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Stress is not good for our health OR our immunity

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Did you know that experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of all disease is stress-related? Perhaps nothing depletes us or ages us more quickly, than chronically high stress levels. And it's terrible for our immune system.

In modern day lifestyle, most of us experience elevated levels of stress on a daily basis. Stress activates our body’s sympathetic nervous system’s response of “fight, flight or freeze.” This response is our body’s primitive, autonomic, innate response that prep…

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Nourishing Bone Broth

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Happy New Year! With the threat of snow next week and a record-high cold and flu season, it is the perfect weather for warm and nutritious bone broth. Bone broth is nutrient dense with a rich flavor and easy on the digestive system. With a high concentration of minerals-including phosphorus, magnesium and calcium-it is a great immune boosting option to bring into your regular routine. Also, brewing connective tissue into bone broth provides the body with natural compounds from the cartilage. Stu…

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Happy Chinese New Year

Wishing you a wonderful Chinese New Year in this year of the Earth Pig!



The pig likes to enjoy life and brings playfulness, humor, good fortune, and joy to your year. The element of earth is associated with strong foundations, growth and harmony. Combining the traits of the earth element, with the justice seeking pig, this is a year to create positive and lasting change by combining efforts with friends and community.



The Year of the Earth Pig completes the rotation of the 12 Chinese Zodiac si…

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Meet Ruby our New Acupuncturist

Ruby Haber FinalWe are very excited to introduce you to our newest practitioner, Ruby Haber, LAc!

Ruby's journey into acupuncture began in 2012 while she was pursuing her yoga teacher training in Baja, California. Here, she was introduced to Eastern philosophy, and the spark to explore healing through this lens was ignited. With this passion to study Chinese medicine came deep personal healing and a thirst to help others in their healing process. This led Ruby to earn her Masters of Oriental Medicine from the Or…

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Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

These oatmeal pancakes are packed with protein and fiber. The cinnamon gives this recipe a warming element and the local honey is a good way to boost your immune system during cold and flu season.

pancakesINGREDIENTS: Makes 2- 3 servings
  • 1 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c. fat-free cottage cheese
  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
PREPARATION: Heat griddle to medium high heat and coat with coconut oil. Combine all ingredients and blen…

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Take Advantage of Mushroom Season

By: Mary Chen LAc

mushroomIt's all about the mushrooms this year. Whether you like white button, portabello, chanterelle, or porcini mushrooms, here are the top 5 reasons to start eating them this season:

1.) Mushrooms are the only vegetable with high levels of vitamin D. Like humans, mushrooms produce vitamin D when in sunlight. Exposing them to high levels of ultraviolet B just before going to market converts more of the plant sterol ergosterol into the so-called sunshine vitamin.

2.) Mushrooms are a gre…

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As Fall Transitions to Winter



In Chinese medicine, fall is the season of the element Metal. Metal is a yin element that motions us inward, asking us to look to the past and review and reflect. This is the season of gently confronting ourselves to cut unhealthy ties that keep us anchored to the past so we can lay the groundwork for change to emerge in spring. This is also a time when many of us face the external busyness of the holidays and the year's end; while it can be wonderful to gather with family and friends in celeb…

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Immune Boosting Fire Cider

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Fire cider is filled with immune boosting ingredients to help you ward off cold and flu, and it's fun and simple to make. While there are endless variations, our favorite ingredients to include are:

 

  • 1/2 cup fresh grated ginger root
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated horseradish root (be warned, fresh grated horseradish is pungent and sinus-opening).
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno or 1 habanero quartered
  • 1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced crossw…

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Creamy Thai Carrot Soup

carrotsThis wonderful warming and nutritious soup includes seasonal carrots and sweet potato. Ginger and curry spices possess significant anti-inflammatory properties, and kaffir lime and lemongrass are both digestive tonic plants.  For a spicy variation on this soup, substitute the sweet curry powder with 1 teaspoon of red Thai curry paste. Dissolve the paste in a bit of hot water before adding to the soup.

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped 1…

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Comforting Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth



With the return of the rain and the early darkness, it is the perfect weather for warm and nutritious bone broth. Bone broth is nutrient dense with a rich flavor and easy on the digestive system. With a high concentration of minerals-including phosphorus, magnesium and calcium-it is a great immune boosting option for the fall and winter season. All you need to make this delicious nutrient powerhouse are:
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  • 2 celery stalks, chopped medium
  • 1 medium onion, chopped me…

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