Thursday, 30 October 2014

Acupuncture is safe for childbirth

There are many studies to show that acupuncture can help during labour.  Acupuncture has a long history in childbirth in China.  It can induce labour, promote contraction, shorten labour and treat post-partum disorders.  Click on the link to read the full article

7 Signs That You Need Acupuncture This SpringTomorrow is the first day of spring. Yahoo! Except for that fact that many people don’t feel so hot this time of year.The flu is—knock on wood—mostly behind us. Allergies are  exploding. So, why do so many of us feel off in the early days of spring?
You can kindly thank your Liver!In acupuncture theory, humans are viewed as microcosms of the natural world that surrounds them. Seasons—particularly the transitional periods, when we move from from one season to the next—factor significantly into how we feel.Each season is linked with an organ system in the body, and spring’s system is Liver. This means that the Liver, as it adjusts to taking over the seasonal reigns, is especially vulnerable.When the Liver is vulnerable, the functions throughout the body for which the Liver is responsible have a tendency to get out of whack.Eventually, spring can become a time when the Liver and its associated functions thrive. However, during this transitional period, when the Liver is still finding its footing, certain symptoms commonly show up. Acupuncture improves these symptoms by restoring balance to the Liver system.How To Know That You Need Acupuncture

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Wellness with Chia - the Ultimate Superfood

Blueberry Chia Pudding

2 tablespoons of black or white chia seeds
1 cup milk (dairy, almond, hemp, coconut etc)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 punnet of blueberries
2 tablespoons of chopped pistachios or almonds

Mix chia seeds with milk in a bowl.  Let it sit for 10 minutes then stir again.  Break up any clumps of chia seeds with a fork.  Tip into food processor or blender with vanilla, maple syprup and half of the blueberries.  Whizz for 20 seconds in processor.  Pour into serving glasses.  Refrigerate overnight.  To service scatter the remaining blueberries evenly over the top with a few chopped pistachios or almonds.

Great for dessert or breakfast.

Maple syrup has fewer calories and more mineral than honey or sugar.  It is high in zinc and manganese - essential for a healthy immune system.

Chia seeds are gluten free and anti-allergenic and loaded with protein, vitamins and minerals.  Chia contains omega 3 6 and 9 and many phytonutrients. Chia is a great food for marathon runners - increasing energy and stopping leg cramps.   Chia is great for your pets health too.

Lose Weight with Chia!

Chia can curb cravings and as it is hydrophilic (meaning it absorbs water) can make you feel full for longer.  The chia weight-loss plan -
Ditch processed junk food, drink 8-10 glass water per day.  Have smaller portions of food - trying using a smaller plate.  Include lots of plant protein - quinoa, dried beans, amaranth, nuts, chia.
Reduce of stop alcohol, juice and soft drink which are all concentrated sugars, get moving.

Chia Weight Loss Drink
1 tablespoon chia seeds mixed with 1 cup water.  Add juice of 1 lemon and sweeten if desired with Stevia.  Drink immediately or let it stand until gel-like.  Have this 1 hour before main meals or as a snack between meals.