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No Reset Button For Carpal Tunnel

Since it’s creation in the early 60’s, video games have been seen as a common hobby for both kids and adults alike. Often branded as a hobby for “nerds” or nonathletic individuals, video games have grown into something more than a standard at home activity.

Competitive gaming (Esports) once seen as an underground community, has grown to a now multi million dollar industry and even has articles in ESPN branding video games as a now, legitimate sport. Sponsors such as Redbull, Gatorade, and even the phone company HTC now offer contracts to competitive gamers making this once childhood fantasy, a reality. As a competitive gamer myself I’m happy that Esports has grown to such heights. Even I know however, these companies won’t just sponsor anyone.

I follow and play a game know as Super Smash Brothers Melee. Since it’s existence in 2001, this game’s competitive community is now bigger than ever. With it’s fast paced movement and style, people always ask the question. “How can a player move that quickly?” When tested, top professionals such as Adam “Armada” Lindgren and Aziz “Hax$” Al-Yami can average up to 900 inputs per minute. What may look like common “button mashing” to the average viewer are actually precisely timed inputs to make the players character move so quickly and efficiently. Inputs are the amount of times a player taps a button to cause an action in the game. With each match lasting around three to four minutes and played in sets of 3 and 5, one can imagine the toll it can take on ones hands by moving so quickly. I mentioned earlier how the game has been played for over 15 years with new and old players still going strong. As for the older players however, the toll of using such quick reflexes for years, is finally catching up to them.

Hax$ first got onto the world’s radar in 2008 by placing 9th at his first major tournament. At just 14 years old, he proved to be a rising star placing within the top 8 at almost every tournament (Participants ranging from 300-1,000+). In January 2015 seven years after making his debut he was forced to take his first hiatus from the game due to a nagging hand injury. An injury that would later develop into Carpal Tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, tingling, and other problems in your hands due to pressure within the nerves of your wrists. The name strives from the area that your tendons run through and connect to your wrists. There are many causes for it as it has links to arthritis, diabetes, and even pregnancy. Unfortunately for Hax$ he developed carpal tunnel due to the excessive and repetitive inputs from his fingers causing his carpal tunnel to swell up and make the tunnel tighter. Seeing it as just a nagging hand pain, Hax$ took a hiatus from the game to ice and rest his hands. Three months later he returned to the scene for no more than a handful of tournaments before he found the pain coming back. Concerned about the constant pain, Hax was then diagnosed with Carpal tunnel syndrome and spent over half a year icing his wrists, not touching the game at all, and even wearing a splint to help heal his tendons before they got worse and his nerves would develop long term damage. Finally after months of treatment Hax$ returned in April and got 3rd at his first National since his diagnosis proving he could still hang with the best. This also however may mark the end of the road for Hax$ as he announced that his hands were in so much pain during the tournament he has no choice but to get surgery. It was a success but we all question when and if he may return to full time competition again.

Hax$ isn’t the only one concerned with retirement from their profession. Players all around the Esports community have expressed concern about their own hand pains and there are even talks of having on sight doctors at tournaments. Much like the NFL’s concerns with concussion/brain damage from excessive head trauma, Esports competitors although just playing a game, are at more health risk than one might think. I fear the day I develop such injuries, but when and if I do, I’ll remember the story of Aziz “Hax$” Al-Yami and the precautions I shall take.

It’s always good whether you’re a gamer or not, to ice, stretch, and flex your tendons throughout the day. A simple exercise you can do to strengthen your hand is to wrap a rubber band around your finger tips and stretch each finger 5-10 times. Take breaks often, and take time to flex and extend your wrists. Make sure your hands stay in a neutral position when typing on a computer, also keep your hands fresh and loose and this will definitely be better for you in the long run. So remember, video games are fun for everyone, just remember to give your hands a break, they deserve it more than you know.

~Bryan

Surviving Mosquito Season

Seattle has definitely hit the record high for rainfall, the endless soggy weather for winter 2015-2016.

Spring is now upon us, trees are blooming, the grass is growing and so are those runny noses, swollen red eyes from allergies.

Allergies are miserable and frustrating. Pollen, aches and pain have arrived again and the scariest of all is the warm weather, which puts small creatures like the mosquito is back in action. Mosquitoes that hibernate need warm weather to become active, while mosquitoes that spend the winter as eggs need rainfall to flood the eggs and make them hatch.

Since Mosquitos loves me and my kids, those tiny bites are brutal. They itch like crazy, then turns into a big red inflamed patch. Takes days to clear up. Finally bouncing around the chair itching the bite I use Ultra Potent Ping On Ointment – an effective mosquito repellent and stops itching. Before you get out there, apply the Ping On Ointment so you won’t itch, it’s that season. I have noticed a lot of media about different virus that is from mosquito like dengue fever and Zika Virus.

Dengue fever is an acute infectious disease caused by a virus and transmitted by the yellow fever mosquito. It usually occurs in tropical or subtropical climates. Varies the Zika Virus spreads through mosquito bites.

Using traditional Chinese diagnostics and herb therapy, the results are better than using modern drug therapy (no specific therapy).

Let’s prevent all the itching and the virus transmission (that is why I recommend Ping On Ointment).

In Wellness,
Juli

Recipe: The Next Best Thing – Delicious Home Made Pizza !!

Do you know of anyone who does not like pizza? I know there are people who would never eat pizza because of various health reasons. Some people are gluten sensitive, so regular pizza dough made from wheat flour is out of the question. For some, including my wife who are very sensitive (mildly allergic) to tomatoes, are forced eat pizza without tomato sauce. I must say though, one of the best pizzas I’ve ever ate had no tomato sauce on it. And I’ve also tried the pizza crust made from rice flour. They are actually not bad. Some people might argue for those who are lactose-intolerant that great tasting pizza can be made without any cheese. But what is a point of making a pizza (or even calling it a pizza) without cheese, tomato sauce or traditional crust made with wheat flour?

I know.  Pizza is not necessarily healthy. And I should not be encouraging you to eat a pizza. But I just wanted to show you how great tasting pizza can be made easily and cheaply at home using regular kitchen oven. You don’t need expensive wood-fired brick oven to do it. Yes, it is so good that you would never have to go to a pizza restaurant anymore.pp

Disclaimer: Just like making a great bread, making a great tasting authentic pizza crust requires skills and experience. So, I am not going to show you how to make a pizza dough. Instead, I will be using store bought pizza dough for this recipe for the sake of easiness. In this recipe, I will be using Trader Joe’s ‘Plain Pizza Dough’ which is amazingly good for the price you pay. It makes 2 medium-sized pizza and costs only $1.19!! That’s a steal, considering the time & effort that require to make a fresh dough from scratch at home. But for everything else I want you to consider using freshest and best ingredients for your pizza. Here is how I did it.

First I made tomato sauce from fresh ripe tomatoes from the garden. To be honest, tomatoes in my garden are not quite ripe yet. So I used the tomatoes that were given to me by one of our patients at Hen Sen Herbs. They were as sweet and ripe as they can be when I turned them into sauce. Making great tomato sauce is easy when you have ripe fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes. But it can never be made with store-bought tomatoes.

How to make tomato sauce:

Easy! Cut them into quarters and let them simmer in the big pot until meat of the tomatoes and juice are separated. Drain the juice into another pot (don’t throw away). Then press the meat of the tomatoes against fine metal mesh strainer into the pot with the tomato juice. Discard skin and seeds.  Then, reduce the watery sauce until desired consistency is achieved (slightly runny).

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 500 degree F with pizza baking stone placed in the middle rack (for about 40 minutes to make sure the stone is really hot.

Ingredients:

Key ingredient: garden fresh basil!

Key ingredient: garden fresh basil!

Home made tomato sauce, fresh Mozzarella cheese, Shaved Parmesan Cheese. Fresh Basil.

Optional ingredients: anything you like.

Crust preparation:

Divide the dough (Trader Joe’s) in half. Then form two tight, round balls. Each ball weighs 1/2 lb. So, if you are making a dough yourself, make 1 lb of dough. Let them rest for 10 minutes. When the dough is relaxed and pliable, hold the dough in your hands and press the dough with your finger into thick disk (about 4 inch in diameter). Again let them rest for 5 -10 minute, then continue pressing the dough with your fingers. When the disk of dough becomes too big to handle place them on the floured surface. Flour the top and spread the dough thin until the dough becomes 10 – 11 inches wide.

Important Trick!!!

Baking trick: parchment paper!

Baking trick: parchment paper!

Cut a parchment paper into round shape (10 -11 inches wide) with a little handle (see the image below). This little handle will come in handy when you need to remove it in the middle of baking.

Once the dough is on the parchment paper placed on the pizza peel, quickly spread the tomato sauce and sprinkle chopped basil over the sauce. Place fresh Mozzarella and shaved Parmesan cheese thinly over the crust. You can add pretty much any ingredients on the pizza you like, but never create a thick layer of ingredients. The crust will be very soggy if you do so. You want the crust to be crusty, don’t you?

What you must have:

Pizza baking stone & Pizza peel

Baking:

Slide pizza (with parchment paper) onto hot baking stone. When the crust is hard enough after 1-2 minutes of baking, remove the parchment paper quickly by simply pulling the handle. The parchment paper makes it very easy for anyone to transfer pizza onto a stone. It slides right off the peel without making a mess. However, I noticed that parchment paper traps the moisture under the crust and the crust tends to become soggy. So, make sure to remove the parchment paper in the early stage of baking. When the cheese melted and crust is light brown, take it out and serve it hot! It takes about 6 – 7 minutes. When done right, you will hear the crackling sound as you run pizza cutter across the pizza.

It may not be as good as the professionally made pizza baked in wood-fired hearth oven. But it is the next best thing. I guarantee it. Enjoy!

-Kaz Isogai

The Triad: Allergies, Eczema and Asthma

Are all of these a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system, a digestive problem called Pixu or an inherited disease? The answer to all three is YES!!! The causes of allergies, eczema and asthma are many: cold, stress, menstrual periods, incorrect eating habits, food allergies, irritants in the air, such as pollens, animal dander, and dust to name a few.


Food allergies may develop when food is not digested properly and causes fermentation activated by yeast in the intestines. This process further increases the amount of yeast in the digestive tract. The increased level of yeast causes the increased permeability of the wall of the intestine (leaky gut syndrome). The yeast then enters the blood stream and settles in the different parts of the body, including the lungs, the vagina, the kidneys, and the brain, and other organs. This can create a yeast infection (candida), allergy, sinus infections, asthma, meningitis, chronic fatigue, etc.


I believe the best treatment is knowing your body and finding your weakness or your sensitivity. In Chinese Traditional Medicine, we believe that each individual body is different. One formula cannot fit everyone with the same illness, it must be individualized. When the condition is acute, the symptoms have to be controlled using formulae to cut the histamines, expand the bronchia and stop the coughing and wheezing so the patients can breathe well. Allergies, Eczema and Asthma are all a form of Respiratory System Disease.


There are standard formulas that are made into pill forms, a general formula for the less acute allergy conditions when seeing an herbalist isn’t an option. I recommend that we use a natural Herbal Digestive Aid such as Taifu Plus Pills. For allergies that relate to the respiratory system, UPR Pills or AE pills for clear skin and as an overall Antiallergenic.


For thousands and thousands of years, we have been gifted with the knowledge of healing and hearing and feeling our body. My father said that we must not loose the power to heal ourselves and the knowledge was given to me to pass on to you. We are only given one body and we must take great care of it. If our body is strong, illness will not invade. Trust yourself with this gift of life.

Love, Juli

How To Get Through Food Poisoning

It is pretty scary. One minute you could be enjoying your favorite food like juicy scallops, tuna drenched in mayonnaise, or a creamy potato salad. Then, oddly enough, you begin to feel that upset stomach creeping up on you. You get feverish, start to feel weak, uncomfortably and clammy, then all of a sudden you’re over a porcelain bowl, hurling up that once delicious dinner, and feeling absolutely sick. For anyone who has had food poisoning, this is no exaggeration (believe me I’ve been there). Food poisoning is a silent monster due to the fact that it hides in your food or water, containing all kinds of gross bacteria, nasty parasites, disgusting viruses, and toxins that can be odorless and invisible to the human eye.


Did you know that the CDC (Center of Disease Control) found that 1 out of 6 people get food poisoning each year in America? That’s like 48 million people getting sick from their food! Infectious germs can contaminate food at any point of processing or production. Contamination can also occur at home if food is incorrectly handled or cooked. So, when you buy food at the grocery store and bring it home, you’re often gambling on the fact that it’s safe to eat. It’s insane how many different diseases can cause food poisoning. Take a guess at how many different diseases can cause food poisoning. That’s right, 250! Some of the most common diseases that are caused by bacteria are: Salmonella, E. Coli, Listeria, Botulism, and Norovirus. Salmonella specifically sucks, because cookie dough rocks and it is just so tempting!


So, how do you know if you have food poisoning? Oh trust me, you’d know. The most common symptoms that occur while suffering through food poisoning are nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, abdominal pain/cramps, and fever. None of that sounds fun. Symptoms can start within hours after eating the contaminated food or they may begin days or even weeks later! The fact that food poisoning can linger in your system for that long is just horrifying, Sometimes if food poisoning is not treated immediately it could cause even worse symptoms – that’s right it could get worse. Imagine frequent episodes of vomiting, bloody vomit or stools, diarrhea for more than three days, extreme pain or severe abdominal cramping and a fever higher than 101.5 F. Never mind, don’t imagine that because that is really gnarly. But can you see how bad it can get?


Lets talk about treatments, as I mentioned before sometimes symptoms of food poisoning are immediate or can be dormant until it sneakily strikes a week later. So what can you do about it? Well luckily Hen Sen Herbs sells an all-natural supplement called Seirogan, which is touted to be effective! So, now you’re probably wondering, “Hmmm, okay, but, what is in it and what makes it so effective?”

Seirogan

The most active ingredient in Seirogan is Beechwood Creosote, which contains medicinal properties as an expectorant, antiseptic, astringent, and an anesthetic. This means that it specifically treats stomach-aches, diarrhea, food poisoning, vomiting, water contamination, soft stool, regulating stomach and intestine conditions, and pulpitis caused by tooth cavity aches. Sounds like just the thing when you are feeling miserable with an unruly stomach.


Let’s look at a bit of history to demonstrate its effectiveness. Believe it or not, this natural remedy dates back to 1902 when Mr. Saichi Nakajima obtained the license for drug sales for Chuyu-Seirogan from The Osaka Prefecture Government. Seirogan originated from Japan and during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 the Royal Japanese Army was the first to use Seirogan as a gastrointestinal medication due to the contaminated water and other diseases that come with war. For over 100 years, let me say that again, 100 YEARS, Seirogan has been a common gastrointestinal solution for many across Asia and now here. Pretty amazing huh?

So what did we learn? All in all food poisoning is highly unpleasant. Although food can easily be contaminated, it is essential to keep yourself safe from food poisoning.

Some precautions to take while eating or making food are:

1. Always wash your hands before cooking,
2. Wash your food,
3. Check labels for expiration dates,
4. Keep food in the fridge if it needs to stay cold, don’t eat food that smells, looks, or tastes bad (use your senses!),
5. Buy food locally, and be aware of any food warnings and recalls.

Food can be enjoyable, as long as you take the necessary precautions to keeping yourself healthy from food poisoning. Thanks for reading 🙂

– Shaila Suleman

Staying Well During The Autumn Season

Happy Autumn! We are definitely experiencing a change of weather and that means that as the season becomes cold and damp, it is the season of colds and influenza.

Let me share how to keep healthy during the cold months of the season: 

When heading into the great outdoors, dress for the weather with a hat, scarf and gloves to avoid windburn and prolonged exposure to cold air. Usually the change of temperature(chill) causes the production of white cells to slow down and when the body harbors virus, it causes infections like cold or influenza. At the onset, the phlegm is thin and white. After the immune system is mobilized, the white cell causes the phlegm to change into yellow color and the color of the fur of the tongue changes to white. In Traditional Chinese Herbalism, this is called Feng Tan, or the chill and virus is invading respiratory region. 

Drinking water is amazing in retaining body heat. Simply drink  6-8 cups of warm-hot water, the more you have in your system the better to keep warm and stay hydrated.

Protect your core: The average human core temperature is 98.6 degrees, hypothermia occurs when the body temperature dips below 95 degrees. The treatment of mild hypothermia involves: warm drinks, warm clothing and staying active. That said we still have to maintain a 10,000 steps a day in order to maintain good cardiovascular health.

Eating bland foods: phlegm is thought to have a similarity to grease or fat, therefore avoid fatty, oily, rich, spicy, alcoholic beverages and dairy. Eat foods that are easy to digest like Rice Congee.

Never underestimate the need for lots of rest and avoiding stress. Avoid situations that upset or inflame you. It creates liver-qi stagnation makes the body create fire evils or phlegm. Unnecessary stagnation to the breathing cavities. Breathe and relax.

We must remind ourselves of proper health care. Sometimes life and time is a huge challenge,  because we are always too busy. An illness is very gradual before it becomes dramatic. Take care of your body. 

Love, 

Juli

Recommended for cold and 

Influenza season:

Cold and fever regimen consists of UPR Pills for respiratory support, D12 to enhance the immune system, Gum Wall Tea and Lok Wo Cha with M7 pills reduce and clear phlegm.

It’s Never Too Late To Grow: How To Start Gardening Indoors

The New Year often brings up the topic of new resolutions and pledges to eat better and exercise more. There is one way to do both: gardening! Most people in the Pacific Northwest don’t think about gardening in January, but that’s because we are used to images of farms with bountiful crops during the summer season. The truth is that you can grow your own food any time of the year.

I’m sure some of you are thinking, “I can’t grow a house plant, how could I possibly grow food?!” Or, you have an apartment and no yard to plant a garden. The key to success in growing food is starting small and growing your skills.

Photo by Holli Margell Window sill herb garden.

Photo by Holli Margell Window sill herb garden.

Some of the benefits of gardening are that you get to eat your food as fresh as possible, you’ll save some money on the food you don’t have to buy since you’ve grown it, and some studies report that it help to alleviate stress when you spend time in a garden or in nature. Well, starting in your home is like bringing the beauty of nature indoors.

The easiest way to start small is to grow herbs in a windowsill. All you need is a jar or small pot, soil and some seeds or a small starter plant. Some herbs like Basil usually grow only one year (sometimes longer). But, others like Chives keep growing year after year. The key is to learn how to care for a plant, and with herbs, you get to enjoy your efforts by eating it! As long as you follow the instructions for care like adequate light, you’ll build your growing skills.

How to get started:

1. Select an herb to grow – here are a few suggestions: basil, parsley or cilantro.
2. Find a container that will fit in your windowsill such as a small pot, a mason jar or even old coffee mug.
3. Put a single layer of rocks at the bottom to allow for proper drainage so the roots do not rot.
4. Add soil up about ¾ of the way to the top of where you want the soil to rise in your container.
5. Sprinkle 3-5 seeds of choice, and then cover with a layer of soil, about an inch deep.
6. Water until the soil is moist, and if you overfill it, you will see the water pool up at the surface. That’s okay, just gently poor off the water and hold down the soil with your fingers. Just don’t dump the whole thing out!
7. Simply watch the soil, check it once a day or every other day. When it is dry, add more water. A suggestion: fill a spray bottle, and squirt the soil every day a couple of times a day. If you are using your Kitchen Windowsill then you can easily do this once a day when you’re washing dishes.
8. Within 2 weeks, you will see sprouts of your herbs breaking the surface of the soil. Now, just check on them every day and keep their soil moist (note the directions for herbs vary depending on variety, so take care to read about your herbs before you plant them).
9. Enjoy using your fresh herbs that you can harvest inside any time of the year!

So, no matter where you live or how little you know about growing plants, remember that it’s never to late to grow.

Warmly,
Holli Margell, Editor

p.s. When you’re ready to move onto vegetables, you can use pots, but will need a small space outdoors. Let us know if you’d like to learn more and we are happy to share in the spring newsletter.

Is Produce Making You Sick?

Parasites found in foods and diarrhea!

Do you wash your fruits and vegetables before you eat them?Ever run across food poisoning, water contaminate and endure the suffering of vomiting, stomach aches and diarrhea and such. Don’t you wish that you never ate or drank it so you won’t have to suffer. We have been treating many people(patient) with food borne illness found in produce and poultry. Besides bacteria from contaminated water or fertilizer, the CDC is now reporting a parasite called Cyclospora. It comes from tropical countries and is found in some fruits and vegetables. Washing doesn’t remove the parasite and causes prolonged diarrhea. This parasite Cyclosporo is also called Travelers diarrhea.

The standard treatment is antibiotics. But that is usually prescribed after prolonged diarrhea. If your diarrhea lasts more than 2 weeks, it is called chronic. This is dangerous because not only will you become dehydrated, but your body will be malnourished.

At Hen Sen Herbs we use Seriogan, a general use herbal medicine that is found in almost all households in Japan and Asia. Seirogan is effective in treating and allaying stomach aches, diarrhea, diarrhea due to digestive disorders, food poisoning, vomiting, water contamination (Montezuma’s revenge= Traveler diarrhea), and soft stool. The moment you start noticing the discomfort of nausea and gastrointestinal issues, Seirogan has the reputation to be very effective. Seirogan is said to be one of the popular items purchased by travelers from Taiwan, China and other Asian countries. In pre-World War II Japan, Seriogan was believed to combat tuberculosis or aid someone with a weak constitution, and employed as a panacea (cure-all) of sorts.

What else can we do to avoid getting sick from fruits and vegetables? You can wash your produce for bacteria, but for parasites, we must pay attention to where our food comes from – reading the label or sign and buying local will help. Buying local means we only buy what is in season in our area, which also means it’s fresher and tastes better!

Searching for the Elixer of Immortality

Do you want to live forever? I believe we all want to be immortal especially the emperors of China. The search for an immortality elixir is ancient.

The first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di, conquered all of China and believed he could conquer life during his reign from 259-210 BC. He desperately sought the fabled elixir of life, which would supposedly allow him to live forever, by sending hundreds of people to find it, but failed.

He died of mercury poisoning after he had eaten too many mercury pills, prescribed by his court doctors to make him immortal. He actually turned the color of Silver! The search for the elixir of life finally caused enough deaths from mercury and arsenic that the Chinese stopped looking.

My father has forbidden the teaching or usage of Elixir for immortality. He believed that life is betrayed by immortality. We all seek to live a better life, as we age, the struggle of remembrance, ability to do our daily chores and our body giving in causes fearful.

I believe that immortality is living without pain or regrets. Preventive care is a must in the early days, and to live a balanced life. Our daily function affects our longevity. When we are young, parents teach children respect, to eat healthy and making sure we take our herbs to prevent illness. And most important is to educate us so we can find better jobs. Better jobs gives us prosperity, good health gives us a chance to use that prosperity. I wish us all great health and prosperity.

A great physician should not pay attention to status, wealth or age; neither should he question whether the particular person is attractive or unattractive, whether he is an enemy or friend, whether he is a Chinese or a foreigner, or finally, whether he is uneducated or educated. He should meet everyone on equal grounds. He should always act as if he were thinking of his close relatives. This is how my father taught me to be a healer.

Live your life with good health,
Juli

Herbs Cannot Work Alone

Dear Readers,

I remember the first time I saw Juli at Hen Sen Herbs. I had expected to be prescribed some herbs and be healed. Instead, what I came home with was a new way to eat, and the fact that I needed to figure out how to add regular exercise to my crazy busy schedule. You see, Juli explained that the herbs could not alone.
Thankfully, I had a lot of motivation in wanting to be well. This drove me to find new ways of eating and working out despite my initial reaction that it would be too hard. What I did was realize that I am the only one who can do the work to help my body heal. I had been trained from an early age that you can take a pill or vitamins to make you feel better. But, those methods had failed me.

I searched for ways that would help me reach my goal of good health. Exercise didn’t have to be done in the gym. Pushing my kids at the playground or running around playing tag helped get me moving. And so, I kept making changes where I could, and started to see them pay off.

When you first come to consult with Juli at Hen Sen Herbs, you might expect to be prescribed some herbs and be healed. Instead, what you will go home with is a new way to eat to allow the herbs to heal you on the Bland Diet. Juli might even have some suggestions on how to exercise to speed your healing. We know it’s difficult with a busy schedule, but the herbs cannot do it alone.  You deserve the extra effort to feel healthy.

We are taught in the Western Culture to just take a pill for any problem. Sadly, this often means depending on a pill or more pills to solve your health problems forever.  The purpose of the herbs is to help you heal, not to have to take them every day for the rest of your life. If the body is getting herbs, but you’re also pouring harmful things into it, they simply cannot be as powerful as possible. They need a clear path.

So, how do you tackle the challenge of making changes? The first step is to find your motivation. Find a goal that you can want, be it losing weight before your High School reunion, being able to climb a mountain or simply keep up with your young kids.

Once you find your motivation, start changing your diet. Starting with one meal at a time can make it easier, and some people find it better to change everything at once.  You can start adding rice to your meals instead of pasta and bread. Next add vegetables to your plate, the more the better. As your plate becomes full of “Bland Diet” foods, the other stuff won’t have room. You might feel some short-term discomfort from all the changes like craving certain foods, but just remember your goal and motivation. You are worth the effort.

Moving your body is another important part of healing your body. Breathing and circulation are key for good health, so try some gentle exercises that do this such as Tai Chi, Yoga or Stretching and Walking. Find something that works for your body, that you can enjoy.

If you are struggling, just remember it takes time. For any big changes expect some transition time to not be much fun. You can call them growing pains! But, remember the most important thing: you know your body better than anyone. If you feel any discomfort or have any questions, be sure to follow up with your Herbalist.

Warmly,
Holli Margell, Editor