WHAT IS CELIAC DISEASE?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that causes a genetically pre-disposed person’s small intestine to become damaged when ingesting gluten (a form of protein found in wheat and related grains). The Celiac Disease Foundation estimates that  1 in 100 people worldwide have this condition and that it is likely undiagnosed in 2.5 million Americans. In this condition the gluten from wheat, rye or barley cause the body to have an immune response that attacks the Read more…

THE DIFFICULTIES OF DIABETES

According to the Center for Disease Control an estimated 30.3 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. That’s 9.4% of the U.S. population. About 7.2 million of those cases are undiagnosed. As Acupuncturists we see these types of patients daily, sometimes for help with Diabetes and its symptoms and sometimes for other complaints that patients don’t even realize are connected to Diabetes! What is Diabetes? From a Western medical standpoint, Diabetes Mellitus is a condition that Read more…

Staying healthy during the holidays can be tough!

Over the years, we have seen patients do either really well or not-so-great once mid-November hits……what follows are some holiday health tips that will give you the best chance of staying on track from the holidays, 2019 into 2020! The ideas below go beyond the obvious suggestion of frequently washing one’s hands for 20 seconds or more….. First and foremost, it’s easy to get unecessarily entangled in complex family dynamics which then can hamper one’s Read more…

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Fast and Easy Chai Tea Recipe!

As fall approaches, we’re reminded of sweater weather, apple pies, falling leaves, soups, and pumpkin spice everything. In this time of year, we think there is nothing better than hot chai! The word “chai” means “tea” in Hindi (so when saying “chai tea” you’re actually saying “tea tea”). Chai dates back more than 5,000 years in southern Asia near India. It is a mixture of herbs and spices believed to have medicinal properties so it Read more…

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Pumpkin Power!

A pumpkin’s beautiful orange color means that it has a high level of carotenoids, which assist in staving off free radicals and help with premature aging. Pumpkin seeds are a rich protein source- one ounce is the equivalent of 7 grams of protein. They are also rich is essential fatty acids, which have numerous health benefits including promoting healthy skin, brain power, and prevention of health diseases such as arthritis and high blood pressure. Enjoy Read more…

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Yoga for your mind, body, and soul

What is Yoga? Yoga is a body movement technique that has been around since the ancient times. It is made up of different unique aspects such as synchronization disciplines of mind, soul and body, ancient teachings and the power of observation. Due to the many health benefits that are associated with the practice, this has driven many medical experts to recommend it as a conventional cure to many disorders that affect the human body. From Read more…

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Trying to lose weight? Cut the Cheese!

People—particularly us in Wisconsin—seem to love dairy products: milk, cheese, cream, half & half, certain types of yogurt, whipped cream, cream puffs, ice cream, and on and on… Can dairy make you fat? As good as these things taste, we have seen clinically that they may cause or worsen many health problems including weight gain, digestive issues (such as acid reflux, abdominal gas, bloating, IBS, constipation and diarrhea), allergies, sinus problems, asthma, fatigue, and others. Read more…

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The Dangers of MSG

What is Monosodium Glutamate? Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer traditionally found in Chinese food. For over 50 years in the United States, it has been added to everyday foods from potato chips, soups, breakfast sausage and gravy to seasoning packets, fast food, prepared meals and baby food. It activates a fifth taste (in addition to sweet, salty, bitter and sour) called “umami,” which is the Japanese word for “pleasant savory taste.” Why is Read more…

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5 Tips for Increasing Your Water Intake

With the hot weather rapidly becoming the new norm, the importance of drinking water has again popped up. But how do we make it part of our daily habits? First, let’s look at a couple reasons why drinking water is so important. Water can help aid weight loss. Drinking water often will replace those high-calorie drinks like soda, juice and alcohol. It is also a great appetite suppressant, we often eat when we think we’re Read more…

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3 Electrolyte Packed Mocktail Recipes To Keep You Hydrated

With the hot and sticky summer months here again, it’s a good reminder to make sure to stay hydrated. Getting plenty of water throughout the day is a necessity as the temps rise; however, we also need to be aware of how many electrolyte minerals we are losing when we sweat and resupply those as well. What are Electrolytes? Electrolytes are substances (minerals) that become ions (charged particles) in solution in order to conduct electrical Read more…