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Coming up for Air in Fire Season

Oct 10, 2017

As we can see and smell, October is high Fire Season. The recent explosion of fires in the North Bay has been a terrible tragedy that is far from over for this season. I send my deepest sympathies and assistance to all those affected by this year’s fires.

For those of us in NorCal, our air has been greatly impacted with smoke, ash and particulate making it hard to breathe.  Even for those without allergies and asthma, it can be difficult to get enough oxygen to act and think clearly.

Below are a few tips to help maximize your blood oxygenation and protect your lungs.

  1. Stay hydrated. Your lungs need lots of hydration and fluids to be able to stay clear and absorb oxygen from the air.
  2. Breathe intentionally. We take our breath for granted until we can’t breathe and then we tend to panic and gasp for air, triggering a stress response that only escalates. You can train your system to breathe more deeply and fully by practicing long, full, calm inhales and exhales every day. Easy times to make a habit are first thing in the morning, before each meal, and before bed.
  3. Eat oxygenating foods. Garlic, ginger, pure chocolate, green tea, cayenne, broccoli, artichokes, oranges, kale, leafy greens all effectively increase oxygen levels in the blood.
  4. Laugh. Laughter fills your lungs with air and releases happy brain chemicals into your bloodstream that flood your cells with oxygen. Even bad jokes work!
  5. Get massage. Massage increases circulation through all the cells of the body increasing oxygen to the muscles and organs, and improving the flow of blood, nerves and lymph.
  6. Supplement with iron, vitamin A, C, B complex and NAC. All these contribute to keeping your blood oxygenated. If low, they can affect your health.

For more information on respiratory health, contact Dr. Giulietta Octavio, DACM. 

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 Why is it important to take care of your respiratory system, stay healthy and maximize your blood oxygen levels? 

  1. Staying healthy and functional as possible is best for your own well-being and that of your family.
  2. Protecting your respiratory health spares the use of emergency medical services that may already be overloaded by other crises.
  3. Staying healthy may enable you to volunteer or assist others in smoke filled areas.
  4. Boosting your respiratory system now will protect you from asthma, allergies, colds and flus later in the Fall and Winter.

Our health and a healthy environment are precious resources that we must continually promote and protect, for Life. 

Have Donations? I am coordinating supplies with Mira Eva and can transport items this weekend. Please contact me for more info: 415-531-8555. 

Easiest Diet Ever.

Feb 06, 2017

What the Health! What’s an Easy Diet for the Rest of Us?

Never diet? Wouldn’t care, except after the Holidays, your pants won’t zip?

I have the diet for you!

Low carb, high protein and veggies 2 days a week. That’s it. The rest of the time, eat what ever you want, as long as it’s healthy. In studies where people ate this way, after 6 weeks, the average participant lost 9 lbs. The best part about this is that it’s a practice you can actually continue, long term, to keep your weight at a healthy level, forever.

The fine print is 55 grams of carbohydrates per day for those two days. This can look something like, eggs with chopped tomato salsa for breakfast, a big green salad with grilled fish for lunch, some almonds and cheese for a snack and steak and green beans for dinner. Seems pretty doable, right? And even better, the two days don’t have to be consecutive. This seems amazing, but I want to know for sure. I’ll be trying  it out this month. Who’s with me?

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Stress and Adrenal Fatigue. When the S*%$ Hits the Fan.

Jun 16, 2014

STRESS. The single biggest factor causing disease.

When external influences overwhelm the body’s capacity to perform and maintain internal balance.

Overwork, over exercise, under rest, emotional abuse, physical abuse, toxic load from viruses, chemicals, and/ or pollution.

Anger, irritability, depression, anxiety, lowered immune response, poor sleep, weight gain, loss of joy, loss of ability to adapt, total exhaustion unrelieved by rest.

The Fix:
Rest, rest, rest, rest, and more rest. Specific nutrition and mind-body exercise. But mostly rest. Any treatment or therapy that switches your nervous system out of sympathetic response, into parasympathetic mode, like Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga, Meditation.

When stress goes on, unrelenting, for months or years, it has a profound impact on your overall health. The biggest impact comes in a complex of symptoms described above, which fall under the umbrella of Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is stress taken to it’s end point, when the body cannot bounce back and starts to break down. THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO STOP OVER WORKING, OVER EXERCISING, OVER EMOTING, STOP “OVER” ANYTHING. Once you reach this level of exhaustion, in fact, the only thing that will restore your health is serious rest for a seriously long time. No whining, no cheating, no kidding.

Not only am I an expert in addressing Adrenal Fatigue from Stress, I have lived through it myself, and know all the ins and outs of restoring health, naturally. For more information on the how tos of adrenal exhaustion recovery, please drop me a line.

Foods for Moods: The Fertility Food Series

Feb 25, 2014

Small change, can make a big difference.

While diet can’t guarantee that you’ll have a baby, any more than exercise can guarantee you will never have heart disease, they sure can have an enormous influence and positive effect on your health.
When it comes to making babies, a few simple guidelines can make all the difference. I don’t want to overwhelm you, so we’ll take it one tip at a time. Here’s the first:

Optimal Weight. Hormones get stored in your body fat. Too much body fat and you can have excess hormones that confuse your reproductive system. Too little body fat and you don’t have enough hormones or energy reserves for ovulation and pregnancy to occur. A good rule of thumb when you’re trying to have a baby, is to be at, or 5lbs above your optimal weight for height and build. Why the 5lbs above rule? This little extra helps ensure you have some reserves left over to put towards reproduction, after work, stress, exercise, and normal body functions take their quotas.

Next Post… Blood Sugar Levels. Keeping it even.

Make the life you want and you might suddenly start to feel better

Jan 14, 2014

Ever wonder what an Holistic Healthcare Provider, like your Acupuncturist (Me) does all day? Yes, we see patients. We review cases and research new treatment and supplement protocols. We also consult and share case studies with others in our field to find new ways to improve your health. And of course, we see patients and treat them. But, aside from the Acupuncture, you know what alot of our job is? It’s listening. It’s being available to really hear what’s going on and be of service to your happiness and health. What have I learned from all this listening?

The stress of not living the life you want, can injure your health!

Conflict causes Stress

What does this mean? Whenever you have two or more conflicting needs, and one keeps winning out over the others, there’s a fundamental conflict that causes stress. Say you really need to turn off the computer and go for a walk, but you stay on for three more hours and finish your workday at 11pm. This is a fundamental conflict. Your health is in direct conflict with your job. It’s not reasonable to work until 11 pm all the time, and if your body is forced to do it, stress will result. Simple as that. Whenever you find yourself using words like should, must, have to, can’t, you can be pretty sure there’s a potential stress conflict behind them. When I hear patients talking like this, I know there’s a basic conflict to address before they will truly feel better.

Stress Leads to Disease

Why can’t I drink three cups of coffee, skip working out, and sit at my laptop until 11pm every night?! You can for awhile, but after that, look out. You body will start to complain, and your happiness tank will run out of gas. You’ll start to feel worse and worse. And then hopefully, you’ll come to see me.

Telling it to your Acupuncturist could change your Life

First, congratulations on hitting the wall! This is a really good sign. It means you still have some standards and you just aren’t going to continue living poorly anymore. Stress can become a lifestyle
and this lifestyle can lead to disease. You deserve better than that and I can help you find it. The problem comes from the conflict. The shoulds, musts, and have-tos that rob us of our freedom to take good care of ourselves. And it’s true, sometimes in life we have to set our needs aside, temporarily, to get the job done. But remember that word, temporarily? That’s the key. When self-sacrifice moves from sometimes to all the time, that’s when you need help. Help to break the mental chains of obligation, and find your way back to health. A good Acupuncturist is great at this, and can reset your mind, your body, and your life, back to one you want.

You can live the life you want. You can be happy & content. You deserve it & need it. Go for it!

Giulietta Octavio, MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine & Licensed Acupuncturist, loves her life.
(But it wasn’t always that way). If she can do it, you can do it too. And she can help. Ask her today.
415 531-8555