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Improve Your Sinuses Today: What to Eat to Avoid Inflammation

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Everyone has allergies from time to time, but imagine your life if you had a stuffy or runny nose, headache, or sinus pressure every day? This is what it’s like for those with chronic sinitus. There is something natural that can not only reduce these symptoms, but make you feel more energized, boost your immune system, and can even improve your skin and hair health: eating foods that fight inflammation.

Traditional Chinese medicine has long held the belief that the foods you eat and the lifestyle you lead can impact your health as much as any medical regimen. Inflammation is the root cause of chronic sinus problems, as well as allergies and hay fever.

A nutritious diet can not only decrease inflammation in your system, but also boost your immunity to bacteria that can lead to sinus infections.  Also, there are foods that can unclog nasal passages and ease your breathing. Just as we would put the right kind of gas into a car to ensure it runs well, the food you put in your body can be tailored to your needs to help you feel your best.

So, what foods can reduce and prevent inflammation?

  • Omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial for decreasing inflammation. These can be found in fish such as wild salmon, cod, and sardines.
  • Tart cherries. Did you know these little guys can reduces inflammation ten times better than aspirin? They can also reduce your risk for heart disease.
  • Turmeric spice, which is often used in Thai and Indian food, contains curcumin, which actively reduces inflammation.
  • Avocado
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Leafy greens (The darker the better!)
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli (has a lot of vitamin C and calcium), asparagus, bean sprouts
  • Berries
  • Apples and pears
  • Nuts
  • Green tea
  • Spices like ginger, basil, and cayenne pepper

The common thread between all the foods on the list above is that each contains antioxidants and or omega 3s. A part of the world that naturally gravitates to a omega-3 rich diet is Greece. A Mediterranean diet is very high in antioxidants, and studies have shown that people in Greece have very few reported allergies. Think like the Greeks! Eat fresh salads with tomatoes, onions, olives, and plenty of fresh fish.

By incorporating these foods into your daily diet, you will not only be drastically improving your sinuses, you will be reducing inflammation all over your body. This will boost your overall health—improving heart health, joint pain, headaches, and even acne and skin conditions. Enjoy!

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If you are looking for a healing experience, make sure to give one of our clinics a call and schedule a massage or acupuncture treatment!

We look forward to healing you.

-PCOM

It’s the Friday Wrap Up!

A Sure Sign of PCOM Pride!

We are pleased to announce that our PCOM San Diego Campus now has beautiful Pacific College of Oriental Medicine signs adorning its buildings!

Take a look:

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Doesn’t it look great?

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Gotta love that blue!

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Could the wave look any better? We don’t think so!

If you are in the San Diego area and would like to check the new signs out, make sure to schedule an acupuncture or massage treatment at our clinic!

If you are on the East Coast and in the mood for a healing experience, give our Chicago or New York clinics a call.

See you soon!

-PCOM

He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skill of the physician.
-Chinese Proverb

In the world of East Asian medicine, diet plays an equally important role as medicine does.

Learn more about the importance of diet and nutrition in regards to alternative medicine HERE!

Do you want to learn more about holistic health? Visit our website or call one of our clinics to schedule a massage or acupuncture appointment today!

-PCOM

It’s the Friday Wrap Up!

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has its very own lingo and is based on the idea that all phenomena of the universe and nature can be broken down into five elemental qualities.  Take a look at this fun graphic to familiarize yourself with these elements and the vocabulary of TCM!

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has its very own lingo and is based on the idea that all phenomena of the universe and nature can be broken down into five elemental qualities.  Take a look at this fun graphic to familiarize yourself with these elements and the vocabulary of TCM!

Curious About Acupuncture?

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Are you curious about acupuncture? Are you considering trying acupuncture for the first time? If you are not familiar with East Asian medicine and the ancient practice of acupuncture, you may feel a little hesitant to take the leap into the world of alternative medicine.

 Thoughts concerning acupuncture may pop into your head including:

  • "I’m afraid of needles."
  • " I don’t think it works."
  • "It’s more expensive than Western care."
  • "I don’t know where to go or who to see."

Take a look at our article (that addresses the above statements) to learn more about acupuncture and familiarize yourself with East Asian medicine! We are here to provide you with insight into your holistic healthcare options.

If you are ready to schedule an appointment for a treatment, make sure to give one of our clinics a call. We are here keep you healthy and bring healing into your life.

Happy Tuesday, all!

-PCOM