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Staying Warm

By |2018-05-15T16:42:44+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Holistic Living, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Staying Warm

Life is a heat process.

From a strictly chemical view point, almost all reactions in the body are heat driven, from the formation of proteins and ATP (the fuel that runs the body), to the ability of your lungs to absorb oxygen from the air.  Without heat, many processes slow, or outright stop.

From a psycho-spiritual perspective, when we think of various descriptors that have been applied to people throughout time we see reflections of the understanding of how important heat is.  Sayings like ‘they’re cold hearted’, or calling someone ‘frigid’, or referring to an action as ‘cold’ are all examples of acknowledging a lack of warmth in someone.  Conversely, we describe people as ‘warm’ to express their caring nature, or an action giving you the ‘warm fuzzies’, or even ‘hot’ to express sexual desire.  When our ability to generate warmth declines, we can begin to feel separated from those around us.  Our ability to acknowledge the warmth of another can diminish proportionally to our own diminishing warmth.

Physically, warmth is most prevalent in the digestive system, where a lack of heat will lead to a decrease in our ability to derive nourishment from our food and, because the body tends to store what it cannot use, an increase in body mass.  A lack of heat in the digestive system can lead to difficulty taking in new ideas and information.  Also, as heat is necessary to move the bowels, it can make it harder to let go, physically, mentally, or emotionally.

Ironically, because heat is generated by both the breakdown of food and the use of those nutrients by the muscles, our diet has a major influence on our overall temperature.

In Chinese Medicine, the primary organs of digestion are the […]

09:52 09:52

Nate’s Spring Special

By |2018-05-31T13:42:05+00:00April 14th, 2016|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Give your system the support it needs this spring with regular Amma Therapy, gua sha, fire cupping, or food energetics and nutritional guidance for your specific needs and goals.

Here’s a deal to help get you back on track:

4 Amma Therapy treatments for the price of 3!    

That’s 4 sessions with Nate for $195.  

Buy now before May 15th and use your appointments when you like.  Use one a month, use two in a week–it’s up to you. Share them with your family member.

Limit 2 packages per client.

Book appointments online here.

08:37 08:37

Sprouting

By |2018-05-31T13:26:45+00:00April 17th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Holistic Living, Nutrition Articles|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sprouting
How to grow your own healthy live food


By Nathan Mandigo, ABT, Amma Bodywork Therapist at Pulse Holistic Health

It’s spring! That wonderful time of year when the grass greens up, trees leaf out, flowers bloom, and many people plan their summer gardens. But what if you live in an apartment or don’t have a green thumb? How do you enjoy the benefits of growing your own food? Answer: sprouting.

Why sprout?
Seeds contain all of the materiel necessary to create a new plant. They are high in proteins and carbohydrates as well as containing many of the essential vitamins and nutrients necessary to sustain life. Because the plant sprout is relying completely on the materiel in the seed for its initial growth, all of the nutrients that are locked up inside the seed are transferred into the sprout, making it much easier for us to extract those nutrients.

Sprouting seeds is easy and rewarding.

Sprouting seeds carried by the Boise Co-op

The easiest seeds to start with are alfalfa, clover, or radish. Alfalfa and clover are the most commonly encountered sprouts and are used by many restaurants on sandwiches. Radish sprouts are a little spicier and some people find them a little bitter, but they make excellent additions to salads and soups. Any grain, seed, or legume can be sprouted, some require a different technique than this article is covering but a quick search on Google turned up many fantastic resources for how to sprout anything.

To get started with sprouting you will need only a few basic items: a quart mason jar, a sprouting lid (a specialized plastic lid that has many small holes in it) or a clean nylon and a rubber band, […]

18:37 18:37

Chia Seeds, Nature’s Power House

By |2018-05-25T12:40:05+00:00February 22nd, 2013|Categories: Blogs, Holistic Living|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A real “Scooby Snack”

Most of us are familiar with the iconic Chia Pet® The Pottery that grows, but until recently few people thought about eating the seeds or the resulting sprouts.

Chia seeds are a member of the Salvia genus of plants, its latin name is Salvia Hispanica, and Chia itself is derived from a native Nahuatl word meaning oily.  Salvia is a large group plants that is a subset of the mint family and is most well know for its largest species group, sage.

Almost all plants within the Salvia genus have parts that can be eaten.  The name itself is Latin for “to feel well and healthy”, implying the health benefits obtained from the use of these plants.

Chia seeds are small, usually 1mm to 2mm in size, and are brownish, whitish, blackish in color (under a magnifying glass they are speckled).  When exposed to liquids containing sufficient amounts of water they excrete a mucosal membrane around the seed to hold the water.  Liquids containing high levels of acid or alcohol reduce the rate of adsorption as they keep the water away from the surface of the seed.  In the wild the seeds ability to hold onto liquid allows the plant to start growing in areas where rain fall is minimal.  The mucosal membrane is also sticky allowing the seed to hang onto whatever surface it happens to be on.  This is why Chia Pets® work, as a moistened seed will happily glue itself on to the clay surface of the pottery.

 

So what are Chia seeds really good for?

Chia seeds are an amazing source of Essential Fatty Acids, protein, and fiber.  They are also high in calcium, phosphorus and manganese. For exact numbers and a complete scientific […]

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Wildfire Smoke and Your Lungs

By |2018-07-06T10:17:22+00:00August 7th, 2012|Categories: Blogs, Holistic Living, The Seasons|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wildfire Smoke and Your Lungs

So it’s smoky and hazy from all the wild fires, but why do I have this headache and watery eyes?  Why can’t I focus?  Why am I dropping things and tripping over stuff?  Why do I feel depressed all of a sudden?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), all of these questions have one common root, the Lungs.

Many people experience similar symptoms at certain times of year when their least favorite plants bloom and they endure all of the classical symptoms of allergies.  Wildfire smoke is much more pervasive and very few people are unaffected by it during heavy fire seasons.

Why do the Lungs control these symptoms?

TCM defines certain functions for the Lungs that, when out of balance, cause varying symptoms of dis-ease.  For example, the Lungs open to the nose and sinuses, when the Lungs are weakened they do not have the ability to keep the sinuses clear and we can experience a stuffy head, runny nose, and sore throat.  Pressure from the sinuses can cause headaches and give us that “stuffy headed” feeling that makes it so difficult to focus.

The Lungs are also the communication route between the mind and body.  They allow us to know where we are and how we are moving relative to the world around us.  When the Lungs are weakened, our sense of self in space, also known as proprioception, becomes confused and we become clumsy.

Not only do the Lungs give us a sense of where our body is, they can affect our perceptions of our body mentally and change how we perceive ourselves.  This change, though often subtle, can make us feel less sure of ourselves and our abilities, lowering our self esteem […]