Taoist Breathing Method

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  The air we breath contributes to our general well-being, but we don’t often think about that in the context of nutrition. Yes, nutrition! Air is a form of nutrient in both biomedicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The exchange of gases occurs in the lungs, where oxygen (O2) is inhaled and carbon dioxide (CO2) […]

Keep Moving!

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Science has established we need to keep moving everyday, and the latest research shows that 150 minutes a week, or about 25 minutes a day is the sweet spot for the general population. Interestingly, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York recommends 30-60 minutes daily exercise for healthy people, and 30 minutes a day for cancer patients. […]

Turmeric Chaser – An After-Dinner Treat

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“Turmeric Chaser” is a beautiful, tasty treat to top off a clean, healthy meal. The main ingredient in this recipe is turmeric. The turmeric contains curcumin. Curcumin, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and benefits cellular activity involved in these pathways, speeding repair. Black pepper contains piperine, the compounds that give black pepper its pungent […]

Qigong is a Moving Meditation

Qigong is a moving meditation that brings the practitioner into the present moment, in a relaxed state. Qigong engages the nervous system, calming the mind, relaxing the muscles, slowing and deepening breathing. We think of qigong as moving meditation because it clears the mind while working the body. It brings mindful awareness to one’s physical, mental and emotional states and […]

The Limbic System-Acupuncture Connection

fMRI of Limbic System sections, courtesy of the NIH

Acupuncture modulates the limbic system, which is layman’s terms, results in stress relief. Previously we published an article on the Limbic System, to give you context about what the limbic system does and how acupuncture impacts it indirectly. Subsequently we found a study supporting this, title Effects of Electroacupuncture versus Manual Acupuncture on the Human Brain as Measured by fMRI, […]

Top 10 Fitness Trends 2016

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Here are the top 10 fitness trends 2016 from the ACSM‘s annual survey: 1. Activity Trackers: wearable technology can help you gauge various aspects of help, including sleep, steps in a day, water consumption, and how much heart rate varies between rest, exercise, and stress. 2. Body Weight Training: Body weight training uses your body weight to build strength. File […]

How Does Stress Affect the Body?

Ted-Ed Body Response to Stress

Stress affects multiple systems in your body, speeds up the aging process, suppresses the immune system so you get sick more often, and causes many unwanted symptoms that rob your quality of life. Who wants that? From TED-Ed creator Sharon Horesh Bergquist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-t1Z5-oPtU&list=PLuXCgSAOiPf3joT_PHGK22dqbDhixFjD4 Headaches, IBS, insomnia, brain fog, high blood pressure, palpitations, and frequent colds are […]

Eu-Stress is Good Stress

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Eu-stress is the opposite unwanted stress. Eu-stress is the positive form of stress that challenges us to reach beyond what we thought we were capable of. We think of stress as negative, and for sure our body’s reaction to most stress is a state of distress. But if something’s a negative might it have a positive aspect? Stress is a common […]

10 Stress – Management Techniques

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Stress is on the rise globally and we all feel it. Daily stressors are not showing signs of abating anytime soon. Therefore, it’s up to us to work on managing our stress so we can function well and enjoy our lives. A little practice goes a long, long way – you just have to decide you’re going […]