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Approaching Healthy

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Approaching Healthy

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, our pantries, and our routines, it's important to be realistic and practice self-love when it comes to our diet.  To do the best you can on the budget you have usually means considering ingredients and quality as well as diet type.   Water I recommend that my patients drink half of their body weight in ounces of water per day.  For example, if you weigh 100 lbs., drink 50 oz. of water every day.  You can substitute herbal tea or carbonated mineral water for some of it, but sugar, artificial sweetener, caffeine, and...

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Pets Benefit Seniors

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Pets Benefit Seniors

We Love Pets! A while back we wrote about the benefits of pets during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.  Pets can in general help our mental health by combatting feelings of isolation.  They can also encourage physical health such as walking.  Today we are going to dive deeper into how pets can specifically support older adults and why that matters so much - especially now. COVID Isolation in the Senior Community At the time of writing this article we still face uncertainty in the COVID-19 pandemic.  There is talk of a resurgence of cases post-halloween, and...

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Pumpkin for Pets

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For Digestive Upset Pumpkin is safe for dogs and cats in moderation and can help with intestinal upset.  It has enough fiber to bulk up loose stool, and enough water to move a constipated bowel.  These properties make it a go-to for most bathroom break issues.  Pumpkin also has some vitamins like carotenoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.  What Kind is Best? Plain canned pumpkin is a great choice and consistent in water and fiber content.  Fresh cooked pumpkin is also good.  It's best to avoid pumpkin pie filling because of the added sugar and spices that can actually irritate your pets digestive...

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Eating With the Seasons: Autumn

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Eating With the Seasons: Autumn

Autumn in Chinese Medicine Chinese Medical Theory associates each time of the year with a different element.  The element of autumn is Metal, which we correlate with reflection, awe, wonder, and grief.   Now is the time of year to sit quietly by the side of a still lake and reflect.  This energy is also a great reminder that we all have grief, and that our society does not always allow for the adequate processing of it.  Often we press on with our busy lives instead of acknowledging the feeling of loss, an unpleasant one.   Acknowledging emotions is about recognizing your feelings,...

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Health Benefits of Pumpkin Spice

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Health Benefits of Pumpkin Spice

Flavors of Fall It's that time of year again - time for Pumpkin Spice!  Spices we commonly use are often also Chinese Herbs, so today let's dive in to the possible health benefits of these celebrated spices. What's Inside Cinnamon, aka gui zhi, is often used to treat minor illness of the upper respiratory tract.  It can also aid in pain relief, phlegm or chest discomfort, and menstrual pain. Ginger, aka sheng jiang, is used to benefit cases of nausea, some illnesses, and some coughs. Cloves. aka ding xiang, is primarily added to formulas to warm the body and aid...

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