Survive Cold & Flu Season With These Two Tricks From Chinese Medicine

cold-remedies-85324443-resizedIt’s that time of the year! A lot of my patients have been coming in with scratchy throats and headaches, feeling achy and just plain exhausted. Others (or their family members) are down with the flu and they are just waiting in line to get it next. Well, I am here to tell you that isn’t necessary… you can fight and prevent the flu, it doesn’t have to be a given that you will get sick this winter.  Chinese Medicine (my specialty) has some wonderful, natural remedies for those cold symptoms and you are in luck because I am sharing two of my favorites with you!

We believe in using diaphoresis (sweating) as a therapeutic treatment for chills, fever and overall achy flu-like symptoms. Your can bundle up in warm towels and blankets and drink hot teas to induce a sweat or pour Epsom salts into a hot bath, staying in the tub until you begin to sweat. Once the sweating begins you hop out, put on cotton PJs (if you have, cotton breathes well) and get into bed. You will feel immediate relief and your fever will break after the sweat.

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Introducing Optimal B12 And Your Chance To WIN IT!

East West Essentials Optimal B12 ShotWhat would you think if we told you that there was a “magic shot” that could increase energy levels, memory function and boost metabolism? It exists! Developed in our East West Essentials‘ clinics and now available online is our new Optimal B12 Shot! If that sounds good to you than things are about to get better because right now you can save 20% off your purchase of the Optimal B12 Shot AND enter for a chance to WIN our newest supplement. Read on to learn how… Read More »

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Veggie Soup

This veggie soup is a family favorite, and it is so easy to make! I love it in cold weather, and kids can easily help out in the kitchen when this is on the menu. Let us know what YOU think of this recipe!

Ingredients:

* 2 cups of lentils

* 1 cup of black beans

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Beat The Bloat & Eliminate Water Retention In One Easy Step!

dandelion-teaI attended a wonderful Academy Awards viewing party over the weekend. I can’t tell you much about the show, but the food was fabulous! We all spent so much time sampling the decadent offerings that I missed seeing most of the winners, though I am not complaining one bit. What a spread! However, on Monday I was feeling the affects of all that rich food so I decided to ask Dr. Jeanne Wilson, East West Essentials‘ co-founder, for some tips to help me with the bloat and water retention that I can’t seem to kick. Here is her advice:

A natural cure for what ails you right now is Dandelion Tea! It is a powerful diuretic comparable to any drug on the market today aimed at treating water retention AND it has no known side effects and very low toxicity.
 
Many of our celebrity clients will brew up a batch of dandelion tea to drink before filming or a photo shoot to help their on-camera look. And ladies, this is also a secret weapon around the time of your menses as it helps relieve many PMS symptoms. 
 
The tea tastes delicious as-is or you can mix with organic cranberry juice, lemon water and a natural sweetener for a special treat.
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Umeboshi Dressing

Have you ever heard of an Umeboshi  fruit? It is pickled ume fruits common in Japan, similar to a plum (and often referred to as such, in fact umeboshi roughly translated means “salted plum.”). Umeboshi umeboshi-paste_9360Paste is a wonderful digestion aid that has a uniquely delicious taste, perfect for salad dressings. It eliminates the need for salt, contains no carbs and helps to stimulate the appetite.

A great way to enjoy Umbeoshi is in “salad dressing” form, perfect for egetables. I often make some of this at home and keep it in the refrigerator at our office and East West Essentials’ clinics and snack on it with some raw veggies or on top of a salad.

 

Umeboshi Dressing

Blend in blender. I like to leave it out for 24 hours to richen the taste, then keep refrigerated.

The umeboshi fruit.

The umeboshi fruit.

Besides their dramatic flavor, Japanese umeboshi have remarkable medicinal qualities. Their powerful acidity has a paradoxical alkalinizing effect on the body, neutralizing fatigue, stimulating the digestion, and promoting the elimination of toxins. This is the Far Eastern equivalent to both aspirin and apple; not only is it thought of as a potent hangover remedy for mornings after, an umeboshi a day is regarded as one of the best preventive medicines available.

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Good For Your Gut… Forever? How Long Should You Take Probiotics

woman-pills-2We love probiotics! These miracle supplements do so much for your body, providing relief from many gut related issues. Probiotics help reduce inflammation and discomfort, soothe upset bowels, reduce gas and bloating, and help regulate healthy bowel elimination. A pharmaceutical grade probiotic (such as our very own East West Essentials’ Optimal Probiotic) will enhances nutrient absorption. Sounds like a miracle pill, right? For many it is!

Now the question many of you ask us is “how long can I take a probiotic?” A few weeks? Months? Years? Does the efficacy wane after extended use? Should I only take one when I feel extended discomfort in my gut? We decided to get our own co-founcer and nutritionist Heather Wilson to give us an answer, as this is one of the top supplements we use in our East West Essentials’ clinics. Here is what she said:

East West Essentials' Optimal ProbioticMost clients continue using the probiotic daily once Read More »

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We LOVE Your Heart So Much That We Are GIVING AWAY Our Optimal Fatty Acid!

optimal fatty acidHappy Heart Month to all our East West Essentials’ family and friends! February is all about love and the heart… and we want to make sure that yours is at its optimal health! And to help keep it strong, we are giving away 5 bottles of our Optimal Fatty Acid Blend!

East West Essentials’ Optimal Fatty Acid Bend plays a vital role in almost every bodily function. Our Fatty Acids give you the support needed to protect your heart, support healthy cholesterol levels, repair cell membranes, and helps burn body fat. These essential fatty acids cannot be produced by the body, so they need to be ingested. Since the Optimal Fatty Acid Blend is plant based you don’t have to worry about excess toxins or rancidity. These oils contain no pesticides and are 100% certified organic.

If that sounds good, it’s only going to get better… we are giving away FIVE (5) bottles of our Optimal Fatty Acid! To win our giveaway, do one of the following… it only takes one entry to win, but feel free to do as many as you’d like, as often as you’d like! That’s two weeks of unlimited entries… better get busy!

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Peppermint Tea: Miracle Cure?

I love tea. All year round, in fact. Hot in the winter and iced in the warmer months of summer. Lately I have been enjoying peppermint tea (I love the organic variety from Traditional Medicinals) more and more – perhaps it was the holidays that started me on the trend? – and I have learned some pleasant surprises about my new favorite treat.

Benefits of peppermint tea include:

Healthy Stomach

Mint tea is referred to as a “stomach healer.” Drinking the tea can evade various stomach problems and digestive disorders. The tea helps lower the symptoms of stomach cramps, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and gallstone problems. This herbal tea promotes digestion and reduces heartburn. Green peppermint tea is also found to be a useful curative measure for diverticulitis (inflammation of the digestive tract) and flatulence.

Strong Immune System

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Carob Almond Treats: New & Improved!

100_22633-300x202We never stop working in our kitchen on our recipes, looking for new & improved ways to make something. We made a few small changes to our carob almond treats that we think you will love!

Sweet tooth, take notice! This is a healthy way to enjoy desert or a treat, with almond milk subbing for dairy and stevia and natural coco powder in lieu of sugars and processed chocolate. Enjoy!

 Ingredients:

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Tips For Traveling With Heart Disease

Artwork courtesy of Dr. Wilson's granddaughter, Gracen, created on her iPad while the two were traveling in Equador!

Artwork courtesy of Dr. Wilson’s granddaughter, Gracen, created on her iPad while the two were traveling in Equador!

Here is the scenario: You have decided to fly yourself and your precious heart somewhere wonderful. Good for you! But you or your loved ones are concerned because you have been diagnosed with heart disease, or had a heart attack or stroke. While this is no reason to cease all travel, with some simple precautions you can help make your trip a smooth one and boost your spirits. A few helpful ideas:

  1. Make sure when you travel that you have your medicine. Bring a copy of your original prescriptions just in case your luggage – and thus your medication – is lost or misplaced. (It would also be sufficient to have a list of your medications and your cardiologist’s phone number.)  This may sound simple but think about how many times have your forgotten your toothbrush, extra socks, etc. The simple things we assume we won’t forget, yet in the hubbub of packing we leave them behind. Consider placing big notes around you to “remember your MEDS!” If you are planning to pack them in checked luggage reconsider placing them in your carry-on luggage so they will be with you at all times. If that isn’t possible be sure that you have a few days worth of your meds with you so that in the case your luggage is delayed or lost you don’t have to go without.
  2. Do a little research. Be aware of a Read More »
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