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Healthy Foods for Fall

traditional chinese medicine foods for fall

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.

As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

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Listen to Your Body

Dialed in: Listening to What Your Body is Telling You

 

Have you switched your body’s alert system to ‘silent?’ In today’s fast-paced, hectic world, it’s all too easy to keep slugging along at the expense of physical health. No one ever got ahead by focusing on every ache and pain, you tell yourself. There’s no rest for the weary. Ignore the racing heartbeat that accompanies anxious thoughts. Pay no mind to the extra weight.

 

Adopt that attitude, and you’ve subdued your body’s physical alarms. When the body significantly deteriorates and the signals finally break through your mental block, the result may be disastrous. Take yourself off a health collision course and switch your body alert system to “on.”

 

Take note: This doesn’t mean you should become a hypochondriac. Every small sniffle does not indicate cancer any more than a sprained ankle means a lifetime of lameness. Still, there is huge benefit to investigating those twinges. Have they been lingering? Do you notice a difference in your ability to go about your day with vitality? If so, it’s time to seek medical attention.

 

Many of us are so out of tune with our physicality that it takes real focus to return to that mindset. Consider the following strategies as you strive to become dialed in, and expect health and happiness to follow.

 

  • Acupuncture – There is a sense of wellbeing reported by many acupuncture patients after a session that leads to better awareness of self. Before any needles are inserted, the physician will ask you about any specific concerns in your daily life. Armed with that information, she can deduce what type of treatment plan you may need and will place the needles accordingly.
  • Neutraceuticals – Are you missing a vital vitamin or mineral in your diet? An omission can make a huge difference in your health.
  • Meditation – Get to know yourself at your basest level through this practice, which brings about a deep sense of relaxation. In this state, you are aware of your presence as you shut out the concerns of the outside world. You are able to simply ‘be,’ without emotion or worry. Meditation can give you a solid foundation as a person by allowing you to deal better with stress and become more in tune with your spirituality.

 

No matter the strategies you choose to employ, it is paramount that you listen to what your body is telling you. Too often, we keep pressing onward, afraid of showing weakness, letting that nagging health concern bury in the back of the mind. It’s not until the heart attack or debilitating illness results that we realize it was unwise to ignore. Do yourself and your loved ones a huge favor: Become more mindful of your body signals and see a health practitioner before they become huge problems.

 

Dont ignore your body.  We have a toolbox just for you.  We can give back something new and regenerating.

With state of the art equipment coupled with ancient medicine…..we do it just right.  Visit us.

Healthy Eating , What’s that All About?

At The Caporale Center where we care about our patients, we often lecture on Healthy Eating and relieving pain in the GI tract,  Do you have IBS, ulcerative colitis, crohn’s?   We can help you with the challenges.

 

These days, society is overthinking healthy eating. The prospect is not rocket science, it’s common sense – but in a world filled with Twinkies and Big Macs, people seem to be agonizing more and more about what is “right” and what is “wrong” to ingest. Hundreds of years ago, there were no talks about carbohydrates, fats, glucose or sodium. People simply ate what was caught or harvested. Today, we are lucky to have so many choices at the grocery store – or are we? When healthy eating is decoded, it seems that our ancestors may have been on a better path.

 

Read below as we discuss how progress has not necessarily been a wonderful thing for our waistlines, and learn how you can eat more like our forefathers for better health.

 

  • Ancient man ate grass-fed beef and organic barley and corn; in fact, all their eatables were organic. These days, chemicals are added to fertilizers to make crop yields increase. Tomatoes swell to the size of fists; apples grow to mammoth proportions. However, as with all in life, quantity is not always a fitting substitute for quality. We are ingesting these chemicals and arguably leaving ourselves susceptible to cancers and more. The cure? Eat organic when you can. You don’t need to break the bank to do so; consider purchasing organic fruits and vegetables that are notoriously on the “Dirty Dozen” list, such as peaches. You’ll avoid some of the most widely used pesticides.
  • There were no fast food restaurants out on the prairie. Obesity was likely not a widespread concern. Consider your food source before you drive through those golden arches. The more removed a meal is from its natural state the higher probability there is that it will be unhealthy. There is little merit in meat that is pumped full of fillers and chemicals. Pretend you are out on the frontier when you are tempted to go the easy route. Those additives may be addictive, driving you to visit the restaurant again and again and resulting in the consumption of high calorie counts and minimal nutrition.
  • Remember this rule: If man made the food, it is likely not something you want to add to your plate. When grocery shopping, operate around the perimeter of the store, where the fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses and milk are located. When you venture down the aisles, you’ll notice plenty of choices that are questionable as “food.” Oatmeal cream pies? –Definitely not found in nature, and definitely not the best fuel you can give your body.

 

It’s not difficult to eat a healthy diet. Simply remember that although mankind has brought about much advancement in our world, you don’t have to celebrate that fact by choosing Lunchables for your noon meal. Have something in common with our ancestors: Choose fresh, healthy foods to fuel your body right.