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Cool It Down! Foods to Eat for Summer Vitality

We’re thinking about longevity lately, and sustainability.

Can what you eat really make a difference to your longevity? Yes! In fact, your daily food choices affect your mood and health both in the moment and well down the road.

First and foremost, aim to eat according to the season. This is a key for aging with vitality. It gives your body the necessary nutrients to function at its best at any given time.

In the summer heat, it’s smart to focus on cooling foods. In fact, in both the spring and summer, you want to nourish your yang energy and eat foods that are cooling by nature. Whereas the fall and winter are the yin-predominant seasons—so when we move into the fall season (just around the corner!), it will be time to nourish your yin energy with warming foods. 

Spring and Summer Diet

For those of you in the southern hemisphere, or when the season turns for us here in the north, keep these recommendations in mind.

Springtime is a perfect time to nourish the liver, and do our Being Energy Detox Program!

Also, you’ll want to eat pungent foods to help your liver—ginger, onion, garlic and chives are good. But avoid excessively spicy, hot, greasy, fried and sour foods throughout the spring and summer.

draft_lens1509672module9684140photo_1251757618cucumber_flowerThough you want to eat cooling foods during the spring and summer months, note that it’s best to avoid ice water (ice water damages the stomach energy). Instead focus on foods with cooling energy, like cucumber, watermelon, celery, tomatoes, strawberries and mung beans.

Recommended Foods for the Season                      
  • Vitamin C
  • Cucumber
  • Melons
  • Squash
  • Celery (juice is great)
  • Jicama
  • Zucchini
  • Corn
  • Water chestnuts
  • Aloe vera
  • Beets
  • Watercress
  • Clam or oyster shell soup
 Foods to Avoid
  • Barbecued, toasted, baked foods
  • greasy and/or fried foods
  • hot spices
  • alcohol
  • coffee (replace with green tea)

Fall and Winter Diet    

As we move into the cooler months, it will be time to focus on warming our bodies. A simple and enjoyable way to do this is to eat more soups and stews. Walnuts and lamb are also excellent foods for the season (lamb is the most warming of all red meats).

Especially during the fall, favor sour foods and avoid spicy foods. Incorporate more pears, yams, aloe vera, soy and honey into your diet.

Recommended Foods for the Season                                        
  • Baked or roasted foods
  • Meats–game meats and lamb are best
  • Ginger, cardamom, fennel, clove, scallions, anise, pepper
  • Cherries
  • Walnuts
  • Seeds (any kind)
  • Green beans
  • Chinese chives
  • Horseradish
  • Azuki beans
  • Supplement with green algae or chlorophyll powder (2 spoonfuls)
Foods to Avoid
  • cold, raw foods
  • dairy products

800px-Celery_1We think these tips will help keep you balanced throughout the seasons, which is a key to a long and healthy life.

For more in-depth nutrition and health information, we invite you to participate in Being Energy’s Nutrition + Health classes—these classes are taught live online about once a month.

Our next class airs live on September 19 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time, and will be all about the senses.

Yours in health,
Dr. Miles Reid

 

The Fountain of Youth: 3 Ancient Formulas that Work

Some things stand the test of time, while others fade away. When it comes to staying youthful, Chinese Medicine offers an herbal treasure trove for our bustling modern lives. What’s more, Chinese herbs can be used together with key nutritional supplements for broad support of your health and longevity.

schisandra-vineThe following supplements, herbs and herbal formulas are safe, yet potent, and some even have a centuries-long track record. Incorporating some of these into your daily routine may be an investment that pays huge dividends.

From Vitamin D and calcium to ginseng and Zhi Shi, these powerhouse products reduce inflammation, strengthen the organs and more to slow and even reverse biological aging. (Of course, check with your doctor before taking any nutritional supplements or herbs—you’re always welcome to contact our clinic for an in-person or Skype consultation: 310-231-3500 or admin@tilomedical.com.)

Nutritional Supplements

These supplements, taken in a split dose, half in the morning and half in the evening, have been proven effective in reducing inflammation, regulating cortisol and more.

  • Vitamin D3 (1000 IU)
  • Calcium (600 mg)
  • Magnesium (200 mg)
  • Multivitamin (we likeUsana Essentials)

Chinese Herbal Formulas

The following are also recommended in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and have proven their worth over time:

  • Gingseng
  • Cordyceps
  • Ashwaganda
  • Reishi mushroom
  • Astragalus
  • Schizandra

In fact, TCM provides a deep well of knowledge with respect to anti-aging and longevity, with herbal formulas that are tailored for maximum effect. These are three of my favorites:

  • Zhi Shi (circulatory promoter)
  • Mu Xiang (circulatory promoter)
  • Shan Zha (digestive herb)

For the ideal supplements and dosages for you, contact us to schedule a consultation. Acupuncture treatments work in conjunction with supplementation to promote youthful energy, and address specific health concerns.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a remarkably powerful tool for restoring balance, maintaining health and promoting longevity. It stimulates the flow of qi (energy), improves organ function, reduces inflammation, regulates hormones and relaxes the mind and body.

To schedule your consultation or acupuncture treatment, contact us at 310-231-3500 or email admin@tilomedical.com.

Also, check out our Nutrition + Health class series for the latest information and tips on a variety of topics.

To your longevity,
Dr. Miles Reid

The Truth about Detoxification

Are you thinking about doing a cleanse? Everywhere we turn these days, we see cleanses and detox programs being promoted. The truth is that not all programs are created equal. A proper detoxification program can be greatly beneficial. But some cleanses actually do more harm than good.

detoxgreen2Why Detoxify?

A good detox program is energizing and rejuvenating.

We’re exposed to toxins every day—in our food and water (pesticides, heavy metals, microbes), in the air we breathe, from things we come into contact with through our skin (soaps, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, lead paint) and from our body’s own natural metabolic process. This toxic load can become a toxic overload.

Given this, I believe that periodic detoxification is important. Our organs are constantly trying to repair and regenerate, and we can help them do this by removing toxic obstructions. Any excess toxicity that you can shed can make a difference in your life. But therein lies the difference between a proper detoxification regime and one that is harmful. Some cleanses actually impair your body’s ability to eliminate toxins.

What to Avoid

Avoid juice-only cleanses. Why? A juice cleanse may seem like a good idea, but the truth is that doing such a cleanse without proper nutritional support can make you very ill. This is because when you fast or consume fruits and vegetables only, you diminish your body’s ability to rid itself of toxins. Amino acids are essential for liver detoxification. If you are consuming only juice, you may flush out toxins in your system that it then has inadequate ability to eliminate. It will pull amino acids from your muscles in order to deal with this, which can cause loss of muscle mass.

Other problems that can arise from some cleansing programs include blood sugar imbalances and fatigue.

Benefits of a Good Program

A good detoxification program will suggest you avoid foods and beverages that cause inflammation. It will also include proper nutritional support. Having physician support, as with Being Energy’s Detox Program, is also highly recommended.

The benefits of a good program include:

  • Greater energy
  • Clearer mind
  • Improved circulation
  • Glowing skin
  • Good sleep
  • Healthy weight loss

Ready to Energize?

Kick off the fall season with a cleanse! For an even  more profound experience, take time out for yourself with our three-day Los Angeles retreat in September.

LA_2015_Portfolio_1bJoin Being Energy’s Radiant Energy + Radiant Health retreat. The weekend includes a detoxification program and treatments tailored to your needs.

You can also purchase our 21-Day Detox Program to do at home.

Sweet Summer Slumber: 7 Foods for Better Sleep

Sleeping well is a struggle for some of us throughout the year, but the summer season can really turn up the heat on nighttime tossing and turning. To help, we have some recommendations for what to eat and what not to eat to invite blissful slumber any time of year.

chamomile-401490_640For even more tips and tools, be sure to check out our special Sleep Class for Women series with Aerin Alexander in October.

Let’s focus here on food. Food plays a key role in how well (or not) you sleep. The first thing is to avoid eating a heavy meal too close to bed time—say within three hours of going to bed.  Eating too much late at night puts a strain on your liver, and you might find yourself waking up between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. and having difficulty falling back to sleep.

That said, it is good to include some quality protein in your evening meal, especially if you tend toward low blood sugar. So what other foods can help and hinder sleep?

We’ve found that these seven foods encourage better sleep:

  • Banana
  • Cherries
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Almond milk or soymilk
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Lean turkey

A yummy, sleep-promoting evening dessert, for example, would be to blend a banana with some almond milk into a thick and frothy drink; you could even throw in some cherries and/or a date or two for extra sweetness. If it’s an especially hot evening, you might even want to make this with a frozen banana for a satisfying ice-creamlike dessert.

Just as there are foods that promote good sleep, there are also foods that prevent it. These are:

  • Alcohol (which can lead to fragmented sleep)
  • Nicotine prior to bedtime
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Salt

In addition to the foods to eat and to avoid, you might try giving yourself that extra push toward a restful sleep with a cup of warm chamomile tea. Chamomile, valerian, linden and passionflower all act as natural sleep aids.

Speaking of herbs, one of our favorite sleep inducers is lavender essential oil. You can put a few drops of lavender on your pillow or into a warm bath, or put just a drop on your temples. Not only does it smell wonderful, but you just might find that it relaxes and eases you into a peaceful sleep.

Wishing you sweet dreams,
Dr. Miles Reid

Como Ser Flexible para Mantenerse Fuerte

Movimiento. Energía. Salud. Vitalidad. Todo está enlazado. En Being Energy, creemos que es importante tomar en consideración la totalidad. Pero para comprender el todo, se debe mirar las partes, y viceversa.

El movimiento es una parte fundamental de lo que enseñamos en nuestras clases y talleres porque el movimiento, de una manera u otra, es una parte fundamental de la vida, y una clave para mantenerse saludable y feliz

Coconut-Trees

Queremos cultivar movimiento flexible. Ser flexible también es ser fuerte. Por eso ofrecemos las prácticas que hacemos nosotros mismos todos los días, en línea,  en las clases diarias de Being Energy: Mente+Cuerpo+Espíritu.

También acabamos de lanzar una nueva Videoteca, con una colección de clases de 30 minutos al día, muchas de los cuales se centran en el movimiento.

En una presentación durante una de las clases de Being Energy de Nutrición + Salud este año, nuestro colega Jordan Hoffman compartió algo de la filosofía y sencillos ejercicios de Aikido. Jordan es practicante de Aikido desde hace mucho tiempo, y es segundo grado de cinturón negro, además de ser un acupunturista excepcional. Él compartió algunas ideas valiosas.

Debido a que el tema de la clase era huesos, tendones y músculos, Jordan habló acerca de mantener los tendones y ligamentos agradables y abiertos, y cómo esto permite que la energía fluya a través del cuerpo. En cada articulación sana hay espacio. Ese espacio permite un movimiento cómodo y fácil. Cuando estamos estresados, apretados o tensos, tendemos a contraer, reduciendo ese espacio, lo que se traduce en más rigidez y tensión. Esto también nos alenta, y crea un ambiente propicio para la lesión. Pero si somos flexibles podemos avanzar más rápido, con más fluidez y gracia. Cuando se presenta un obstáculo, cuanto más flexibles somos, mejor podemos navegar en la situación.

Piensa en la rama de un árbol joven. Puedes doblarla y no se va a romper; sigue siendo flexible; pero una rama más vieja puede romperse. Entonces, queremos mantener nuestros huesos y articulaciones flexibles. Queremos ser capaces de movernos con facilidad con los vientos de cambio y desafío.

Un ejemplo inspirador de flexibilidad y gracia a cualquier edad es el fundador de Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (14 de diciembre de 1883- 26 de abril de 1969). En este video de 1935, estas cualidades, y más, se evidencian.

Aquí, se puede ver su última demostración pública, en 1969, a la edad de 85 (está un poco borroso, pero sin embargo vale la pena verlo).

Entonces ¿Cómo podemos encarnar esto? ¿Qué podemos hacer para afrontar los retos de la vida con poder y gracia? Podemos comenzar con la conciencia.

Al final de cada día, puedes notar que te sientes más acortado, apretado, contraído, más comprimido. El cultivo de la conciencia es un paso importante para permanecer fuerte y flexible. Sostén en tu mente la imagen de amplitud en tus articulaciones. Piensa en elongar tu columna vertebral. Si estás de pie y te das cuenta de que tus rodillas están bloqueadas, ablándalas, dejando que la energía fluya a través de la articulación y a través de tu cuerpo.

A tu salud, fuerza y flexibilidad,

Dr. Miles Reid

Ocho razones para comenzar a meditar hoy mismo

Tú puedes disfrutar de beneficios y efectos positivos de una sola meditación. Y si meditas seguido, los beneficios se multiplican con la práctica continua.

Estudios recientes muestran que la meditación no sólo reduce el estrés -que sin duda sería razón suficiente para intentarlo-, sino que realmente afecta nuestro ADN, protegiendo la vida de nuestras células y retardando el envejecimiento. Un estudio mostró que sólo una sesión de meditación puede tener un impacto positivo.

De acuerdo con la Clínica Mayo, “Meditación puede darle una sensación de calma, paz y equilibrio que beneficia tanto su bienestar emocional y su salud en general.”

Los científicos están empezando a entender cómo y por qué funciona la meditación, pero sus beneficios mentales, físicos y emocionales se han apreciado desde tiempos antiguos. Se ha comprobado que reduce el estrés y ayuda a combatir enfermedades tales como:

  • Cáncer
  • Enfermedad del corazón
  • Alta presion sanguinea
  • Asma
  • Depresión
  • Desórdenes de ansiedad
  • Dolor
  • Problemas para dormir

El mayor beneficio proviene de una práctica diaria, y hay muchas formas de meditación para probar. Desde Mindfulness y Meditación Trascendental hasta Tai Chi y yoga, puede implicar movimiento o quietud, atención o trascendencia.

La meditación es algo que le ayuda a bajar el volumen internamente y se aleja de la respuesta al estrés hacia una respuesta parasimpática. Puede incluir la respiración de una manera intencional, usando imágenes guiadas y su imaginación o centrándose en un objeto. A menudo coaching pacientes en técnicas de meditación para abordar su situación particular.

Los efectos pueden ser muy poderosos.

Aquí hay ocho beneficios científicamente probados de la meditación:

  1. Mayor inmunidad. Múltiples estudios muestran que la meditación mejora la inmunidad en una variedad de formas, desde el impulso de los anticuerpos hasta la ralentización de la producción de recuentos de células CD-4 hasta la estimulación de las áreas cerebrales que controlan el sistema inmunológico.
  2. Menos dolor. La meditación puede reducir la experiencia del dolor y disminuir la actividad en las regiones de procesamiento del dolor del cerebro.
  3. Función mental más fuerte y más rápida. La meditación fortalece la conexión entre las células cerebrales y puede conducir a un aumento de gyrification (actividad cortical vinculada a la capacidad del cerebro para procesar la información más rápidamente).
  4. Reestructuración cerebral. Es sorprendente considerarlo, pero la meditación puede cambiar la estructura cerebral. Las exploraciones cerebrales de los meditadores de larga data muestran un aumento de la materia gris, que se asocia con la inteligencia, la percepción sensorial, la estabilidad emocional y la respuesta al estrés.
  5. Mayor capacidad de aprendizaje. Las investigaciones demuestran que los estudiantes que meditan tienen mejores puntajes de exámenes, mejora la tasa de asistencia, aumenta la inteligencia y la creatividad y menos estrés.
  6. Estabilidad emocional. Parece que cuando se les expone al estrés, los meditadores de mucho tiempo muestran menos actividad en la amígdala derecha, la parte del cerebro que desempeña un papel clave en el procesamiento de las emociones.
  7. Mejor enfoque. Un estudio de la Universidad de Washington realizado por el Dr. David Levy demostró que aquellos que están entrenados en la experiencia de la meditación menos emoción negativa en las pruebas multitarea y puede cambiar las tareas con menos frecuencia y más eficaz. Los meditadores también mostraron una mejor memoria relacionada con las tareas.
  8. Control de peso. Resulta que la meditación puede ayudar a reducir la grasa del vientre. El aumento del estrés aumenta la actividad hormonal que puede llevar al aumento de peso, y estudio tras estudio muestra que la meditación puede reducir significativamente la respuesta del cuerpo al estrés, así como aumentar la serotonina, una hormona que influye en el sueño, el estado de ánimo y el apetito.

La meditación, cualquiera que sea la forma que elijamos, puede desempeñar un papel eficaz y agradable en nuestra salud y bienestar.

Si usted participa en nuestro próximo retiro LARadiant Health + Radiant Energy, puede experimentar los beneficios de la meditación en un contexto más completo.

7 Foods (and a Recipe!) to Strengthen Your Joints

Create a strong foundation for health by nourishing your bones, muscles and tendons. Not only can you do this in simple ways, you can also do this in delicious ways.

These seven common foods can help revitalize your joints and tendons:

  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Eggplant
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Blackberries
  • Basil
  • Brussels Sprouts

Garden TomatoesThe bonus? This is the season for most of these fruits and vegetables—at least in California. Head to your local grocery, farmer’s market or even your own garden to gather up ingredients for a supercharged meal.

Here is a tasty, easy recipe that incorporates some of these key ingredients. For more nutrition tips, join our information-packed Nutrition + Health classes or purchase past classes from our BE online store.

Summer Garden Pasta
Serves 4

Pair this with a raw kale, shaved Brussels sprout and blackberry salad, and you’ve got the perfect meal for joint health.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant (1 lb), cut into ½-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, plus a pinch for the pasta water
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes, stems removed
  • 8 plum tomatoes (1 ¼ lbs), peeled, cored and quartered
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb spaghetti or perciatelli
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 ounce parmesan cheese, grated or shaved

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine eggplant, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; toss to combine. Spread in a single layer in a baking pan.
  3. In a second baking pan, place all tomatoes and garlic cloves.
  4. Transfer both pans to heated oven. Roast garlic and tomatoes until garlic is soft and tomatoes are shriveled, about 30 minutes. Roast eggplant until brown and tender, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool.
  5. When cool enough to handle, squeeze soft garlic from cloves.
  6. Meanwhile, place peppers over a gas burner with a high flame and roast until charred on all sides, turning as needed, about 5 minutes. Place the hot charred peppers in a metal bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 20 minutes.
  7. Using a paper towel, rub charred skin off peppers. Remove and discard seeds and stems. Place 2 peppers, and any liquid collected in the bowl to a the bowl of a food processor. Add roasted garlic, plum tomatoes, vinegar, cayenne, remaining tablespoon olive oil, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3/8 teaspoon pepper; process until smooth.
  8. Cut remaining peppers into 1/4-inch-thick strips; set aside.
  9. Fill a large stockpot with salted water; bring to a boil. Place pasta in water; boil until pasta is al dente, about 11 minutes. Drain in a colander; transfer to a serving bowl. Pour puree over pasta; toss to combine. Add basil, roasted eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and reserved pepper strips; toss. Serve immediately, garnished with grated or shaved Parmesan cheese as desired.

Enjoy!

Good Vibrations: Elevate Your Energy in Minutes

Energy is vitality. It is expressed in our bodies, in our moods and in the way we relate to others.

We might say someone has “good energy” or “bad energy” for example, or that we are energized by an idea. This all has a physical expression—as scientific studies continue to reveal, the physiology and the mind are intricately connected—some would say inseparable. This is great news. It means that we have the power to influence our health at all levels with our thoughts and actions, and that each influences the other.

Aerin-Miles-4894 copyThe other great news? When it comes to movement, a little bit can go a long way toward your health and vitality. Combine this with intention, and watch your energy lift in just minutes.

In terms of exercise, the standard recommendation is to aim for 30 minutes a day, five days a week (hello BE daily Mind + Body + Spirit classes!). If this seems daunting, try starting small. Choose the stairs over the elevator, for example. Or park at the far end of the parking lot at the grocery store. Take five to fifteen minutes to enjoy an extra walk around your neighborhood or workplace, or try some squats or pushups before jumping into your other responsibilities—it will be time well spent, helping you function more effectively mentally, physically and emotionally.

Ideally, you want to get some cardio, stretching and strength training in each week. The main thing is to do things that you enjoy, both so that you keep moving and because that sense of joy is also gives your immune system a boost. Maybe you like to garden, or dance, or jog or play catch with your kids. Work those things into your week. Or go to the gym and make it your time for you.

The sense of joy touches on what we think is key: Intention. Our thoughts influence our energy instantaneously. Our movement also influences our energy levels and our thoughts. When we move with intention, this has an even more dramatic influence.

Being Energy’s daily Mind + Body + Spirit classes are all about moving with intention. Here is a sample to try (about 35 minutes)—why not give it a go and see how you feel afterward?

Remember that taking the time to move is like putting energy in the bank, and when you move with intention, you add interest to that account that you can draw on to accomplish more in your life.

Consider joining our daily classes—you’ll enjoy:

  • 30 minutes of movement each day
  • Improved posture, flexibility and focus
  • Connection with a vibrant global community

Wishing you a fun, playful time,
Dr. Miles Reid

3 Days to Reboot, Renew and Realize Your Dreams

What are your dreams? What do you wish for your life? You have more power to create your life than you may realize.

From September 4 – 6, Being Energy presents Radiant Energy + Radiant Health—a retreat designed for you. Over three days, we’ll work with you one-on-one and in dynamic group classes to help you:

  • Detoxify your mind and body
  • Renew your energy and vitality
  • Rewrite your story about who you are and what you can accomplish

Aerin and Miles in CircleThis is something completely new! Our signature Los Angeles retreat is designed to deeply nourish you and liberate your full potential. The retreat will be personalized to support each participant, and space will be very limited to support an individualized experience.

Why are we doing this? What ripples out from each of us matters in the world. Starting with our bodies, research clearly shows that our lifestyle choices do make a difference in our health, even at the level of our DNA. Take these three days to reboot your system, reduce your biological age and learn simple things that you can incorporate into your daily life to positively affect your DNA.

figure-03-05-02Modern science, ancient wisdom and the bridge between the two will play into the content of this very special retreat. It is an experience for the whole of you: body, mind and spirit.

For a taste of how fundamentally this may affect you, think about your dreams for your life. Are you living your dreams? Even going back to the beginning of this year—did you set any New Year’s resolutions? If so, how have they been going? For most of us, nearly six months later, those resolutions are but a distant memory.

Now is our chance to consciously steer our life experience. There are many things that may influence the course of our lives. But the simple truth is that there is nothing that we wield greater control over than our conscious goals and intentions. These make way for the direction of our individual paths in life.

You can certainly float along and navigate through life as it comes, but why not use a paddle to steer your boat in the direction you want to go? Or even better, hoist a sail and travel with speed? Your conscious intentions put the paddle in your hands or—when they are clear and strong—the wind in your sails.

In our Being Energy Detox Program, we include potent daily intentions and observations as a key part of the program. Maybe they are ones that you’d like to consider setting for yourself so that you may more easily sail toward your dreams? Maybe give them a try and see what happens! For even more joyful sailing in life, consider joining our LA retreat in September.

Intention: Today, I can formulate what I want to dream for my life.
Associated self-observation: What do I want for my life? What do I long for? What are my inner desires?

Intention: Today, I dare to tackle any challenge that faces me.
Associated self-observation: I accept that every challenge in front of me is an opportunity for growth. It is a chance to evolve and reclaim my power.

Intention: Today, I am a happy boat on the river, traveling toward the ocean of infinity.

Associated self-observation: I am thrilled with the fluidity of life, and am as light as a feather.

RB_Sail_Boat_1Every day is full of possibility.

We wish you well on your journey through life and are here to support your health and well-being through all of the classes, workshops, retreats and products that we offer.

Dr. Miles Reid

Jump the Gap! How to Live Fully Right Now

“If your mind stops on the sword your opponent is swinging at you, a gap opens up; and in that gap your action falters. If there is no gap between your opponent’s striking sword and your action, the sword of the adversary will become your sword. A mind like a spark means the state of mind where there is no gap. When flint is struck, sparks fly at once . . .  There is no interval for the mind to linger . . .  If attention lingers, your mind is taken over by others.” Zen Master Takuan (1573 – 1645), from The Unfettered Mind

Taiso_-_Ronin_fending_off_arrows_cph.3g08655Are you living the life you want to live? Is there a gap in your mind? A falter in your action?

For many of us, there is a divide between the life we are living now and the life that we want to live. How do we jump that gap? A state of joy, balance and harmony involves the body as much as it does the mind, spirit and emotions.

As a healthcare provider, I look at helping my patients fortify their bodies to bring greater joy to their lives.

I advise all of my patients to have an annual physical that includes systems-based laboratory testing. This type of testing gives you and the doctor a comprehensive picture of your current state of health, and identifies nutritional imbalances and toxicities that underlay chronic disease.

  • Are you getting enough of the basic nutrients for maintaining optimal health?
  • Are you absorbing what you take in through your food?
  • Is your body eliminating toxins properly?
  • Are your systems in balance?

The answers to these questions can be found through some key medical tests. For example, an Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids Analysis evaluates the level of red cell membrane fatty acids. Imbalances in these fatty acids significantly affect inflammatory and other disorders.

Knowing your baselines will act as the guide for making important changes in your dietary and lifestyle choices, and reveal the nutritional supplements that will help you feel and be your best. Fortified with this information, I can recommend specific supplements and an acupuncture protocol that will help you thrive.

Doing this testing once a year is a key step in closing the gap between the life you’re living now and enjoying the life you want to live, with energy, clarity and balance.

LA_Featured_2We invite you to experience a state of being where there is no gap. We’re offering our first Los Angeles Being Energy retreat, September 4 – 6. This retreat is unlike any we’ve ever done. Each participant will have personalized health treatments as well as enjoy dynamic group classes.

Take just three days to revitalize and close the gap to live more healthfully and joyfully. Learn more and register.