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Happy New Year!

The New Year is a time of change and renewal. Set aside time and take a moment to consider how you can be the best you during the rest of the year. What is is that you would like to do, see or achieve in 2019? Take a quiet moment and write down your goals. Give yourself some space! They can be big and little things that can help you during the year. Writing your goals down helps the mind take these goals from just thoughts to tangible actions and accomplishments.

Below are Small Daily Tips that can be Turned into Big Changes in 2019 to Help YOU Achieve the Best YOU Yet! Daily Routine Rise and Shine! Your morning routine helps to ground you more than you may think! Using it thoughtfully will help set the tone for the rest of the day. Noting your gratitude seems to pay off: There's a growing body of research on the benefits of gratitude. Studies have found that giving thanks and counting blessings can help people sleep better, lower stress and improve interpersonal relationships. Earlier this year, a study found that keeping a gratitude journal decreased materialism and bolstered generosity among adolescents. What gratitude can do is give us hope. Focusing on the positive, in addition to the negative, can boost our mood. Take a look at National Geographic Magazine Jan. 2019 CAN ANCIENT REMEDIES BE TOMORROW’S CURE? TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE: (TCM) refers to a broad range of eastern remedies, treatments, dietary recommendations, and therapeutic practices which have accrued over 2,000 years. The scientific community has generally regarded TCM as little more than folklore, but researchers are finding that it isn’t all quackery. This feature offers readers a glimpse of how one of the most ancient forms of healthcare is impacting the future of medicine as we know it.

Sleep Habits Traditionally, weighted blankets are used as part of occupational therapy for children experiencing sensory disorders, anxiety, stress or issues related to autism. But even kids without such a diagnosis find important benefits. The added weight, he says, causes the brain to release neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine that improve moods and induce a calming effect. Nutrition and Eating Habits Because Food is Medicine! Your body is home to far more than just human cells—and the trillions of bacteria that inhabit your gut might also be taking a considerable hit from your chronic sweet tooth. Click Here for 5 Tips to Establishing a Healthy Microbiome According to a new study, sugar can directly deter beneficial microbes from gaining a foothold in the gut! Simple sugars like fructose and glucose aren't just nutrients. They can also halt the production of proteins that foster the growth of beneficial gut microbes. Gut Bacteria can drive autoimmune diseases and other inflammatory diseases. They have been linked to a range of diseases, including autoimmune conditions characterized by immune system attack of healthy tissue and IBS and Crohn's disease. While we feel balancing the microbiome as a whole with herbals and acupuncture and gasotransmitter therapy is the key, rather than targeting one or two microbes at a time, this article about inflammation and autoimmune diseases shows how modern research is building a bridge to to ancient medicines that use the same diagnostic tools and recognize the importance of reducing systemic inflammatory responses from the inside out!

Encourage Mindfulness Mentally and Physically Post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders are all positively associated with high levels of inflammation markers in the blood, according to new research published in the journal Depression & Anxiety. There has been a well-established link between chronic illness and anxiety over the years. At a time when many of us feel overwhelmed by the 24/7 demands of the digital world, craft practices, alongside other activities such as coloring books for grown-ups and the up-surge of interest in cooking from scratch and productive home gardens, are being looked to as something of an antidote to the stresses and pressures of modern living. Crafts such as knitting, crochet, weaving, ceramics, needlework and woodwork focus on repetitive actions and a skill level that can always be improved upon. These fun and simple tasks allow people to enter a "flow" state, a perfect immersive state of balance between skill and challenge. With what is increasingly referred to today as "mindfulness" being a much-desired quality for many people, it's not surprising crafts are being sought out for their mental and even physical benefits. Breath work and mindful body movement doesn't just calm the mind in the moment. It is gasotransmitter therapy! Matching breathing with body movement actively encourages circulation of blood and gasotransmitters within the body to help reestablish a homeostatic state and healthly microbiome....leading to a happier and healthier YOU! Need help getting started?

Our colleague Fabrice Piche' has created at home Qi Gong Modules you can work through at your own pace at anytime. Check it out here. Yoga, Barre, Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Martial Arts are only a few activities that are fun and allow space for growth and balance.

What's your favorite activity or craft? How are you going to integrate new habits into your 2019 routine? Acupuncture and Herbal remedies can encourage, regulate and support the body and emotions while beginning the New Year Check out this Article and Podcast that explain How Breathing and Plant Flavors Influence Gasotransmitters.... which directly effect the body's Microbiome. Because of this we are able to directly influence all of the Body's systems - including physical and mental health. Chinese medicine is grounded in this approach and works with the electro connectivity and gases of the body (gasotransmitters) to help keep you balanced and feeling healthy. Listen Here to learn more about how gases and bacteria can unlock extraordinary abilities. #HappyNewYear #2019time #NewYearNewYou #Sleep #TaiChi #QiGong #FoodisMedicine

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