Wellness and Self Care

In addition to Acupuncture and Herbs, I encourage my patients to explore other areas of wellness and self care. These include nutrition, exercise, meditation, and yoga. Any activity that supports your mind, body, or spirit can contribute to your overall health and sense of wellbeing.

Nutrition: Protein Options, Safe Fish Choices, Congee, Dietary Recommendations for Deficiencies, Improve Digestion and Diet, Buying Organic

Exercise: Yoga, Stretching, deep breathing, Tai Chi

Restful Sleep: sleep restores and repairs like no other treatment. Know more about insomnia, sleep problems, and how to get better rest

Meditation: instructions for a simple meditation

More nutrition information

Protein is an essential nutritional building block in any diet, so it’s important to know you’re getting enough each day. Ideally, a 120-pound adult should consume 54 grams of protein a day, and a 150-pound person about 68 grams per day. These numbers are even higher for mothers who are expecting. 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.

While many people turn to meat as a protein source, there are many other protein-rich alternatives–like legumes, whole grains and vegetables. See a helpful chart of protein contents for many common foods.

Safe Fish: In a balanced diet, fish can be a wonderful source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Lately, however, concerns have been raised about the safety of fish consumption.

There are two main areas of concern when it comes to fish: nutritional issues and environmental issues. Due to environmental pollution in our waters, it’s possible that some fish meat contains high levels of harmful substances. For example, c. There are also environmental dangers to consider when it comes to fishing and fish farms. Over harvesting of fish in the wild can disrupt the sea’s ecological balance. Fish farms often use chemicals in the farming process that can damage surrounding marine environments.

See this helpful Safe Fish List to help you make healthy nutritional and environmental choices.

Deficiences Certain foods can be beneficial for different people’s systems, and less helpful for others’. Specific dietary changes can help strengthen or counterbalance these deficiencies. Some common diagnoses include:

Blood Deficiency may be the result of symptoms such as headache, anxiety, fatigue, and anemia, or can occur during a woman’s menstrual cycle. There are two major ways to build blood through nutrition: strengthen the digestive system’s ability to absorb blood nourishing nutrients and increase the ingestion of those nutrients.

Dampness Symptoms can sometimes include fatigue, extra weight, and bloating and gas. “Dry out” your system by choosing your foods wisely.

Weak Digestion If given this diagnosis, learn what foods to avoid, and which to eat to boost your digestive function.

Yang Deficiency and Warming Foods See a list of symptoms, including feeling cold and retaining water, and understand what foods to eat to feel better.

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