Chinese Medicine Tips To Maximize Your Summer!

2013-best-summer-everHello my friends, and welcome to summer! How are you enjoying it so far? This is a wonderful time of year, it is great to get outside and soak up that sunshine (and Vitamin D!).

According to traditional Chinese medicine, each season is ruled by an element. Summer is associated with the element of Fire. The ancient theory of The Five Phases was introduced almost two thousand years ago, and discusses the idea that the structure of the cosmos reflects the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each Season is associated with an element, with the Earth element relating to the change in seasons every three months. And along with its associated element, each season is related to parts of the human body and certain forms of energy.Summer is not only correlated with the element of Fire, but with the heart, small intestine, and the tongue. Knowing which element relates to each season can provide knowledge from traditional Chinese medicine regarding health in that season. Special attention should be paid to those aforementioned organs during summer. Fortunately, when the Fire element is in balance (as it often is in summer), the heart is strong and healthy.

My suggestion to you? Enjoy LIFE and GOOD HEALTH!

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Meet Ashwagandha – The “Latest” Trend In Natural Health & Beauty, 5,000 Years In The Making

Ashwagandha1It seems that everyone is always searching for the newest and greatest way to achieve optimal health and beauty. And right now everyone can’t stop talking about the “new” trend of Ashwagandha… if you consider 5,000 years old to be new, that is! But I am glad to se it is getting attention because it is a wonderful herb, full of many benefits.

What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha (sometimes referred to as “Indian ginseng”) is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic (East Indian Medicine) healing. Interestingly enough, in Sanskrit, Ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse,” meaning that the herb gives the vigor and strength of a stallion, (not the smell!) and has been used for thousands of years to help people regain their strength and repair their immune system after a difficult illness or  life challenge.

Why Use Ashwagandha?

To determine if you are a candidate let me ask you a question: do any of these common symptoms sound familiar?

  • Stress & Fatigue
  • Lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating

Did I hear you say all of them? That is quit common! And also, that means you are a perfect candidate to try Ashwagandha.

Benefits and Healing Effects

Medical researchers have been studying Ashwagandha for many years and have found its healing effects are: Read More »

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Drink More Water Each Day – Here’s How!

LemonMintWaterWe all need to drink half of our body weight in water ounces each day. I know this, I say it each day in our East West Essentials’ clinics and preach the importance of water to my friends and family. All the time! Yet, even though I know the benefits of drinking plenty of water it can still be tough some day to get my allotted ounces in.

I’ve tried all the tricks: marking cups and water bottles, allowing myself a “treat” or snack only after drinking X ounces of water… some days it works, others I just don’t seem to stand a chance! However, the one that always gets me sipping is when I make flavored or infused water. Yes, it is that simple. Just by adding some fresh fruit to my water I drink it down in no time at all. So today we are sharing one of our favorite infused water recipes in the hopes it helps YOU drink all the water your body needs! Tell us what you think of this recipe, and if you have your own we’d love to hear!

Lemon Mint Cucumber Water
(Makes 1 gallon-sized pitcher)

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Cheese Making you Sick? Don’t Give Up – Try This!

Cheese! I love it, but it causes chaos inside my body. I tried and tried to walk away but I just couldn’t. Instead of torturing myself with the aftermath I decided to seek some alternatives to the traditional cheeses that were wreaking havoc.

Q: I need some help: what is a good substitute for cheese? I need to start kicking it out of my diet for digestion and skin irritations. But I love it so much! Would goat cheese be any different on the system? Thanks!

A: That’s a great question, and a very common one. While cheese is a beloved food, it also causes havoc for many. Sheep cheese is the easiest to digest because it has the smallest protein particles, so a lot of people can get away with eating sheep products regardless of how they may do with “regular” cheese. Sheep gouda or sheep yogurt are great options. You also may want to try coconut yogurt, but watch the carbs if you are trying to loosing weight. Goat cheese is also a smaller particle cheese and is easier to digest than cows’ milk products. I love that goat cheese is spreadable, it makes a great addition to a sandwich made on Ezekial bread.

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Optimal Cleanse Detox Symptoms And What They REALLY Mean

shake2If you have ever completed a cleanse than you are familiar with detoxing and the associated symptoms. Our Optimal Cleanse is designed to detoxify the body and prepare it for optimal health. These toxins can be responsible for weight gain, irritability, loss of concentration, allergies, skin conditions, hormone imbalances, cysts, and poor digestion.

And when this detox is active it can present itself in different ways, as explained by Dr. Jeanne Wilson below as she answers a great client question about breakouts. Read on to learn more – has this ever happened to you?

Client question:

I love your Optimal Cleanse product and have used it very successfully for a few months.  Lately, I’ve noticed my face breaking out for the first time.  Is this a side effect of the Optimal Cleanse, and should I maybe stop using it?  I am drinking two to three shakes a day. Thoughts? Thanks so much!
Dr. Wilson’s answer:
Dr. Jeanne WilsonThere are a couple of possibilities.  It could be a Read More »
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Think You Can’t Make Vegetable Juices? Think Again! We Have Rounded Up & Tested The 4 Best That You Will LOVE!

photo copy 31We love vegetable juices here in the East West Essentials office and clinics. So much so that we’ve started making our own and we even had a mini office competition for the best one! :) Here are some of our favorites. We hope you like them!

Vegetable Juices

Green drinks tend to be more powerful and so you will want to start off slow and gradually increase. Ultimately, you never want more than ¼ of your juice to be green juice.

I never drink my green juices alone. Not only are they powerful in that they can cause loose bowel movements, but their taste is rather strong. Green juices are usually mixed with apples, celery, cucumbers or carrots.

Kale-Carrot-Apple-JuiceKale-Apple-Carrot Juice

Ingredients:
3 Kale Leaves
Small handful parsley
4 5 carrots, greens removed
1 apple, seeded

Directions: Read More »

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WIN Our New Beauty & Spice Pack!

Beauty and Spice PackWe have been talking a lot about our new Beauty & Spice Pack. You may have even seen our own Heather Wilson talking about it on CBS (click here if you missed it!). And now we are giving you the chance to WIN it!

The Beauty & Spice Pack is a selection of our top four spices we use therapeutically in our clinic:

Organic Cinnamon, Organic Turmeric, Organic Cayenne Pepper & Organic Ginger

The pack includes a booklet with information & recipes for use. It is an easy to use convenient pack for on the go – restaurants, family events, or the lunchroom. Spices are a secret to healthy, glowing and youthful skin and have anti-cancer properties. They may play an essential role in your favorite recipes, but these natural wonders can also be secret ingredients in your skincare regimen. They are packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and are blood movers for healthy glowing skin with more antioxidant value than half a cup of blueberries!

It is so easy to use, just add it to your favorite meal, hot teas and your favorite protein shake. Our spice pack is made to travel and use on the go!

We are giving away NINE (9) of our Beauty & Spice Packs and it is oh-so easy to WIN!

To win our giveaway, do one of the following Read More »

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Wait A Minute… Is Frozen Yogurt REALLY All That Healthy?

Do you have a question for our expert and East West Essentials‘ co-foundersDr. Jeanne Wilson? Post it on our Facebook page and we will answer you.

Q: Is frozen yogurt an unhealthy food? What are some of the ingredients in that are bad for you? What’s a better choice?

Most commercial frozen yogurts are loaded with sugar or worse yet. artificial sugars. Many are also non-fat, which makes the rate of sugar delivery into the blood stream happen even more quickly. The toppings are killer too!

Once we freeze yogurts we are loosing Read More »

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Banish Bad Breath Once And For All!

East West Essentials tongue scraperToothpaste, mouthwash, gargling, gum, mints… who hasn’t tried everything to help with bad breath? The problem with most of these approaches is that it will only mask the bad breath, not treat it. But don’t fear – we can help you with our new Optimal Tongue Scraper!

The East West Essentials Optimal Tongue Scraper takes fresh breath to the next level.

Tongue scraping, is an an oral hygiene practice that removes bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue.

Our 100% anti-microbial copper tongue scraper will remove the gunk that brushing, flossing, and rinsing simply can’t alone. Removing build-up from the surface of your tongue will Read More »

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No Matter What Else You Buy, Always Keep These 7 Foods Stocked In Your Fridge!

One of the main reasons we hear from our clients as to why they don’t eat clean and healthy is, “I’m too busy!” I get it. When you’ve worked a full day, tended to your kids, home, friends and family who wants to start cooking? After all, people don’t flock to fast food restaurants for the nutritional value, it s the convenience that usually lures people in.

Dr. Jeanne Wilson is helping with this common quandary by sharing her list of the 7 “must-haves” for the busy person’s fridge. Avoid the temptation to eat “fast” by stocking up on the following:

1. Precut vegetables: Carrots, celery, onions and other “no need to cook” veggies, such as  cherry tomatoes, avocados cucumber. Having these ready to go cuts down on prep time – and excuses!

2. Fruit of all colors: Pineapple, apples, berries, kiwi – make a color palette, the more the better! You can also buy precut for speed and less prep time.

3. Nuts and nut butters: Almond butter, cashew butter, good old peanut butter
pine nuts, sesame seeds. These are easy to eat or add to any meal or snack.

4. Salsa: Red and green. Top it on a meal, use it as a no-cook side or just as a snack.

5. Spelt tortillas or pita bread: These are Read More »

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