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Does your brain need to detox?

So many of us focus on “detoxing” at different times throughout the year.  Have you ever thought about your brain needing to detox?  Any part of our internal environment can accumulate waste material.  Each of our individual cells produces some waste.  So where does this go in the brain?  The body has an amazing system of flushing out the waste material from the brain.  This function is most active during sleep.  Restful sleep is a cheap and easy way to detox the brain!

 

 

 

 

Reference: Komaroff AL.  Does Sleep Flush Waste From the Brain? JAMA. Published online May 17, 2021. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.5631

 

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Sleep Hygiene

Caffeine: Reduce or avoid caffeine intake later in the day.  Caffeine has an average half life of 5 hours in most individuals. (1)  For example, if you have one cup of coffee at 4pm, half of the caffeine is still in your system around 9pm and a quarter of the caffeine is still in your system around 2 am.  Caffeine is found in coffee, some teas, energy drinks, chocolate and some headache remedies.  Decaffeinated does not mean “zero caffeine” so you shouldn’t consume these products late in the day either. Some decaf beverages can contain 10-30% the amount of caffeine found in one cup of coffee. (2) There are other sources of caffeine so be sure to read labels.  Sources:  (1)Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Military Nutrition Research. Caffeine for the Sustainment of Mental Task Performance: Formulations for Military Operations. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2001. 2, Pharmacology of Caffeine. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK223808/ (2) Decaf Coffee Isn’t Caffeine Free; Warner J. https://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20061011/decaf-coffee-isnt-caffeine-free 30 minutes prior to desired bedtime: Ensure all lights are turned down low.  Don’t use bright lights.   Avoid watching mentally stimulating movies or television.  If you must watch television, watch something relaxing. Avoid the use of your smartphone or tablet. Avoid reading mentally stimulating magazines or books.  Read relaxing items, short stories or positive articles. At bedtime: Ensure you don’t have lights pointed directly at your face.  This includes digital clocks. Establish a calm relaxing environment in your bedroom.  Some find it helpful to have some background calming music or sound machine to block out noise from outside the room. Try a mantra. A mantra is a word or phrase that you can repeat to yourself over and over to keep the mind focused and calm.  Some examples that can be used at bedtime: “I am peaceful, I am calm.  I am peaceful, I am calm.”   “Deep, restful sleep. Deep, restful sleep.” Repeat until you are relaxed and before you know it, you’ll be catching some zzzzz’s. Using the bedroom as a home office: The bedroom should be associated with relaxation and sleep.  If you work from home and also use your bedroom as a home office, the brain might have a hard time with “disconnecting” that association, thus affecting your ability to relax.  You may want to consider moving your office to another area of the house.  If that’s not possible, create a special “work zone” in the bedroom where work is conducted only in that space.

 

 

 

 

 

OM Holistic Wellness provides Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Cupping and Massage Therapy. We are conveniently located to the surrounding communities of Hallandale Beach, Golden Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, Aventura, North Miami, Miami, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, Pembroke Pines, Davie and Plantation.

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Food Therapy – Sources of Vitamin C

Yes, I know Vitamin C in capsule form is hard to get right now.  But we have so many readily available food sources for this essential vitamin.  Our bodies don’t make this vitamin so we must obtain it from food. In addition to supporting the immune system, Vitamin C is also used in collagen synthesis (yep, it’s great for your skin!), protein metabolism, connective tissue rebuilding, iron absorption and regeneration of other antioxidants. Pick the foods you like from the list below and increase them in your diet. Of course, if you have an allergy or sensitivity to one of the items, don’t consume it.   red pepper, raw orange grapefruit kiwi green pepper, raw broccoli strawberries brussels sprouts tomato juice cantaloupe cabbage, cooked spinach  

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Source:  Vitamin C Fact Sheet for Health Professionals; National Institute of Health; https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/

 

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Successful Herbs to Move Liver Qi

We often say in Traditional Chinese Medicine that the liver is the system most easily susceptible to stress. Stress knots the Qi (energy) and makes its flow stagnate – this happens most quickly in the liver energy system. The liver, in TCM, is in charge of the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body. This means that if Qi flow is impaired (ie, by stress), the liver system will suffer. Likewise, if the liver energy system is weak or stagnant (from lifestyle choices, diet, trauma, emotional stress, illness or genetic factors), Qi flow throughout the body may be impaired. continue reading »

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Coronavirus and TCM: Staying Healthy at Home

  Navigating stay at home orders, working from home, schooling from home and the myriad other new things that are now a daily part of life is stressful. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with each new development and all the unknowns that surround our lives because of the coronavirus outbreak.  Traditional Chinese medicine offers something old and grounding to turn back to during this time. The idea that supporting mental health is a significant factor in supporting physical health is a central tenet of traditional Chinese medicine. Beyond acupuncture and herbal remedies, TCM takes a holistic approach to health that includes simple things you can do each day to foster physical health through supporting that mind body connection. Here are six things you can incorporate into your daily routine to mitigate stress and stay healthy right now. continue reading »

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Eastern vs. Western: How the Medical Practices Differ

Almost everybody knows there are two very unique ways of treating disease and maintaining health. But not everybody knows how these two methodologies differ from one another. And depending on where you live in the world, there may be one that is more prominent than the other. Both systems have their pros and cons. So let’s differentiate between the two. This is the battle between Eastern and Western medicine.  Let’s get ready to rumble! continue reading »

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Opioid Addiction: What Is It and Why Is It Prevalent Today

Opioids. A word all too common to today’s society. Since the late 1990s, the number of opioid-related deaths has increased dramatically, having taken the lives of nearly 64,000 Americans each year.

The opioid epidemic is considered to be the deadliest crisis in United States history and overdoses have also become the leading cause-of-death in people under the age of 50 in the United States. continue reading »

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Self-Massage Techniques to do at Home

Massage therapy has been around for centuries and has been discussed in the ancient texts of many languages, including Chinese, Indian, Greek and Egyptian. While the exact roots of massage therapy are not known, it is known that getting regular massages can be very beneficial for those who receive them. Massage can treat everything from aches, pains and digestive issues to insomnia and more, which everyone experiences at some point in their lives. continue reading »

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Traveling the Energetic Highway: What Are Meridians?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a system that seems quite foreign to many in the Western world. However, this medical system has been around for over 3,500 years, in comparison to the Western medical system, which has been around since the 19th century. One of the concepts of TCM is that of the meridian or energetic pathways. This article will explore this concept a little more deeply. continue reading »

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7 Ways to Improve Energy Using Massage

Massage therapy has been around for centuries. The ancient texts of many languages, including Chinese, Indian, Greek and Egyptian mention it. While the exact roots of massage therapy are unknown, it is known that getting regular massages is beneficial for the recipients. Massage can treat everything from aches and pains, digestive issues, insomnia and more.  continue reading »

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