Acupuncture for Anxiety
When people think about acupuncture, many are not thinking about acupuncture for anxiety! It is becoming common for people to try acupuncture when they have physical pain, but are you aware that acupuncture is helpful for psychological and emotional pain as well. Here are some reasons you should consider acupuncture for natural anxiety treatment.
Healthy Posture to Improve your Health
Anything you do for eight hours a day is going to affect your health. That includes ergonomics in the workplace. This guide from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) can tell you how to determine if you have poor posture. And here’s why you should be concerned:
- Muscle tension: Sitting with your head forward can cause muscles in your neck to strain and become tense, particularly the trapezius muscle. Over the long term, this can change the curvature of your spine, lead to arthritis or decrease your range of motion.
- Risk of injury: Sitting in a poor posture frequently can harm your lower back by leading to uneven pressure on the lumbar disks. This can make you predisposed to a more significant injury while lifting a heavy object, playing sports, or in a motor vehicle accident.
- Blood circulation: Sitting for extended periods can pool blood in your legs, leading to swollen ankles and increased risk for varicose veins or a deep-vein thrombosis if other clinical risk factors are present.
- Decreased confidence: Body language affects your interactions and communication. Sitting with a forward head tilt, rolled-in shoulders, and slouched posture can affect your mood, energy, and confidence. Learn how to become more resilient to stress with Biofeedback training
Manage Blood Sugar Naturally
The easiest way to manage blood sugar is to decrease your sugar intake. Look at the ingredients and find foods that are low in sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and modified corn starch. Even “natural” forms of sugar are still sugar and will affect your blood levels. Check out the Fooducate app to scan foods at the grocery store to learn about their quality and how much sugar they contain.
Here are more simple ways to manage blood sugar naturally:
Eat breakfast every day with protein
By eating breakfast every day with a source of protein, you can balance your glucose and have the energy to do the things you love. You’re less likely to be hungry or reach for sugary snack slater in the day. Getting at least 15 grams of protein a couple of times a day can stabilize your blood sugar and even help improve your sleep. Four ounces of cottage cheese or a half-cup of almonds are examples of how you can get to 15 grams of protein pretty quickly. Other great protein sources include quinoa, beans, lean meats, nuts, seeds, yogurt and eggs.
7 Minute Exercise – HIIT Exercise
Are you a time-conscious adult? Setting exercise goals takes less time than you think: A basic workout can be done in a 7 minute exercise using your own body weight as resistance. This is a great way to practice high intensity interval training also known as HIIT.
Research from the American College of Sports Medicine supports high-intensity circuit training using one’s own body weight in a routine that takes only 7 minutes. Depending on how much time you have, you can perform this routine once in the morning and 2-3 times later in the day, getting a great workout with great health benefits in less than 30 minutes.
Follow along at home using this YouTube video or using the 7 Minute exercise Workout app available for your iPhone or Android.
Benefits of short-duration high-intensity interval training (HIIT)
- Promotes strength in all major muscle groups
- Balances strength throughout the body
- Can be modified to increase intensity, endurance or duration
- Improves insulin sensitivity for blood-sugar regulation to help Lose Weight Naturally
- Increases circulation and cardiovascular benefits
- Supports overall mood and energy
- Eliminates the need for equipment or facilities (your body weight is the equipment)
As 2016 comes to a close, we look forward to a clean slate and new potentials
Many people enjoy keeping with the tradition of making New Year Resolutions. These yearly resolutions are wonderful because they allow us to be mindful of the gifts of both time and self-agency. The transition encourages us to re-assess our lives, be grateful for what we have, and then attempt to improve upon our shortcomings to better ourselves.
Unfortunately, many get into the new year almost expecting to fail at their goals. Fortunately, acupuncture is on your side when it comes to self care in 2017! There are several ways acupuncture supports your new year goals no matter what they might be. For example, the most common new year resolutions are some variations of losing weight or getting fit, eating healthier, decreasing stress or increasing mindfulness, and quitting smoking. Acupuncture can help support all of these goals and more.
Lose Weight Naturally with the FIT WELLNESS NOW Program
Losing weight is a side effect of feeling healthy and having increased energy. At Fit Wellness Centers in Ballard, physicians take a holistic medical assessment where you are at with your health. Then we match your goals for losing weight, and maximize your body’s ability to handle stress, improve sleep, and encourage a functional digestive system allowing you to lose weight naturally. We make it as easy as possible for you keep your body moving and feeling well with a customized weight loss plan that fits your schedule and needs to lose weight naturally.
Natural Anxiety Treatment
Naturopathic Physicians are uniquely capable of supporting patients with natural anxiety treatment methods as primary care physicians. Utilizing the same methods for assessing anxiety, providing appropriate referrals to counselors, but also integrating several areas of medicine to treat a patient holistically from the beginning.
At Fit Wellness Centers, licensed Naturopathic Physicians counsel patients about understanding their anxiety triggers. Reestablish the mind body connection, and help create an environment for a patient to recover from periods of anxiety, or stress to the nervous system. Allowing you to recover from the consequences on health this has on the body over time, to digestion, weight gain, headaches, fatigue, and more.
How Chinese Herbs enhance digestion
Welcome back! Last week we featured how Acupressure improves digestion during the holidays. This post features how Chinese Herbs enhance digestion so you can better enjoy dinner festivities.
Digestive Tea Recipe:
A post-meal tea of Ginger, Cinnamon and honey is delicious and soothing to an overindulged stomach. Since Ginger tea is readily found at grocery stores nowadays, you can choose to purchase pre-made Ginger Tea and simply sprinkle in some cinnamon and add a touch of honey to taste. If you’d like a recipe from scratch, we have included one below. Feel free to use it as a guideline and adjust to your own desired taste with other herbs.
The holiday season is upon us as is the wonderful food, drinks, and merriment that it brings. While Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) champions a philosophy of balance and moderation, a little indulgence can be a healthy thing when coupled with friends and laughter. However, we also know that indulgence leads to uncomfortable consequences, so here are ways that TCM wisdom can help.
Acupressure points you can massage to promote digestion:
Molina Naturopathic Coverage
Dr. Andrew Simon and Dr. Claire Zimmerman are Molina Naturopathic Physicians, meaning they are in network with Molina Healthcare of Washington for coverage of Naturopathic Medicine. Molina Healthcare of Washington provides both Washington Apple Health Medicaid and Marketplace insurance plans through the Exchange. While Fit providers can provide primary care coverage to some capacity, we recommend using both your assigned care provider and we will work with your primary care physician to provide adjunctive care in an integrative approach. This provides the patients with the best care possible.