Gratitude

Your Gut and Brain Connection

Have you heard of your “second brain”? While you are probably familiar with your central
nervous system, made up of our brain and your spinal cord, you might not have heard of the
“brain” in your stomach. Your brain-gut connection has a bigger impact on your health and wellness then you might think!

New research shows that our brain health, overall wellness and gut are more connected than
we ever thought possible. Chemicals in your gut can impact the chemicals in your brain and vise
versa. For example, a large portion of your body’s serotonin, a chemical that contributes to
feelings of happiness and well-being, is produced in the gut.

While Western medicine is just catching on to the importance of the brain-gut connection, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have known this for centuries. Those who have studied TCM know that the body is connected and that you cannot treat one symptom without
addressing the body as a whole system.

Western medicine often focuses on rooting out the bad or destroying whatever is ailing you.
Unfortunately, this can do more harm than good because when you attack a virus or bacteria,
you often kill the good bacteria and cells in your body as well. Instead of going into attack mode,
TCM helps your body heal itself by cultivating a healthy, robust microbiome “garden”.

Are you curious about your own microbiome and how it might be impacting your health? Watch
this video to learn more about the world of microbes inside your body and contact us to see how
you can improve your health by cultivating your own “garden”.

 

Call today to schedule your examination to see if acupuncture can help at 385-498-3914.

 

Healthfully,

 

Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness Inc. team

How Acupuncture Helps You Maintain Wellness

There is a lot of talk around using acupuncture to repair damage to your body or treat an illness. While acupuncture is an excellent option for restorative healthcare, it is also a great way to prevent illnesses and injuries in the first place.

 

Many of us don’t think about our health until we are sick. However, we can all do ourselves a big favor by taking action to care for our bodies to prevent illness and promote overall health and wellness.

 

These are three ways that acupuncture can help you maintain health and well-being and live life to the fullest.

 

  • Acupuncture for Self-Care

We all know that eating whole foods, limiting sugar and processed foods, getting exercise and getting enough sleep are important aspects of self-care. Acupuncture can be a great addition to helping our immune systems function at optimal levels and prevent us from getting sick.

 

  • Acupuncture for Pain Management and Chronic Conditions

If you suffer from chronic pain or other illnesses, finding a way to manage your symptoms is always top of mind. Many prescription and over-the-counter pain medications have side effects that can wreak havoc on your body. Acupuncture is an ideal alternative and viable pain-relief option. It can be used to effectively treat conditions like neck and back pain, headaches, osteoarthritis and other chronic conditions.

 

  • Mental Health and Acupuncture

While a lot of time is spent discussing the importance of physical health, mental health is almost completely overlooked. Mental health is just as important as physical health. In fact, when your mental health is suffering, you are less likely to put care into your physical health and are more susceptible to colds and other infections. Acupuncture can help you maintain your mental health just as well as your physical health.

 

Acupuncture is not an instant fix or miracle cure, however it is an important addition to caring for your body and mind and can be the perfect addition to your preventative health regimen. This kind of prevention can save you time and stress. If you take care of your body, your body will take care of you.

 

Contact Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness today to see if we can help you at 385-498-4914

The Best (and Worst) Thanksgiving Foods

thanksgiving-spreadThanksgiving is a great meal.  Friends and family come together to give thanks and celebrate the harvest season–

…and to overeat.

All of us know the feeling of eating too much, too heavy, too rich.  When we should be enjoying our time with loved ones, we are uncomfortable.  We exasperate our health conditions and catch a cold.  We put on weight and feel lethargic.

I’m not going to tell you to make dramatic changes to your Thanksgiving meal.  Usually that doesn’t work—and besides, it’s no fun.

Instead I suggest you just make small choices.  Pick one food instead of the other.  Make little positive choices and they’ll add up to a healthier, more enjoyable meal. continue reading »

The Pessimist’s Guide to Gratitude

thank-youYour mother was right–say thank you.

Scientists have now proven what your mother always knew–it’s good to be grateful.  Being grateful is more than just politeness; it’s actually good for your health and well-being.

In a study by Robert A. Emmons, of the University of California, and Davis and Michael E. McCullough, of the University of Miami, people who kept gratitude journals showed higher levels of health and well-being than people who journaled neutral events or counted hardships.  After 2 months, the people who journaled their gratitude felt more optimistic and happier than their control counterparts. They reported fewer physical problems and spent more time working out.  People with neuromuscular problems who did the same thing fell asleep more quickly, slept longer and woke up feeling more refreshed.  Even their spouses noticed the difference!

How can you cultivate gratefulness even if you’re a glass-half-empty person?

Read the rest here…