Happy 2017 from OMBE! Women's Health Top 10 List for the New Year
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO…
We are so grateful for many things in this past year including the health and well-being of our patients, family, friends, and colleagues. Before we begin our 2017 Women's Health Top 10 List, we want to thank both Boston Magazine and Expertise for acknowledging OMBE with awards in 2016. Both Boston Magazine and Expertise listed OMBE as one of the Best Acupuncture Centers in Boston.
In the meantime, we want to kick off the New Year with a Top 10 List for Women's Health. Many of my patients are trying to conceive or tackling related women's health conditions such as endometriosis or PCOS that impact not only their fertility but their day-to-day life. Here's my list of nutrition and diet therapies that you can add to your resolution list this year if you also fall into one of the above categories.
- Reduce Overall Saturated Fat Intake: A diet high in saturated is known to stimulate estrogen overproduction.
- Increase Fiber Intake: The fiber contained in grains and vegetables reduces estrogen levels. Good sources of fiber include: most vegetables such as peas, whole grains such as barley, and beans such as lentils.
- Increase Foods of Color: Optimize your diet by including 5-7 servings of colored foods with a full color spectrum. Include foods found to optimize liver function such as onions, garlic, leeks, and pineapple. Include vegetables that modulate estrogen levels: asparagus, carrots, squash, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, broccoli, cabbage, turnips.
- Reduce Animal Protein Sources: Meat sources contain both natural and synthetic (if non-organic) hormones that can stimulate estrogen overproduction. Limit red meat consumption to one to zero servings per week.
- Reduce Non-Organic Food Sources: Non-organic food sources contain synthetic pesticides, fungicides, hormones, and other chemicals that add to the daily load of your immune system. Eliminate processed meats and cheeses.
- Reduce or Eliminate Sugar Sources: Fluctuating sugar levels in the bloodstream trigger an insulin response which in turn will change other hormone production. Avoid refined carbohydrates such as white bread, muffins, pastries, pizza etc...
- Consider Common Food Allergens: Many foods including wheat, dairy, or soy can create a mild to severe allergic reaction in the body increasing the body’s overall inflammation levels. Avoid these products or do an elimination diet to see how your body responds.
- Consider Reducing or Eliminating Alcohol: Alcohol can compromise the efficient functioning of the liver and make it less able to metabolize hormones.
- Consider Reducing or Eliminating Caffeine: According to available research, high intake of caffeine is linked to infertility due to tubal problems or endometriosis but is not associated with ovulatory infertility.
- Include a Multi-Vitamin: Make sure that it includes the recommended dose for calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium, selenium, Vitamin A, C, E, and Vitamin B. B vitamins are essential for an endometriosis diet because they play a role in lowering estrogen levels.
- Include Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Sources include cold-water fish and fish oils, olive oil, evening primrose oil, safflower oil, walnut oil, flaxseeds or oil, avocados, and other nuts/seeds. Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation and regulate prostaglandin levels associated with endometriosis.
Want to try acupuncture this year? Schedule a complimentary consult at our Boston office to learn what acupuncture is all about! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery and discovered the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Jessica is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a specialty certification held by fewer than 500 acupuncturists in the United States.
Jessica currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please visit the acupuncture + fertility page. New patients can book online to schedule any acupuncture service including a complimentary consult. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for a number of integrative medical institutes. Her clients include IVF and infertility centers, functional medicine offices, orthopedic facilities, concierge practices, and green spas. Please contact OMBE for more information about these services.
Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. During its ten-year tenure, the center provided services including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, personal training, Pilates, and yoga. Studio offerings included mom and baby programming, Mongan Method Hypnobirthing, natural childbirth education and the Holistic Moms Network. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.