Fire Cider

As a mother of a wild three year old who goes to daycare I am always on the lookout for a way to boost the immune system. I love her so much but she is a walking petri dish and wonderful little vector. Though my background is in Chinese herbs and there are lots of wonderful options I also have Appalachia in my blood and so I also like to look to folk medicine and eastern herbs.

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Glycemic Index Vs Load

Most of us are familiar with the term Glycemic index but I am not sure if as many are familiar with the term Glycemic load. I had never heard this term myself until I came across it in some reading I was doing about the microbiome. So I thought that it was time for some research and sharing.

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Becoming Mama Boost Your Fertility Naturally

I am pleased to be sharing a great fertility program with all you out there wanting to start families. It is called Becoming Mama

A fun, effective, 10 day online program to boost your fertility with proven, natural, evidence-based strategies, all in one place, from the comfort of your home. Developed and presented by Katie Altneu licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and fertility expert.

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Let It Grow, Let It Grow, Let It Grow!

Last year was our first season in the community garden, which is literally right beside our apartment. Up to that point, I will admit that I never really felt like I was home in our apartment and we have been in it for a few years now. As soon as my daughter and I started working in our garden plot, pardon my cheesiness, but something more than plants began to grow. A new sense of home began to develop for me.

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Serena Shaw
Are You Sleeping?

Sleep is a topic that hits close to home for me. I have struggled with insomnia and sleep issues for many many years. I know I am not alone either. Thousands and thousands of people have complaints about sleep. It may be difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, sleep quality or quantity. 

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Serena Shaw
Me & My Kids vs. Tech & TV

I just read an article that got me thinking about something that I have struggled with as a mom from the day that my baby came into this world. The article talks about the use of technology and what it is doing to our children. There are so many good points in the article and I could blog about a lot of different points but what I personally got hooked on was how much tech is too much tech?  How do I balance the reality of having it in our lives and trying to keep it at arm's length?

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What your tongue is saying when you aren't even talking

You head into your acupuncture appointment, you are excited, optimistic, a little nervous and wondering what to expect. Your acupuncturist has you sit down and asks you a bunch of questions, explains a few things and then has you get comfortable on the table. They check you pulse and then they as you to stick your tongue out at them! You want me to do what?! That is right.....stick out your tongue please! Why would they want to do that?

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Prebiotics VS Probiotics

Let's talk about probiotics vs prebiotic. How are they different and is one more important than the other?

Let's start with prebiotics. I feel probiotics are probably the lesser known of the two. Probiotics have been talked a lot about in the media and probably by your doctors but probiotics are just as important. So what is a prebiotic?

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My Belly Made Me Do It

Did you know bad moods, stress, depression, or anxiety could be linked directly with how happy your gut is? Is your digestion just as unhappy and stressed as your mind? They just might be linked!

There is a lot of new, amazing research out in the world connecting our brains and our gut health. It is wild to think that what is going on in your belly can be directly affecting your mental health.

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Concussion Recovery

Did you know acupuncture can help you with your concussion recovery?
Merriam Webster defines concussion as: a stunning, damaging, or shattering effect from a hard blow; especially: a jarring injury of the brain resulting in disturbance of cerebral function.

Acupuncture is wonderful for improving circulation on a micro and macro level and with the improved blood flow comes oxygen, nutrients, and healing.

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