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lemon detoxEast Asian medicine says one should eat according to their constitution and nature of foods. Our top 10 foods for detoxification are balanced between those that warm and cool. When eaten together they will benefit most body types. I love adding these to a cleansing diet simply based on their wonderful flavors. Not surprisingly, scientific evidence is mounting to support their benefit as well.

In East Asian medicine there is a strong tradition of eating a wide variety of colorful foods that are right for one’s own constitution. Everyone’s body is different and this should be taken into account when choosing the types of foods that are right for you. For instance if you are a cool type  you might prefer warm drinks, need lots of sleep, and put on weight easily. Your body will respond well to warming and damp transforming foods to stimulate your body to function better. Note- In the winter season foods are best taken lightly cooked to avoid injury to the digestion for all constitutions.  Confused about which foods are right for your constitution? Ask your acupuncturist!

Foods for detox-What’s cool

1.) Beets Long known to support the liver in purifying blood, beets are a powerhouse for detoxification. A great source of folate and betaine, beets lower overall inflammation in the body. They are also great for regulating menstruation and menopause. Beets are cool and sweet in nature and nourish the blood.

2.) Artichokes These yummy guys are high in fiber and contain cynarin and silymarin which promote liver and gall bladder function. They are also high in the antioxidant vitamin c and folic acid. Folic acid is especially important in women who are trying to conceive as it reduces neural tube defects in babies. They nourish the yin and cool to offset warming herbs and hot constitutions.

3.) Carrots A simple shredded carrot salad with olive oil and a touch of salt is a mini liver detox when eaten daily. Carrots are high in fiber which binds toxins to help them be eliminated. Their nature is cooling. They clear heat, detoxify, strengthen all

organs, nourish the eyes, and moisten the intestines.

4.) Blueberries  A power packed fruit with a low glycemic index that won’t spike your blood sugar. These little guys give you a dose of anthocyanins which are antioxidants to help your body eliminate toxins. They are a great source of vitamins C and E as well as manganese and fiber.  Blueberries are cool in nature and nourish the yin energy. As always be careful in eating too many raw fruits and veggies as they can be damaging to the digestion.

5.) Broccoli Cools and clears heat, aids resolving water retention. From a Western perspective it is high in Calcium and also vitamin C which aids in Calcium absorption. It is high in vitamins A, K, E and folate. It is a good source of trace minerals like manganese, phosphorus, B 6. Broccolli can aid the liver in Phase I and II liver detoxification. It is high in di-indolylmethane (DIM) which stimulates your body to metabolize estradiol more efficiently.

6.) Seaweed This cold in nature sea vegetable is a powerhouse. Seaweed is useful in promoting thyroid function and is loaded with nutrients. It’s high mineral content and plenty of chlorophyll make it a super detoxifier which supports the liver. Because of its cold nature it is great paired with something warming like ginger or garlic. This will balance its effects.

7.)Lemon Cooling and nourishing to the digestion. Adding lemon juice with a little salt and olive oil can brighten up many simple dished like cooked greens or steamed beets. Beneficial bioflavonoids, citric acid and a bright delicious flavor explain why lemons top our list. Lemon has also antibacterial effects and aids in production of bile for fat digestion. High in antioxidants like vitamin C, it is effective in treating inflammatory conditions.

The hot list-warm and hot foods for detox

You’ll notice this list is a little shorter. In our Western culture most of us have an excess of heat. Most cleaning diets aid in clearing heat. These warming foods are used as a balance to the cooling foods. These foods will heat up any cleansing diet!

7.)Garlic (hot) and Onion (Warm) Garlic and onions have similar health and anti-inflammatory properties. They act on the heart and liver assisting phase two liver detoxification. Their active ingredients are gluthathione, quercetin and allicin. They are also high in vitamin C. They are anti-viral and anti-fungal. The heating nature of garlic and can offset some of the cooling properties of other foods used in detoxification like dark greens and seaweed. Don’t overdo it especially is you are a person with a hot constitution (red face, likes cold weather and cold drinks, possible night sweats.)

9.) Fresh Ginger Fresh ginger is hot in nature.  In Chinese medicine it is thought to aid the immune system, warm and regulate the digestion and reduce the toxicity of other herbs. Fresh ginger aids in your detox by stimulating digestion, circulation and sweating. A natural anti-inflammatory, studies have shown ginger to be more effective than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

10.) Parsley This bright herb is slightly warming. It promotes digestion, regulates and moves the body’s Qi or vital energy. It’s high in vitamin C, vitamin K, beta-carotene and folate.  It balances blood sugar and boosts glutathione which is a powerful antioxidant. a great addition to salads and soups.

“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” –Hippocrates

2eli3.13.15Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncturist and Seattle Pediatric Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living, food and is a regular blogger.  For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

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We take the idea of cleansing and reinterpret it through the lens of East Asian medicine. Elemental DetoxIt’s called Elemental because it’s basic yet essenstial. Change your diet and your eating habits and enjoy better health. This 3 week, food based cleanse, is an opportunity to transform your body, habits and health. It supports your needs for individualized, optimal wellness.

Why Detox?

Traditional Medicine has a history of cleansing as a path toward greater health. Our environment and diets have become more and more polluted and un-natural. Processed foods, environmental toxins, and hormones in our meats are just a few things that place a heavy burden on our body. Our pathways of elimination including our digestion, liver, skin, and urination can become sluggish and less efficient in ridding our bodies of toxins. This can in turn affect a variety of things including hormones, reproductive health, mental health, allergies, digestion, skin and musculoskeletal (pain) complaints. A cleanse gives the body a break from additional stressors coming in and allows it to process and eliminate stored up toxins. The results can be incredible.

The beauty of East Asian medicine is that it is always evolving. It’s a system that can adapt to new information, adjust, and add value. When this medicine was first created there was not the level of toxicity and stress that we face every day in modern society. But now there is. Looking at the modern client it is easy to see that their systems are overwhelmed. They also often have combination patterns from an East Asian Medical view. Meaning, for example, they may be deficient (frequently cold, pale, and low energy) but also excessive (sluggish digestion, irritable, with headaches.) This situation lends itself well to treatment though the Elemental Detox.

Habitual Choices vs. Conscious Choices

This program allows you to get down to basics and align your body, mind, and spirit. It takes 3 weeks to begin a new habit. The goal is to give the body and mind a reset button. It can provide a fresh start and a clean slate that can make other aspects of treatment with acupuncture and herbs more effective. It takes commitment, but countless patients have done it and succeeded with great results.

The plan includes coaching  with Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP (billable to insurance for those with acupuncture coverage), supplements, recipe packet, and daily health recommendations.

Lindsey Lawson Acupuncture in Seattle WALindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncturist. She is passionate about healthy , happy living and a regular blogger. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

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All events $10 and held at Glow unless otherwise specified.

Space is limited and will be reserved for pre-paid participants. Classes may be canceled the day before if attendance is low. Should this be the case we will post on our website.

Please call to reserve your spot: 206-568 -7545.

Women’s Health in East Asian Medicine — Monday, Nov. 7th, 12-1 PM Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

From your first period to pregnancy, find out about how to treat your symptoms and treat the root cause with East Asian medicine. Includes PMS, PCOS, fertility support, IVF, pregnancy and post partum care to name a few. Bring your questions!

Supporting Patients with Cancer through the use of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine — Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 12-1 PM Facilitated by Derek Kirkham, DAOM EAMP

Join Derek Kirkham, MS DAOM, EAMP for a discussion on how East Asian medicine can benefit individuals throughout conventional cancer treatment. The innovations of conventional care, i.e. chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, have enabled more and more people to survive cancer. However, while these therapies are powerful tools in the fight against cancer, they can simultaneously damage the systems within the body during and after treatment. This discussion will cover helpful tips on rebuilding the body’s vital energy (Qi) and creating an internal environment that promotes healthy living.

Discussion topics: – Basic theories of East Asian medicine – How acupuncture, herbs and foods can support the body before, during and after conventional treatment – The benefits of Tai Qi and Qi Gong – And much more…

Natural Weight Loss with hCG — Thursday, Nov. 17th, 6-7 PM Facilitated by Eric Nissen, ND

What is hCG? How does hCG influence weight loss? How much weight can I expect to lose? How long is the program and is it safe? Dr. Eric Nissen will answer these questions and more in this informational talk on hCG for natural weight loss.

Balancing the Elements — Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 12-1 PM Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

Do you have a condition that always flares up at a certain time of year? Are you interested in knowing the health of the elements in your body? Do you feel blocked and don’t know how to release it? East Asian Five Element Theory provides a blueprint for health and living in harmony with the seasons.

Chronic Illness & Pain Management — Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 6-7 PM Facilated by Tina Michalski, MSW

Do you have to make adjustments in your life due to your illness? Do you feel different because your body, mind and emotions have changed? Learn to restructure your thoughts to be realistic and helpful, as well as to help you deal with stress. Are you feeling anxious and depressed? Meet with others who are in the same boat and find out how individual and group counseling can create better health.

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All events $10 and held at Glow unless otherwise specified.

Space is limited and will be reserved for pre-paid participants. Classes may be canceled the day before if attendance is low. Should this be the case we will post on our website.

Please call to reserve your spot: 206-568 -7545.

Movie: Under our Skin | An Infectious New Film  -Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 6 PM
FREE

This is a fantastic film for anyone, but especially if you one of your loved ones has, or may have Lymes Disease. Engaging and informative. Our resident specialist, counselor Tina Michalski, who has battled Chronic Lymes for the last 10 years will be on hand for discussion.

The Metal Element — Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 12-1 PM
Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

Do you have fall allergies, catch cold easily or suffer from asthma? Do you have trouble staying inspired in the darker days of winter? Do you have trouble letting go? Find out how to assess the health of your Metal Element and how to best support it.

Lyme Disease — Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 6-7 PM
Facilated by Tina Michalski, MSW

Transmitted by ticks (nature’s dirty needle) and possibly fleas and mosquitos, Lyme disease is presently the number one bacterial infection in the US.

Lyme disease (and associated coinfections) can be serious, and it is well known for its variable symptom presentation, making diagnosis difficult. It is also known as the “Great Imitator”, because many of the symptoms observed in a patient can be confused with many other diagnoses, such as MS, arthritis, ALS, Lupus, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, many psychiatric disorders and Autism, to name a few.

Join Tina Michalski, MSW, to learn more about diagnosis, treatment and recovery from tick-borne illnesses.

Supporting Patients with Cancer through the use of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine — Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 12-1 PM
Facilitated by Derek Kirkham, DAOM EAMP

Join Derek Kirkham, MS DAOM, EAMP for a discussion on how East Asian medicine can benefit individuals throughout conventional cancer treatment. The innovations of conventional care, i.e. chemotherapy, radiation
therapy and surgery, have enabled more and more people to survive cancer. However, while these therapies are powerful tools in the fight against cancer, they can simultaneously damage the systems within the body during and after treatment. This discussion will cover helpful tips on rebuilding the body’s vital energy (Qi) and creating an internal environment that promotes healthy living.

Discussion topics:
– Basic theories of East Asian medicine
– How acupuncture, herbs and foods can support the body before, during and after conventional treatment
– The benefits of Tai Qi and Qi Gong
– And much more…

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All events $10 and held at Glow unless otherwise specified.

Space is limited and will be reserved for pre-paid participants. Classes may be canceled the day before if attendance is low. Should this be the case we will post on our website.

Please call to reserve your spot: 206-568 -7545.

Movie: Under our Skin | An Infectious New Film  -Wednesday, Sept. 7th, 6 PM
FREE

This is a fantastic film for anyone, but especially if you one of your loved ones has, or may have Lymes Disease. Engaging and informative. Our resident specialist, counselor Tina Michalski, who has battled Chronic Lymes for the last 10 years will be on hand for discussion.

The 5 Pathways of Detoxification — Monday, Sept. 12th, 5:30-6:30 PM
Facilitated by Dr. Rachel Erickson, ND

We live in a toxic world, so what can we do about it? Dr. Rachel will talk about the 5 pathways your body has to eliminate toxins and how you can support these pathways with a detox. Regular detoxification is a healthy way to prevent disease from toxic overload, such as allergies, autoimmune disease, hypothyroidism, fatigue, anxiety, ADHD, PMS and cramps and much more!

Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Labor Preparation — Tuesday, Sept. 13th, 12-1 PM
Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

It’s common to think of acupuncture to assist conception, but the help doesn’t stop there. Learn how it can treat nausea, heartburn, back pain, sleep issues and more. Also, find out what steps to take to best promote a healthy, natural, on time delivery.
The Earth Element — Monday, Sept. 19th, 4-5 PM
Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

Is your digestion out of balance? Do you have trouble “harvesting” the fruits of your labor? Is your energy low? Find out how to assess the health of your Earth Element and how to best support it.

Supporting Patients with Cancer through the use of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine — Wednesday, Sept. 14th, 12-1 PM
Facilitated by Derek Kirkham, DAOM EAMP

Join Derek Kirkham, MS DAOM, EAMP for a discussion on how
East Asian medicine can benefit individuals throughout conventional cancer
treatment. The innovations of conventional care, i.e. chemotherapy, radiation
therapy and surgery, have enabled more and more people to survive cancer.
However, while these therapies are powerful tools in the fight against cancer,
they can simultaneously damage the systems within the body during and after
treatment. This discussion will cover helpful tips on rebuilding the body’s
vital energy (Qi) and creating an internal environment that promotes healthy
living.

Discussion topics:
– Basic theories of East Asian medicine
– How acupuncture, herbs and foods can support the body before, during and after conventional treatment
– The benefits of Tai Qi and Qi Gong
– And much more…

MOVIE: East Meets West- Oriental Medicine and the Future of Healthcare in Amercia–Tuesday, Sept. 27th, 7-8 PM FREE

A  documentary that explores the depth, richness, and clinical efficacy of Oriental Medicine, and the ways that this ancient tradition can be an integral component of an emerging system of integrative healthcare that would truly merge the best of both eastern and western medicine.

 

Why We Get Fat and What We Can Do About It–Thursday, Sept. 29th, 7 p.m.

Facilitated by Dr. Eric Nissen, ND

America is getting heavier and heavier by the year, and it’s not all muscle! The USDA’s website says “enjoy your food, but eat less” and “avoid over-sized portions”. That’s all there is to it? It’s really that easy? Most people trying to lose weight will attest that is is NOT that easy and that the numerous diets they’ve tried have been largely ineffective in keeping the weight off long-term.

Learn why the “calories in less than calories out” approach to weight loss is mostly ineffective. Just eating less or exercising more usually doesn’t work long-term. Find out why we gain weight and real-world approaches to losing fat and keeping it off.

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