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The Scoop on Cold Foods

If you’ve ever been to see an acupuncturist, you’ve likely received advice to steer clear of cold foods. This can be a tough pill to swallow, especially for people who love salads and iced drinks (venti cold brew, anyone?) The good news is that there are definitely some things that you can do to balance […]

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by Emma Thake

Emma Explores: What is Activated Charcoal and What Benefits Does it Have?

Hello and welcome to my series Emma Explores where I investigate various “things” in wellness! From new fads to ancient formulas, my goal is to dive in headfirst with the hopes of demystifying some of the buzziest buzzwords in wellness. Today, I’m looking at Activated Charcoal to see what all the fuss is about!

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Warm Rye Berry and Bean Salad

Tender white beans, tart dried cherries, and whole grains offer a contrast of textures and flavors in this recipe. Cherries warm the body and strengthen qi, while rye berries reduce edema and excess fluids. Serves 4 For the salad 1 cup rye berries, rinsed and drained 3 cups water 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 cup dried […]

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The Gut-Brain Connection: How to Keep Your Gut Flora Healthy

Health fads – love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re everywhere. Sometimes they can be beneficial and sometimes they can be straight up dangerous. With seemingly reliable articles popping up all over our social media feeds and news sources, it’s become more and more difficult to discern health news from fake fads. So how do we start to sift […]

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A Fussy Newborn, Gas & Feedings: What Infant Abdominal Massage can do for you and your baby

Gas. We all get it, we all pass it, we all try to pretend we don’t have it. When your little one, however, starts to display clear signs of pain and discomfort from gas, it becomes an issue of more immediate importance. Not to mention, precious bonding moments as well as the very small amount […]

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What Your Cravings Are Telling You (+ Some Tips For Healthier Alternatives!)

Ancient Chinese philosophers looked to the natural world to find a way of describing how we are similar, yet unique. They discovered that pretty much anything in the world could be broken down into five energy types, which they called the Five Elements.

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An Immune Boosting Soup

In Asia the line between food and medicine is more blurred than we in the west are used to. Chinese medicine is full of recipes that combine food and herbs to make meals that both nourish and cure. With cold and flu season still in full swing I thought I’d share a healing recipe for […]

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Eat Your Way to Happiness!

Washing down a bacon cheeseburger with a chocolate milkshake can be fun sometimes, don’t get us wrong. But what happens when you feed your body unhealthy things all the time? It responds, and we’re not just talking about a little weight gain here or there (some people are immune to that with their hollow thighs […]

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Using Chinese Medicine to Keep You Healthy While You Travel

The residents of New York City are no strangers to claustrophobic modes of transportation; on a daily basis, we endure wheezing pedestrians, sticky children and break dancers who love to smear residue from the subway floor onto every accessible railing. And unfortunately, most methods of escape from the germy, stressful cluster of boroughs require similarly […]

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GCH: Natural Skincare, Bone Broth, How To Heal Injuries

The second episode of Jill Blakeway’s new podcast GCH (Grow.Cook.Heal.) is now available, along with program notes and recipes on her website!  Jill reflects on why it can feel good to hold on to resentment, but even better to learn how to forgive and also chats with three guests.

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Cauliflower Rice Party!

I came late to the cauliflower rice party, but I’ve been enjoying it since I arrived.

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Healthy Foods You Can Use To Offset Your Cravings

Can’t stop thinking about that Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey that’s just sitting there in your freezer? How about when you’ve had a long and busy day: surely you deserve that bag of chips? What about when you’re tired and you need some extra sugar as a pick-me-up? Thoughts like this aren’t uncommon, and food […]

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