Natural Qi Newsletter
Melani Bolyai, L.Ac.Hello Friends,Summer is finally here bringing warm weather and longer days! This season’s newsletter contains articles that will help you learn more about the nutritional value of protein, and about treating yeast infections. There’s also a tasty recipe for a three-bean summer salad.
…and as many of you know, we have recently welcomed a new baby into our family! Violet Lia Neuner was born early this May. Check out Cooper’s Tip on introducing a new baby to the pets in your household.
As always, please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to speaking with you or seeing you at your next appointment!
Protein–Building Block of the Body
Protein is an essential nutritional building block in any diet. Protein helps your body build and maintain your bones, muscles, organs, blood and other tissue. It also is essential in the bodies’ metabolic process.
While most adults get enough protein in their diet, there are some populations that are protein deficient. If you are a vegetarian, or are pregnant, it’s important for you to make sure your body is getting enough protein to run right!
Proteins are made of amino acids. There are twenty amino acid types that are “essential”–meaning the body cannot produce them, so they need to come from your food. You need all the essential amino acids to get a sufficient amount of protein. Animal products including meat, fish, poultry, eggs and cheese contain all these amino acids, so a diet with enough of these foods should provide enough protein for the body to thrive.
Vegetarian foods, while they do not contain all the essential amino acids, can be eaten in combination to create a mix of all the essential amino acids. One of the most well known of these combinations is beans and rice–remember the Schoolhouse Rocks rhyme: “beans and rice are nice?” That’s what they were talking about! If you choose to be a vegetarian, I recommend you visit a nutritionist or do your own research to make sure you are combining the right foods to keep your body healthy and vibrant.
Expecting mothers also need to make sure they get enough protein. When I was pregnant, I was surprised to find that I was not getting enough. During pregnancy and breast-feeding, a woman should increase her protein intake by about 25 grams a day. This extra protein ensures both the mother’s health, and the development of a healthy, strong baby.
So, how much protein is enough? An easy way to calculate your protein needs is to divide your body weight by two; that number is the approximate number of grams of protein you should be getting on a daily basis. Remember, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you should add 25 grams to your daily protein consumption.
To learn more about protein, and see a charts that can show you the amount of protein found in most common foods, visit my website at: www.naturalqi.com/protein.
Treating Yeast Infections with Chinese Medicine
Many women and men suffer from a chronic yeast infection, or systemic yeast overgrowth. As the weather gets warmer, the heat, combined with closer-fitting clothing and damp swimsuits, can increase the likelihood of developing a yeast infection. If you suffer from yeast overgrowth, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help bring the body into balance to treat and prevent yeast problems.
Everyone has yeast in their bodies. In a healthy digestive tract, intestinal yeast is held in balance with intestinal flora. When this balance is corrupted, however, it can lead to yeast overgrowth, otherwise known as Candida or Candidiasis–the culprit behind all yeast infections.
Symptoms of Candida include: vaginal or anal yeast infections, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, PMS, and menstrual problems. If you have a systemic yeast overgrowth, you may also experience headaches, fatigue, mental fogginess, and lethargy. Yeast imbalance can also manifest in food allergies, respiratory allergies, skin rashes/fungus, and toenail fungus.
A disruption in the intestinal balance between yeast and flora can be caused by several factors. The most-common culprits are stress, antibiotics, steroids, birth control pills, pregnancy, and a diet high in sugar or starches. The hormonal fluctuations resulting from a woman’s menstrual cycle or a pregnancy can make women particularly susceptible to yeast infections.
Chinese Medicine treats yeast overgrowth with acupuncture, herbs, and dietary counseling. Acupuncture and herbs can strengthen the immune system, regulate hormones, and restore balance in the body. In combination with acupuncture and a supportive herbal regiment, patients are encouraged to curb certain foods from their diet. These foods include: carbs and sugars, alcohol, fermented foods, cheeses, vinegars, and caffine. I also encourage patients to take a high-quality flora supplement, (look for ones that require refrigeration), that can be found at most health food stores.
Ultimately, the goal of Chinese Medicine is exemplified in the perfect balance of the yin and yang. If you suffer from yeast overgrowth, Chinese Medicine works to restore the balance between yeast and flora so that your body can work optimally, and you can experience health and wellness.
Have you heard the good news? I have a sister! Her name is Violet, and while she’s about my size, she’s not furry like me. Hmm… Melani keeps calling her “the baby.”
If you are going to be introducing a “baby” to your pet, I have some expert tips on helping you ease the transition!
*If your pet is close to the mother, encourage another member of the household to develop a closer bond to your pet. That way, your pet can look to another caregiver when the new baby arrives.
*Trim your pets nails so we don’t accidentally scratch the baby.
*If you have a dog, make sure we’re trained. An owner who is clear about behavioral expectations helps dogs stay calm. Use a doll to teach your dog baby-appropriate behavior.
*Help me get used to the baby’s sounds and smells before the baby is born. Use a tape of a crying baby to help me adjust. Put baby lotions, powders or creams on your own skin to familiarize me with the smell before the baby arrives.
*Once the baby is born, familiarize your pet with the baby’ssmell by letting it sniff a baby blanket or baby clothing. Putsomething with the baby’s scent in an area where I like to sit or sleep.
*Always introduce your pet and your baby while supervised by an adult.
*If your pet urinates on the baby’s things, this is an expression of anxiety, not aggression. We’re trying to cover the baby smell with one of our own. Instead of scolding us, limit our access to baby things, and reassure us.
*Use double stick tape on crib and changing table surfaces to discourage us from jumping on them. We don’t like sticky paws.
Healthy Three Bean Salad Recipe
The Three Bean Salad is a staple of summer picnics. This quick recipe is easy to make, and contains lots of fiber and protein!
1 15 oz can of dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz can cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
1 15 oz can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
2 celery stalks, finely diced
1 clove of fresh garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
Three Bean Salad Vinaigrette
4 tbs red or white wine vinegar
3 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Walnut Oil
1 tbs dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, mix together the beans, celery, red pepper, and red onion.
In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red winevinegar, minced garlic and oregano. Add the vinaigrette to the beanmixture and adjust for salt and pepper.
If possible, chill for at least one hour to allow the flavors to mingle. It’s even better the next day!
Recipe makes about eight one-cup servings of three bean salad.
Recipe from Answer Fitness.
If you have questions, or would like to discuss anything you read here, please feel free to contact me. Take Care and Be Well!
Natural Qi Acupuncture and Herbs