Monthly Archives: June 2014

How to eat more local, seasonal vegies each week: Food Connect

The Wellness Ninja

Today's vegie bounty from the Food Connect box. Today’s vegie bounty from the Food Connect box: celery, potatoes (Dutch Cream), pumpkin (Jap), sweet potatoes, tomatoes, chillies, Chinese greens, broccoli, lettuce, baby spinach, dill and radishes.

As an acupuncturist who aims to improve the overall health of each and every one of my patients, if there is one general piece of lifestyle advice that I could give nearly everyone it would be:

Eat more whole foods, particularly vegetables.

How many serves of vegetables should you aim for in a day?

Five serves per day. “What is a serve?” I hear you ask. Check out these guidelines. Generally, a cup of raw or a 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables is 1 serve. You’ll most likely need to spread them over at least 2-3 meals. (It’s okay to exceed your vegie intake but don’t exceed your fruit intake of two serves/day due to the sugar content.)

Don’t forget that some fresh produce is best…

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Researchers Find Pesticides May Increase Chances Of Having Autistic Child

CBS Houston

LODI, Calif. (CBS13) — New findings from UC Davis researchers suggest farm pesticides may increase the chances of having a child with autism.

The information in the study isn’t surprising to many families who grew up in the Central Valley and have a child diagnosed with autism.

Andrew Rigopoulis loves cars. So does his son, 7-year-old AJ, who was diagnosed with autism two years ago,

Always interested in finding clues, Andrew and his wife took close notice of the autism study that found pregnant women who lived near farms where pesticides were used had a two-thirds higher risk of having children with autism.

The UC Davis research tracked women’s addresses and determined how close they were to insecticide treated fields.

“We were able to link those addresses to a database on all of, or most of the commercial applications of pesticides in California,” said Professor Irva Hertz-Picciotto at the MIND…

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Super Tip Thursday: My Gums Are Bleeding, Why?

The Super Organizer Universe

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The ONE thing we should be doing every day is brushing our teeth. I am going to share some facts that learned and think is important information for you too.

  • Soft toothbrushes- we should be using soft or extra-soft toothbrushes. It lessens the chance for damage to your gums and enamel. I never realized this until looked at my toothbrush and it was Medium. My gums would hurt after brushing sometimes. Once I changed to soft, that problem went away. (FYI-Hard brushes are for dentures.)

  • Don’t Brush Too Vigorously- they say to brush at a medium pace. Don’t press too hard or scrap too fast.

  • Two-minute Rule- Most dentists say we should brush for at least two minutes. That’s how long  it takes to do a thorough job.

  • The Tongue Needs You- Brush the entire surface of your tongue!! Helps with cavity prevention, gingivitis and bad breath!

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