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What Do Diets Have In Common?
We are constantly inundated with the latest and greatest diets or food trends. All this information can make it difficult to know what we really should be eating. But if we strip away all the hype, we can see that the majority of diets have a couple similar themes; such as eating more vegetables, less refined carbohydrates and minimal sugar. For the best outcomes, we can skip the latest dietary trend and instead focus on incorporating these main principles to improve the quality of our health!
A Bounty of Vegetables, a Bowl of Grains and a Dash of Sugar
To promote optimal health, we need the cells in our body to function as optimally as possible. When we eat vegetables, they are loaded with vitamins and minerals that are essential anti-oxidants for healthy cellular function and the prevention of disease. Green leafy vegetables are rich in Vitamins A, C, K, B, Folate, Calcium and Iron. And, when we add an array of colorful veggies like bell peppers, carrots, cabbage, purple kale, radishes and squash we are eating our daily multi-vitamin. These foods can decrease inflammation to lessen pain, protect our vessels, support our brain and improve our energy level.
On the flip side, cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup is considered to be pro-inflammatory and can damage our cells and vessels, which contributes to dementia, diabetes, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. Refined carbohydrates, like bread, pasta and crackers increase our blood sugar levels and can have the same impact in our body when consumed in high amounts or on a regular basis.
A 2014 review of studies examining carbohydrates and chronic disease showed that a diet low in refined carbohydrates may offer anti-inflammatory benefits to reduce the risk of type 2-diabetes and heart disease.
How Should I Add These Foods Into My Diet?
Strive for 2 servings of green leafy vegetables per day. Such as spinach, kale, chard, arugula, mustard greens
Add 3-5 servings of colorful vegetables per day
Avoid cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup
Eat refined carbohydrates no more than 20% of the time. Instead choose intact grains like brown rice, wild rice, Forbidden rice, quinoa, millet, oats and squash
Choose organic fruits, vegetables and meat whenever possible
Incorporate healthy fats at every meal like avocados, avocado oil, olive oil, nuts and seeds
Pay attention to the cooking temperature of oils and store them in a cool, dark cabinet
Ward Off Disease by Looking In Your Refrigerator!
The old saying “you are what you eat” holds true. We now know that quality matters and not all calories are the same. And in order to spark your metabolism and improve the function of all your cells, you need proper nutrition. So, if you want your body to perform at it’s highest level then you need to fuel it with the highest quality foods.
Research is now supporting the benefit of high quality food such as organic, free-range meat and wild caught fish. A study published in 2018, showed that eating a diet high in organic food was associated with a reduced risk of cancer.And not only is the quality of our food important, but how we prepare them as well. Incorporation of healthy fats is essential, but keeping them from spoiling will reduce oxidative damage
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Buyken, AE, Goletzke, J, Joslowski, G, Felbick, A, Cheng, G, Herder, C, Brand-Miller, JC. Association between carbohydrate quality and inflammatory markers: systematic review of observational and interventional studies. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Am J Clin Nutr. 99(4): 2014;813-33.https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2707948
Endometriosis is a women’s health condition where uterine cells grow outside of the uterus, commonly in the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Because endometrial tissue is regulated by hormones, women will experience increased pain close to their menses. While Western medicine focuses on hormonal therapy and laparoscopic surgery, Chinese medicine works to regulate the menstrual bleeding and reduce the severity of pain.
Acupuncture reduces pain
A 2010 research study showed that a series of 10 acupuncture treatments significantly reduced pain levels for women with endometriosis. We generally treat patients over the course of 2-3 menstrual cycles to effect significant change. Women receiving acupuncture should be aware that it takes time for treatment results to last.
Acupuncture reduces inflammation
Researchers say inflammation is the main cause of endometriosis pain. The insertion of needles can greatly alleviate the inflammation that occurs during the menstrual cycle, as well as afterwards. Because acupuncture improves circulation it reduces both inflammation and pain. As part of the treatment plan, women should come in for acupuncture treatment the week before their period begins.
Chinese herbal therapy reduces endometriosis symptoms
Chinese herbal medicine has a long and extensive history of working with women’s health concerns, including endometriosis. There are many different formula that can be used to treat endometriosis. Our practitioners always perform thorough intakes and evaluations to determine which formula or modification of formula are best for our patients.
One of our key specialties is the set of services we provide women to help them to achieve and maintain healthy bodies. By alleviating imbalances and resolving PMS, menstrual related migraine headaches, excessive menstrual cramping and stress and fatigue we help women feel great and live healthy lives.
The experts at Inner Gate Acupuncture are trained and experienced in using Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to successfully support fertility and healthy pregnancies and to manage menopause issues and many menstrual problems.
With Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture you can:
Promote healthy, pain free cycles
Menstrual Cycle Health
Women face many challenges in establishing and maintaining healthy menstrual cycles. We treat women with issues such as pre-menstrual pain, painful cramping, excessive bleeding and irregular cycles. At Inner Gate Acupuncture we also deal with more complicated problems such as polycystic ovaries and endometriosis.
There are many Chinese herbs which can aid in correcting painful or irregular periods. Herbs that alleviate the pain of PMS also support regular cycles and control excess bleeding.
Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture have been used for centuries to help women successfully achieve pregnancy. In order to build a healthy endometrial lining and naturally balance hormone levels the acupuncturist you work with will examine both your menstrual cycle and take a complete health history. The acupuncturists at Inner Gate Acupuncture are comfortable supporting women during IVF and IUI protocols to help increase success rates.
When evaluating fertility, the menstrual cycle is always taken into account. As acupuncturists, we look at the length of the follicular and luteal stages of the cycle. We then work to balance these two phases to promote strong and regular ovulation. We help promote implantation by using herbs and acupuncture points, which foster healthy uterine linings.
The symptoms women experience throughout pregnancy vary with each trimester. During the first trimester women come to Inner Gate Acupuncture for support with the nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness.
Some foods that can help with morning sickness:
BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce and toast
Ginger tea, mint tea
Women also come for the low energy and fatigue experienced during the first trimester. During the second trimester complaints are fewer and woman often feel better. They tend to return to our clinic during the third trimester where they find relief from low back pain, neuropathies down the arms and swollen ankles. Moxibustion is used between week 34-36 to turning breech babies.
At our SE Portland acupuncture clinic we buy herbs from trusted and tested sources. You can be sure that the herbs you get from our acupuncturists are free of heavy metals and are safe to take during pregnancy. There are specific formulas in Chinese medicine that effectively address morning sickness, habitual miscarriage and low energy.
Labor and Delivery Support and Preparation
Cervical ripening techniques are performed from week 36-40 to prepare the mother and regulate contractions so that inductions can be avoided. These gentle techniques naturally encourage the ripening of the cervix.
All of the acupuncturists at Inner Gate Acupuncture have attended births and aided in healthy deliveries using acupuncture. If labor induction is necessary, acupuncture is a much less harsh than the synthetic hormone pitocin. Acupuncture is the best natural way to induce labor.
When hormones begin to decline the menstrual cycles can become erratic, and women can experience hot flashes and night sweats. Many women are now thinking twice about taking replacement hormones due to the associated health risks. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture can help balance hormones and reduce the impact of hot flashes and night sweats, sometimes eliminating them completely.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can correct many complicated digestive problems. The digestive system is an essential component of a healthy and vital body. When the digestive system is not working well it can negatively impact one's work, home, and social life.
At Inner Gate Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon, we diagnose each digestive complaint and then use Chinese medicine and acupuncture to treat each patient in a unique way. This allows us to work directly with the underlying causes of the disease to create lasting results.
Certain acupuncture points have been shown to directly influence the digestive system. Some points increase stomach acids, while others promote movement in the intestines. It is also important to realize that good digestion requires rest and relaxation. Acupuncture is very relaxing and treatment helps reduce the stress that negatively impacts our digestion.
Five ways acupuncture improves digestion:
• Regulate gastric secretions
• Relieve inflamed stomach linings
• Relieve pain by calming stress
• Resolves gas and bloating pain
• Regulates intestinal motility
The digestive system is an important and sensitive system. It requires eating slowly and resting after meals. Unfortunately, many of us are eating quickly without taking breaks from our stressful schedules. These patterns combined with improper food choices and overeating lead to many digestive disorders; including heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and more complicated diseases like ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and crohn’s disease.
Inner Gate Acupuncture works to alleviate food sensitivities and allergies. We use diets specially designed to eliminate inflammation in the digestive tract to reduce your food sensitivities. We prescribe Chinese herbs to heal the stomach and intestinal linings. We also design healthy and sustainable diets that don’t inflame the mucosal linings. Many allergies can be eliminated in this simple manner.
Digestive complaints acupuncture treats:
• Diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Acid reflux, GERD, vomiting, nausea
• Bloating, gas, chronic abdominal pain
• Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease
The main responsibility of the digestive system is to bring nutrients into the body. In Chinese theory digestion is considered the source of all vital energy, or Qi, that we use on a daily basis. For us to be healthy it is essential that our digestive systems are strong and capable of supplying our tissues and organs with the nutrients they need.
Chinese herbal medicine been used for centuries to correct digestive disorders. We use over 300 herbs in specific combinations, creating delicate formulas that have little to no side effects. By working on a deep level to address the root cause of the disease, we help our patients heal quickly.