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Thursday
May122016

Give Your Water Super Powers with Liver & Gallbladder ND

Liver and gallbladder congestion are common symptoms of our American lifestyles and have serious consequences on our well-being. Sedentary lives in front of a screen (computer, tv, etc.) consuming toxins from industrially produced processed “foods” and many other modern lifestyle choices tax this critically dynamic duo effecting a variety of important functions from digestion to energy levels and detoxification. A big part of the liver's job is to help the body secrete toxins - both ingested and those that are produced as a byproduct of normal metabolic functioning. This dynamic organ can, however, get overwhelmed if we are not properly nourished and supported.
Thankfully, there are many ways to strengthen your body and specifically your liver.  One of my favorite approaches to relieving the burden of liver congestion is, of course, through acupuncture.  Before I became an acupuncturist, I suffered from a severe case of chronic liver qi (energy) stagnation (congestion), common in those who suffer from a host of health ailments.  With persistence and assistance from my own acupuncturist, I was able to move through this dark period of my life.  This experience taught me of the importance of the tools I have come to depend upon in my own health and the health of clients.  For instance, I now regularly utilize specific acupuncture points along the Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen, and Kidney channels to help folks burdened by a congested liver.  Regular acupuncture treatments in conjunction with carefully chosen supportive supplements and other lifestyle recommendations has people feeling so much more vibrant, healthy, and balanced.
Our gallbladder functions as a storage vessel for bile produced in the liver.  Your body is triggered to release small amounts of bile as needed to digest fats when we consume fatty foods.  When we don't consume healthy fats, the bile is not secreted and can stagnate in the gallbladder.  I'm also seeing more and more patients with gallbladder pain and hearing continuous stories about how their doctors told them they will require surgical removal of the gallbladder.  This irreversible path is caused by a build up of 'gunk' (sand, sludge, or fully formed gallstones) which can usually be flushed out if only we encourage the natural flow for this valued though misunderstood organ. I recommend that folks who are able, those not in an acute, life-threatening gallbladder attack, try a non-invasive option before opting for surgical removal of the organ. I know several folks who have saved their precious gallbladders by judiciously utilizing castor oil packs. Though castor oil packs are a topic for another article, you can purchase castor oil and wraps for castor oil packs from my office as well.  In addition to restorative acupuncture treatments mentioned above, some favorite top products I have come to regularly rely on for patients who are suffering with these issues are Premier Research Laboratory's Liver ND and Gallbladder ND. Even those of us without active symptoms, but whose lifestyles are still taxing our detox systems can benefit from these mild and supportive formulas as a once a year tune up.

Premier Research Laboratory's ND formulas use the power of fermentation to make the healing elements of the herbs they contain more easily assimilated by your body. The plant extracts in these formulas, including detoxifying herbs like milk thistle, anti-inflammatory herbs like turmeric, and gallstone-dissolving gold coin grass, are thus more gentle and effective than the average herbal tinctures because of the probiotics they contain. I became a big fan of these products after I and my patients who use them report consistent glowing testimonials.  Most often I hear of patient's experiencing an increased sense of well-being, increased and sustained energy, less brain fog, regular bowel movements and improved digestion. This is a big difference from your standard liver cleanse or detox supplements, which can produce some pretty severe, uncomfortable, and sometimes unnecessarily harsh and even harmful side effects.
I recommend you shake these liquid supplements gently and add the recommended dose to your hydrating beverage of choice to enhance the gentle detoxification effects of both the fluids and the herbs.  Then, as you sip your drink throughout the day, you'll also be getting a sustained dose of these nourishing herbal formulas. This is another way to minimize excessive stress on an already burdened body, as the small intake over time is tolerated by most patients, even those who are severely ill. Many people can follow the directions on the bottle and start with a daily dose of 1/2 teaspoon of each supplement. As always, I recommend that readers with serious chronic health conditions come in to see me to make a plan for starting new supplements, but Liver and Gallbladder ND are so gentle that I almost never see folks experiencing adverse reactions with the initial adjusted dosing I recommend.
If you'd like to purchase these supplements through my office, please contact us by email at Support@SummerWaters.com or call 541-326-8952 and let us know how much you'd like.  Then we can make a plan for you to come in to pick them up at a time that is convenient for you, either on a day when I'm in my office, or I can leave them at Organic Elements Spa's front desk for you to pick up 7 days a week, any time the spa is open (in which case, please bring a check or cash with exact change for payment).

 

Thursday
Apr072016

Recipe: Blend Your Dandy!

One of the many wonderful aspects of Dandy Blend caffeine free coffee alternative is that it does not require any brewing.  This fits perfectly with our busy schedules and with an impressive range of over 50 trace minerals included in every cup, it provides a steady focused energy as opposed to the roller coaster ride you get from caffeine. Though roasted barley and rye are included in this coffee substitute, it is certified gluten free by repeated ELISA tests, the gold standard for gluten testing. Here's my favorite way to prepare this quick, nourishing beverage:

Ingredients
  • Pure clean water without chlorine or other contaminants (~8 oz)
  • Dandy Blend powder, to taste (~1 Tbsp)
  • Creamy addition of choice, to taste (raw goat or cow milk, homemade nut milk, or coconut milk are my favorites) (~2 heaping Tbsp)
  • Healthy fat of choice (coconut oil, raw butter or ghee are my favorites) (~1 Tbsp)
  • Spice addition of choice (ground cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and allspice are my favorites) (~1/8 tsp)
Directions

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Thursday
Apr072016

Dandy Blend is Back!

This was an exciting box to receive!  I'm happy to have this delicious, nourishing coffee alternative back in stock.  Simply mix with water - hot or cold - for a tasty, gluten-free beverage with a delicious roasted flavor without the adrenal-flogging caffeine in your usual coffee.  Imagine enjoying your morning beverage while actually nourishing your liver rather than depleting it.

In fact, dandelion is a useful tonic for all our detoxification systems, including the urinary system.  Plus, this beverage includes 50 trace minerals that are essential for healthy metabolism. I encourage committed coffee drinkers to start by replacing just one cup a day with this healthful beverage. CLICK HERE for my go-to recipe for the perfect cup of Dandy Blend. You can purchase single-serving packets to try it out, or a box of packets if you'll be using it on the go. By far the most economical option is to buy a large bag of the powder, available in 14oz or 2lb sizes.  The bag it comes in is resealable, but because the powder can be adversely affected by exposure to moisture, you might consider storing it in an air-tight jar to make sure it lasts.

Dandy Blend is one of my top products that is available on the shelves of the Organic Elements Spa Boutique Monday through Saturday (CLICK HERE for spa hours).  I'm so grateful that the spa thinks highly enough of this and others of my products to make them available to you whenever the spa is open. Head over to 832 East Main Street, Suite 3, here in Medford, where you can purchase this and others of my products, as well as the plant-based cosmetics that Organic Elements is known for, with cash, check or card. Have a Dandy day! 

Thursday
Mar312016

It's Farmers Market Season Again in the Rogue Valley!

The best food is local food, and the time for local food is NOW! Our Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Markets started their week-day markets last month in March, and the Saturday markets will begin next month in May. Right now, you can choose from RVGCM's Ashland Tuesday Market and their Medford Thursday Market, both from 8:30AM to 1:30PM.  The Ashland Tuesday Market continues to be held at the Ashland Armory at 1420 E. Main Street in Ashland, but the Medford Thursday Market has a new location in the re-furbished Hawthorne Park, at 501 E. Main Street in Medford, just a hop, skip and a jump from my office. You can even make a day of it -- come visit me on Thursday for some nutritional guidance, then pop in at the market to buy the kind of food that I recommend. Just call 541.326.8952 to schedule your appointment with me. 

Elsewhere around the region, the Grant's Pass Outdoor Grower's Market is now open on Saturdays from 9AM-1PM at 4th and F Streets, and the Cave Junction Friday Market will start this month on April 22nd (4 to 7PM in Jubilee Park). The Williams Monday Market opens up in May (4 to 6:30PM at the Williams Grange).  Folks in Talent will have to wait until June 3rd for their Friday evening market (5:30PM to 8:30PM across from City Hall in Old Town Park), and Jacksonville friends can head out June 5th to their first Sunday market (from 10AM to 2PM on the corner of 6th and C). I look forward to seeing you around at the markets, buying the kind of nourishing, local, organic quality food we all need to eat -- what our great grandparents simlply called "food"!

Thursday
Mar312016

Save the Date for the 2016 RV WAPF Community Potluck!

Join me at the Bellview Grange at 1050 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland on June 11th from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. to connect with a local community dedicated to nutrient-dense foods, the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation (RV WAPF).  As the Chapter Leader, I am delighted that our June chapter event is featured on page 16 of the 2016 Rogue Flavor Guide, available for free from me and many other local businesses. 

Like all the RV WAPF events, this potluck will offer you the opportunity to learn more about nutrient-dense foods, including the chance to sample some yourself. Our first 100 guests will receive a free, local burger made from grass-fed Cascade Organic Beef. If you haven't already, I encourage YOU to take the plunge into nutrient-dense cooking by preparing a dish to share for our potluck. Any of the recipes I've shared on this blog would be appropriate WAPF-friendly options, but if you want to find even more ideas, get your very own copy of the Nourishing Traditions Cookbook, written by the founder of WAPF and available from me directly, or through Amazon -- click here to purchase

For more information, feel free to email me:  Support@SummerWaters.com.  I hope to see you there!