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Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.
Hippocrates

By Kelly Dorfman from huffingtonpost.com

Here is a short list of common, everyday nutrient deficiency symptoms. Of course, most symptoms have many causes so there could be other reasons, but if you or someone you know has one of these symptoms, a nutritional cause should be considered.

Symptoms of Nutrient Deficiencies

  • Night blindness, poor light adaption — Vitamin A 
  • Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin) — Essential fats
  • Red, bleeding gums — Vitamin C
  • Easy bruising, little red dots on skin — Vitamin C
  • Decreased smell, taste — Zinc
  • Deep fissures in tongue — B vitamins
  • Rapid blinking eyes, muscle twitching — Magnesium
  • Seasonal affective disorder — Vitamin D

Due to the limited nutrition training of most physicians, you might want to mention these symptoms to your doctor, but may also want to consider seeing a nutritionist or naturopath.

Eat the seasons - July. 

westernherbalism:

Bilberry
Vaccinium myrtillus

Michael Tierra says..
Common Names: Whortleberry, Huckleberry, Blueberry, Hurtleberry

Family: Vaciniaceae

Parts Used: Leaf and berries
Energy and Flavors: The leaves are cool and astringent, while the berries are cool, nourishing and sweet

Systems Affected: Liver

Biochemical Constituents: The berries contain flavonoid compounds called anthocyanosides

Properties: Astringent, diuretic, refrigerant

Dose: The berries can be freely eaten

Used for: Strengthening vision, macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, adult-onset diabetes

Notes: Bilberries attracted heightened interest when World War II British Royal Air Force pilots reported improved visual acuity on nighttime raids after consuming them. Subsequent studies confirmed their effectiveness in improving nighttime vision, faster restoration of vision after a glare, as well as in the treatment of many other eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma, as well as of varios varicose veins. They are available in Planetary Formula’s Bilberry Eye Complex, which combines them with Chinese lycii berries, chrysanthemum flowers, and other herbs as a formula for the eyes.

The dried berries have a long traditional use in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery. The leaves of the berry, as well as of the closely related huckelberry, are very effective as a tea for regulating blood sugar in the treatment of mild adult-onset diabetes.

Superwoman Green Smoothie from Healthful Pursuit

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp unpasteurized honey
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 3-6 ice cubes

Potential changes:

  • For additional fiber: add 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • To make vegan: replace honey with 1 medjool date
  • For additional protein: remove the cacao powder and replace with chocolate protein powder

Eat the seasons. 

Yoga is not simply a form of exercise; it is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline that aims to bring one to a state of spiritual insight and tranquility. It follows, then, that nutrition is a key part of the yoga philosophy—in order to reach a peak state of both mental and physical health, eating a fulfilling and energy-rich diet is crucial.(Keep in mind that while these guidelines are related to yoga, they also serve as general principles for good nutrition and maximum health and mirror the suggestions of many doctors and nutritionists today.)

Yogis have certain guidelines regarding healthy eating, but it is based around the principle of eating small quantities of very high quality food. Recommended foods to eat for a yoga-friendly diet include:

  • Plenty of fresh vegetables (wheatgrass, barleygrass, sweet potatoes, broccoli, etc.)
  • Fruit, especially when eaten raw, as this is the form that your body can most easily digest
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts

Most who practice yoga regularly recommend limiting consumption of the following foods:

  • Meat, as it is believed to be toxic to our bodies and lower the vitality of those who eat it
  • Refined white sugar
  • Processed food
  • Alcohol - Yogis believe alcohol consumption defeats the purpose of yoga by lowering the vibrations of their subtle (astral) body
  • Added salt

Yogis generally recommend eating slowly to enable proper digestion and extraction of all available nutrients in one’s food. Also emphasized is the importance of eating fresh, raw food whenever possible and eating food that is neither too hot nor too cold.

Visit these InNetwork pages If you are interested in learning more aboutYoga or nutrition.  You can also find many healthy recipe ideas on ourPinterest board.

Sources:

Yoga Online. http://yoga.org.nz/nutritional_information/nutrition.htm

Now, holistic treatments from massage to acupuncture are helping people escape pills and defeat the pain in their lives.

At Max Sports Medicine in Columbus, Dr. Doug DiOrio tackles some of the worst pain with acupuncture.

Pat Puchalski, 63, runs marathons and ironman competitions, and started acupuncture after a biking accident.

"To have a concussion, sprained neck and I was told I should look at surgery, and Dr. [DiOrio] said, ‘Let’s try acupuncture,’" Puchalski said.

It’s not a new concept. Acupuncture is centuries old, used to treat all kinds of pain.

"Bowel pain, gut pain, I treat a lot of back pain and neck pain with this," DiOrio said.

It’s been a big part of his practice for 14 years, and DiOrio said it’s all about bringing balance to the body.

"[Acupuncture decreases] inflammation, boosts your body’s natural pain killers, increases blood flow to tissue," DiOrio said.

Deborah Wadsworth has fibromyalgia, arthritis and chronic pain syndrome.

"I was willing to try alternative medicine," Wadsworth said. "Everything hurts or one thing will hurt and then another and you just pray that you can get to the next."

After taking prescription pain medication, Wadsworth turned to The Ohio State University Center for Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Glen Aukerman said half his patients have chronic pain, and he treats them through nutrition.

He said many people are missing critical vitamins and minerals.

"We’ll go in and specifically look at their calcium, magnesium and vitamin D level. We look at how inflamed their red cells look and we show them how to change that, by changing the foods they eat," Aukerman said.

Patients leave with a prescription for dietary changes and supplements, along with other holistic treatments from massage to acupuncture.

"Usually within six weeks they are pain free. [In] 120 days … [they] have things in their red cells that will prevent the pain from coming back," Aukerman said.

Wadsworth was on prescription pain medication, but after her treatment, has cut back.

"I am not taking those drugs anymore," she said.

"We place the needle in and feel for the right contact of energy in the body, so we can tell we are in the right spot," DiOrio said.

But the holistic treatments aren’t being used just for chronic pain.

Puchalski even had acupuncture when she was fighting breast cancer.

"The pain stops. I fall asleep during the treatment. I leave the treatment feeling euphoric, no pain," she said.

It’s an approach to pain that keeps some patients in the game.

Article from here

Light & Healthy Vegetarian Lo Mein (picture and recipe from canyoustayfordinner)
(serves 2)

For the Sauce:

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha hot chili sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Remaining Ingredients:

2 teaspoons canola oil
2 cups bean sprouts
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, white and green parts
1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 cup shredded Napa cabbage
1/4 cup grated carrot
6 oz Chinese egg noodles or whole wheat spaghetti
Cook the egg noodles or spaghetti according to package instructions, drain and set aside.

Stir all sauce ingredients together in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until thickened and glossy, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Meanwhile, set a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the two teaspoons of canola oil and swirl to coat. Add the bean sprouts, mushrooms, cabbage, and carrot. Saute for about 3 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the cooked egg noodles and the sauce, tossing to combine. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information for 1 serving:
Calories: 422, Fat: 8.4g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 19.1g, Protein: 11.7g