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Immune Empowering Diets

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO…

This time of year is a natural time to take a closer look at the foods we tend to eat and not eat.  One reason to do so is in the name of your immune system.  Acupuncture is a powerful tool to help support the immune system and decrease levels of inflammation in the body and so are certain food sources.  Your diet can have a profound impact on your immune system, endocrine system, energy levels, and how efficiently your body functions. The right diet can help your body reduce inflammation, cope with stress, survive cold and flu season, and be an important tool in coping with a myriad of health issues. The following recommendations are based on the idea that the one thousand plus meals you eat each year can be a powerful form of medicine.  We’ll discuss fats today as well as other macro and micro nutrients throughout the rest of the week.

Good fats affect mood, behavior, and levels of inflammation in the body.  High, chronic levels of inflammation in the body burdens the immune system. We know through research that supplementing with essential fatty acids can also decrease depression in women postpartum and decrease pain due to osteoarthritis.  What are essential fatty acids (EFAs)?  They are essential because the body does not produce them, therefore, we need to include them in our diet. The two essential fatty acids are known as linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3).  Sources include: salmon, herring, mackerel, cod, olive oil, flax oil, seeds and other nuts such as almonds or walnuts, and avocados.

Want to learn more about acupuncture or an anti-inflammatory diet?  Schedule a complimentary consult to learn more about how acupuncture can benefit your health this year.  Email jlmolleur@ombecenter.com for more details.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.

~ by admin on January 8, 2017.

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