New Beginnings: Online Offerings from Nina Price Wellness

New Beginnings: Online Offerings from Nina Price Wellness

Sheltering in Place has convinced me that it makes sense to create and offer more online services and programs. After looking at plenty of possibilities I’ve decided to offer the following new online services and programs:

»  Consults—I’m offering Zoom or phone consults to help you resolve medical issues when you don’t have time for a treatment. This allows me to help you when either you or I are out of town. I can also help people who live elsewhere than the Bay Area. To sign up for a consult, CLICK HERE.

»  Cleanse Programs every Quarter—This will begin June 17th with my Summer Cleanse called RE:SET // RE:CONNECT // RE:JUVENATE. These 5-day programs help you to release physical and emotional toxins, try delicious new recipes, and can be the basis for new habits in the new quarter. I hope you’ll join in on the fun and invite your friends to participate too. To sign up for the 5-Day Cleanse, CLICK HERE.

»  Quarterly Follow-Up Programs like this Summer’s Rock Your Body // Rock Your Life (following the 5-Day Cleanse), will begin June 27th and run through the month of July, offering you an opportunity to build and cement new habits around food, fitness and other areas of your life—take your wellness to the NEXT LEVEL! To sign up for Rock Your Body // Rock Your Life, CLICK HERE.

»  I will offer LIVE or online classes or workshops on an occasional basis to teach topics that you express interest in.

»  My new online ordering link allows you to order and re-order some of the supplements I recommend through my website. They’ll be shipped directly to you. If you’d like to try this out, email me and I’ll set you up to do this—let me know if you’re interested. I will still need to stock Evergreen Herbs formulas and other brands that this distributor, Wellevate, doesn’t offer.

Please don’t hesitate to try out these new online programs and services. I promise that you’ll benefit from them!

Easter Egg colored juices make you beautiful from the inside out!

Easter Egg colored juices make you beautiful from the inside out!

This blog has been re-posted with the permission of Sally Miller, B.S., N. E.  /// eatsofeden.com

When I look at juices and smoothies, I think of colored Easter eggs. I loved the tradition of coloring eggs with my children. Initially, the dying was done with food-coloring tablets and then later on with natural foods. I used these for my dyes:

*yellow onion skins—yellow to dark orange
*orange peels—pale yellow-orange
*red beets—pink to red
*red cabbage—blue
*spinach—green
*grape juice—violet
*raspberries—pink to purple
*yellow or green apple peels—yellow-green
*bright yellow—turmeric
*deeper red—chili powder

All of these natural foods with their colorful antioxidants can make Easter eggs beautiful. They can also make you beautiful from the inside out.

The colors that you see in these vegetable and fruit juices are from the antioxidants that are present in them. Antioxidants bring new life to the cells of your body.

The symbolism of the Easter eggs, according to Wikipedia, is based on early Christian beliefs.

“Easter eggs, also called Paschal eggs, are decorated eggs that are usually used as gifts at the occasion of Easter. As such, Easter eggs are common during the season of Eastertide (Easter season). The oldest tradition is to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs wrapped in colorful foil, hand-carved wooden eggs or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as chocolate. Although eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth in Christianity, Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus, from which Jesus resurrected.”

As we move into spring, there are many symbols of rebirth that we are about to experience.

Presenting you with these beautiful juice recipes as we enter into the season of growth for fresh fruits and vegetables will help you renew your health, as well as your spirit. It was an easy connection for me.

“Fresh fruits and vegetables in their juiced form provide the body with a chance to renew itself,” said holistic health expert Ed Bauman. “Raw juices are pure liquids locked in the cells of plants that have definite therapeutic value. Just as herbs have specific curative values, so do the plant’s juices that have come from specific fresh fruits and vegetables. Vegetable juices are the regenerators and builders of the body. Fresh fruits are the cleansers of the human system. Grown in healthy soil, they contain all the substances needed for nourishing the body—provided the produce used is fresh and raw and without preservatives or pesticides.”

When vegetables and fruits have been naturally cooked or ripened by the sun, the elements of the earth are buried deep within their fibers. They are assimilated quickly into the bloodstream and glands within 15 minutes of ingestion. A pint or more of fresh raw fruit or vegetable juice daily will have a marked therapeutic effect.

Research consistently shows that people who eat the greatest quantity of fruits and vegetables are about half as likely to develop cancer as those who eat little or no fresh fruits and vegetables.

It is not surprising that the United States Cancer Institute recommends eating five servings of fresh vegetables and three servings of fresh fruit each day.

The phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables hold the keys to preventing many modern diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, as well as debilitating conditions, such as asthma, arthritis and allergies.

Still, even the most disciplined person can find it difficult to eat all those fruits and vegetables each day. Drinking them in the form of fresh juices, smoothies and frozen treats are an easy and delicious way to ensure you are getting your daily eight.

Juicing requires that fruits or vegetables be squeezed or shredded and spun using a machine to separate liquids from solids. Usually, the pulp is recycled into soups or stews or composted.

Blending requires a food processor or a blender. The whole fruit or vegetable is pitted, peeled and cut into smaller pieces before being combined with other ingredients for a blended drink with the pulp. The blender blades chop the flesh of fruits and vegetables and then liquefy the solids, making them drinkable.

Our cells consist mostly of water, which is essential to their proper function. Raw juice supplies the water you need to replenish lost fluid, while providing all the necessary vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytochemicals.

Juices also promote the alkalinity of body fluids, which is vital for proper immune and metabolic function. Removing the fiber allows the nutrients to be absorbed very quickly—usually within 15 minutes.

I recommend the Omega Nutrition System low-speed horizontal juicers for all types of juicing, including wheatgrass.

Fruit and vegetable fiber contains cellulose, pectin, lignin and hemicellulose—all of which are essential to health. Combined, these types of fiber slow absorption of food (increasing absorption of nutrients), help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, help eliminate toxins and gallstones, and prevent elimination problems.

When fruits and vegetables are blended, their fiber is retained, and nutrients are absorbed more slowly than in the juiced version.

I recommend the Vitamix Vita-Prep (commercial Vitamix option) or the Blendtec for blending.

Combining both smoothies and juice in your weekly, if not daily, routines is one of the best decisions you can make for your renewed life.

Diabetics maintain blood sugar levels better by either juicing or blending vegetables with minimal sweet fruits. Carrots and beets should also be minimized because of their sugar content.

I teach a Juicing and Blending class periodically. Check my list of workshops and classes on this website to see when the next class will be offered.

RECIPES

Easter Egg Red Juice
12 ounces of juice

Ingredients
1 red beet, peeled
2 apples, seeds removed
1 lemon, peeled
ginger to taste

Directions
JUICE in the order given.
If you juice the beets first, you can save the pulp for some great additions to burgers.


Easter Egg Orange Juice

12 ounces of juice

Ingredients
2 oranges, peels removed
6 carrots, skin removed
1 lemon, peel removed
ginger to taste

Directions
JUICE in the order given.
Use the carrots intermittently to help push down the softer fruits and vegetables.
If you juice the carrots first and keep the pulp, you can use in soups or other recipes.


Easter Egg Yellow Juice

8 ounces of juice

Ingredients
2 pears with peels
2 green apples with peels
ginger to taste

Directions
JUICE in the order given.
Add water while juicing to help move the softer fruits through.
Add some fresh turmeric for a brighter yellow color.

Easter Egg Green Juice
12 ounces of juice

Ingredients
1 lemon, peel removed
1 cucumber
14 kale leaves
1 apple, seeds removed
6 stalks celery
parsley to taste

Directions
JUICE in the order given.
Use the celery to push down the softer fruits and vegetables as you are juicing.

Easter Egg Blue/Violet Juice
12 ounces of juice

Ingredients
1/2 small head of red cabbage, chopped
2 cups red grapes, seeds can be left in
1 red apple, seeds removed
1 lemon, peel removed
2 stalks of celery

Directions
JUICE the ingredients in the order given.
Use the celery intermittently to help push down the softer fruits and vegetables.

COVID-19 Immunity and Our Community

COVID-19 Immunity and Our Community

Dear patients and our community,

As you already know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is very real and it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our community safe from its rapid spread.  To help slow the spread of this virus, it is now more important than ever to take an abundance of caution to help protect you, your family, our community and our healthcare system. 

Because there are many unknowns about Coronavirus and things can change rapidly, we believe using common sense is the best measure to prevent its spread.

If you are feeling ill, or experiencing any of the following symptoms, please stay home and limit your exposure to other people in your community. By taking action, you will significantly delay the spread of COVID-19:

» Fever (oral temperature 100.4° or higher) or symptoms of fever (such as chills or body aches) within the past 24 hours—please do not consider yourself fever-free until your temperature has been normal for at least 24 hours without the use of Tylenol (acetaminophen)
» Shortness of breath and/or a cough that is not known to be caused by another condition (for example allergies)
» Travel within the past 14 days to areas that have people known to be infected with Covid-19
» Close contact with a person known/suspected to be infected with COVID-19 within the past 14 days
» Healthcare workers who have been in contact with patients known/suspected to be infected with COVID-19 within the past 14 days 

Prevention is the best medicine. Here are some additional resources for our patients and the community during this critical time.

What You Can Do To Take Care Of Yourself
The most important things you can do to support your immune system are really basic:
1. Don’t panic. Stress is bad for your immune system. It’s normal to have worried thoughts. Just don’t entertain them for too long. Make some time to do something enjoyable each day and connect with loved ones.
2. Wash your hands frequently (for at least 20 seconds) and don’t touch your face unless you just washed your hands.
3. Get enough sleep. Turn off the screens of your electronic devices and start winding down a little earlier, about 1 hour prior to getting to bed for the night.
4. Drink lots of water to support healthy mucous membranes as a first line of defense. Hot water and tea have been shown to inhibit viruses in our throat.
5. Eat more nutrient-dense whole foods, soups, and bone broth.
6. Eat less inflammatory foods: sugar, industrial seed oils, processed foods, alcohol, and foods you are sensitive to (wheat, dairy, eggs, nightshades etc.)
7. Support lung health by doing some even breathing, preferably outdoors in fresh air, to move circulation and clear out toxins. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, then out through your mouth for a count of 4, finally holding for a count of 4 (called “box breathing”). Repeat. Make the counts even by making a sound each time you count your inhale beats, so you can truly count each breath.

What You Can Do To Help Boost Your Immune System
» Immune boosting and antiviral herbs! Herbs boost and support your immune system. Let us know you are interested in herbs and we’ll figure out the best way they can help you.
» Probiotics are an important part of your immune system. They are available in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, raw sauerkraut, specifically labeled pickles, miso, kombucha (careful because it can contain lots of sugar and some caffeine). Consider supplementing with a concentrated pill or powder.
» Elderberry syrup is a go-to recommendation for antiviral support that you can order online or get at Whole Foods.
» Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc are also good supplements to boost your immune system.

To the Point: Immunity System Support PDF
As part of our ongoing support to you and our community, we’ve included a FREE PDF download to help give you the tools to strengthen your immune system at home. Click here to download this FREE PDF resource.

Up-to-date COVID-19 data from the World Health Organization
For the current number of cases worldwide, the World Health Organization maintains a COVID-19 Situation Report worldwide. Click here.

As acupuncturists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we are committed to the health and safety of our community. With your help and support, we can all take part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. While these times may feel unusually challenging, please know we will continue to monitor the current situation and evaluate additional measures to help support our patients, employees and community.

Thank you and stay safe.

Why Herbal Medicine is Safer Than Taking Pharmaceuticals

Why Herbal Medicine is Safer Than Taking Pharmaceuticals

In China practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are either acupuncturists or herbalists. In California, in order to pass our certification exam, we have to be proficient in both acupuncture and master Chinese herbalists.

I didn’t have much herbal training when I went to Acupuncture school. I had practiced Acupressure and Tui Na for years before I went to Acupuncture school as a massage therapist. I was comfortable doing hands-on healing, but herbs were new to me.

By the time I finished school I had become an “herb geek”. Acupuncture students have to know over 300 herbs and over 100 herbal formulas by heart. I loved creating herbal solutions to my clients’ problems as an intern and saw some amazing healing with herbs for both my clients’ and my own illnesses.

In my practice, I recommend Chinese herbal formulas to most of my clients. Because Americans are comfortable taking pills as opposed to brewing herbal teas, I recommend Chinese herbal formulas in pill form. My goal is to make it easy for you to get the results you want.

A formula is a “team” of herbs which each have complementary properties and which work together to solve a specific pattern of problems. Just as you would build a team of people to solve a business problem, I use teams of herbs to solve health problems.

I only purchase American manufactured Chinese herbal formulas. The laws in California concerning herbal quality are strict and when I purchase herbs from California companies I know that the quality will be high. Unlike most pharmaceuticals, herbal formulas rarely have side effects, they’re quite safe.

Why do herbal formulas work? If I’ve recommended the correct formula to correct the imbalance you’re experiencing, you’ll get well. Chinese herbal medicine has been around for many centuries, as one of my professors used to say: “clinical trials for over a thousand years, over a billion people served.” This is proven medicine.

Why Acupuncture Works

Why Acupuncture Works

I’ve been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 10 years and people who’ve never had acupuncture always ask me: “Why does Acupuncture work?” Here’s a short answer to what could be a long explanation.

Acupuncture is Energy Medicine. It’s all about moving energy. Here are a few examples: If your energy is stuck and you’re in pain, acupuncture can get the energy moving and get you out of pain. If your energy is going the wrong way and you’re throwing up, acupuncture can get it moving in the right direction. If your energy is very depleted and you’re exhausted, acupuncture can help to boost your energy. If you’re very stressed and your energy is going in many directions, acupuncture can “harmonize” your energy and get you feeling calmer and more in control. If you’re sick with a cold or flu, an acupuncture treatment can get you on the path to healing faster. Often more than one treatment is necessary, especially if you are dealing with a chronic problem.

What can acupuncture treat? Anything that you wouldn’t take to an emergency room. Most people think that acupuncture is just for pain, but that’s far from the truth. I’ve treated people with hepatitis, shingles, diabetes, asthma, severe headaches, all manner of women’s health concerns (painful periods, overdue pregnancies, menopause symptoms), various autoimmune conditions, digestive issues, skin issues, even depression, anxiety and sleep problems. Most acupuncturists are generalists—we’re used to thinking on our feet and solving problems—as far as I’m concerned that’s the best part of our job.

If I understand what’s going on in your body, I’ll know what to do to resolve the situation. When I start with any new client, I perform an in-depth consultation to review your needs and determine your path.