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Transitions can be hard. Whether in relationships, work, home life, or in the big one - seasonal change. We see that Termination Dust hitting the top of the mountains, we noticed the frost on our windows, and the colors changing on the leaves mean there's no stopping the quick march that's taking place right in front of us. Here are some great tips to help with the transition "into" Fall (and they're also useful for the season that's going to roll in right after that, too!). ... See MoreSee Less
The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and the trees are changing color. Mother Nature is making the transition from the heat of summer to the cooler, windier days of fall. One t...
Here's a few pointers from Family Nurse Practitioner Patty Delate on the healthy benefits of eating leafy greens:
As we continue to deal with the physical and emotional impacts of the pandemic, we also have many other stressors that affect our health. If we are living in a stressful situation, our immune system is going to be under attack. The good news is that there are things we can do personally and to help each other out as a community. Of course, there are supplements, botanicals and herbs that you can take to strengthen your immune system. (see tinyurl.com/Wellness-Immune-Boosters)
But the key to our health is really our food choices and how we choose to live in community.
We have to go back to the very basics of food, because if we are going to restaurants every single day to eat or we are stopping at the fast-food place to get something, we're not able to really feed the microbiome - the foundation of our immune systems.
You may hear a lot of talk right now about the Gut and the Brain Axis; they work back and forth with each other. If your gut is unhealthy, your brain is not healthy, and if your brain is not healthy, your gut isn't healthy.
The major things that we want to start with are eating a foundational diet - eating plants. Plants are the foundation to our diet and we are very fortunate this time of year that we all have wonderful delicious leafy green vegetables.
The leafy vegetables that I recommend are the local vegetables, and those, what we have right now are chard, kale, kohlrabi, turnips (there's lots of turnips right now and you can just wash the greens and eat them), beet greens and beets themselves, and collard greens. All of these greens, you just rinse them and get the sand and dirt off of them. You don't even have to wash them so thoroughly.
And then you just roll them up and then you just chop them real fine and put in a stainless steel pot, not Teflon. Steam them on low until they just start to become soft. Some have to be steamed more than others like collard greens are steamed a little more than like kale, and a little more than chard.
These type of greens that I'm talking about the dark leafy greens, they do have to be broken down a little bit and they do need oil in order for you to digest them and to be most helpful to you.
After they've steamed, take an organic oil like olive oil or avocado oil and pour it over the greens. Then you can add sea salt, herbs like thyme, a little bit of basil, sesame seed, sea salt, and you've got a very, very delicious dish. Just stir it up and then you eat it with whatever else you have; if you're eating meat, or if you're eating a little bit of rice, or a little bit of quinoa, it's really good with it. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less
Hi, my name is Amy Rattenbury, I'm an acupuncturist here at SVT Health & Wellness and am also trained in Chinese herbal medicine. Today I want to talk a little bit about some formulas and supplements that we carry at all three of our locations (in Homer, Seldovia and Anchor Point) that will help boost your immune system, and also help with some symptom relief.
There are five basic supplements that I stick to: Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Elderberry, Andographis and Zinc.
We have several versions of Vitamin D in our health centers. There's a liquid form, plus we also have a capsule form and then we have a very concentrated form that actually has 10,000 IUs (individual units) and include Vitamin K. There's a lot of different choices for Vitamin D. It's definitely one that we recommend for all Alaskans, all the time. It’s great for immune system and on many other health issues. I
The other one that many people already know a lot about is of course Vitamin C. We also have many different versions of it at our health centers. We have chewable ones that are great for kids. Also, if you're sick of swallowing pills, we have Buffered Vitamin C, and we also have crystal form. You find a lot of different ways that you can get vitamin C in your system.
Another great herb that we carry that's wonderful for colds, flus, and general immune support is Elderberry. We have it in tincture form and also glycerin form - which means that it's sweeter and a little bit thicker. The glycerin form is great for pediatric patients and people who don't want to consume the alcohol.
Andographis has been researched to be a very powerful herb for immune boosting. It is a medicinal plant and tackles everything from the common cold to diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, plus supports energy, stress management, and aging.
Zinc is a great supplement that you could be taking as a preventative before you get sick, similar to Vitamin D. We offer it in the tablet form. It is recommended for basically everyone and can help shorten the length of your illness, or help prevent you from getting sick. ... See MoreSee Less
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