Acupuncture and Clinical Nutrition for Optimal EnergyWhen the spring season arrives you want to utilize as much energy as you can to take advantage of the warming weather and extended daylight. Unfortunately, coming out of the winter doldrums or staying stuck in old habits could stifle your potential for tapping into important energy reserves.

By combining acupuncture and clinical nutrition for optimal energy, you may be able to access the jumping off point you need to manage fatigue, insomnia and even depression, some of the many energy zappers you might be struggling with. Sometimes, you just don’t have enough energy and don’t know why.

Simple dietary changes in conjunction with acupuncture treatments attempt to reboot a variety of sluggish systemic functions that may be depleting your energy. This includes a compromised immune system which, when not at full capacity, has been known to turn on itself and lead to conditions such as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

Rebalancing your energy pathways and picking the right nutritional fuel could make all the difference without ever having to take a conventional medicine

Energy Points
To open up energy pathways (meridians) that may be blocked, specific acupuncture points need to be addressed. When these locations are gently manipulated with safe, painless hair thin needles a systemic readjustment can occur.

To give you an idea of acupuncture points that may be utilized to revive compromised energy, some of these may include:

  • GV 20 (governing or du vessel) – Top of the head.
  • CV 4 (conception or ren vessel) – Just below the belly button (umbilicus).
  • CV 6 – Below the umbilicus
  • BL 13, 18, 20, 23, 25 – (bladder) – Along the spine
  • PC 6 (pericardium) – Just above the inner (medial) wrist
  • HT 7 (heart) – Pinky side medial wrist
  • SP 6 – Above the outer (lateral) ankle
  • ST 36 – Below the knee, slightly lateral shin.

A study by researchers at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong conducted a study titled, ‘Acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome: a randomized, sham-controlled trial with single-blinded design’. Cited in Alternative Therapeutic Health Medicine as posted by PubMed, it was concluded that,

“Despite considerable positive effects for the CG [control group], the EG [experimental group] demonstrated significant net-effect sizes at a moderate magnitude in physical and mental fatigue and in the physical component of health-related quality of life.”

Energy Control with Clinical Nutrition
You may often forget or are completely unaware of how much energy you are capable of utilizing just by what you eat. Clinical nutrition helps you take a look at the food choices that are best for your individual constitution.

During the spring and summer seasons, trips into nature offer a unique opportunity to re-connect with earth’s vital energy. It is a natural medicine some cannot take advantage of due to their low energy reserves, opting to stay indoors and succumb to a sedentary lifestyle instead. In addition, when movement is compromised, systemic energy is also affected which could, over time, manifest into health impeding conditions and even disease.

Take advantage of how knowledgeable food choices can be your ticket to increasing your energy, not only during warm seasons but throughout the entire year. First, it’s important to school yourself on foods you want to avoid.

Know Not What To Eat
Highly processed foods can take a toll on your health but they may also cause fatigue. Sugar that has been stripped of its nutrients; botanicals like corn and fruit which have been processed into syrup loaded with high sugar potency; dyes; salts; preservatives; and a laundry list of chemical synthetics added to your food can easily throw off many natural functions, particularly good energy.

What is good energy? This is the body’s ability to draw on complex compounds from nutrients capable of feeding your energy furnace to maintain a ‘slow burn’. This slow burn allows you to experience steady energy to get you through the day, including when everyone else is crashing mid afternoon.

Packaged, processed, manipulated foods with ingredients that read like a list of tongue twisting chemicals could cause your body to get confused and negatively affect functions such as insulin release, focus, digestion, as well as create spike and crash energy attempts and cause mood swings. These, and many other side effects of processed foods easily compromise your body’s ability to maintain clean energy utilization.

Eat Live Food
The term ‘live food’ may sound odd but that is exactly what it is. Fruits and vegetables which have not been turned into something other than what they are fall into the live food category. A naturopathic doctor trained in clinical nutrition can assess your nutritional challenges, recommend and monitor choices for optimal progress.

This list of foods is a small example of how clinical nutrition is a good starting off point to begin your journey toward a healthier, energy enhancing diet.

  • Chia seeds – Used by the Aztecs and Mayans to enhance performance. High protein and fiber.
  • Melon – Excellent muscular hydrator
  • Nuts – Magnesium and protein with good fat for sustained energy
  • Crimini mushrooms – Supports production of aerobic energy
  • Yams – Regulates electrolytes, relaxes smooth muscle, reduces fatigue

Eliminating processed snacks and even meals, incorporating live foods and including acupuncture sessions is essential for increasing daily energy. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you. In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health.  To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or CLICK HERE to schedule an online appointment.

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