Q: What can I do to improve my health as we enter the New Year? [Read more…]
From our friends at Paleomg.com – an excellent recipe for Thanksgiving Caramelized Onion And Sausage stuffing recipe.
1lb ground pork sausage
2 yellow onions, sliced
1 sweet potato or yam
1 container of mushrooms, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 cup pecans, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
⅓ cup chicken broth [Read more…]
Q: Is it possible to enjoy a healthy holiday meal on a Paleo diet?
A: Absolutely! As this U.S.News article outlines, more and more people choosing a more traditional ‘paleolithic’ diet can do well for the holidays with delicious recipes swapping out processed grains and bulking up veggies and roots. [Read more…]
Q: Holiday meals can be heavy. What can I do to help?
A: Holidays meals can absolutely be heavy in calories and fats. This in moderation can be managed by most of us. However, in excess, this can lead to indigestion and, in some cases, pain. [Read more…]
Q: How can I maintain a healthy diet during the holiday season?
A: Diet is such an integral aspect of Chinese medicine that no matter the season, food choices matter! [Read more…]
This post is the first in a new series to answer frequently asked questions by our naturopathic doctor, Diana Quinn, ND.
Q: How much vitamin D should I be taking?
A: The best way to determine how much vitamin D you need is to test your level with a simple blood test. The reference range for normal vitamin D levels is 25-50, but research indicates that optimal levels are at the higher end of the range, between 50-100, especially for patients with chronic illness or increased risk. If you are deficient (<25) or insufficient (between 25-35) you may benefit from high-dose supplementation to bring your levels up. The standard dosage for prescribed vitamin D treatment is 50,000 IU once per week, which averages out to about 7500 IU daily. This dosage usually needs to be maintained for about 3 months and then levels re-tested. The best form of vitamin D to take is D3, which can be found in a liquid or pill form. Maintenance doses of vitamin D for adults are 2000-4000 IU, though some people seem to require higher daily maintenance dosing to keep their levels in the optimal range. Remember that vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient, which means that it is stored in the fat and can accumulate in the body, so more is not always better for long-term supplementation. Symptoms of excess vitamin D are nausea, increased thirst and urination, and the development of kidney stones. However, more people likely are deficient or require much more vitamin D than they are getting than are at risk for too much. Consult your naturopathic doctor or general physician for advice on what dosage is right for you.
Much has been written about Bone Broth lately. In major cities such as New York and Chicago, bone broth restaurants have surfaced. In some neighborhoods, bones at local butchers are hard to come by – becoming a “hot commodity” as residents travel near and far to get the “best bones” for their broth.
Bone Broth is incredibly nutritious and touts many health benefits!
First off, bone broth is made with – well, BONES! A wide range of animal bones can be used to make bone broth – including, chicken, beef, pork, lamb and fish. Unlike meat broths, which take 2-4 hours, bone broths are simmered over low heat for a long period of times. Purchasing bones from grass-fed animals is desirable. Many times, the bones are roasted before making the soup. [Read more…]
As the dark nights and short days of winter are upon is, it is not uncommon to feel more tired, lower energy, and a desire to stay inside a warm house and cozy up with a good book. For many of us, this is a passing experience that can be cured by a weekend getaway or a few sunny days. However, for some, these symptoms can be indicative of a form of depression called Season Affective Disorder. According to the web site familydoctor.org, as many as ½ a million people have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is not surprising that SAD is more common in the Northern part of the country. Symptoms of winter-onset Seasonal Affective Disorder include: loss of energy, depression, anxiety, oversleeping, changes in appetite and difficulty concentrating. There are a number of natural ways to treat SAD. [Read more…]
Receiving a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is very scary and confusing for many women, especially when trying to conceive. PCOS is a syndrome—this means one size does NOT fit all. Classically, women with PCOS were overweight, had inappropriate hair growth and did not menstruate regularly. However, many of the PCOS patients I see do NOT fit that description. Some women have insulin resistance, acne, irregular periods or cysts on their ovaries. Or not. Traditional treatment for PCOS involves birth control pills, blood sugar regulating medications, low carb diet and exercise. When trying to conceive, all of those options are great—with the exception of birth control pills! [Read more…]
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is represented by one of the elements of nature (such as wind, cold, damp or heat). The element associated with summer is heat or FIRE!
Fire energy is considered YANG Energy. Yang is big, yang is expansion yang is excess. As you know, summer is all about expansion. The flowers are in full bloom, the days are long, we spend lots of time outside doing physical activity.
In TCM, every element is also associated with an organ. The organ associated with Fire is the Heart.
When we think about the summer and taking good care of our “heart” we should be thinking about the following.
The Heart Energy (qi energy) is thought to rule our spirit. We call this the shen. The shen oversees cognitive function and mental activity. The shen also oversees the seven main emotions (joy, anger, sadness, grief, fright, apprehension, worry). Oftentimes, emotional imbalances are associated with the Heart. [Read more…]