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Tips to Help with Digestion

Jul 07, 2021

Digestion is the cornerstone of all traditional Chinese medicine.

We often say that if you have any complications in your body, first begin with digestion. If things are not moving through the gut with ease, then everything will be affected. 

If there are big emotions, then the liver will often disrupt the bowels first by shifting the frequency, consistency, and comfort of the individual. Some people are blessed with good digestive function, but most of us suffer with stress, travel, or changes in schedule.

Hydration plays a huge role in our digestive system.

We are always told to stay hydrated, and if we are thirsty then we are already dehydrated. This is true. Try and stay ahead of water consumption by setting reminders to get your water in.

We recommend room temperature water to support the best digestive function. It is always important to keep hydrated. You’ll know you are getting enough water if your urination lightens in color throughout the day.

If you have...

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10 Tips to Stay Healthy

Jun 23, 2021

2020 was a year full of so much uncertainty. In 2021, there are now so many things we can control. Creating healing within our bodies is a perfect place to start.

The pandemic is now shifting with so many of us vaccinated and starting to venture out into the world again. With that, I wanted to share some great tips to keep you and yours healthy as we begin to go into summer mode this year.

Creating healthy, impactful routines can really support us on so many levels and help us tremendously during this time.

One - Sleep Hygiene

Creating healthier nightly routines help to support melatonin production. Try changing the time filters on your phone, having a wind down plan that completely excludes your phone, and connecting with your breath before sleep. Make your room a comfortable temperature, set a plan, and try to go to sleep and wake up approximately at the same time every time. 

Two - Meditation or Stress Reduction

When was the last time you focused on just your breath? Do you...

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How to Keep Germs Down Naturally

Apr 21, 2021

Spring is here. This time of year it is so important to keep ourselves strong and healthy while we are dealing with allergies. Since we are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we keep germs down in our environments.

So today we will be talking about ways to do that with natural essential oils and other pet and child friendly cleaners.

One of my favorite things to do is to add essential oils to my mopping water in addition to an organic floor cleaner to add an extra layer of germ fighting power. Right now, I often use a drop or two of Thieves oil to support immunity and kill germs in the air. And on the plus side, it smells like Christmas time so that's always a win in my book.

If you enjoy cloves, cinnamon, and orange, you should get a bottle of either doTERRA On Guard or Thieves oil from Young Living. This is also a fantastic product to add to a spray bottle and sanitize the air in your home, car, or workspace.

We have also started using...

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Learning to Go With the Flow

Apr 06, 2021

Today, I'm going to talk about something that we often get too busy and forget about.

We go through our mornings and about our day and frequently forget to slow down and take advantage of going with the natural flow of the season we are in. For example, right now it is April and spring is just starting to send sprouts. 

It's starting to warm up.

There's a bit of wind, a bit of rain.

Flowers are beginning to bloom.

These things are mirrored within our body because we are a tiny version of the universe around us. So in remembering that we need to think about moving regularly with our activities, for example, walking, yoga, biking or swimming, whatever other activity you enjoy. These should be incorporated into your day because as we move out of Winter and into Spring, we need to remember the season of Spring is about growth, unfolding, and movement.

Balance for Spring

In order to balance ourselves within for the Springtime, we need to do activities that allow movement in our...

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Top 5 Self Care Habits to Add to Your Routine

Feb 19, 2021

This collection of self-care activities has been a part of my regular practice for decades now.

I have recommended each of these exercises or tips to patients to begin the rebalancing of their system. They are gentle but effective ways for us to create more support in our busy lives. Many of these practices will take little time to add to your routine and I guarantee that you will be so happy you did.

Often, we don’t realize that things could be smoother in our lives.

We begin to grow accustomed to how we feel and see it as normal. Many people have tension and stress that is held within the body and adapt to it. We can support ourselves with self-care techniques that unwind the tension and relax the body so it can be calmer, more grounded, and get better rest.

Working with the elements will allow you to support your whole system-mind, body, and soul.

In doing so, you create the balance and support your reproductive system needs to jump-start the holistic approach to healing...

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Why I Love Chinese Herbs for Fertility

Jan 13, 2021

There are so many reasons why Chinese herbs are one of the best ways to help adjust your fertility. 

When I look at an individual person I look at their entire system. And I look for how the interconnectedness of their body affects the other parts when something is wrong. Because each person is completely unique, I always create a custom formula based on that person's needs and what their body needs to adjust, so it can be as balanced as possible.

It’s like taking a puzzle apart and putting it back together stronger and more efficient than it was before. 

So if you ask me why I love Chinese herbs so much it's because they can make such a great impact on a person's body, mind, and spirit - quite quickly in fact.

I often prescribe herbs for two or three doses a day, much like food. As you take this substance into your body, it starts to slowly work on the cellular level to improve all functions. They are completely natural and safe for even pregnant women. I can help...

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It’s all in the Journey, Not the Timeline

Jan 06, 2021

WRITTEN BY LISA BORG-ANDERSON

Hello beautiful soon to be mamas! What if I told you focusing on the vision of what will be is just as important as what you are doing right now in this moment? 

Often we as humans try to be in control of our surroundings, our body, and what we really want. When we want it isn’t always up to us….because in the end, things happen and the journey in between is where the magic happens. Not all of it is magical, as anyone who is trying to conceive will tell you. We suffer heartache at longer periods, not ovulating, and loss of a new tender life. I, like many of you, have experienced these losses and while my path has led into motherhood already, I sit and hold space with my patients who yearn for the moment they learn they are pregnant.

I get the wanting to have things just so (I am also a recovering perfectionist too) but the learning to listen to our bodies has an amazing effect - we start to become more balanced. And the more balanced...

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Caffeine While Trying to Conceive- Is It That Bad for Us?

Dec 02, 2020

Creating ritual with the sounds, smells and tastes of breakfast. I love, love breakfast and often for many of us that involves a cup of coffee or tea. Having a good routine is especially important for our ability to start the day on a positive note and start our metabolism off too.

Almost every single woman who is trying to conceive has asked me about caffeine intake  and here is my best advice- cut back to one single cup of good organic coffee if you are in the preconception journey and working to improve your chances of conception. But if during your journey you have been struggling with trying to conceive, it maybe time to cut out the coffee all together.

And here is why- Caffeine can increase stress levels and anxiety. One study shows that the risk of spontaneous abortions can increase. Caffeine can also affect implantation and increases clotting in the blood as well. Research shows that caffeine constricts blood vessels to the placenta which means that it can affect the...

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Methods of Tracking Your Fertility

Oct 21, 2020

BY SABRA GILBERT

There are quite a few ways to track your fertility as you go along the path of trying to conceive. You can write it all down by hand, pick your favorite app, or even a bracelet. Finding what works best in your life for you is key as it is so important to have a full and clear photo of your fertility to show your acupuncturist or doctor.

Writing it all down

Depending on the lifestyle that you enjoy, this might be a good option for you! Especially if you like drawing graphs or bullet journals on a regular basis.

Bullet Journal Method

Now I will admit that bullet journaling isn’t something that I am super into or enjoy, but I did go diving into some Pinterest research for you to find a method that I thought covered a lot of bases in a good design and could be added on to get the entire picture. (Check Here)

Just make sure that you have all the data that you need to keep track of. This includes basal body temperature, cervical mucus, day of your cycle, what your...

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Cervical Mucus: The What, Why, & How to Improve It

Sep 30, 2020

By Lisa Borg-Anderson

Today we are looking at Mucus. Cervical mucus to be exact. How to learn what to look for, how to track it, and ways to improve the quality at home with food therapy and self-care.

 As part of my intake with patients, I always ask: how is your cervical mucus?

Is it clear that there is a shift in color, quality, and elasticity?

Do you feel a hormonal shift and have a greater level of desire during the ovulation window?

Many know what I am asking. But often, many ask me, "what do I look for?"

Okay, ladies, starting around day 10 or 11 of your cycle, I ask for women to look for a change. There is a range of days women notice this change, anywhere from days 3 to 5 is typically seen. Like your period, there can be a smaller amount in the beginning and then it increases and has a peak day... but not to worry if you feel there isn’t a huge change because I am here to support you in improving your mucus!

Well, your cervical mucus is easiest and most...

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