Healthy Beginnings – January 2013 Newsletter

Office News and Updates:

Just a Reminder – Holiday Gift Certificates Good until February 28, 2013

gift certificate imageHopefully, you all had an opportunity to receive one of our Holiday Gift Certificates for a free initial visit with Dr. Ting (valued at $80). We are now taking bookings; please don’t forget to remind your family and friends to book before Thursday February 28th.

Heel Detox Kit – For the month of January receive 10% off your purchase of the Heel Detox Kit

Heel Detox Kit

 

Many of us make a new year’s resolution to start working out and get in shape, but we often forget about our organs. When not properly eliminated, toxins build up and negatively affect the body’s metabolism in a variety of ways such as weakening the immune system, nervous system, hormonal system, vital organs, cellular respiration, antioxidant system and mucosal surface. Many diseases are directly related to the body’s incapacity to rid itself of toxins. How about trying the Heel Detox Kit, it helps eliminate toxins, stimulates cleansing processes, supports the organs of excretion and helps restore balance to the body.

Source: Heel

Focus on Health:

My New Year’s Resolution is Not To Make Any Resolutions

Written by Dr. Trina Ting

2013When we think about New Year’s resolutions, we swear we will cut out that third glass of wine with dinner, that extra piece of chocolate cake, to get to the gym at least three times a week.  Resolutions often end up being punishments in some form or another, which is why they often fail.  Let’s look at it another way: the new year is a fresh start and we can add in new habits that will bring us to a better state of well-being.

Think Positive: Start looking at the good side of every situation or occurrence.  Remember that even the bad times are temporary.  Focus on solutions instead of dwelling on problems.

Do Something For Yourself Once a Week:  We are all busy doing for others, but remember that we need to take care of ourselves.  If all you want to do is to curl up beside your fireplace with a book for half an hour, do it.  Small gestures like this can go a long way in replenishing our energy to give back to the demands of everyday life.

Try Meditation:  I could write a whole newsletter on this, and I probably will in the future.  This does not have to be spiritual in any sense: meditation is the act of learning to eliminate the noise to improve concentration.  Try closing your eyes in a quiet, darkened room and focus on your breathing.  Count one on inhale, two on exhale, and continue the inhale-exhale pattern while counting to 20; repeat the cycle.  Meditation has been shown to help to lower blood pressure, along with other health benefits.

Speak Kindly to Yourself:  We often all have a self-critical voice running through our heads.  “I couldn’t get this done, so they must think terribly of me.” “I always mess that up, I’m just awful!”  Start by separating the action from the person: just because you made a mistake, doesn’t mean that you are a bad person.  It makes no sense to think that, but so many people beat themselves up internally for things that happened in the past.  Start by being nicer to yourself and you will find you will be able to extend those good feelings to the people you love.

Expect that 2013 will bring better things for you this year, and with some of the above tips, it is sure to.

Adding Lemon to your Glass of Water

Written by: Michelle Chin ND

Lemon-Water-detox

 

A good rule of thumb is to drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Many feel that drinking 8 glasses of water is difficult to do, because it is not palatable for them. So, to make water taste better – add a slice of lemon to your glass of water.

 

Here are the benefits of lemons:

  • The acidity of the lemon juice stimulates the acids in your stomach to help digest your food (tip: drink a glass of lemon water 15 – 30 minutes prior to your meals)
  • The potassium in the lemon fruit is alkaline, and therefore increases your pH levels in your organ tissues, thus making your body more alkaline than acidic
  • Lemons are a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and help prevent tumor growth
  • It tastes great!

Fact: the liver is known to be our detoxification organ and does most of its actions at night. Therefore, it may be beneficial to also drink a glass of lemon water at night prior to bed, to stimulate the liver.

Recipe: Omelet Burrito with Jack Cheese and Tomato Salsa

Recipe from: marthastewart.com

Omlete Burrito

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Clarified Butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup tomato salsa
  • Several sprigs cilantro
  • 1 12-inch flour tortilla
  • Avocado slices, optional

Directions

  1. Heat butter in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Whisk eggs, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour into pan; cook, whisking constantly and shaking pan vigorously until eggs begin to set but are still quite loose. Stop whisking; continue to cook until almost completely set, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, depending on desired consistency. Sprinkle cheese over eggs; spoon salsa down center of eggs. Reduce heat; let stand until cheese is completely melted. Scatter cilantro over filling.
  3. Slide omelet out of pan, centering it over tortilla. Roll up tortilla, burrito style, and serve with avocado slices on the side.

Did You Know?

fireworks

 

Noisemaking and fireworks on New Year’s Eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck.

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