Estrogen Dominance and Natural Ways to Balance Hormones

October 23, 2013, by Dawna Ara Acupuncture, Hormones, Nutrition Comments Off

Recently I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about estrogen dominance and how it could be responsible for a long list of dire ailments. Honestly we shouldn’t be blaming estrogen for the downfall of female health. Afterall, without this hormone the human race would cease to exist. Estrogen has a lot of great qualities. It is responsible for your glowing skin, it helps you to think clearly, it is responsible for your sensuality, and it helps you to feel sexual.

Estrogen levels fluctuate throughout your menstrual cycle as well as throughout your lifetime so it’s normal to see and feel these changes as the levels go up and down. We start to get into trouble when the delicate ratio of estrogen to progesterone gets out of balance. Even women with low amounts of estrogen could be considered estrogen dominant because their levels of progesterone are so low. In this case, you are not feeling symptoms of estrogen dominance because you have too much estrogen, it is because you have too little progesterone!

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Homemade Coconut-Cashew Yogurt Recipe

October 14, 2013, by Dawna Ara Dairy Free, Digestion, Gluten Free, Mental Health, Nutrition Comments Off

It may sound intimidating to make your own delicious and healthy dairy free yogurt but it’s actually pretty easy!

All you need are a few yummy ingredients, an oven with a light or insulated cooler, and a couple glass jars with tight fitting lids.

Why make your own yogurt? Well, it’s good for you! It can help keep your immune system working so you don’t get sick and it keeps your bowels regular.

New research suggest that having healthy microflora can keep your brain healthy as well. Plus, it’s much cheaper to make your own yogurt than it is to buy it in the store. Homemade yogurt guarantees high quality ingredients and yields a higher beneficial bacteria count than store bought yogurt. There are no additives and no waste of plastic containers. You will win all around when making your own yogurt.

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Eating the Rainbow

October 7, 2013, by Dawna Ara Digestion Comments Off

An easy way to find out if you are getting enough nutrients is just to look down at your plate.

What colors do you see? Is your food colorful and bright or does it look a little drab and dreary?

Did you eat the same colors yesterday and the day before? If so, you might want to consider changing it up.

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Energizing Juice with Lemon, Ginger, Apple, and Greens

September 23, 2013, by Dawna Ara Nutrition Comments Off

Feeling a bit sluggish? Need an afternoon pick me up?

Instead of reaching for that iced caramel latte, try this juice recipe that will give you energy without taxing your adrenals and spiking your insulin levels.

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Study Shows Diet During Pregnancy May Affect Children’s Behavior and Intelligence

September 15, 2013, by Dawna Ara Mental Health, Nutrition Comments Off

Everyone wants to have a happy, healthy, well behaved, and smart kid. I don’t think there is a single person on this planet that would disagree with me.

A recent study that followed hundreds of European families over the course of 5 years links children’s behavior and intelligence during early years with the Mother’s diet during pregnancy.

You can read an article about the study here.

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HLP#5: What To Do If You Have Or Suspect PCOS

September 15, 2013, by Dawna Ara Podcast Comments Off


In this episode of the Healthy Living Podcast Dawna talks about the real underlying causes of Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), how acupuncture and herbs can help, and what foods you should eat or avoid to manage your symptoms.

Healthy Living Podcast #4: Allergies and Natural Ways to Alleviate Symptoms

September 10, 2013, by Dawna Ara Podcast Comments Off

In this episode of the Healthy Living Podcast Dawna explains what allergies are, the difference between an allergy and a cold, and what you can do naturally to avoid or limit symptoms.

Refreshing Watermelon Mint Cooler Recipe

September 4, 2013, by Dawna Ara Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nutrition, Paleo, Raw Food, Vegan Comments Off

Feeing hot and irritable in the heat? Me too!

Here’s a refreshing, super fast and easy to make, cooling, calming, hydrating, and non alcoholic beverage to cool you down today.

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Research Study Examines Acupuncture and the HPA Axis

August 26, 2013, by Dawna Ara Acupuncture Comments Off

Ever wonder how acupuncture works?

As an acupuncturist I know that acupuncture works because I witness the profound effects it has on people on a daily basis. Curious people will ask me how it works while others are just content knowing that they feel better and don’t really care to know the details of it all.

Merging the Two Worlds

We are at a unique time, kinda at a crossroads in the world of health and medicine. I often find myself in the middle of having to describe how acupuncture works in both eastern theory and western scientific terms. For example, the treatment of stress related disorders in Oriental Medicine is usually referred to as “liver qi stangation” or “liver attacking the spleen.” But what the heck does this really mean in terms of science and biology?

Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) may have figured it out.

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Gluten Intolerance (Part VI): Guide To Living Gluten Free

August 23, 2013, by Dawna Ara Gluten Free, Nutrition Comments Off

Well here we are. We made it to the end of the gluten intolerance series.

If you haven’t already read the other articles in the series I suggest you do so. You can access the articles here.

The most important points to take away from this series are:

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