The Real Deal About Cleanses

vegetablesJanuary is the time when everyone is making resolutions to be healthier in the new year. Setting goals for fitness and diet. And of course….doing a cleanse. I am sure you have heard the phrase, “I can’t eat that, I’m on a cleanse,” more in the last few weeks than you ever care to again.

So how and why are people doing these cleanses? What does it entail? What are the benefits? And do you have to starve yourself and drink only juice for 10 days? (No, you don’t.)

Honestly, this is actually a great time to do a cleanse for a few reasons. First, the holidays are over and we all experience a bit of a “downtime” period, where we are laying low and recovering from the social gatherings, unhealthy foods, and holiday drinking that so often goes along with the past few months. Second, people feel inspired for various reasons by the idea of a new year, and want to make changes towards living and feeling healtheir.  This resolve helps motivate us as we temporarily eliminate all of our favorite unhealthy foods that we love, and are probably poisoning us. Finally, being healthy is a not a temporary state, but rather a process that evolves along with us. It takes work, but comes with rewards we have grown accustomed to taking for granted. People like rewards.

There are many types of cleanses being touted as miracle cures for various symptoms and illnesses. Some people are looking for a quick way to lose weight, or “reset” their body. The cleanses we prescribe at the clinic are tailored to the patient, and address their specific needs in regards to their current health. The most basic cleanse is a three week detoxification cleanse that involves eliminating inflammatory foods and supporting your system with supplements meant to detoxify and supply essential nutrients.

You do eliminate foods, including gluten, wheat, chocolate, alcohol, dairy, sugar, nuts, and caffeine.  It is hard. But it is worth the sacrifice, because you experience a state of health and well-being that you might have never experienced before. Patients report better quality sleep, improved digestion, increased energy, better mental clarity, weight loss, reduced acne and overall improved mood and well-being.

Call us with any questions about what type of cleanse might be right for you, or even if you are simply curious about how diet changes might affect your health.

Delicious Chicken Salad – Dairy Free and Gluten Free

Here is great and simple lunch salad I made up today for Sarah to satisfy her lunch prerequisites: a) no heating required, c) low or no carbs, d) low fat, e) high protein, f) gluten free, g) little to no dairy… and phew that is it.

Recipe:

1  1/2 cup cooked chicken breast

1  cup diced dill pickles

1 cup chopped kale (remove spines)

Kale which is rich in Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese

1/8 cup finely diced red onion

1/4 cup cilantro

Cilantro which is noted for having anti-cancer properties, detoxifies the liver, high in Vitamin K.

2-3 tbsp Veganaise

1/2 tsp Paprika

dash of salt to taste

Mix them all together well so that everything is nicely blended and coated with Veganaise. Bon Appetit!

Auto Accidents and Relief With Acupuncture

Unfortunately as winter sets in and we begin to see in-climate weather and dangerous road conditions, the possibility of getting into an accident greatly increases. So first and foremost please use caution and be extremely careful when road conditions do become dangerous or better yet; avoid driving all together.

If you are in an accident involving injuries, seeking immediate Emergency Medical Attention by calling 911 is obviously your first  priority. However after undergoing initial emergency room treatment, you may find that you need further treatment options to handle ongoing pain or stress. In this case there are a variety of post ER treatment options available to you including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Care. All of these have proven to be a very successful in treating pain, muscle strain, stress and other MVA related ailments.

How does Acupuncture Treat Pain?

Acupuncture can effectively eliminate pain, reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and circulation as well as relax the mind and body of trauma stress. Acupuncture Northwest has a good success rate with treating MVA (Motor Vehicle Accidents) victims and shortening the recovery window for the injured. If you have been in an accident and as a result are experiencing pain or discomfort, give us a call to see if we can formulate a treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery. We can do more than just treat physical ailments, we can also help to clear your mind of accident related stress or cloudiness.

Accident Scene Precautions and Awareness

There are many other important hazards to be aware of in auto accident so if you or someone is able – survey the accident scene for the following hazards before making moves: downed power lines, leaking fuel, oncoming cars, water hazards. Unfortunately accidents put us in a panic and fight or flight mindset which making it difficult to think clearly in the moment.

 

GMO Products and Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten is a big topic these days, and there is no shortage of information on gluten sensitivity, gluten-free products and diets. We see many patients at our clinic who have serious health issues due to a sensitivity to gluten. When they eliminate gluten from their diets, they get exponentially better. But why is this happening? Why are we seeing so many patients who have trouble with gluten?

An interesting article regarding this issue was posted on the Whole Food Nutrition website. They talk about GMOs** and how they might be increasing the incidence of gluten sensitivities. There is always room for skepticism when it comes to the sources of information we encounter on the web, but this is worth a read.

**GMOs stand for genetically modified organisms. Basically, it means taking a gene from one species and inserting it into the DNA of another species. This type of genetic engineering is used in research, to create pharmaceutical drugs, experimental medicine, and agriculture. GMO foods are created to resist pests, herbicides, or harsh conditions in the environment.

You can read more about GMOs and find information on how to find GMO-free products on the Whole Life Nutrition website. You can read more about the process of genetic modification here.