Integrative Health Denver is introducing a new service to support those of you who travel or are not local to our office in Denver. Starting in May, IHD will be offering phone consultations for food as medicine, herbal formulas, supplements, lifestyle and Mind Body practices, and long term treatment planning. Together, we can design a plan aimed at balancing your life at home with self care and education. As part of that plan, IHD may also suggest other types of practitioners you can look for in your area to help you achieve your goals. Having a hard time deciding on who to choose to see locally for acupuncture, massage or counseling? We can help you understand what you should look for and what questions to ask before setting an appointment with a new provider. If you are a current local client and need support when you can’t make it to the office, these phone visits can be a way to recenter your health goals and find new ways of achieving them, even while you are navigating a busy schedule. As part of phone consultation, we offer online resources and PDF handouts to support your unique wellness plan.
Appointments are available in 15, 30 and 45 minute intervals. As always, we offer free 15 minute consultations for those who are looking to see if IHD is a good fit. Those who refer a new client will receive a $5 credit towards their next session!
Feel free to share this email with anyone who needs support in designing their wellness plan. Email or call for questions or to schedule. Have a great week!
Many of us have experienced the healing and relaxing effect of being in nature. Fresh air, trees, water, mountains can do so much to bring our overstimulated brains and emotions back to center.
This is not a new phenomenon, but we are seeing more research confirm what we have already experienced. National Geographic featured several research project outcomes, confirming this healing property of being in nature. Most notable in this article, researchers at University of Exeter Medical School found that when people simply lived closer to green spaces, they experienced less mental distress. Also noted in this article, David Strayer, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Utah, finds that the brain can restore optimal cognitive functioning and attention when we replace technology with nature for short periods of time.
Strayer also has reported findings that show spending time in nature increases creativity and flexibility in the brain. Nature appears to calm the prefrontal cortex- the part of the brain that is best known for multi tasking and higher order thinking (worrying?). When this happens we increase our ability to access memories, solve problems, and process emotions. In addition, creativity is increased and we can find new, positive ways of viewing the world.
Nature can even be used to treat and prevent worsening of depression. Researchers at Stanford University, found even short walks in nature can reduce rumination, a strong contributing factor to depression. When interviewing the research participants, Walking in nature was found to increase feelings of a “sense of belonging” and a “sense of being away,” that helped alleviate rumination and negative thoughts.
So, if you needed more reason to get outside and enjoy nature, you have it here. Try to make some time to get out for a walk, sit by a stream or adventure into the mountains- your brain will thank you for it!
We are fortunate to have neighbors who share our interest in promoting healthy foods as part of a healthy lifestyle. Haley from Happy Leaf Kombucha shares her knowledge of how fermented foods can add a great benefit to our heath. Never tried kombucha? Check out the Happy Leaf tap room next time you are in the neighborhood!
Happy Leaf Kombucha
Fermented foods are foods that have gone through the process of lactofermentation. This is a food preservation technique that adds probiotic goodness to raw foods. It breaks down components in the food, making them more easily digestible and creates beneficial enzymes and b vitamins as well as various probiotic strains.
Kombucha is a lightly fermented tea, rich in probiotics and b vitamins. Ours begins with a green and black tea and organic sugar, and a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). This floating colony then eats the sugar and turns the sugars to probiotics. The end result after the open air fermentation is kombucha! The majority of sugar is processed out during the ferment, leaving only 0-2g on average per glass. Kombucha is a wonderful alternative to alcohol and sodas alike, as it has a fizzy, sparkling quality but also an interesting fermented flavor. We flavor ours with organic cold pressed juices and infuse herbs, there are endless flavor combination possibilities!
Fermented foods and kombucha seem like the latest fad to some people, but the truth is, fermentation is an old tradition practiced all over the world and has been preserving foods and keeping people healthy and balanced for centuries, it’s only just now sparked an interest in our modern society. The process and tradition of fermenting and eating live foods has sharply declined in recent years, in which we drink pasteurized milk instead of raw milk, and quick vinegar pickles and krauts instead of aged and fermented alternatives.
Fermenting food and drink is a means of preservation, as well as introducing probiotics, vitamins and enzymes to the body to aide in overall health. Fermented foods are super easy to make at home, and cost a fraction of what they cost in stores!
~Haley Burkhall, Taproom Manager