Ladies, you are not alone if you feel like your sex drive is low. In fact, according to Chinese medicine, it is part of the natural cycle of aging. Now that doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything about it! It does mean that we shouldn’t blame ourselves or our partners. If your sex drive is low, it may be related to your vital organs being depleted, in particular, your kidneys.
This blog comes from an article that I was asked to write for St. Vincent’s for men’s health so I thought I’d share it on my blog!
Staying healthy needs to be a priority for everyone, especially men. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015. Many men have come into my office wanting to try acupuncture but are unsure of how it can help them. Having hormonal balance and keeping inflammation at bay are two ways to help prevent prostate cancer, both of which acupuncture can help. Acupuncture can also address stress, anxiety, digestive issues, weight loss, pain relief, and other ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Tips to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer
Lack of sleep leads to a whole host of possible health problems – such as heart disease, obesity, depression, and ulcers. It also reduces how productive we are at work, and personally, lack of sleep makes me cranky!. Here’s ten simple tips according to Traditional Chinese Medicine to promote better quality sleep.
Headaches can be an annoyance and can prevent you from performing your best. From my experience, people who get headaches the most usually fall into two groups. One group includes people who simply use their brain a lot. They’re lawyers, teachers, writers, worriers, busy mothers, did I exclude anyone? They’re people who put overtime in their thought process. So it shouldn’t seem strange that they get headaches. It’s like an athlete who overuses a muscle. That muscle goes into spasms and wants a massage. The other group of people that seem to get frequent headaches seem to have been in an accident of some sort, maybe having experienced a concussion or some kind of post traumatic stress disorder.
This morning I made smoothies with the kids. I was so happy when my kids actually drank it…and asked for more! Here are the basic ingredients, which I chose because these foods build the immune system. I talked to the kids about building their shields, which helps to fight off colds and flus and germs in general. I always want to explain to them why it’s important to eat well. Building their shield conversation seemed to sink into their pliable brains. Continue Reading…
I wanted to follow up after one of my last blogs with some recipes that can help balance your hormones. Since soy is the most potent source of isoflovanes, I’m focusing on how to incorporate miso paste to some everyday recipes. Since adding miso into my daily diet, I have seen an improvement in my memory and overall energy. I hope you enjoy!
This is our favorite kale salad at our house. A friend brought this over and now my husband and I are addicted to it! Thanks Liz Matthews for introducing this delicious salad to us! Kale is the most nutrient based planet, is full of antioxidants, is an excellent source of vitamin C, can help lower cholesterol, helps prevent heart disease and osteoporosis. Wow!!!
TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR ESTROGEN NOW SO YOU’LL FEEL BETTER LATER
The Menopause Experience
Ask any woman who has already hit menopause and they’ll tell you that at some point, your estrogen will be gone gone gone. That’s because when your ovaries stop producing eggs, they also stop producing estrogen and progesterone. I am 41 and recently noticed more anxiety, irritability, low energy, and low libido. Those are all signs of perimenopause, which occurs between the ages of 40-44. Yikes! I have been on a pretty strict paelo diet, which has cured my husband of acid reflux, PLUS he lost 20 lbs. I haven’t eaten soy, legumes, or much rice in almost a year. My strict vegetable, nut, meat and fruit diet has not been contributing to my estrogen reserve. I realized that it’s time I focus on boosting my ovarian health so my ovaries don’t quit on me, and building up my phytoestrogens so that I have a good reserve for when they do eventually retire. Continue Reading…
The NY Times recently published an article “What Causes Girls to Enter Puberty Early?” I immediately read the article, especially because I have a 7 year old daughter, and puberty can start as early as 7 years old for some girls. Basically, they sited that stress, obesity and environmental toxins were prime suspects. All of these factors affect the endocrine system causing the body to create too much estrogen, which can lead to estrogen positive breast cancer. The article also sites that early puberty can lead to not only breast cancer, but depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Studies show that mice with cancer under stress are more likely to have metastatic cancer, another reason to manage stress.
These strawberry-goji berry-banana muffins are a healthy, paleo treat that the whole family can enjoy. My son loves strawberries but won’t touch other berries so I decided to grind up frozen strawberries with some goji berries to make this antioxidant muffin! He didn’t even notice either of the berries and loved them. These are grain free, gluten free, starch free and full of protein and antioxidants. I love making them on Sunday morning so I have an easy go to breakfast during the week. Enjoy!