Fertility, Health, Healthy Diet, Hormonal Imbalance, Infertility

Healthy Diet for balancing your hormones

We hope that everyone had a happy holiday and are looking forward to the new year! If your new year resolution is to be healthier, diet is one of the most important ways to change your lifestyle. Below we have listed some general guidelines for a healthy diet that will help balance your hormones. In future posts, we will break down exactly what kind of foods should be eaten.

The three main macronutrients that make up a diet are Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat. All three are important elements of a healthy, well-balanced diet.By basing your meals off one clean protein, healthy fats and vegetables along with the help of Chinese herbs will help your body regulate hormones naturally.

Carbohydrates have long been viewed as the enemy for hormonal imbalances such as those who suffer from PCOS. While it is true that carbohydrates with a high glycemic index(GI) can cause insulin resistance, it is important to have a balanced diet which includes carbohydrates! There are many foods that are low in glycemic index(which means they have low insulin resistance). By focusing on these low GI foods you can still enjoy carbohydrates and balance your hormones. Later, we will break down a list of low glycemic foods.

Protein provides essential amino acids to the body that the body cannot make on its own and must be consumed daily to balance hormones. Protein also decreases the hunger hormone and stimulates the production of hormones that will make you feel fuller faster. For optimal hormone health, experts recommend consuming a minimum of 20-30g. of protein per meal (1).

Fat especially is important in regulating hormones. Since hormones are produced by specific fatty acids and cholesterol, without them the body simply cannot form the correct hormones. Medium chain triglycerides, for example, have been shown to reduce insulin resistance in overweight and diabetic patients. Additionally, consuming healthy fats at every meal will trigger the same hunger hormones as above and will fill you up faster.

For more information on the importance of fertility and diet please read our article on AcupunctureofDallas. If you need help by Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for your fertility please call 972-671-6688. We offer free initial phone consultations.

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How Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine help Insomnia

Previously, we discussed how to help yourself get a better night of sleep here and here. Today we will discuss how Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine help Insomnia.

It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity(NH1B1 2003). Researchers have found that restful sleep has incredible benefits: it makes you mentally sharper; increases your ability to concentrate; makes you a more focused worker; maintains healthy blood pressure; reduces inflammation, decreases susceptibility to heart disease and cancer, decreases likelihood of weight gain, helps your mood, energy, and ability to handle stress.

Commonly, Western Medicine usually prescribes sleeping pills and anti-depressants for insomnia and other sleep disorders. These medications can become addictive and patients can find it difficult to sleep naturally without pills in the future.

Fortunately, Acupuncture & Chinese medicine can be very effective for nearly all causes of sleep disorders and insomnia. Before treating insomnia, we strongly recommend that everyone make lifestyle changes which we listed tips previously. Many times a change in the environment or a change in habit is all that it takes to help you achieve a better sleep.

Other times insomnia is caused by medical issues such as allergies, musculoskeletal pain, anxiety, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalance, hot flashes and more. We usually first treat those medical issues before treating insomnia using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Chinese medicine recognizes that insomnia can stem mostly from a functional imbalance of Heart. The Heart houses the mind and governs the strong influence of emotional stress. In order for the mind to settle and sleep to occur, the heart must be calm, balanced and functioning normally. Anything that disrupts the heart or fails to be supplied by Qi and blood will affect the quality of sleep. Of course, other organs must function normally for healthier sleep to occur since each organ has a different aspect of our spirit. The heart, for example, relies on the other spirits to support its mastery.

The most effective treatment for insomnia is Acupuncture combined with Chinese Herbal Medicine. Insomnia has many patterns of disharmony. The common Chinese Medicine patterns of insomnia are Deficiency(inability to provide adequate residence or confidence for the spirit) and Excess(impending or agitating the spirit).

Treatment will not cause a desire to sleep during the day. In addition to insomnia, you may also experience improvement of anxiety, palpitation, frustration, memory loss or mental confusion, dry or itchy skin and pain in the chest or ribcage.

If you suffer from insomnia, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is a great alternative way to help you achieve restful sleep. Give us a call at 972-671-6688 or email us in the contact form.

Health, Insomnia

How to help yourself get a better more restful night of sleep Part II

  • Make sure that your pillows and mattress support your body well: It’s nearly impossible to sleep without good support from your pillows and matress. If you suffer from neck and shoulder issues, look into purchasing a Tempurpedic mattress and pillows to sleep better.
  • Develop a pre-bedtime routine that fits your life: They say it takes about 3-6 months to create a habit, so help your body by developing a consistent pre-bedtime routine. Your biological clock will then be trained to sleep at a certain time after doing certain things.
  • Don’t focus on the clock and allow your body to judge when you should sleep: If you develop a pre-bedtime routine then you will naturally sleep at the same time every day. Focusing on the clock also can create anxiety which will make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Keep a consistent sleep and rise schedule: The above two points explained the importance of having a bed-time schedule. Your biological clock creates a habit and will naturally know when to sleep and when to wake. To help track your sleep and rise schedule, research using your Fitbit or the bedtime setting on your phone(please note that electronics must be placed in another room).
  • Either nap early in the day or not at all: Avoid sleeping in the afternoon and if you must nap, try napping between 11:30-1 pm which is the best time according to Chinese Medicine because of the Yin and Yang energy switch. As an added bonus, it’s during most people’s lunch break so try allocating time during those two hours.
  • To help regulate your internal clock make sure to get plenty of sunlight in the day: Make sure to get enough hours in the sun during the day (try taking walks or runs in the daytime). Most of us spend our daytime hours under Fluorescent lights which does not help regulate your inner clock.

If you suffer from Insomnia and want to have a better more restful sleep, then Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a great alternative choice! Give us a call at 972-671-6688 or email us using the form in the sidebar.