All the Pleasure, None of the Guilt

July is here, and we’re basking in the bounty of seasonal fruits.  The first few times I brought home fresh strawberries, our daughter could knock out a pint in a day.  When I finally bit the bullet and brought home a pound, she was fatigued by them, and we couldn’t go through them quickly enough.  We hate to see fresh, seasonal fruit go to waste, but so many recipes call for ingredients that our bodies don’t need or benefit from.  

This quick, easy frozen yogurt recipe calls for strawberries, but they can be replaced with -blueberries, peaches, or other fruits in abundance in your area.  It is important that the fruit be frozen before blending, though, to get the right consistency. 

Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Makes 4 Servings

4 c frozen strawberries
3 T honey
1/2 c plain yogurt
1 T fresh lemon juice

Combine all of the ingredients in your food processor and blend until smooth, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.  Keeps for up to 1 month. 

What could be easier and more refreshing on a hot summer day?  Plus, there are health benefits to these ingredients!  Strawberries and other red fruits are rich in lycopene and are fantastic for women’s health.  Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.  Lemons are rich in antioxidants.  Yogurt is full of probiotics for your gut – the center of your immune system. 

It’s Ginger Season!

For thousands of years, ginger has been a staple in natural medicine throughout Asia, India, and the Middle East.  And it’s currently in season, so finding it at a reasonable price, and the peak of nutritional benefit, should be easy. 

Ginger can offer the following health benefits: 
Eases stomach distress – motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite
Reduces pain and inflammation – arthritis, headaches, and menstrual cramps
Stimulates circulation
Inhibits bacteria growth and spread of rhinovirus (which leads to the common cold)

Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as a juice or oil in cooking.  Whether you make yourself a soothing tea of ginger and honey, blend it into a chutney for summer sandwiches, create a sesame ginger salad dressing, or add flavorful zing in a stir fry, ginger is a wonderful addition to your kitchen medicine cabinet. 

Metabolism Magic

It all started with Halloween. Then there was Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, and the ice storms.  The extra pounds we put on in the winter don’t just appear, and they don’t just disappear, either. At least, not in a safe, easy, permanent way.

The only permanent solution to weight loss is a lifestyle change. 

There are some simple things you can do to boost your metabolism, though, and help make it easier to bring your body from sweater hidden to swimsuit ready. Acupuncture and some herbal formulas used in Traditional Chinese Medicine can help boost your metabolism, balancing out your body for easier weight loss. Affinity Acupuncture in Brentwood has cost-savings packages available, and convenient evening and weekend hours. To learn more, call us at 615-939-2787.

Additionally, adding the following foods to your diet can boost metabolism, improving your health from the inside out: 

Hot Peppers
Citrus Fruit

Acupuncture and Peripheral Neuropathy

Acupuncture and Peripheral Neuropathy

“I’ve tried everything, and nothing works. Can acupuncture help me? I want to avoid surgery, and don’t want to spend the rest of my life on medication.” We get that phone call several times a week from individuals with a wide variety of conditions. One of the most frequent conditions prompting the call is Peripheral Neuropathy. Recently, I received a call from a client we had been treating for PN, and he said “I had no pain today. I consider that a big win.”

PN is a condition caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system, affecting the pathways from the spinal column into the rest of the body. It usually begins in the feet or hands and can travel up the arms and legs into other areas. Most of the symptoms associated with Peripheral Neuropathy include tingling, pain, or numbness, and they are generally worse at night. In some cases, PN can lead to muscle wasting, paralysis, and even organ/gland dysfunction. 

There are several causes of Peripheral Neuropathy, including other diseases (diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, heavy metal poisoning; as a side effect of some prescription drug use; as the result of trauma or injury; and idiopathic (no exact cause can be pin pointed). 

The good news is, acupuncture can often help with PN. Few, if any, treatments are silver bullets when it comes to chronic conditions. Many clients experience at least some relief with their first visit, but there is a cumulative effect to treatments. Affinity Acupuncture offers an exclusive Monthly Membership program as well as packages for individuals needing multiple treatments. 

There are also things individuals can do at home to increase the success of their acupuncture treatments in treating Peripheral Neuropathy. These include: 

  • Maintaining a healthy weight

  • Avoiding exposure to toxins

  • Specific exercises recommended by a health care professional

  • Keeping a healthy diet

  • Correcting vitamin deficiencies

  • Limiting/avoiding alcohol intake

  • Yoga and meditation to control external factors that trigger pain

Affinity Acupuncture offers nutritional counseling as well as high-quality herbal and vitamin supplements to further support PN care. To learn more about how we can help you or someone you love, call us at 615-939-2787.