Evolve Personal Wellness

Just in time for a hectic holiday season, I want to introduce you to a new project I am working on. It is called Evolve Personal Wellness  and it is a program for people who are looking for help to make sustainable change in their health. Big lifestyle changes are hard and we rarely have enough support to stick with the changes that we need to make while on the road towards a healthier lifestyle. Evolve was created to support people through these changes, over the course of a year. Please take some time to read more on the Evolve website and contact me with questions, if you are interested. You can also follow Evolve on Instagram @evolvepersonalwellness to learn about self care techniques, healing foods and more!

 

As always, IHD is here to keep you healthy and balanced through out the holiday and cold season. Schedule now to get your immune system tuned up BEFORE you get sick- these next busy weeks will be much more enjoyable if you are healthy and managing stress.

Be well!

 

 

An Ounce of Prevention Goes a Long Way

In preparation for upcoming changes to our health care system, it is more important than ever that we all think about preventative medicine. This means moving our focus away from treating illness and shifting it towards lifestyle practices that will keep us healthy. We all have different needs when it comes to how we prevent illness but most of us should be thinking about using dietary choices, exercise and stress management to stay healthy. If we haven’t helped you already, IHD is always ready to help you design your preventative medicine plan whether you can come to the office or meet on the phone.

A big question I often hear is, “How do I pay for services that are not covered by insurance?” Depending on where you live, preventative and holistic medicine professionals such as acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors and massage therapists are likely not to be covered by insurance. A great option is to invest in a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account. This is a bank account where you can hold pre-taxed money that can be used to pay for preventative health services. While it may initially seem like an extra expense, it will save you money in the long run with less copays, medications and physician visits. In fact, visits to preventative medicine practitioners don’t even have to be all that frequent since you are still healthy, which keeps the cost lower. It can even keep your premiums from rising over time as you stay healthier and there is less need for more complex coverage. As stated by the Surgeon General , “Prevention can reduce the significant economic burden of disease in addition to improving the length and quality of people’s lives.”

Let us know how we can help!

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Summer- The Fire Element

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we see the seasons as being highly influential in our health. We believe it is essential to use the diet to balance the environmental elements that may create illness or disease.

Summer is traditionally a warm, energetic time of year. We tend to be busier, more outgoing in our lives and be exposed to warmer temperatures. It is a period of growth, excitement and lightness. However, there is a chance that we can become too energetic, warm and extroverted to where it can create and imbalance in our system. That can look like insomnia, scattered thoughts, speech problems, memory loss, anxiety, feeling over heated or experiencing hot flashes and acid reflux.

Both food choices and how we prepare them can help support us through this exciting season. To combat over heating, fatigue and dehydration and to encourage growth, TCM recommends increasing the following foods:

Brown Rice, Oats and Millet

Mushrooms, Cucumbers, Celery, Lettuce, Apples, Lemons, Limes, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Berries, Avocados

Tofu, Tempeh, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Mung Beans

Dill, Basil, Cilantro, Chamomile, Lavender, Valarian

Examples: Include cucumber slices or strawberries in your water to give it an increased cooling effect.

(Remember, these are general guidelines and each person should take into account their own needs and ability to digest the foods listed here)*

Eating small amounts of these foods raw is beneficial (if your digestion tolerates it). Also, cooking for short periods over high heat or very lightly sautéing can keep the vegetables light and cooling. Use less salt and more water for sautéing. Keeping your cooking oils to a minimum will help maintain the light quality to the food as well.

Food is a powerful health tool and now is a great  time to re-evaluate what your body needs. Let IHD know if we can help!

*  To find out how you can personalize your plan with food, schedule an in person, online or phone consult so you can get the most benefit from your diet.