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Five of the worst types of food for metabolic health

Consuming these types of food can spike your blood sugar and lead to metabolic dysfunction. Here’s why—and what to eat instead.


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1.  Dissolve a pinch of Hawaiian salt in 1.5 table spoon of Japanese black or red rice vinegar

2.  Take the shot on an empty stomach in the morning, or take it before bedtime with no food 2-3 hours prior and no water 1 hour prior (Dilute with water if necessary than gradually titrate back to original concentration over time)

3.  If lacking digestive enzyme, add additional shot without the salt with each meal

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• Natto Bacillus
• Immune cell activation in SI
• Vitamin K2
• Coagulation
• Bone formation
• MK4
• Testosterone generation
• Muscle strength & energy
• Reduce brain inflammation (dementia/Alzheimer)
• Gamma PGA
• Sticky strings
• Lowers blood sugar


Raw Vegetables

Often one of the first questions I ask is “how is your digestion?” Proper digestion is central to good health in Asian Medicine. Good gut health will lead to deeper sleep, increased energy, and better mood. Stomachs that are working harmoniously can reduce bloating and upset stomach, and ease digestive issues. I truly believe the key to good digestive health is through keeping the Middle Burner operating at 100 degrees. Ask me at your next visit if you have not heard me talk about the stomach being like a crock pot. Sometimes, though, we all need a bit of extra support - and that's where Asian herbal medicine can help.

I have many favorite formulas but this one is all about the stomach.  In this formula there are herbs that help “descend” food in the case of overeating, and half of which help to remove “dampness” and “heat” and treat “deficiency”.  This formula was traditionally used to support people with chronic digestive issues.

Here are 5 reasons to always keep this formula on hand:

1) Gut reset

We get it - it’s easy to let your health get sidetracked.  It might start by grabbing a salad-to-go, followed by ordering a pizza for dinner, and the next thing you know, you start to feel bloated and lethargic.  It’s time for a hard reset.

2) Travel

Travel can throw off our routines.  Those of us who try to eat healthy most days can find that more difficult when we travel.  Vacations often lead to more eating out, throwing off the digestive balance. 


3) Holiday season is almost here!!!

The time of year for over indulging.  The herbs in this formula help move food, preventing food stagnation, you can take them after a big meal to help ease the discomfort. 

4) In place of your usual “Over-the-Counter” support

As a community, we’re starting to think more critically about what we’re consuming.  Is it plant based? Is it made of whole foods? Is it GMO and does it have additives? Again, taken after eating to support the digestive system and move the food you consume down through the digestive system.

5) Bloating

In Chinese medicine theory, bloating is (again) a result of stagnant food.  Keeping food moving helps to reduce stagnation. However, if your bloating is related to the premenstrual phase of your cycle, other formulas may be a better fit - that’s typically the case of Qi stagnation and moving the Qi will move your digestive system.

Want to give this a try or have some on hand when in need of a little support? Text or call and we can go over a personal plan for digestive needs.

Healing the Gut
If you are struggling with a weakened or inflamed digestive system, try preparing this porridge for a simple, yet powerful healing tool.

What Is Congee? 

Simply put, congee is rice porridge, a fundamental concoction of two ingredients: white rice and boiled water, lots of water, usually much more water than what’s used in oatmeal and non-porridge rice. As with any dish, you can get as creative as you want, adding an infinite number of ingredients. In Asian Medicine, a doctor may prescribe congee mixed with certain medicinal ingredients that are commonly used as food in China

In the Orient, rice is symbolic of fertility and life. Plain white, super starchy rice is considered easy for the system to digest and provides energy.

What Is Congee Used For? 

Congee can be combined with virtually any combination of medicinal herbs and other nutritive ingredients. But even basic congee, according to Asian theory, helps harmonize bodily energy. This especially includes Qi (vital energy) and the branch of Qi, Yin, which controls the Blood, fluids, bones, Heart, Liver, Spleen, Lungs and Kidney organ systems.  Can also be used as  A detox. In China, rice porridge helps support detoxification and cleansing by eliminating accumulated toxins and waste. 

One of the easiest ways to “elevate your congee” experience is by adding single herb extract granules. For instance, to further support eliminating Phlegm and Dampness in the body, you can add specific herbal extract granules such as dandelion and burdock ( I sell these in the office). By supporting the elimination of excess heat (which gives rise to Dampness and eventually Phlegm), the congee and auxiliary herbs may improve your skin from the inside out.

Millions of people have chronic digestive problems. Congee soothes the stomach, which is why it’s prescribed by Asian doctors when Spleen Qi is deficient. A deficiency of Qi in the Spleen channel produces weak digestion. Weak digestion and the accompanying Spleen Qi deficiency can also occur from illnesses, giving birth, being overworked, and other forms of stress.

If you want to strengthen your digestion and replenish Spleen Qi, combine herbs like ginger or licorice root with congee. 

In addition, congee may be easier to digest for those who have difficulty swallowing

To support your immune system, combine congee with immune-supporting herbs such as astragalus root and codonopsis root

How Do You Make Congee?  

To make a simple bowl of congee, you’ll need just 3 ingredients:

  • 1 cup of rice

  • 6-8 cups of water

  • Pinch of salt (optional)

To cook, you simply rinse the rice thoroughly until the water runs clear. Next, in a large pot, combine the rinsed rice and water.  I leave in a crock pot over night on low heat and stir occasionally until the congee reaches your preferred consistency and serve hot.

You can use the 5 tastes of Asian medican to further meet your health goals. For instance, ingredients like cinnamon twigs and jujube fruit (Chinese red dates) with a sweet taste will help fortify Spleen Qi and drain excessive dampness. 

When you come in for your next treatment ask which ingredients you should add to congee for your unique health concerns and constitution.

Congee is an ancient remedy in Asian Medicine for a troubled or tuckered-out digestive system. With just a few ingredients simmered low and slow on the stove top, it's also the perfect homemade dish.

Congee has long been a secret weapon of Asian Medicine as a salve for the digestive system. Rice is cooked with a much higher ratio of water to grain and simmered until mush, making it both easy to digest and incredibly nourishing for the GI tract.

To calm your irritated stomach.

8 cups of chicken or bone broth (the real stuff found in the meat section in the refrigerator) to 1 cup of white rice (I like jasmine) add 2 cups of go gi berries, 1T of black seasme seeds and 1 cup of walnuts. Cook 12hrs in a crock pot on low heat.

You can use water instead of bone broth and that will still get the stomach to calm down.

How you stomach benefits is though hydration, due to the amount of water absorbed by the rice grains throughout the cooking process. Chicken or bone broth, which is the second key ingredient for congee, is also hydrating and provides a rich source of collagen. This protein is required to repair and heal the lining of the GI tract, which can be damaged due to diet and lifestyle stressors. Plus, the easier your meal is to digest the better equipped you are to reap the rewards of any protein and minerals coming in.

Here is another nice recipe which is not as soupy.

You can top your congee with a fried egg, or add some steamed bok choy or spinach for a little green.

Cook for 12hrs on low setting in a crock pot.

  • 2 cups sushi or jasmine rice

  • 4 chicken drumsticks

  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms

  • 5 quarts water or chicken broth

  • 2 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee

  • Chopped ginger, scallions, gluten-free tamari, or coconut aminos, and dark sesame oil (optional, but adds flavor)

Healing the Spleen

In Asian Medicine the Spleen organ can be more closely equated with the pancreas, rather than the western spleen, whose main function is simply to store blood. The eastern Spleen is responsible for digesting food and converting it into energy, similar to the way the pancreas releases insulin to allow the body’s cells to absorb ingested glucose, providing the cells with energy. Unlike the pancreas, however, the Spleen is also responsible for providing warmth and vitality to the body, providing energy for immune function and the mental energy to produce industrious and creativity work.

Healthy Food

The Spleen belongs to the Earth Element and its main season is late Summer and early Fall, right around the time that students dust off their backpacks and head back to school. Unfortunately, periods of prolonged Stress, unhealthy or irregular eating habits, cold weather, cold food and mental overwork (such as studying for exams or spending long hours in class) can tax and damage the Spleen, causing a condition called Spleen Qi Deficiency. This condition is characterized by loose stools, fatigue, decreased immunity and weakened digestion, such as bloating and gas. In order to protect the Spleen, prevent Spleen Qi Deficiency and optimize digestion, the following guidelines can be followed:

1. Eat warm, cooked meals: Food that is warm and cooked decreases the work of the digestion system, which must warm up food and break it down. Precooked and warmed foods, such as soups, stews and curries, are more easily absorbed and create less work for the Spleen. Avoid raw, cold foods, which are more difficult to digest.

2. Promote digestive fire: Having some raw ginger before or during meals or adding warming spices such as black pepper, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon to food helps increase the Spleen’s ability to digest food properly. Eating pungent foods such as onions, leeks, fennel and garlic also help increase the body’s digestive fire.

3. Eat slowly and mindfully: Taking the time to relax during meal times and properly chewing food reduces the amount of work that the digestion organs must do in order to break down food. Relaxing the mind and body during meal times activates the “rest and digest” parasympathetic nervous system, which optimizes the body’s ability to properly digest food.

4. Eat frequent meals: Small, frequent meals are more easily digested than large, heavy ones. Proving the body with energy in the form of food every few hours or so prevents blood sugar crashes and weakness.

5. Eat carbohydrate--rich vegetables: Seasonal, well-cooked root vegetables such as winter squash, carrot, rutabaga, parsnip, turnip, sweet potato, yam, pumpkin, and legumes such as garbanzo beans, black beans and peas are easily digested and nurturing to the digestive system.

6. Stimulate the Spleen: The Asian Spleen is stimulated by sweet taste, as is the pancreas, which is stimulated to release insulin by rising blood glucose levels. However, too much sweet taste will damage the Spleen over time (consider how elevated blood sugar can cause insulin resistance). Small amounts of sweeteners and cooked fruits can provide a little bit of stimulation and energy to the Spleen, aiding in digestion and mental power.

7. Eat small amounts of protein: If Spleen Qi deficiency is already present, eating small amounts of protein frequently can help regenerate the Spleen’s ability to digest and absorb food and provide energy and strength to the body. Eat fatty fish, beef, chicken, turkey or lamb. Try to avoid dairy products except for organic butter and raw goat’s milk.

8. Practice mindfulness and other centering exercises: The Earth time of year is a time of centering, unity and harmony. Practicing mindful meditation or deep breathing exercises (breathing slowly and intentionally into the abdomen) help relax the body, reduce stress, mental exhaustion and burn-out, which are common at this time of year.

Reference: Pitchford, Paul. (2002). Healing with whole foods: Asian traditions and modern nutrition: 3rd edition. North Atlantic Books: Berkeley, California.

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