What Does “Eating Clean” Really Mean?

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 by Orlando Acupuncture
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At its simplest, eating clean is about eating whole foods, or “real” foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, or handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible. Think farm to table. These are foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, natural whole grains like ( brown rice, barely, quinoa, millet) beans like (black beans, garbanzo beans, white beans, red beans) peas like (green peas, lentils, split peas) and humanly raised, local meats and fresh from the sea fish.

If you and your family want to eat clean it is important to become label savvy. Sometimes it’s necessary to purchase package foods so knowing how to read the labels is important. Typically a good rule of thumb is if you have no idea how to pronounce it or what it is, you don’t want to eat it. Also if there are more than 5 – 10 ingredients, again, you don’t want it.

Don’t be sacred of fat… consuming healthy fats are a vital part of a healthy body. Aim to have essential fatty acids, or EFAs, incorporated into your clean diet every day. These are found in things like: extra virgin olive oil, avocados, almonds and other nuts and seeds, coconut oil, and oily fish like salmon.

Slow down and savor your food. Eating clean doesn’t mean anything if you don’t appreciate the food, how it came to be on your plate, and the the people who were a part of that process. Never rush through your meal. Savor the flavors and appreciate the food that is in front of you.

Avoid processed and refined foods. This includes white flour, refined sugars, bread and pasta. This can be a difficult part of eating clean for a lot of people however, after a little online recipe searching you will find a lot of clean alternative to your favorite dishes. Follow our Clean Eating Pinterest Board for some great ideas!

Remember, it’s up to you and only you to take good care your health and that starts with good nutrition and exercise! So get in the kitchen and whip up something yummy and nutritious.

Why Everyone Needs To Know About C8!

Posted on: February 17th, 2016 by Orlando Acupuncture
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C8 (Perfluorooctanoic acid), has been used in the manufacturing of Teflon since 1940. If not disposed of correctly C8 remands indefinitely in the environment. When 3M sold Teflon to DuPont they gave them specific instructions on how to properly dispose of this toxin. Instead, DuPont decided to simply dump the leftover C8 into the local water supplies. Why should you care? Well, C8 is a toxicant and carcinogen in animals and humans and has been detected in the blood of more than 98% of the general US population. How the general populations have been exposed to C8 is not completely understood. However, it has been detected in industrial waste, stain resistant carpets, carpet cleaning liquids, house dust, microwave popcorn bags, water, food, some cookware, and of course Teflon.
Many people don’t understand why they need to cleanse their body? C8 is just one example of the toxins that’s we are all exposed to on a daily basis in everyday life. From the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, the beauty products we put on our skin, and even our cleaning supplies all have toxins in them. It is practically impossible to stay away from toxins.
This is where cleansing and detoxing the body comes into play. Allowing the vital organs to detox is the only ways we are going to keep ourselves from becoming completely toxic. When our bodies are exposed to toxins, the organs can’t perform their proper functions correctly. We may start to show signs of disease such as fatigue, headaches, hormone imbalance, allergies, and the inability to lose weight.
There are many different ways of eliminating toxins from the body. These can include going on a juice fast for a few days, exercising and sweating daily, drinking plenty of water, or going on a detox program. At our clinic we use a nutritional cleanse system that takes stored toxins and turns them into a water soluble form so our body can easily eliminate them. If you are looking into a detox system it is very important that you pay careful attention to the ingredients in the products. Cleansing isn’t just a fad; it is a vital part of achieving optimal overall health in the body.

5 After Cleanse Tips

Posted on: January 8th, 2016 by Orlando Acupuncture
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1.) Drink warm lemon water in the mornings

Warm lemon water has many benefits. Not only does it continue to detox the body, it also aids in digestion, boosts the immune system and rejuvenates skin!

2.) Eat easy to digest foods

Raw food is hard to digest. For this reason, try to eat steamed or puréed vegetables for  the first and second day post-cleanse. Also, once you finish your detox or cleanse, it’s great to keep juicing. Since fresh juice is easier to digest than whole foods, it allows your body to absorb more nutrients.

3.) If you plan to reintroduce meat, do it slowly

When detoxing or cleansing, one thing people do is cut out meat. Since meat can be hard to digest, make sure to reintroduce it into your diet slowly. Start by reintroducing steamed fish, chicken and eggs.  Wait five or six days post-cleanse to reintroduce red meat.

4.) Eat smaller portions

Don’t put too much stress on your digestive track and stomach by eating large portions. Your stomach has also most likely shrunk during your cleanse so start small. You can always go back for more 20 minutes later if you are still hungry.

5.) Avoid sugar as long as possible

A diet high in sugar will completely reverse the benefits of your cleanse. Did you know sugar is linked to poor gut health, inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay?  It is also a leading cause of hair loss. Do yourself a favor and avoid it all together.

To learn more about diet and nutrition click here to schedule a Free Consultation.

10 Foods to Eat for Better Skin

Posted on: January 7th, 2016 by Orlando Acupuncture
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Almonds

Nuts and seeds are laced with anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and acne. Almonds are especially good for your skin, as they contain magnesium, Omega 3 fatty acids, and Vitamin E, which help to reduce stress hormones that often cause breakouts.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate not only contains a huge dose of antioxidants, but the cocoa flavonoids in the chocolate are associated with more hydrated and softer skin.

Salmon

Salmon contains a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids, which aids in making skin look silky smooth and provides a healthy coating of moisture, reducing redness, acne, and any inflammation. This really is a skin super food.

Pineapple

This tropical Hawaiian fruit contains high levels of Vitamin A and C, which are an important part of the collagen formation process and makes skin look radiant and youthful.

Berries

Berries are very nourishing to the skin and help to fight signs of aging. These can all help your skin as they contain anthocyanins, a pigment that has been found to strengthen collagen fibers.

Kale

Already known to b a super food, kale can also give you great skin on top of all of its other super powers. Kale contains a heck of a lot of Vitamin A, which prevents skin diseases and helps repair dry and damaged skin. It also contains a high dose of Vitamin K, which can relieve discoloration, especially underneath your eyes. The Vitamin C in kale (it has just as much as citrus fruits) also eliminates sun damage.

Cantaloupe

This sweet fruit is also rich in beta-carotenes, which means it will richen the color of your skin naturally — no self-tanner needed!

Carrots

Carrots are rich in beta-carotenes, a protein that naturally warms up the color of your skin. However, eating too many carrots can cause an unsightly skin discoloration called carotenemia, so enjoy them in moderation.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has great benefits for your skin, as it delivers a healthy dose of antioxidants and can cleanse and exfoliate your face simultaneously, leaving your pores unclogged and your skin moisturized.

Lemon

The health benefits of lemons have long been praised, and you can now add skincare to that ever-growing list. Lemons contain high levels of Vitamin A, which aids in melanin production.

10 Things to Help Detox the Body

Posted on: December 22nd, 2015 by Orlando Acupuncture
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1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.

2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.

3. Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.

4. Drink at least two quarts of water a day.

5.Breathe deeplyto allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.

6. Control your stress with things like yoga, meditation, massage, and acupuncture.

7. Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.

8. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.

9.Dry-brush your skinto remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores.

10. Exercising is the best way to detox the body. Go on a long walk or jog for 30 minutes every day.” Also try Qigong, a martial-arts based exercise system that includes exercises specifically for detoxifying or cleansing, as well as many other exercises with specific health benefits.

To learn more about nutritional cleansing, detoxing, over all diet support, and acupuncture call us at 407-673-6700 for a Free Consultation or click here to schedule.

8 Ways to Crush Sugar Cravings

Posted on: December 22nd, 2015 by Orlando Acupuncture
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Eat a protein-packed breakfast.

Protein stabilizes our blood sugar and keeps us out of the craving danger zone. During the afternoon, our circadian rhythms change as cortisol levels decrease and melatonin increases. These chemical shifts are the reason we start reaching for the candy jar around 2:30 p.m. Instead, enjoy a low-sugar protein shake like the Isagenix Isalean.

 

Avoid low-fat products
It is no coincidence that Americans have gained weight while eating “low-fat” foods. Typically, these products contain high levels of sugars and other carbs to compensate for fat reduction.

 

Sleep more, crave less.

The key to stopping sugar cravings in their tracks is balancing the hormones ghrelin (an appetite trigger) and leptin (which signals fullness), along with insulin. Get these hormones working in harmony and you’ll experience fewer cravings—and less fat storage. But if you get less than the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep, you may be undercutting this goal.

 

Rev up your movement to dial down your cravings.

If you’re plagued by strong sugar cravings, getting your body moving may help deactivate them. According to a study published in Applied Psychology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, the more you sit, the greater your appetite – even if your body doesn’t need the calories. Moderate exercise also helps keep muscle cells sensitive to insulin. Strength training builds stronger muscles, which in turn use up more glucose. Any physical activity that you enjoy will help get sugar off your brain.

 

Skip the alcohol
Alcohol is so much like sugar and also feeds those pleasure centers in our brains, because of this it is important to cut it out while you’re trying to get on top of your cravings. “Once that neuro circuitry has been calmed down, then you can introduce a little bit back.”

 

Pinpoint your sugar pitfalls.

Do the doughnuts in the coffee room at work every morning call out to you? Think through your day and identify where and when you are most susceptible to sugar’s lure, and ask yourself why you “need” sugar in those moments. Is it because you’re starving when you get to work and the doughnuts are just too tempting to resist? Empower yourself with new, positive alternatives you can use to meet that need.

 

Find healthier rewards.

Instead of treating yourself to sweets, treat yourself to pleasure! Often we reach for sugar when we’re stressed, lonely, or bored. But there are far better ways to turn around a bad mood or energy lull. Make your own personal “rewards card”—a list of nourishing activities that you can whip out any time you find yourself reaching for sweets.

 

Supplement with calcium and vitamin D.

Are you taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement? Good! Several studies suggest that multivitamins that contain vitamin D and calcium can potentially lower cravings and promote weight loss. Extra body fat holds on to vitamin D so that the body can’t use it, and this perceived deficiency interferes with the action of leptin (the hormone that signals your brain that you’re full). If you’re deficient in calcium, your body can experience up to a fivefold increase in the fatty acid synthase, an enzyme that converts calories into fat. While a multivitamin can’t replace a healthy diet, this bit of extra nutrition “insurance” can’t hurt—and you might just find your cravings lessen while your weight loss speeds up.

 

For more information about nutritional cleansing to cut sugar craving or over all diet support please call us at 407-673-6700 for a Free Consultation or click here to sign up. At Orlando Acupuncture we want you to Feel Better, Today!

6 Things To Do Tonight For A Better Tomorrow

Posted on: December 18th, 2015 by Orlando Acupuncture
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We have all woken up with the alarm buzzing wanting nothing more than to hit the off button, turn over and drift back to sleep. However, there are very few days where that is actually possible. Life can become so busy and overwhelming sometimes that just getting out the door on time is hard work. Luckily, with a little preparation and planning the night before, we can turn those crazy mornings into productive stress free ones. Here are 6 suggestions to accomplish just that.

1.) Tidy up the house

Throughout the day the house can get a little out of order, doing a quick tidying up can make the world of difference in staying on top of things. Don’t feel you have to do this alone. Get the whole family involved to make it as quick and easy as possible.

2.) Make a to do list

When we make a list of task to accomplish the next day it helps us to be able to rest easier at night. It also helps your day to run smoother when you know exactly what needs to be accomplished. Make a point however to create a realistic to do list with only 5-8 tasks so you don’t get overwhelmed.

3.) Lay out all clothes needed for tomorrow

When you look good, you feel good so set aside 15 minutes every night to plan your outfit for the next day. It’s also a good idea to lay out your workout clothes or prepare your gym bag. This not only helps cut down on wasted time in the morning, it assures you will actually get your workout in.

4.) Prepare tomorrows breakfast & lunch

They don’t just say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for nothing, it’s because it actually is. However, it’s also the easiest meal to skip when you’re in a hurry. Preparing something the night before helps this from happening. Along with preparing breakfast it is best to go ahead and prepare lunch too. This assures you get a healthy meal that is easy on the wallet.

5.) Gather everything  you will need to take with you

I don’t know about you but some days I have a lot of stuff to bring with me. Gathering it all together and placing it by the door, or better yet… in the car, makes for a much smoother morning.

6.) Get a good night’s sleep

There is nothing that is going to make it easier to get out of bed in the morning than a good night’s sleep. It is recommended we get 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. For some of us this is easier than others but it never hurts to try. Set a bed time for yourself and even put an alarm on your phone for it. Crawl in bed with a book, maybe light a candle, or spray some sheet spray, something to let your body know it is time to rest.

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5 Reasons Why Intermittent Fasting Works

Posted on: December 15th, 2015 by Orlando Acupuncture
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               It’s a known fact that people are struggling to lose weight and keep it off…. Of the 45 million Americans dieting each year, 80 to 90 percent of them will regain all their lost weight and even more. The repeated cycle of weight loss and regain shows that the simple remedy of eating healthier and exercising regularly isn’t working. A new solution is needed to help people achieve a healthy weight and maintain it. There is mounting scientific evidence behind intermittent fasting as an effective tool for weight loss and preventing repeated cycles of dieting. So what is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating that involves going without food for several hours or up to a couple days. And it can become a lifelong habit. A lot of people practice intermittent fasting without even realizing it. Let’s say you go without eating from 7pm to 7am, well you just completed an intermittent fast. Here are five reasons why intermittent fasting works.

 

Improves insulin sensitivity

One of the ways intermittent fasting helps is through improving how well insulin ushers glucose from the blood (after eating food) into cells where it is used for energy. It’s an important part of healthy weight management. Similar to how drinking coffee habitually can dull the response to caffeine, an excess of carbohydrate intake can decrease sensitivity to insulin. When people are less sensitive to insulin, they cannot efficiently use the food they eat leading to a cascade of health issues including fatigue and increased hunger—two culprits in weight gain.

Insulin sensitivity is “reset” by fasting. Healthy men who fasted for 20 hours every other day for 15 days had increased rates of glucose uptake, signifying improved insulin sensitivity and better blood sugar control. With insulin sensitivity becoming an increasingly common issue among aging adults, intermittent fasting may be especially effective for older adults with weight loss goals.
Resets calorie intake

Although it seems counter-intuitive, evidence suggests that when intermittent fasting becomes a lifestyle, less food is commonly consumed during normal calorie days. A study with overweight adults found that they consumed only 20 percent of their normal calorie intake on alternate days.

The exact mechanism has not been identified; however, some theories suggest alterations in calorie intake could be due to shrinking of the stomach causing people to become full faster. Another theory suggests that relying on fat for fuel during fasting can up-regulate or down-regulate certain enzymes involved in metabolism affecting appetite regulation.
Encourages adherence

One of the biggest issues with fad diets is that people cannot adhere to them long-term. They are usually restrictive, can leave people feeling sluggish and tired, and often cause muscle loss. The key to weight loss and maintenance is a diet plan that fits into your lifestyle.

There are various definitions of intermittent fasting and it’s up to the individual to choose what works best for her or him. And while it may seem daunting at first, studies show that satisfaction during fasting increases with time.
Maintain muscles mass

Muscle is a very greedy tissue. It requires a lot of calories just to exist and puts the body to work resulting in a higher metabolism. For that reason, muscle is an important player in weight loss. Because fasting requires a period of time without significant food intake (including protein), some fear that it would cause muscle loss. While long periods of fasting will cause the body to turn to muscle for energy, short periods (24 to 48 hours) are not going to result in significant muscle loss.

Keep weight off for good

Any diet can help you lose weight, but many times it’s at the expense of muscle mass. And once normal eating patterns resume, weight comes back on quickly.

Researchers have evaluated weight patterns for the average dieter. The key is to make dietary changes that can be maintained for the long-term and support muscle mass. Because there are many ways to do intermittent fasting, it can be integrated into any lifestyle to support weight maintenance.

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7 Reasons Why Women Experience Hair Loss

Posted on: December 8th, 2015 by Orlando Acupuncture
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1.) Too much Vitamin A

  • Overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Thedaily value for vitamin A is 5,000 International Units (IU) per day for adults and kids over age 4; supplements can contain 2,500 to 10,000 IU.

2.) Lack of Protein

  • If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, your body may ration protein by shutting down hair growth, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This can happen about two to three months after a drop in protein intake, they say.

3.) Heredity 

  • Female-pattern hair loss, called androgenic or androgenetic alopecia, is basically the female version of male pattern baldness. “If you come from a family where women started to have hair loss at a certain age, then you might be more prone to it,” says Dr. Glashofer. Unlike men, women don’t tend to have a receding hairline, instead their part may widen and they may have noticeable thinning of hair.

4.) Female Hormones 

  • Just as pregnancy hormone changes can cause hair loss, so can switching or going off birth-control pills. This can also cause telogen effluvium, and it may be more likely if you have a family history of hair loss. The change in the hormonal balance that occurs at menopause may also have the same result.

5.) Emotional Stress

  • Emotional stress is less likely to cause hair loss than physical stress, but it can happen, for instance, in the case of divorce, after the death of a loved one, or while caring for an aging parent. More often, though, emotional stress won’t actually precipitate the hair loss. It will exacerbate a problem that’s already there, says Dr. Glashofer.

6.) Anemia 

  • Almost 1 in 10 women ages 20 through 50 suffers from anemia due to an iron deficiency, which is an easily fixable cause of hair loss. Your doctor will have to do a blood test to determine for sure if you have this type of anemia.

7.) Sugar

  • In 2003, researchers from Finland examined women with hair loss to determine if the same sugar/carbohydrate and insulin resistance link existed in females as it did in men. The researchers found that women with high insulin resistance had a significantly higher risk of developing androgenic alopecia (AGA) hair loss.

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9 Things You Should Know Before Your First Acupuncture Treatment

Posted on: November 19th, 2015 by Orlando Acupuncture
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1.) Acupuncture treats more than just pain.

Acupuncturists find it unfortunate when patients cancel appointments because they are sick. Not only can acupuncture help treat the common cold and stomach viruses, it is helpful for a wide variety of issues including mental and emotional stress, cancer, skin diseases, neurological disorders, infertility, childbirth, and gout to name a few.

2.) Eat a little something before your treatment.

An important thing to remember is that you should eat a little something within a few hours before treatment. It isn’t necessary to have a full meal, but at least a snack can help your body have enough energy to maximize the treatment’s potential. Receiving acupuncture on an empty stomach may lead to lightheadedness, dizziness or even fainting.

3.) You don’t need to remove all of your clothes for a treatment.

Acupuncturists may need to access areas under your clothes, but they will properly drape you so that only small portions of skin are exposed. However, they do recommend wearing loose clothing so that sleeves can be rolled up above the elbows and pant legs can be pulled up above the knees.

4.) You may be asked to show your tongue or have your pulse taken.

Acupuncturists are interested in the state of your internal organs, and using these methods they can determine the best treatment for you. Also, just like reflexology on the hands and feet, different areas of the tongue and radial pulse correspond to different organ systems of the body.

5.) Expect to answer some private questions.

In addition to physical examination, most acupuncturists will question you about various topics regarding your health and lifestyle. Often, these questions will include asking for detailed descriptions of your bowel movements, urination, and menstruation for women. The more details you’re able to give, the better their diagnosis and the better the treatment.

6.) Acupuncture needles are much thinner than hypodermic needles.

If the thought of needles turns you off, keep in mind that acupuncture needles are about the width of two to three strands of hair and are actually quite flexible. Often people are surprised how little they feel both at insertion and after they are in place. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to take a nap while on the table.

7.) Acupuncturist do not reuse needles

If you are getting treated in the United States, the needles your acupuncturist uses on you have never been used on other patients. This means there is virtually no chance you will contract a disease from receiving acupuncture and because the needles are made of very thin and flexible surgical grade stainless steel means no pain.

8.) Acupuncturists use more than needles.

Though needles may be their main tool, most acupuncturists have learned a variety of other therapies falling under the label of “Chinese Medicine” such as acupressure (pressure instead of needles over acupuncture points), cupping (suction of the skin), Moxibustion (heating of the skin), Chinese herbs or Qi Gong (energy healing). Depending on their training, your diagnosis, and your comfort level, you may get more than just needles at your visit.

9.) One treatment is often not enough to cure what ails you.

Everyone’s responds different to acupuncture. Some people have immediate relief after just one treatment however, to keep this relief they may needs a few more. While others need a few treatment before they have relief. Your acupuncturist will most likely recommend subsequent treatments. Some insurance plans have added acupuncture to their list of services, so be sure to check with your insurance provider if acupuncture is something they reimburse.

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