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Feb 07 2012

Tal Recommends – Fish Oil

In the last 4 years or so I have been taking fish oil every day. The amount I’m taking is not high, but when I feel pain, for example in the planter of my foot, and I know it’s inflamed, I double the amount of fish oil I take for a few days. I feel how it helps because it works as anti-inflammatory agent in the body.

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions,such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain, and since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food.

Omega-3 fatty acids are also associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. New studies are identifying potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Please check out this information about Omega-3 fatty acids and consider adding it to your life. Don’t forget to consult with your doctor first.

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Nov 21 2011

Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season – Ancient Wisdom From an Acupuncturist

by Ryan Powell Lac, MSOM

Fall brings us an opportunity to slow down a little, and reflect upon the year we are living. Traditionally, it is a good time for letting go of habits and patterns that may no longer be serving us. In the natural world, plants are releasing their leaves and seeds in preparation for next year’s growing cycle. At the same time, Fall is also a good time to keep something beneficial for yourself. This can be as simple as reserving 20 minutes a day for meditation, prayer, or a walk around the neighborhood. Nature reflects this idea as energies turn inwards. Plants put most of their energy into their roots during the fall and winter months, and animals put on a few extra pounds, and prepare to rest.

Along with the opportunities to grow and develop come unique challenges. The body must begin producing more of its own warmth, as there is not as much in the ambient atmosphere. This makes us more prone to catching colds and flu. While it is normal to get “sick” once a year or so, it is problematic when an illness lasts longer than it should, or will not go away completely.

I want to offer some sound suggestions on what to do should you start to feel like you are coming down with something.

  1. If you are feeling chilled, stay warm. Take a hot shower or bath, and try to break a light sweat. After you have begun to sweat just a little bit, stay covered up, and once again, stay warm.
  2. Use your probiotic (acidophilus and other beneficial gut bacteria) Good bacteria is competition for bad bacteria. A properly working digestive system is essential for immune function.
  3. Avoid sugars, refined carbohydrates, and dairy. All of these food will feed an acute infection, and suppress your immune system.
  4. Get plenty of clear fluids. When the body is fighting infection, your temperature goes up, and you require more water.
  5. Stimulate your immune system. Good products to use for a few days to stimulate your immune system can be helpful also. Here are some that I like:
    – X-Viromin by Apex Energetics
    – For Sore Throat: Yin Qiao (A Classic Chinese Herbal Formula)
    – More Severe Cold/Flu with Fever: Cold Quell by Blue Poppy
    – Andrographis is an excellent stand alone herb to use when you are sick.
    *Note: Traditionally, the herb astragalus, or huang qi is avoided during the early stages of an illness.
  6. See your health provider! Traditional medicine is excellent at helping people fight colds and flu. Custom herbal formulas can be made for you.

Enjoy the season and listen to your body, take steps to stay healthy.

Acupuncture Solutions
Ryan Powell Lac, MSOM
Acupuncture, Herbs, Nutrition

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Jul 25 2011

The real secret for your wellness

When it comes to health and fitness our habits play a key part. If I need to choose one word to describe the biggest influence on our health and fitness, consistency definitely would take first place. Yes, I agree that other factors have a large impact too, such as: what and how much we eat, the variety and the amount we exercise, the quality of our sleep and more , BUT without being consistent with all of those we won’t achieve the results we want or enjoy the health and fitness that we wish for.

In this modern life it’s a battle to make the right choices for your wellness every day, as life is happening to all of us: we get sick, we have urgent projects at work and in our personal life, we take care of kids and/or parents, we have parties to go to, enjoy vacations and we have so many other tasks. With all of that going on, our wellness takes a back seat many times. So here comes that word again – consistency – we’ll sometimes do more and sometimes do less, but in the end our consistency in doing what we intend and should do will make the difference in our wellness.

I’ve been working with a few clients for 3 or 4 years now, and consistency is what makes the difference for them. For example, one client is working out an average of 2-3 times a week; of course there are weeks when she is working out only once or not at all, and some weeks she can manage 4 times, but it’s the consistency over the last 3 years that gives her the great results (she has less back pain as she gains more strength and flexibility). Another lady put her mind around it and calls it “my extra health insurance”; having training sessions on a regular basis for years. She realizes and recognizes this regular training has helped her to fight illnesses and handle other situations in life.

The way to look at it is the Macro way, not the Micro way. Step back and look at what you do for your wellness during a month or even few months, not during a week or few days. It’s not the all-or-nothing approach and not the quick fix (which I’ll talk about in later articles) – it’s how I’m living my life as a whole, and what choices I make every day to be able to have the best health and fitness possible.

My assignment for you is: Take a look at your life and your everyday activities, from work to grocery shopping to resting in front of the TV. Be honest and identify the 2-3 times a week when you are most likely to find time for 40-60 minutes of physical activity. It might not be the perfect time but there is a good chance you’ll have that time. Write it down in your planner – in my planner I write things like: “Tal – cardio” or “Tal yoga,” and when the time comes I don’t think about whether I feel like it or not, I just go and do it. It’s an appointment like any other, with anyone else in your life such as a friend or a doctor. Unless there is something else that comes up and just can’t wait, you don’t skip those appointments with yourself. If you start doing that and keep it up around 80%-90% of the time, you will create consistency and you’ll feel the difference soon enough – you deserve it!

Remember, we all have every kind of excuses and reasons, but it’s all about how often we allow ourselves to give in to them which will give us the real picture and show us how much we value our health and fitness!!!

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