12 Best Brain Foods

12 Best Brain Foods

We often get patients asking what they can eat to reduce Brain Fog.  Whether you are a sleep-deprived new parent, you work at a desk for hours on end, or just have trouble focusing – who doesn’t? – these foods are high in good fats and Vitamin D, which can help the nerve cells in your brain work to the best of their ability.  Go ahead, eat up!

  1. Fresh Fish (from a good source, low in mercury)

  2. Fish Oil (especially Fermented Cod Liver Oil)

  3. Walnuts

  4. Dark Leafy Greens (Kale, Collards, Chard, Parsley, Wheatgrass)

  5. Micro-Algae (Spirulina, Chlorella, and Wild Blue-Green Algae)

  6. Flax Seeds

  7. Avocado

  8. Hemp Seeds

  9. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  10. Grass-fed Beef

  11. Chia Seeds

  12. Pumpkin Seeds

(Photo and Post by Jacqueline Gabardy, L.Ac. of FLOAT: Chinese Medical Arts)

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Foods for the Liver

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, every organ system has a color and a season.  The Liver is green.  Spring green.  April and May are great months to focus on adding cleansing foods into your diet to help your Liver work better.  When the Liver works better, we feel less stressed and irritable, we lose excess weight, sleep better, and aren’t bothered by headaches or PMS.  Try some of these yummy Liver-nourishing foods and see how good you feel!  Check back here often for more posts on foods that benefit the 12 Organs.

(Co-Written by Abigail Morgan, L.Ac and Jacqueline Gabardy, L.Ac. of FLOAT: Chinese Medical Arts; Infographic by Jacqueline Gabardy, L.Ac.) 

20 Benefits of Bee Pollen

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, bee pollen is considered a mild Jing tonic: it directs energy to the Kidney system.  Royal jelly is an even stronger Jing tonic, and can be used for more serious cases of deficiency.

  1. Fertility Fertility Fertility!
  2. Protein-rich (half of which is free amino acids that are easily used by the body)
  3. Great source of vitamin B12
  4. Energy tonic
  5. Helps balance blood sugar
  6. Used by cultures around the world for several different applications
  7. Improves endurance and vitality
  8. Aids recovery from chronic illness
  9. Helps add weight during convalescence
  10. Reduces cravings and addictions
  11. Can be taken between meals in place of a snack
  12. Regulates the Intestines
  13. Builds new blood
  14. Improves immunity
  15. Antibiotic properties
  16. Thought to protect against radiation
  17. Used as a remedy for hay fever and allergies (especially when it is local to your region)
  18. Considered an important supplement for vegans and vegetarians
  19. Great to take before a workout
  20. Used during recovery from UTIs

Keep in mind that raw bee products are not considered suitable for children 1 year or younger.  And you should always test yourself for an allergy to bee pollen by trying just one tiny pellet first and waiting to make sure you don’t have a reaction.

About 1 tsp is generally enough for a dose; not much more is usually needed.  It is most easily taken with a glass of water.  The taste of bee pollen is an acquired one so try it before adding to your food.  I do like the taste when it is on top of a little yogurt with fruit or nuts, but I despise the taste when blended into smoothies.

For more information on Chinese Nutrition and Whole Foods, check out the wonderful book by Paul Pitchford, “Healing With Whole Foods.”

(Photo and Post by Jacqueline Gabardy, L.Ac. of FLOAT: Chinese Medical Arts)