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Filled with organic flax seed and French lavendar. These pillows are great for relaxation, whether your doing yoga or just taking a nap. They can be used in either:
Hot therapy (heat in microwave for 30seconds).
Cold therapy (Put it in a freezer bag and
store in the freezer for several hours). Chilled, is great for migraines and puffy eyes.
Weighs 9oz. Dimensions: 4" x 8.5"
Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., LAc., Dipl.
makes about 2 cups
1 C. Organic, raw, unpasteurized almonds
Pinch of sea salt
1 t. High - grade vanilla extract
2 C. Filtered water
Water for soaking the almonds
Cheesecloth or nut bag
almonds have been blended.
5. Strain the mixture through a colander to get out the big chunks of almonds, then squeeze through cheesecloth into a glass container like a mason jar.
6. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Attributes: Cucumber (huáng guā), is a great summer food because of its sweet and cooling properties. From a Chinese nutrition perspective, the cooling nature of the cucumber clears heat and quenches thirst. Its sweet property guides it to the Spleen to tonify the organ and better enable it to transform and transport fluids; hence, reduce swelling and the retention of water during the summertime. It also aids in difficult urination.
How’s it eaten: In America, most people use cucumber in some sort of summer salad or pickled. What you may not know, is that many Southeast Asian countries serve cucumber with most of their meals. The reason for this is because a lot of their food is spicy and generates heat in the stomach; and in general, heat in the body. So the cucumber aids in cooling and eliminating that heat when eaten with the meal.
Nutritional facts: Cucumber gets overlooked a lot as a nutritional food, but you’d be surprised just how good it is for you. Cucumber has many health benefits such as being high in anti-oxidants, it’s an excellent anti-inflammatory food, and it also has been shown to have anti-cancer benefits as well.
This ancient therapeutic art has been practiced throughout Asia for thousands of years. The benefits of cupping are many and include the following: it both regulates and moves Qi and Blood in the sub-cutaneous tissues, draws out and releases toxins, releases congested blood in the tissues, and decreases pain and stiffness. Cupping is indicated for: Abdominal & back pain, muscle aches & joint pain, constipation, hypertension, and asthma, etc., etc.
Next Wednesday the 13th, we will be giving a talk on Qi theory, and the crucial role energy plays in acupuncture. This topic will cover such questions like: What is Qi? What is it's function? What role does it have in diagnosis and treatment?
Anyone interested in joining us should call and reserve a spot, as they do fill up quickly.
Posted By: Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc.
Just because you’re in the “health food” section at the supermarket, or a specialty store that sells nothing but “health food”, doesn’t necessarily mean that the food is healthy. There are many health food products that are highly processed, and should be avoided. Non-dairy milk substitutes fall into this category and include: soy milk / drink, coconut milk, rice milk, and almond milk. Most people who switch to these products are trying to eliminate dairy from their diet, because they're allergic to dairy, can't digest dairy products, or for other lifestyle reasons. Many times consumers assume a product is healthy if the label says so, or if it's found in the "health food" section of the store. In fact, a lot of health food products contain the same additives as regular products, and unless the consumer is diligent in doing research on the ingredients, they'll just end up being deceived.
Aside from these non-dairy milk substitutes being highly processed, they contain additives, which can cause inflammatory reactions in the intestinal lining of the gut. The most common additive you will see in these products is called carrageenan. This additive has been shown in both animal studies and in vitro human studies to be pro-inflammatory; and therefore not something a person with Celiac, Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, IBS, or any other inflammatory issues relating to the gut would want to consume. Grant it, the amounts of carrageenan are small, but if you drink this on a regular basis as a dairy substitute it could give you problems.
Natural flavoring is another commonly seen ingredient on the product label, which is kind of scary, because this could be anything ranging from ground up bugs to chemicals, or ground up animals that were fed GMO products and given antibiotics. In fact, there really isn’t any difference between “natural” and “artificial” flavoring, especially when it comes to the chemicals. You ingest the same chemicals in either case, it’s just that one is synthetic and the other is natural (which means it costs more).
Some, not all manufacturers use Bisphenol - A (BPA) in there packaging, this is more prevalent in the lining of canned goods and baby products. BPA is a chemical that can cause neurological damage in children, can disrupt the hormone system, cause breast and prostate cancer, and bring on type – 2 diabetes. Even though the FDA banned the use of this chemical in infant formulas and baby bottles, you have to remember that most everything comes from China, which is not bound by our regulatory bodies. Most of the Brands like Silk, So Delicious, Pacific Brand, and Rice / Soy Dream use Aseptic containers that are BPA free.
In short, always read the label on the food you buy, check any ingredients you're not sure about, and always be sure to check the country of origin. If you are someone with gastrointestinal issues these suggestions can save you a lot of pain and discomfort.
There is a simple solution to avoiding the pit falls of these particular dairy milk substitutes, while still reaping the benefits of a dairy free life.
Follow these 2 recipes, so you can make your own coconut milk and almond milk; giving you more control over what you put into your body.