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Coffee: Health Benefits or Morning Habit?

Published September 11th, 2019 by Ana Lopez

Coffee is part of our daily basis routine, for many of us (including myself) it's not a good morning until we have the first cup of coffee, but there's been comments that it might not be good for your health, here's the thing:

Recent studies have generally found no connection between coffee and an increased risk of heart disease or cancer.

In fact, some studies have found an association between coffee consumption and decreased overall mortality and possibly cardiovascular mortality, although this may not be true in younger people who drink large amounts of coffee (friendly reminder for you to keep the dosis low, in fact, try to have one or max two cups per day)

Why the apparent reversal in the thinking about coffee? Earlier studies didn't always take in consideration that known high-risk behaviors, such as smoking and inactivity, tended to be heavy coffee drinkers.

As a matter of fact, studies have shown that coffee may have health benefits, including protecting against Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease (including liver cancer). Coffee also appears to improve cognitive function and decrease the risk of depression!

However, the research appears to bear out some risks. High consumption of unfiltered coffee (boiled or espresso) has been associated with mild elevations in cholesterol levels.

In addition, some studies found that two or more cups of coffee a day can increase the risk of heart disease in people with a specific — and fairly common — genetic mutation that slows the breakdown of caffeine in the body. So, how quickly you metabolize coffee may affect your health risk.

So try one cup of coffee here at Om'echaye, we promise it will make your morning even better.

Order through 954.456.6970 // www.omechayekitchen.com 

Source: mayoclinic.org

6 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Published September 4th, 2019 by Ana Lopez

Chia seeds are the edible seeds of Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant in the mint family native to Central America, or of the related Salvia columbariae of the southwestern United States and Mexico. Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds.

But are chia seeds healthy for you? Heres a breakdown why you should use them daily!:

1. Chia Seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients and very few calories: 

A one-ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDI.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDI.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDI.
  • They also contain a decent amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2.

2. Chia Seeds are high in quality protein, which means that because of their 14% composed of protein they become the best option when looking for protein in plants

3. May Help you loose weight: one study found that eating chia seeds for breakfast increased satiety and reduced food intake in the short-term, because of its soluble fiber absorbs large amounts of water and expands in your stomach, which should increase fullness and slow the absorption of food.

4. Chia Seeds are loaded with antioxidants: antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage cell molecules and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.

5. Almost all the carbs in them are fiber: The digestible carb content is only one gram per ounce (28 grams), which is very low. This makes chia a low carb food!

6. Chia Seeds are high in Omega-3: chia seeds contain more omega 3 than salmon, gram for gram. 

Find a fruity snack that you love and pour some chia seeds!

Ask at our kitchen to add chia to your meals

Source: www.healthline.com


Published August 28th, 2019 by Ana Lopez

Back to School is always an exciting time of year!  New classes, teachers, friends, social situations, time management issues, extracurriculars, etc, can give anyone butterflies in their stomach!  Everyone will feel a little anxiety- that’s completely normal to worry when things get hectic. Yet too much worry can affect sleep patterns, emotional resilience, risk taking behaviors, as well as have physiological effects on the immune and hormonal systems.  

    Anxiety is a comes with a response in the body and the mind.  As our brain perceives a threat, like finding a friendly stranger to sit next to in the cafeteria or speaking in front of the entire classroom, our body responds with an increased heart rate, tense muscles, sweaty palms, a queasy stomach, and trembling hands or legs.  This is the fight or flight response, and it is the proper response to threatening situations.  However, if the threat isn’t resolved, the heightened state lingers and can cause problems.  

    If your child is suffering from anxiety in this new school year, talk to them and see what’s actually causing this stress.  It might be situational and there might be something to do to resolve it. Exercise, breathing techniques and emotional freedom technique (tapping) are great tools to help teens cope.  

Acupuncture can be transformative for teens suffering from increased anxiety.  A single session can immediately shift the body out of fight or flight and into a relaxed state.  Repeated sessions can teach teens body awareness and, along with learning coping strategies to use whenever they start to feel aroused, can be transformational for the long term. I suffered from anxiety as a teen, and and was captivated by acupuncture’s ability to help me instantaneously shift from completely overwhelmed to totally relaxed.  It’s one of the reasons I do what I do!  

    Interested in what acupuncture can do for you or your child?  Contact Om’echaye at 954-456-6945 or at the reception desk and ask for a consultation with Coco

Discover CranioSacral Therapy

Published August 26th, 2019 by Ana Lopez

CranialSacral was developed by Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician and surgeon featured in TIME magazine as one of America's next wave of innovators. From 1975 to 1983, Dr. Pledger was a professor of biomechanics at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. While he was there he led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers that performed and published the clinical research which formed the basis for the modality he named CranioSacral Therapy.

This is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhacing the functioning of the body's craniosacral system. The craniosacral system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, this therapy naturally reduces pain and stress, strengthens resistance to disease, and enhances health and well-being.Because it's so gentle it has proven effective for all people of all ages.

Through a gentle touch the therapist begins monitoring te rhythm of the fluid flowing around the central nervous system. Delicate manual techniques facilitate the release of restrictions in the body and head thus improving the function of the central nervous system.

The sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of gentle pulsation, warmth and tissue release.

The CranioSacral therapy has great result when treating Post Traumatic Stress from:

  • Combat
  • Natural Disasters
  • Sports
  • Family violence
  • Acts of terrorism.

And it is also beneficial for:

  • Reduced physical pain and discomfort
  • Reduced panic attacks
  • Significant improvement in insomnia and return to normal sleep patterns
  • Alleviation of hyper vigilance and appropriate responses to the environment.
  • Discontinuance of intrusive thoughts and flashbacks
  • And more..

If you identify some of these problems named above and know that they are affecting your life, it is time to make the decision to restore well-being.

Call to book your appointment at 954.456.6945

Source: Upledger Institute International

Secrets of Immortality

Published August 19th, 2019 by Ana Lopez

Acupuncture and Asian Medicine developed around the same time period as Taoism.  The sages of antiquity contemplated the natural environment, social structures, and health/illness and determined that the same laws of nature applied to all systems.  When we work in accordance with these natural laws, the balance and the integrity of the system is maintained and everything flourishes. When we deviate from the laws of nature, imbalances occur in environmental, social and human emotional/physiological systems.  

The ancient sages lived in an agrarian society in lock step with nature.  They were keenly aware of the seasons because planting, growth, harvest and rest depended on nature behaving in characteristic ways (ie: the 5 elements).  They rose with the sun, were active with the light and retired and rested under the light of the moon. Their lives were ordered by nature in accordance with the Tao, as they circulated through active (yang) and rest (yin) cycles.  While our ancient agrarian friends had to deal with famine, war and pestilence, they had a circadian structure to their lifestyle that supported a more resilient nervous, hormonal, immunological, emotional and digestive system.  

Modern life has altered our environment dramatically, but the same universal principles of yin/yang and the 5 elements still apply to literally everything.  We wake up with the sun to get our kids to school on time, drive in traffic to our hectic jobs to sit at a desk under LED lights, drive home, eat a thing (that may or may not be food), sit and watch Netflix or answer emails on our phone until past midnight.  This lifestyle is not in accordance with nature. It is too yin in physical movements, too yang in mental movements, and the balance between rest and activity is blurred. We feel it because something feels “off”. While this is ok in the short term, it can make all our systems less resilient, so that we are more prone to sleeplessness, anxiety/depression, hormonal imbalances, chronic allergies/ autoimmunity and digestive complaints.  In the long run, these become the chronic diseases that are rampant in our society today.

I am an acupuncturist in the modern world who tries (and fails at times) to live in accordance with the Tao. I consider it the single most important factor in achieving lasting wellness.  I know how difficult it is to consider yin and yang, mental/physical rest and activity, and the 5 elements when making choices, setting boundaries, and balancing social, work, family and love.  Sometimes imbalance is necessary for survival and is required for growth. My practice is about using all the tools I have: acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, touch, warmth and compassion, to regulate your internal yin/yang and the qi of the elements with that of the Tao.  By bringing you into balance, we can keep you healthy and happy during periods of lifestyle imbalance. We can also gently restore function to systems compromised by long periods of imbalance. We know it works because you feel it, and because research shows Acupuncture and Asian Medicine is useful for treating hundreds of conditions that stem from an imbalance in homeostasis. 

Are you feeling out of balance?  Perhaps you’ve been imbalanced for a long time and have developed chronic, multi-systemic conditions such as fibromyalgia, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, IBS, neuropathies, unexplained weight gain, or other chronic conditions that modern medicine considers an unpleasant life sentence to be managed with medication.  Look at your health through a different lens! I offer free consultations to see if my tools are a good match for you, your health and your life.  

Namaste, B.C Fortner

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