Anti-inflammatory vs. Pro-inflammatory Foods

I treat pain all the time with acupuncture and herbs and it generally responds very well.  When I have a particularly tough case, however, I ask my patient, “are you aware of the connection between diet, inflammation and pain?”  And the answers I get probably won’t surprise you.  The majority of people are totally misinformed about the link between what they eat and their stubborn low back pain, tense shoulders or achy knees. While... Read More

20 Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth

While many commercial broths available today are only made with skin and may contain MSG, bone broth has been a staple of many cuisines throughout history and across the globe. This is largely because of its economic value (using every part of the animal) but more importantly because of its nutritional value (delivering many essential compounds to the body.) Minerals for example are plentiful in broth, and it can be difficult to get the same levels... Read More

Nutritional Advice Series: Elimination Diets, Eating for Allergies

If you experience a chronic reaction to something but you can’t seem to figure out what, you might want to consider going through a series of elimination diets to try to pinpoint what might be causing it.  Reactions come in many different forms, such as inflammation, rashes, acne, fatigue, phlegm, headaches or other types of pain, bloating, cramping or changes to digestion.  Keep in mind some people have sensitivities to many different foods... Read More

Nutritional Advice Series: Curbing Cravings and Building Appetites

Our digestive energy is fed by the very food it breaks down.  This means that the food you choose affects how your digestion works.  Energy rich food like those high in sugar or processed ingredients can overstimulate your digestion and create more hunger and cravings.  While on the other hand, having poor nutrition or going long stretches without eating can deplete your body of digestive energy and reduce your appetite further, making it difficult... Read More

Nutritional Advice Series: Balance is the Root of Wellness

Chinese Medicine associates health with living in balance, with few extremes.  This will mean different things for different people depending on their constitution, environment, medical history, allergies and sensitivities. But whatever lifestyle and diet you build for yourself, I suggest you find something you really feel like you can live with.  Crash diets don’t often work because they aren’t meant to be a long-term lifestyle. I recommend... Read More