. What’s going to happen to them?

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Fall Festivals, Sports Gatherings and Cookouts. Be Prepared.

Fall sports season is here and that means more neighborhood gatherings to watch the “big games.” Summer is almost over and though many parts of the world are still in hot heat, temperatures will slowly begin to cool. Cookouts and BBQs, back to school picnics and movie nights on the lawns are popping up on the calendars, so you should be equipped to make the best choices when it comes to what to eat to best survive a these festive gatherings:

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Omega 6 and Omega 3: The Difference and the Balance

We are taught to be well versed in our healthy oils, by eating lots of them and not to worry about fat that is deemed “healthy,” and refrain from eating processed carbohydrates (because that is what makes us fat). But taking a step beyond fat and weight gain, I challenge everyone to look at body inflammation and what is making us “sick”. What I have been finding is that most people are simply too inflamed and are consuming way too much Omega 6 on a regular basis. Though there is a large spectrum of Omega 6 and Omega 3 (poly unsaturated) rich sources, the key is to eat from low Omega 6 sources and high Omega 3 sources and maintain an anti-inflammatory diet. Further more, most people do not understand the difference between the specific Omegas, and how eating the different ratios of specific Omegas is a direct translation into how we feel, look, how our body functions, and yes, weight gain as well.

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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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Gas and Bloating: Be Gone!

 Sometimes we wake up feeling a little bit round than we remembered going to bed feeling. Our face is just a little bit more “chipmunk” or our middle area is squishier. Perhaps our inside bellies don’t feel quite as good, either. Maybe too much green juice or worse yet, fried summer BBQ and fair food. Whatever the factors may be, the following are great tips to beat the bloat.

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Best Ways to Kick Sugar Cravings

Sugar is hidden in almost everything, and more pervasive now than ever before. It is almost unbelievable when looking around an eatery setting (restaurant, picnic tables, social gatherings, and work place cafeteria) how much of the foods we eat on a daily basis is laden in sugar. Why have we become a society of such sugar consumers? We are taught to even feed our little ones a 4 course meal of sugar (chocolate milk, cereal or breakfast bar, crackers, gummy and fruit snacks with yogurt) and call it “healthy.” It’s no wonder that sugar is called our modern day recreational drug and compared to “crack” as being addictive. Dopamine (which makes people feel pleasure) is released in the brain when sugar is consumed. And both the brain and body likes this, which creates a greater desire for more sugar. This stimulant reaction also occurs when the body is using morphine and heroin. The following are ways to kick the sugar cravings that often seem to rule our daily food and lifestyle choices. 

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Heart Attacks, Costochondritis & Essential Oils. . . Oh My!

According to the World Health Organization, most of the deaths in progressive and modern countries such as the United States are caused by cardiovascular diseases. This article will overview two conditions dealing with chest pains that may symbolize heart problems: costochondritis and heart attacks. Though there are many other reasons people may experience pressure and pain in the upper and middle chest cavity, the following shines light into symptoms, possible causes and essential oils to use to prevent and treat such conditions. 

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10 Ways to Kick Start a Change

Take a positive attitude and try to ingrain some short and simple habits into your daily routine:

1. Buy the ‘healthiest’ foods at the grocery store: I don’t mean buy the most expensive food. Buy the healthiest. Don’t look at the price. You won’t notice at the check-out counter. All the stress happens at the point of decision. Know that your body will feel better in the long run.

2. Try a healthy smoothie for breakfast: Kick the day off right with healthy raw veggies, quality proteins and natural fats. Check out our Ikkuma Smoothie. You won’t die without that coffee. Save your coffee for pre-workout.

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